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March 27, 2015
US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups
Baghdad (AFP) March 26, 2015
Iraqi Shiite militias accused Washington Thursday of hijacking the operation to retake Tikrit, threatening a mass pullout even as regular government forces pressed a final assault. The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group launched its first air strikes on Tikrit late Wednesday, in what Washington and Baghdad have described as a potential game-changer in a stalled operation. Iran had so far been the most prominent foreign partner in Baghdad's largest operation against jihadists who sw ... read more

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Jordan says anti-IS coalition to train 'Syrian tribes'
Jordan and other members of the US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State jihadist group are to train fighters belonging to "Syrian tribes", the Jordanian government spokesman said on Monday. ... more
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US Marine Corps urges 'vigilance' after online Islamsit threat
The US Marine Corps on Sunday urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them. ... more
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US evacuates troops from south Yemen base: military source
US military personnel stationed at Al-Anad airbase in southern Yemen have been evacuated over security concerns, a Yemeni military source said on Saturday amid fighting involving Al-Qaeda militants nearby. ... more
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UK court seizes girls' passports over Syria fears
A British judge on Friday barred five teenage girls from travelling abroad amid concerns they would go to Syria to join Islamist fighters, in the second such ruling this week. ... more
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Anbar blast killed at least 13 soldiers: ministry
A bombing by the Islamic State group in the city of Ramadi last week killed 13 Iraqi soldiers, defence ministry said Thursday, denying reports they died in an air strike. ... more
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Italy beefs up air, naval presence in central Med
Italy said Thursday it would increase its military presence in the central Mediterranean, describing a deadly attack on a museum in Tunis as fresh evidence of a growing threat from extremist groups. ... more
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IS extremism fight may take a generation: Australia
The battle against the Islamic State group's extremism may last a generation, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned, likening the jihadists to fanatical followers of Adolf Hitler. ... more
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Saudi forces wrap up major exercises on Iraqi border
Saudi security forces on Wednesday ended a weeks-long exercise on the Iraqi border where three troopers died in a January attack blamed on "terrorists." ... more
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US Air Force vet charged with Syrian jihad support
A US Air Force veteran allegedly sympathetic to Osama bin Laden and who became a Muslim has been charged for trying to join Islamic State jihadists in Syria, prosecutors said Tuesday. ... more
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Nigeria begins 'final onslaught' against Boko Haram: govt
Nigeria has begun the "final onslaught" against Boko Haram, the country's national security spokesman said on Tuesday, after the militants were ousted from the strategic town of Bama. ... more
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Syria raids on IS bastion killed scores of civilians: Amnesty
The Syrian government killed more than 100 civilians in a series of "ruthless air strikes" on a bastion of the Islamic State group last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. ... more
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France says Assad talks would be 'scandalous gift' to IS
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday rejected any role for President Bashar al-Assad in Syrian peace talks, saying it would be a "scandalous gift" to the Islamic State group. ... more
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UK teens arrested 'heading for Syria' released on bail
Three British teenagers suspected of trying to travel to Syria were released on bail late Sunday after being questioned for 24 hours on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said. ... more
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Abu Azrael - Father of the Angel of Death - is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadists who seized swathes of their country. ... more
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US 'concerned' over alleged IS use of chlorine gas
The US military said Monday it is "concerned" about reports that Islamic State jihadists used chlorine gas in an attack against Kurdish forces, but it could not confirm the account. ... more
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Kerry in Egypt for talks on IS fight, Palestinians
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Friday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he is to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group. ... more
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IS readies for Tikrit last stand but 'expands' to Nigeria
Thousands of Iraqi forces have laid siege to jihadists holed up in Tikrit but the Islamic State group shrugged off setbacks by welcoming Nigeria's Boko Haram group into its "caliphate". ... more
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Iraq Kurds say evidence IS used chlorine bomb
Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan government has obtained evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine in a car bomb attack against its peshmerga forces in January, a statement said Saturday. ... more
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US does not want to see Syrian regime 'collapse': CIA
CIA Director John Brennan said Friday the United States does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the Syrian regime as it could open the way to Islamist extremists taking power. ... more
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China convicted more than 700 for terrorism, separatism in 2014: court
China convicted and sentenced 712 people for terrorism, separatism and related crimes last year, the country's top court said on Thursday, saying such offences were its top priority for 2015. ... more
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UN resolution needed for any NATO role in Libya: Spain
UN Security Council member Spain called Thursday for a deal to end unrest in Libya within weeks and said a UN resolution would be needed to approve any NATO intervention there. ... more
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Kosovo slaps ban on citizens fighting in Syria, Iraq war
Kosovo lawmakers on Thursday adopted legislation banning citizens from fighting in foreign conflicts in a bid to prevent young people from joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. ... more
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IS readies for Tikrit last stand but 'expands' to Nigeria
Thousands of Iraqi forces laid siege to jihadists holed up in Tikrit Thursday but the Islamic State group shrugged off setbacks by welcoming Nigeria's Boko Haram group into its "caliphate". ... more
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IS welcomes Boko Haram allegiance: tape
The Islamic State group welcomed a pledge of allegiance made to it by Boko Haram and vowed to press with its expansion, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman. ... more
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