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New Syrian jihadist alliance vows to step up attacks against army

Syrian rebels.The head of a new alliance of Syrian Islamist factions, including a former affiliate of al Qaeda, has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed allies with the goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.
 

Turkish-led forces advance into outskirts of Syrian city

Syrian Democratic Front rebels.Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and rebel sources said on Wednesday.
   

Gulf-backed Yemeni forces capture Red Sea coast city

Saudi forces in Yemen.Yemeni government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops have secured the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, United Arab Emirates news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a push that paves the way for an advance on the country's main port city of Hodeidah.
   

Iraqi forces wage psychological war with jihadist corpses

An Iraqi soldier stands next to the corpse of an Islamic State fighter.The flyblown corpses of Islamic State militants have been rotting along a main street in north Mosul for two weeks, a health risk for passersby. Suicide bombers' belts beside the fighters can still explode, killing anyone nearby.
   

Islamic State encircled in Syria's al-Bab after army advance

Smoke rises over al-Bab.Syrian government forces advanced on the northern Islamic State-held city of al-Bab on Monday, cutting off the last supply route that connects it to militant strongholds further east towards Iraq, a monitor said.
   

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