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Five dead in Qaeda suicide attack on Houthis in central Yemen

Houthi fighters in Yemen.Five people were killed in an al Qaeda suicide attack on a Houthi outpost in central Yemen on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said, highlighting the volatility of a country torn by militant and sectarian violence.

Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Iraqi forces.Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin.

U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'barbaric terrorist acts' in Iraq

An Islamic State convoy.The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts.

Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life

A Hamas fighter.An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.

U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training - Pentagon

A Free Syrian Army fighter.The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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