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Middle East

Jihadists launch big attack on Syrian government near Hama

A Syrian rebel tank.Insurgent groups launched a big attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.


Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

Turkish armoured vehicles.Turkish tanks carried out drills at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before a referendum across that frontier on Kurdish independence that Ankara has called a threat to its national security.


Syrian army and allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor

A girl walks past rubble in Syria.Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State, a Syrian military source said.

Suicide attacks on restaurants, checkpoint, kill 60 in southern Iraq

A vehicle destroyed by a suicide bombing in Iraq.Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday, a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group’s tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul.


Western powers press Iraq Kurd leaders to shelve 'very risky' independence vote

Protestors carrying the Kurdish flag.The United States and Western allies pressed Iraqi Kurdish leaders to ditch a “very risky” independence vote on Thursday, presenting an alternative plan in an attempt to avoid conflict between the oil rich region and central government in Baghdad.


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