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#Iraq asks for air strikes on #ISIL in Kirkuk

The governor of Iraq's northern region of Kirkuk has asked the US-led coalition to launch air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions, as its fighters advance on the region with the aim of capturing its rich oil fields.

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#ISIL 'launches fierce new assault' on #Kobane

Kurdish forcesKurdish fighters in the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane weathered a fresh onslaught by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq.

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Multiple car bombings rock #Baghdad

car bombingsA series of bombs targeting restaurants across the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 21 people, police and medics said.

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UN sanctions 'to target high-profile Yemenis'

Ali Abdullah SalehMWC News has learned that the UN is preparing to impose sanctions on five high-profile Yemenis including the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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Scores of rebels killed in #Yemen fighting

Renewed fighting between Sunni tribesmen and Shia Houthi rebels advancing into a town in central Yemen has killed dozens of people, as part of a growing struggle over territory and influence between the two sides.

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US airdrops weapons for Kurds fighting #ISIL

The US military has airdropped weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobane against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, despite its ally Turkey’s declarations opposing such a move.

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#Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds join #Kobane battle

KobaneTurkey has said it will allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to cross its borders and join Syrian Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

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Deadly car bombings hit Iraq's Karbala

Shia mosque in BaghdadFive car bombings in the revered Iraqi city of Karbala have killed at least 15 people, Iraqi official have said.

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Deadly suicide blast hits #Baghdad funeral

A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people at a funeral in the Iraqi capital, while an ambush has halted the government forces' advance on a key northern city controlled by ISIL fighters, agencies have reported.

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Yemen's Houthis push south into Ibb

Yemen's Shia Houthi fighters continue to push south in Ibb province, taking over the town of Yarim after dismantling a protest camp blocking the country's main airport in the capital Sanaa.

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