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Libyan military shells Turkish cargo ship, crew member killed

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned not to approach, and one crew member was killed in what Turkey described as a "contempti

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Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk

Kurdish authorities said their forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, drove Islamic State militants from an 84 sq km area in northern Iraq, widening a buffer around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.   The Kurd

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Kurds locked in battle with Assad's forces in Syria

Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish sources and a monitoring group said, breaking a longstanding tacit agreement between the two sides to focus on other enemies in a complex civil war.

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Australia’s special forces to join Iraq air strikes

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join US-led coalition strikes. Abbott said in

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Kurds use well-oiled lobbying to plead for help in US

When radical Islamic forces threatening to dismember Iraq unexpectedly captured several towns from the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters last weekend, the Kurds' public relations machine quickly seized on the setback to boost their case in Washingt

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Bahrain to donate $10m for Mali

Bahrain will donate $10 million to two UN support funds for Mali's defence and security forces and the Forces of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, a report said. The aid was announced by Foreign Minister S

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Syrian forces cleanse Haffeh of ‘terrorists’

Syrian forces have cleared "terrorist" fighters from the town of Haffeh, state television said on Wednesday, after a week of heavy fighting which led the US to warn of a potential massacre. Syrian television said the forces loyal to Presid

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Syrian forces shoot bus, four killed

Syrian security forces shot dead four civilians on a bus in the northern province of Idlib on Wednesday, dissidents said, as international pressure built on Damascus to honour ceasefire pledges. In the latest violence to undermine the flak

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Syrian forces, rebels in first clash after truce

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought rebels near the border with Turkey on Friday, activists said, the first clash since a UN-brokered ceasefire came into effect a day earlier. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Hu

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Violence tears Syria despite ceasefire vow

Syrian government forces bombarded opposition targets in the city of Homs on Monday despite President Bashar al-Assad's promise to international peace envoy Kofi Annan to cease fire and withdraw his tanks and artillery. Annan, who met

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