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Syrian rebels battle each other north of Aleppo BEIRUT: Syrian insurgents clashed in a town near the Turkish border on Monday as inter-rebel tensions spilled over, playing to President Bashar al-Assad's advantage with the government tightening its grip on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The confrontation in Azaz pitted a prominent Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group, the Levant Front, against factions that also fight under the FSA banner and the Ahrar al-Sham, sources on both sides and a group that reports on the war said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said headquarters and checkpoints held by the Levant Front had been seized in the fighting, which a Levant Front official said had forced the group to withdraw some fighters from a battle with Islamic State in the nearby city of al-Bab. The fighting in Azaz, some 60 km (35 miles) north of Aleppo, also prompted Turkey, which backs a number of FSA rebel groups, to close the border ...

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Rare suicide attack south of Baghdad kills 8: officials KARBALA: A rare suicide attack in an oasis town south of Baghdad killed eight people and wounded at least six on Monday, Iraqi officials said.The attack in Ain al-Tamer involved six suicide bombers, some of whom may have been killed by security forces before they could blow themselves up.Masum al-Tamimi, a member of the Karbala provincial council, said that six suicide bombers armed with light weapons as well as explosives tried to infiltrate Ain al-Tamer ...

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Kerry in Oman for Yemen peace talks MUSCAT: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Monday in Muscat, Omani state media said, for talks expected to focus on efforts to end Yemen's 19-month conflict. ONA news agency said Kerry will be in the Gulf sultanate for two days, in one of his last trips as secretary of state before President Barack Obama's administration ends on January 20.He is scheduled to hold talks on Monday with Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi and ...

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Brother of Saudi king dies RIYADH: Prince Turki bin Abdel Aziz, a brother of Saudi Arabia's king, has died, a statement from the palace published on the official news agency SPA said early Saturday.Prince Turki -- who was born in 1934, according to his official biography -- was a son of the kingdom's founder, King Abdul Aziz bin Saud, and a member of a formidable bloc of brothers known as the Sudairi seven, after their mother Hassa bin Ahmed al-Sudairi.The ...

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Turkish airstrikes kill 18 IS militants in northern Syria ANKARA: Turkey's military killed 18 Islamic State militants in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the army said on Saturday, intensifying strikes against the militant group. Four buildings and one vehicle used by the Islamic State (IS) militants were destroyed in the strikes, an army statement said.Separately, five Turkey-backed rebels and five Islamic State militants were killed in clashes on the ground, the army said in its statement. In addition, it said coalition forces ...

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'Intense' fighting in Mosul as civilians flee MOSUL: Elite Iraqi forces were engaged in "intense" fighting with jihadists in eastern Mosul on Saturday, an officer said, as civilians gathered on the city's outskirts to flee.Iraqi forces launched a massive operation to retake the country's second city from the Islamic State group on October 17, and the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) special forces have pushed the jihadists back from some Mosul neighbourhoods.But there are still weeks if not months of fighting ahead in the ...

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Turkish airstrikes kill 18 Islamic State militants in northern Syria: army ANKARA: Turkey's military killed 18 Islamic State militants in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the army said on Saturday, intensifying strikes against the militant group.Four buildings and one vehicle used by the Islamic State fighters were destroyed in the strikes, an army statement said.Separately, five Turkey-backed rebels and five Islamic State militants were killed in clashes on the ground, the army said in its statement. In addition, it said coalition forces conducted six ...