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Middle East

Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

Shiite fighters.Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.

Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias kill 70 after IS rollback

Shiite fighters.Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province accused Shi'ite militias on Monday of killing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Islamic State militants.

First U.S. troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

US soldiers.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Yemen president quits, throwing country deeper into chaos

Yemeni protestors.Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, just days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

In Mosul, Islamic State turns captured city into fortress

Islamic State militants.In a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month.

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