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US 'told #Syria rebels' to seek intervention

US officials have asked the Syrian opposition to call on the international community to hit positions belonging to the Islamic State group and help rebels eliminate the self-declared jihadists, Al Jazeera has learned from sources inside the opposition.

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US strikes rebels at Islamic State-held dam

US aircraft US aircraft have launched air strikes near Iraq's largest dam, killing up to 15 fighters from the Islamic State group, sources reported.

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Rebels ask for Iraq-style strikes in #Syria

Islamic State groupSyria's opposition has called for international intervention targeting the Islamic State group, just days after the US began limited strikes against fighters from the same group in neighbouring Iraq.

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Syrian forces retake key town from rebels

Syrian government forces have seized a key town on the outskirts of the capital Damascus after a months-long battle against rebels, a military source and state television said.

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UN moves to rein in Islamic State group

The United Nations Security Council has taken a tough line against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, blacklisting six people including the group's spokesman and threatening sanctions against its financiers and weapons suppliers.

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Al-Qaeda in #Yemen calls for attacks on US

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called on jihadists to target the United States, after Washington launched air strikes in Iraq against Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State.

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Iraq's new PM urges country to unite

Iraq's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has urged his countrymen to unite in the face of dangerous challenges and cautioned that the road ahead would be tough.

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Ban urges meeting on nuclear-free Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the failure to hold a conference on establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East this year could jeopardise the success of next year's review of the landmark 1970 agreement aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear arms.

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Iraqi Sunnis open to backing new PM

Sunni representativesTribal leaders and clerics from Iraq's Sunni heartland who staged a revolt against outgoing prime minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shia-led government would be willing to join the new administration if certain conditions are met, a spokesman for the group has said.

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Gazans return to ruined homes as truce holds

piles of rubbleMany Palestinians living close to the Israeli border have returned to piles of rubble where their homes once stood, as a fragile five-day ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day.

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