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Libya Magnet for Jihadists from Tunisia and Beyond

Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's beach massacre in Tunisia.

The oil-rich North African country bordering Tunisia has rival governments and parliaments as well as a slew of armed groups vying for power in the aftermath of its 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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Tunisia PM Admits Police Took Too Long to React to Attack

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told the BBC on Friday that police took too long to react to last week's jihadist attack that killed 38 people, mostly Britons.

"The time of the reaction -- this is the problem," Essid told the British broadcaster. Police had been "blocked everywhere," he added.

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Saudi Policeman Killed in Raid, IS Flags Found

A Saudi policeman was shot dead on Friday during a raid in which three people were arrested and flags of the Islamic State group were found, the interior ministry said.

The killing came with the Gulf region on alert against attacks by IS, which has been blamed for killing other Saudi policemen and has claimed three deadly mosque bombings in the kingdom and Kuwait.

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Sunnis, Shiites Hold Joint Prayers in Bahrain

Dozens of Shiites and Sunnis prayed side by side Friday in a mosque near the capital of Bahrain, a country hit since 2011 by Shiite-led protests against its Sunni rulers.

Residents said tight security was in place for the special session of weekly prayers in a mosque at Diraz, a Shiite village west of Manama.

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Hamas Says Israeli Claim It Supported Sinai Attacks 'Propaganda'

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Friday dismissed as "propaganda" an Israeli claim that it provided support related to this week's jihadist attacks against Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.

"The occupation's (Israel) statements about Hamas helping IS are stupid accusations... and propaganda that aims to incite against Hamas," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP, referring to the Islamic State group, whose fighters carried out the attacks.

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Palestinians Arrest 100 Hamas Members in W.Bank

Palestinian forces have arrested around 100 Hamas members in the West Bank, a security official said Friday, raising tension between the Islamist movement and its Ramallah-based rivals.

The people, arrested overnight, "intended to carry out attacks against the Palestinian Authority (PA)," the official said, without elaborating.

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Official: Drone kills 4 Qaida Suspects in Yemen

A Saudi and a Kuwaiti are among four suspected al-Qaida members killed by an American drone strike in southeastern Yemen, a local official said on Friday.

The dawn strike targeted their car as it left the base of the 27th Mechanized Brigade in the Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla, the official told Agence France Presse.

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Islamist Alliance in Battle for Syria's Aleppo

A new Islamist rebel alliance, including al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, was locked in a fierce battle Friday to seize government-held areas of Aleppo, the divided former economic capital.

Once a powerhouse of industry, Aleppo has been devastated by years of fighting between regime forces and a succession of rebel groups.

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Two Years after Morsi, Egypt Stuck in Turmoil

Two years after the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds.

Militant attacks have persisted since the then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013, after mass street protests against the Islamist's single year of divisive rule.

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Kuwait Tightens Security as Emir Attends Joint Prayers

Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around Shiite mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing, as the emir attended a rare Shiite-Sunni joint ceremony in a show of unity.

Shiite mosques in Kuwait City were completely cordoned off, and roads leading to them were closed to traffic, as security men and volunteers stood guard, an AFP reporter said.

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