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Saudi ready to send forces to Syria if coalition decides

Saudi Arabia would be willing to commit special forces to Syria should the international coalition decide to deploy ground troops against Islamic State, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday. It was the Saudi minist

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Saudi 'ready to join ground operations in Syria'

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said it is prepared to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight Daesh (ISIS), if the US-led interational coalition also deploys ground forces.   Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri

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Saudi-led forces capture Yemeni islands from Houthis

Arab coalition forces have captured a Yemeni Red Sea archipelago used by Iran-allied Houthis for storing and smuggling weapons into Yemen, the Saudi-led alliance and local fishermen said on Thursday. The Saudi-led coalition has be

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Human shields in IS bases as Iraqi forces close in

As Iraqi forces close in on the western city of Ramadi, thousands of civilians are effectively being held hostage inside by Islamic State militants who want to use them as human shields. Iraqi forces cut the hardline group's l

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Assad, Iranian forces must quit Syria, says Saudi

Russia and Iran must agree to a date and means for Syria's President Bashar Al Assad to quit the country, and agree to withdraw all foreign forces from Syria, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with Sky N

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GCC forces seize strategic Yemen island

Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies. Gulf Arab troops

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Libyan military shells Turkish cargo ship, crew member killed

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned not to approach, and one crew member was killed in what Turkey described as a "contempti

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Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk

Kurdish authorities said their forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, drove Islamic State militants from an 84 sq km area in northern Iraq, widening a buffer around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.   The Kurd

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Kurds locked in battle with Assad's forces in Syria

Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish sources and a monitoring group said, breaking a longstanding tacit agreement between the two sides to focus on other enemies in a complex civil war.

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Australia’s special forces to join Iraq air strikes

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join US-led coalition strikes. Abbott said in

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