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Australian nurse charged with backing IS

An Australian nurse was charged with supporting the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria during a brief court appearance on Sunday, police said. The nurse, who has been identified as 39-year-old Adam Brookman, was arrest

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Syria's Assad announces amnesty for army deserters

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued a decree announcing a general amnesty for military deserters who violated the country's compulsory military conscription law, state television said on Saturday. The decree, which was ann

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Turkey stages air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

Turkish warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home. The air strikes, which

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Islamic State ‘used poison gas in Syria’

The Islamic State (IS) group used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria in late June, a Syrian Kurdish militia and a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday. The YPG militia sai

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Aleppo citadel wall damaged in blast

A section of the wall of the ancient citadel in Aleppo was destroyed by an explosion in a tunnel under the city, state media and activists reported on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the damage occurred when g

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‘More than 4m refugees have now fled Syria’: UN

The number of Syrians who have fled abroad since the outbreak of civil war in their country has risen to more than four million, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 years, the United Nations said Thursday. A recent wav

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Syria ratifies fresh $1 billion credit line from Iran

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad signed a law ratifying a $1 billion credit line from top regional ally Iran, Syria's state news agency SANA said on Wednesday, funds which will help ease economic strains from the costly war. T

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25 Qaeda members killed in Syria blasts

An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said on Friday. Director of the Syrian Observatory

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Islamic State bombers hit Syrian city, oil tanks on fire

Islamic State suicide bombers blew up two trucks in the heart of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka and a fire erupted at petroleum storage tanks and a textile firm after shelling by the militants, a Syrian army source said. &

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Islamic State commits major massacre in Syria's Kobani

Islamic State has committed its second-biggest civilian massacre in Syria with an attack on the town of Kobani and a nearby village, killing at least 146 civilians so far, a conflict monitor said on Friday. Fighting between the Ku

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