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Islamic State kills 24 with Baghdad car bomb, attack police stations in Samarra

An Islamic State flag in Iraq.An Islamic State car bomb killed 24 people in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Monday and the militants also attacked two police stations in the city of Samarra as Iraqi forces fought to oust the group from Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Islamic State made weapons in Mosul up to military standards, report says

Islamic State militants examining weapons boxes.Islamic State militants have been producing weapons on a scale and sophistication which matches national military forces and have standardised production across their self-styled caliphate, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Syrian army takes over Aleppo areas quit by rebels

Aleppo.The Syrian army and its allies have taken full control over all the Aleppo districts abandoned by rebels during their retreat in the city, a Syrian military source said on Tuesday.

Islamic State advances around Palmyra

IS advances on PalmyraRussian and Syrian warplanes struck Islamic State outposts around Palmyra on Monday in an attempt to expel them a day after they had retaken the ancient city, but the group said it continued advances to the west.

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 38

An offshoot of the PKK has claimed responsibility for a bombing in Turkey.An offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) claimed responsibility on Sunday for twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, an attack for which the Turkish government vowed vengeance.

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