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Islamic State 'has 31,500 fighters'

The top US intelligence agency has sharply raised its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria to between 20,000 and 31,500, from its estimate in June of about 10,000. A CIA spokesman said the new assessm

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Bombs don't stop business boom in Benghazi

Shop assistants showcase elegant Italian menswear, next door a fast food restaurant buzzes with customers, and nearby a German sportswear shop hawks the latest high-end running shoes. The scene could be downtown New York or Milan

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Thousands of Hezbollah fighters in Syria: Kerry

  US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that there were several thousand fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah taking part in Syria's conflict, with Iranian support.

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Libyan fighters train Syrian rebels

  Veteran fighters of last year's civil war in Libya have come to the front-line in Syria, helping to train and organise rebels under conditions far more dire than those in the battle against Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan-Irish f

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Fighters take back former Gaddafi stronghold

Libya's ramshackle government lost control of a former stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday after local people staged an armed uprising, posing the gravest challenge yet to the country's new rulers. A bullet-scarred barracks, scorched

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Clues to Gaddafi death hidden from public view

Libyan forces guarding Muammar Gaddafi's body in a cold storage room on Saturday let in members of the public to view the deposed leader for a second day, but the wounds that may hold the clue to how he died were covered up. Gaddafi's body

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One Gaddafi son dead, another tracked

One of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, Mo'tassim, has been killed by fighters from Libya's NTC while another, Saif Al-Islam, is trying to flee the fallen city of Sirte but is being surrounded, a senior NTC military official said. "Mo'tassim was ki

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Iraq to buy 36 F-16 fighters from US

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki said on Saturday his government would buy 36 F-16 fighters from the US, doubling the number of aircraft it had initially planned to buy. Earlier this year, Iraq had delayed the purchase of F-16 jets, mad

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Pakistan attacks Taliban in Swat, US ups pressure

Pakistani forces attacked Taliban fighters in the Swat valley with artillery and helicopters today (May 6) after the US called on the government to show its commitment to fighting militancy. Expanding Taliban influence in nuclear-armed Pak

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Iraq aims to buy 18 F-16 fighters

Iraq wants to buy an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter aircraft this year to help guard against perceived threats from Iran and Syria after US forces leave. Lt Gen Anwar Ahmed, the head of the Iraqi Air Force, said he h

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