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US top general predicts drawn-out ISIL battle

Martin Dempsey, on visit to Baghdad, claims progress but warns that US mission will last for several years.

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#ISIL 'beheads #Syria troops and US aid worker'

Online video purports to show killing of at least a dozen Syrian military officers and American Peter Kassig.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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#UAE lists scores of groups as 'terrorists'

'terrorists'

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formally designated scores of groups, including al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Islah as "terrorist groups".

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#Israel bans Norwegian doctor from #Gaza

Mads Gilbert

Mads Gilbert, an outspoken Norwegian doctor and activist who treated patients at Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital during Israel’s assault on the Palestinian territory this summer, has been denied access to Gaza "indefinitely" by Israeli authorities.

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Top US general in #Iraq to assess campaign

US forces

General Martin Dempsey, the top US military officer, has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet US commanders preparing to expand American assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

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#Palestinians protest in West Bank town

Violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli police have erupted in Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank despite a move by Israel to ease tensions over al-Aqsa Mosque.

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#Israel lifts age bar for al-Aqsa worshippers

al-Aqsa

Men of all ages will be allowed to attend the main weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the first time in "months", a police spokesman said.

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UN: #ISIL committing war crimes in #Syria

ISIL fighters

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a large scale in areas under the group's control in Syria, UN investigators say.

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Houthis gain ground against Yemen's al-Qaeda

Houthis

Houthi fighters are gaining significant stretches of ground in Radaa, a district in al-Bayda governorate and a traditional stronghold of al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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#ISIL fighters driven out of Iraq's Beiji

Beiji

Iraqi government forces have reached within a kilometre of the country's biggest oil refinery, according to two army officers and a witness.

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