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Pace of airstrikes, clashes in Yemen sharply higher in 2017

Destroyed vehicles from an air strike in Yemen.Yemen suffered more airstrikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, according to a report by international aid agencies.

Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji

A member of the Iraqi security forces.Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said.

Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

The wreckage of a Syrian MiG.The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot.

Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border in southwest

Syrian soldiers.The Syrian army and its allies seized control of at least 30 km (19 miles) of Syria's border with Jordan from rebels in an attack on Thursday, two rebel groups and a Syrian military source said.

Syrian army steps up strikes on capital's last rebel enclave

altThe Syrian army stepped up shelling and air strikes on the last rebel-held enclaves in the Syrian capital on Monday, its heaviest bombardment in a two-month campaign, rebels and witnesses said.

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