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Iraqi troops launch offensive to retake Tikrit from rebels

Iraqi government forces backed by helicopter gunships began an offensive on Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni Islamist militants while party leaders pursued talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisi

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Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee

A renegade Libyan general launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation.

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Pakistani army launches offensive near Afghan border

Residents of Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun region of North Waziristan accused government troops on Monday of killing dozens of civilians during a military operation against Taliban insurgents. The operation started just after a De

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In rural Homs, Sunni Syrians fear army offensive

The dark, murky waters of Houla Lake erupt daily when struck by the bombs of Syrian fighter jets and shells fired from the surrounding hills.   Besieged by the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad for more than a

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GCC urges UN meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf states called on the UN Security Council on Monday to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in Syria try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's

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Israel ready to widen Gaza offensive: Netanyahu

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was prepared to widen its Gaza offensive significantly. He gave no specifics and made no mention of the possibility of a ground off

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Yemen launches major offensive against Al Qaeda

Yemen has launched an offensive against al Qaeda and the US embassy in Sanaa reopened on Tuesday after security forces staged a raid just outside the capital that dealt with an imminent security threat. Yemen has sent thousands of troops t

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Turkish army launches land offensive in Iraq

Turkey's military said on Friday it had launched a cross-border land offensive backed by fighter jets into northern Iraq on Thursday evening to hunt down Kurdish PKK guerrillas. Turkish television reported, without citing sources, that 10,

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Turkish army launches land offensive in Iraq

Turkey's military said on Friday it had launched a cross-border land offensive backed by fighter jets into northern Iraq on Thursday evening to hunt down Kurdish PKK guerrillas. Turkish television reported, without citing sources, that 10,

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5 US soldiers killed in Mosul attack

Five US soldiers were killed when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb and then came under small arms fire in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, the US military said. The military said US and Iraqi forces had secured the area f

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