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Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.  

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Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as 'Zero Hour' looms

Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts, according to senior Iraqi and US security officials.

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Army presses Tikrit assault as MPs scramble to fill posts

Iraq's army sent tanks and armoured vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq. The hardline Sun

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Insurgents take two eastern Iraqi towns

Insurgents gained more ground in Iraq overnight, moving into two towns in the eastern province of Diyala after security forces abandoned their posts. Security sources said the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurg

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Kurds take Kirkuk; militants surge toward Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday after government forces abandoned their posts in the face of a sweeping Sunni Islamist rebel push towards Baghdad that threatens Iraq's future as a unified state.

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Egypt clamp 'risks spreading instability abroad'

A former Muslim Brotherhood leader has warned that government oppression in Egypt is fanning militancy that will pose a threat abroad unless the army-backed authorities start respecting freedom and human rights. Abdel Moneim Abol

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Egypt clamp 'risks spreading instability abroad'

A former Muslim Brotherhood leader has warned that government oppression in Egypt is fanning militancy that will pose a threat abroad unless the army-backed authorities start respecting freedom and human rights. Abdel Moneim Abol

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Thai army takes power in coup after talks fail

Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup on Thursday, two days after he declared martial law, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms. Prayuth made the an

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Energy subsidies can't be removed: Sisi

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is expected to win a presidential election this month, said in a television interview that costly energy subsidies could not be lifted quickly. "The subsidies can't be

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Energy subsidies can't be removed: Sisi

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who is expected to win a presidential election this month, said in a television interview that costly energy subsidies could not be lifted quickly. "The subsidies can't be

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