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IS militants 'flying captured fighter jets' in Syria

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said. It was the first time the militant group had taken to the air, it said.

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As Obama gave Syria nod, his coalition was still unclear

The effectiveness of the US-led coalition effort in Syria is under scrutiny as Islamic State fighters try to overrun a strategic Syrian town on Turkey's border. The United States and its allies, including Gulf states, have con

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Street fighting in Syria town as IS moves in

Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani on Monday after subjecting the Syrian border town to an assault lasting almost three weeks, residents and fighters said. Islamic

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Biden apologises over remark UAE backed militants

The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that US Vice President Joe Biden had apologised to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for "any implications" in a speech he made last week that the UAE had supported Islamist militants in Syria.

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Syria raids show Saudi, UAE plan to extend regional might

The decision by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East. With

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US, Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hi

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Islamic State shells Syrian Kurdish town

New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish border on Saturday, hitting it with shell fire for the first time. The US Central Co

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Air strikes hit Islamic State in eastern Syria

Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as a US-led coalition seeks to turn the tide against the militants who have captured swathes of Syria and northern Iraq.

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Islamic State rebels tighten siege of Syrian town

Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey on Friday despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support

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Islamic State drags Obama back into Mideast quagmire

American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid.

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