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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

Rafale.French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria.

France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

Francois Hollande.France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

Islamic militants in Iraq.Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.

Saudi Arabia agrees to host training of moderate Syria rebels

Syrian rebels.Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's broad strategy to combat Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Syria and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Yemen government, Houthis reach agreement to end crisis

Yemeni protestors.Yemen's government and Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels signed an agreement on Thursday to end a crisis that has seen weeks of sometimes bloody protests in the capital Sanaa, a member of the government's negotiating team said.

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