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Iraqi forces push into Tikrit, bombers hit Ramadi

Iraqi security forces and militias fought their way into Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit on Wednesday, advancing on two fronts in their biggest counter-offensive so far against Islamic State militants. In a possible respo

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Islamic State video claims killing of 'Israeli spy'

A video posted online by Islamic State militants on Tuesday showed a boy fatally shooting Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab accused by the group of having signed up as a jihadi to spy for Israel's intelligence service. The vi

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Islamic State version of Facebook on bumpy start

Facing a ban from mainstream online social networks Facebook and Twitter, supporters of the Islamic State appear to have launched their own "caliphate book." But 5elafabook.com was offline on Monday just a day after its

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Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance on Saturday to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, according to an audio clip posted online. The symbolic move highli

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Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

Syria's envoy to the United Nations says it's time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Mid

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Islamic State killer 'Jihadi John' unmasked

British television broadcast the first picture of Mohammed Emwazi as a student on Friday, showing the man identified as the Islamic State "Jihadi John" killer with a moustache and goatee beard wearing a large baseball cap.

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BBC names ‘Jihadi John’ suspect in IS beheadings

The BBC said on Thursday it had learned that the "Jihadi John" suspect who has featured in several Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London. Earlier, the Washington Post newspaper had also identified

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Islamic State takes 150 hostages in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday. A Syrian Christian group representing several NGOs insid

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Qatar ‘committed to fighting Islamic State’

Qatar is committed to defeating the Islamic State, its emir assured US President Barack Obama on Tuesday in his first official visit to the White House. Obama said Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani committed to fighting Islamic extr

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IS in Syria abducts 90 Christians

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Righ

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