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Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes

An Islamic State militant.Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict.

Air strikes, ground combat in Yemen killed nearly 200 on Monday

Aftermath of a Saudi led air strike in Yemen.Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago.

Syria rejects UN criticism of barrel bombs

UN criticism of barrel bombs rejected by SyriaSyria rejected a UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.

Italian police arrest five suspected IS supporters

IS suspects arrested in ItalyItalian police this week arrested two people in Rome suspected of plotting attacks in Italy and North Africa and five others in Italy and Albania who were planning to join hard-line militant group Islamic State.

Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda

Nusra Front fighters.Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders.

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