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US, allies conduct 25 strikes against Islamic State: military WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants with 18 strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria on Friday, the US military said.Four of the strikes in Iraq were near Mosul, hitting four Islamic State tactical units and three vehicles, the statement said.In Syria, four of the strikes were near Ar Raqqah and hit an Islamic State weapons cache and checkpoint, it added. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Israel defence minister resigns in spat with Netanyahu JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation on Friday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition."I told the prime minister this morning that due to his conduct in recent developments, and in light of my lack of trust in him, I am resigning from the government and Knesset (parliament) and taking a break from political life," the former armed forces chief of staff ...

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US leads 17 strikes against Islamic State: statement WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday in their latest daily attacks against the militant group, the coalition leading the operations said.In a statement released on Thursday, the Combined Joint Task Force said 14 strikes in Iraq hit targets near nine cities, including Mosul, Kisik and Falluja, among others.The strikes hit seven of the militant's tactical units as well as two fighting positions, ...

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Russia backs Syrian army against terrorism: Lavrov VIENNA: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted Tuesday that Moscow is not wedded to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, but is backing his army against the Islamic State group"We don't support Assad, we support the fight against terrorism," Lavrov argued, after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group in Vienna."On the ground we don't see any more real and efficient force than the Syrian army, even given all its weaknesses," he told reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence ...

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World Food Programme to drop aid into besieged Syria towns: Kerry VIENNA: World powers on Tuesday called on the United Nations to carry out air drops over besieged areas in Syria as regime blockades in rebel-held areas were stopping all food and medical aid in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions."Starting on June 1, if the UN is denied humanitarian access to any of these designated areas, the International Syria Support calls on the World Food Programme to immediately carry out a programme for air bridges ...

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IS blasts rock Syria gas field: monitor BEIRUT: Powerful blasts rocked a key gas field in central Syria on Monday, with a monitor saying they were caused by the Islamic State group blowing up pumping stations.The Shaer gas field -- one of the biggest in the central province of Homs -- has been the site of fierce fighting between IS militants and Syrian government loyalists."There were three huge explosions there carried out by IS on Monday," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the ...

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US, allies stage 14 strikes against IS in Iraq, Syria: US military WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the coalition leading the operations said.In a statement released on Monday, the Combined Joint Task Force said six strikes near four cities in Syria struck three tactical units and a financial headquarters and destroyed a vehicle, a rocket rail and four fighting positions.In Iraq, eight strikes near five cities denied access to terrain, suppressed a mortar ...