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Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

...fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants...The advances by the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as in northern Iraq has been credited...That work was "a more difficult task" in Syria than Iraq, but that "this is a pretty...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/kurds-keep-offensive-against-extremis
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IS militants attack two cities in Syria

...predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens and setting...militants also hit Kobani, a northern town on Syria's border with Turkey that had become...killing 20 people, the Observatory said. Syria's state news agency SANA said 22 people...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-26/militants-attack-two-cities-syria
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...involving U.S. ground combat troops.The Syria initiative is intended to enable moderate...them roll back IS and restore the Iraq-Syria border.The main problem thus far has...a parallel war.Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst at the Institute for the Study...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-30/us-program-train-syrian-rebels-losing
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Militants attack Egyptian troops

...Nisman, CEO for the Levantine Group risk consultancy. "It's not a hit-and-run - this is what they used in places like Syria and Iraq to actually capture and hold territory."Nisman said the attack revealed the weaknesses of the military's "scorched...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-02/militants-attack-egyptian-troops
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Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor as he drives to work

...and underscores its "rejection of the state of law." It equated the Brotherhood with extremist groups fighting in Iraq and Syria or killing tourists in Tunisia.All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-30/bomb-kills-egypts-top-prosecutor-he-d
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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Fears mounted over the fate of...group controlling the most territory in Syria."The Syrian regime appears to be in...after seizing the nearby town in central Syria, activists and officials said.They also...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-22/fears-mount-over-palmyra-expands-terr
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IS group loses key town on the Turkish border

...turning the tide against the militants in Syria and Iraq.It marked a significant reversal...the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria."It shows that the Islamic State group...self-styled caliphate stretching across northern Syria and a third of Iraq a year ago.While...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-17/group-loses-key-town-turkish-border
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Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits

...said the train-and-equip mission in Syria also lacks enough trainees to fill existing...military engagement against IS in Iraq and Syria.The measure, which was defeated 288-139...unsettled.There are no U.S. troops in Syria and about 3,500 in Iraq assisting the...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-18/iraqi-training-goal-fall-way-short-re
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US won't threaten to prosecute hostages' families for ransom

...videos showing the beheadings of some hostages, Obama approved an airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.The families' anguish has been deepened by the fact that European governments routinely pay ransom for hostages and win their...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/us-wont-threaten-prosecute-hostages-f
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Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure killed in US strike in Yemen

...major loss for al-Qaida as it struggles to compete with the Islamic State, a breakaway group that has seized vast swaths of Syria and Iraq and spawned its own affiliates elsewhere in the region. The Islamic State group has also gained loyalists in Yemen...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-17/al-qaidas-no-2-figure-killed-us-strik
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