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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

A Russian air strike in Syria.Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.

Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen government, Gulf troops, mosque

A destroyed building in Yemen.Islamic State suicide bombers killed 22 people in attacks on Yemen's government and its Gulf Arab coalition ally in the port city of Aden and on a Houthi-run mosque in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, the jihadist group and state media said.

Car bomb attacks kill 57 people in Iraq

A bomb attack in Iraq.At least 57 people were killed on Monday in car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the north and south of Iraq, police and medical sources said.

Russian jets hit Islamic State targets in Palmyra, Aleppo

A Sukhoi Su-34.Russian jets hit Islamic State targets in the Syrian city of Palmyra and the northern province of Aleppo, Syrian state television and a monitoring group said on Tuesday, in some of the heaviest Russian attacks on the hardline Islamist group.

U.S. says conducted air strike near Afghan hospital, MSF says 19 killed

altAn air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces, killed 19 staff and patients on Saturday, including three children, in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the aid group said.

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