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October 24, 2014
US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria
Mursitpinar, Turkey (AFP) Oct 23, 2014
US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane. The battle for Kobane has become crucial for both the Islamic State (IS) group and its opponents, with a senior US official saying the Kurds there were inflicting heavy losses on the jihadists. IS, which declared in June a "caliphate" over territory it seized in Iraq and Syria, was described Thursday as the world's wea ... read more

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Syria Kurds weather IS assault and await reinforcements
Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Wednesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists. ... more
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Propaganda, personal struggles turn some young Belgians to jihad
As chairman of the Annasr mosque, Mimoun Aquichouh personally knows a number of young men who left the small Belgian city of Vilvoorde to wage jihad in Syria. ... more
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Canada raised its national "terrorism" alert on Tuesday, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital. ... more
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Syria Kurds weather IS assault as they await reinforcements
Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Tuesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists. ... more
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Jihadists launch fresh assault on Kobane
The Islamic State launched a fresh assault on Kobane late Monday hours after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons. ... more
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Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobane one month into IS assault
Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of US-led air strikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobane, as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month. ... more
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France moves closer to law cracking down on jihadists
France moved closer Thursday to adopting an "anti-terrorism" law which would slap a travel ban on anyone suspected of planning to wage jihad after the upper house Senate approved the draft law. ... more
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IS group has made 'substantial gains' in Iraq: US
Islamic State jihadists have made important advances in Iraq despite US-led air strikes, Washington's envoy to the US-led coalition fighting the group warned Wednesday. ... more
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US air war has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve'
After more than two months of air strikes, American commanders have finally decided on a name for the US-led war against Islamic State jihadists - "Operation Inherent Resolve." ... more
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Kerry slams 'abhorrent' Yazidi slavery by IS militants
US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State group for "abhorrent" abuses on Tuesday after the jihadists boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves. ... more
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Why America's Arab allies should lead the war on ISIS
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IS forces move freely across Iraq's Anbar province: US
Islamic State jihadists can move freely across Iraq's Anbar province and are piling pressure on government forces, despite two months of US air strikes, Pentagon admitted Tuesday. ... more
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A former employee of a US defence contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom. ... more
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US 'deeply concerned' about Kobane: Obama
President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the plight of the Syrian town of Kobane under attack by Islamic State jihadists, and said a US-led coalition would keep up bombing raids there and in western Iraq. ... more
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US-led coalition meets as strikes pound jihadists
The White House said Tuesday a multinational air war against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria is succeeding, as top brass from 22 countries met to discuss a strategy for combatting them. ... more
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Fears for Kobane as Obama meets coalition commanders
US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group. ... more
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Coalition commanders seek plan to counter IS advance
Commanders from the US-led coalition against Islamic State jihadists will meet in Washington Tuesday to discuss halting the group's advance in Iraq and Syria, as air strikes failed to stop militants from reaching the centre of Kobane. ... more
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Iceland shuts down 'Islamic State' website
Iceland has closed down a website believed to be used by the jihadist organisation Islamic State and which showed the murder of hostages, the authority responsible for the country's Internet domain name ".is" said Monday. ... more
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IS jihadists boast of enslaving Yazidis
The Islamic State jihadist group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery. ... more
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Kurds thwart IS in Kobane, Turkey boosts involvement
Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane on Sunday, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases. ... more
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Travel warnings, Jihadists, changing French holiday plans
With France's autumn school holiday approaching, a time when many leave to soak up foreign sun, travel companies are complaining that bookings are in free-fall after the beheading of a Frenchman in Algeria. ... more
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Why civil liberties are more important than security
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Egypt forces kill top jihadist in Sinai
Egyptian soldiers killed Friday a top member of the jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis who was involved in deadly attack on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said. ... more
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IS pours in reinforcements to Syria's Kobane: monitor
The Islamic State group poured in reinforcements Sunday for its nearly month-long siege of Kobane as the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders kept up their high-profile resistance. ... more
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