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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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Elite Assad forces close in on Homs

Elite forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pounded a rebel bastion in Homs on Thursday in what appeared to be a final push on the opposition stronghold, activists said. A senior official in the rebel Free Syrian Army told Reut

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Security forces, protesters clash again in Cairo

Protesters and security forces fought in Cairo on Sunday, the third day of clashes that have killed 10 people and exposed rifts over the army's role as it manages Egypt's promised transition from military to civilian rule. Soldiers and pol

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Gaddafi ‘in Libya, readying forces’

Muammar Gaddafi is still in Libya and in good spirits, with a powerful army behind him, the ousted leader's spokesman said on Wednesday. Gaddafi's whereabouts have been unknown for months and most of his entourage have fled or gone into hi

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