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US bombing of Islamic State rebels surged in July

The US bombing campaign against Islamic State rebels surged in July as Kurdish fighters pushed into territory held by the militant group in Syria and Iraqi forces prepared an offensive to retake strategic northwestern cities, Pentagon figures

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Bahrain urges Yemeni rebels to return to negotiating table

Bahrain's Foreign Minister has urged Houthi rebels in Yemen to return to the negotiating table to end a conflict that threatens to tear the country apart. However, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said any talks must take pl

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Gulf countries launch ‘Operation Decisive Storm’

Gulf countries have formally entered ‘three-front war’ after Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Bahrain, launched air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to an expert. Operation Decisive Storm was lau

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Burger Rebel to open new $1.08m outlet in Dubai

The Burger Rebel is set to open a new Dh4 million ($1.08 million) outlet at Souk Al Bahah, adjacent to the Dubai Mall, as the different food and beverage concept expands in the emirates. This is the second Dubai-based outlet for t

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Syrian jets bomb eastern rebel towns near Iraq, 16 dead

Syrian jets bombed on Saturday rebel-held eastern areas close to the border with Iraq under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, killing and injuring dozens in stepped up raids against the militant group since its Iraqi offsh

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France vows more support to Syrian rebels

France wants an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to boost support for groups fighting jihadists in light of events in Iraq and is ready to contribute, the French president's office sai

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Libya orders military force to 'liberate' ports

Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.

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Libya threatens to bomb N Korean tanker

Libya threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. The rebels, who have seized three major Liby

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Libya oil rebel's brother arrested in Dubai

The brother of a former rebel who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said. The arrest of the bro

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Over 1,000 killed in Syria rebel infighting

More than 1,000 people have died in two weeks of fighting between Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria and rival rebels, a monitoring group said on Thursday, by far the bloodiest internecine violence since the revolt began. The upri

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