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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Kurdish forces recapture Syria-Iraq border crossing

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian border from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday, according to Kurdish military officials. “Our forces managed in the early hours of the attack to make significant progress on all fronts, taking full control of [the town of] Rabia,” the official spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Peshmerga, Gen. Halgurd Hikmat, told Asharq Al-Awsat. Militants fro...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Amid jihadi gains, priceless Iraqi artefacts hit black market

Paris, Reuters—Ancient Iraqi artifacts are appearing on the black market as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (SIS) militants use intermediaries to sell priceless treasures to finance their activities after sweeping through the north of the country, Iraqi and Western officials said. The militants gained some experience of dealing in antiquities after taking control of large parts of Syria, but when they captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the Nineveh province in June, they gained ac...

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Paula Astih
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

International coalition target ISIS near Kobani

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—US-led airstrikes targeted the positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) near the strategic town of Kobani, located on Syria’s north borde...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites ISIS threat

Cairo, Reuters—Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stabili...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Tuesday, 30 Sep, 2014

Exiled Sunni politician to be nominated as Iraq’s defense minister: source

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—“Serious steps” are being taken to clear an exiled Iraqi politician of terror charges as a prelude to his nomination as minister of defense, source...

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Hamdan Al-Rahbi
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on : Tuesday, 30 Sep, 2014

Yemen: Houthis strengthen grip on Sana’a

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Houthi movement continued to consolidate its hold over Sana’a on Monday, seizing more state institutions and buildings amid an almost total ab...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 30 Sep, 2014

Libya’s parliament holds crisis talks with rival assembly

Tobruk and London, Reuters/Asharq Al-Awsat—Libya's elected parliament held UN-brokered talks on Monday with a rival assembly in a bid to agree a ceasefire by armed factions and m...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Tuesday, 30 Sep, 2014

Turkish parliament to consider “buffer zone” against ISIS

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey could become involved in the international fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if a motion to send Turkish ground troops i...

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Kifah Ziboun
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on : Monday, 29 Sep, 2014

Rafah crossing opening closer: sources

Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Palestinian factions are getting closer to reopening the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian territories, following an agreement las...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 29 Sep, 2014

Syrian government forces driven back from Damascus outskirts: sources

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Fighting between government forces and rebels affiliated with both Al-Qaeda and less radical groups continued in western Syria on Sunday, as US and al...

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