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Jihadists Kill at Least 10 in Attack on Kurdish-Held Iraq Town

The Islamic State jihadist group on Monday attacked the Kurdish-controlled town of Qara Tapah, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least seven peshmerga troops and three civilians, officials said.

The militants attacked from two sides, lobbing mortar rounds into the town, which lies 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Iranian border.

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U.S. Welcomes Turkish Move to Let Iraqi Kurds into Syria

The United States on Monday praised a policy reversal by Turkey which agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the border to help defend a besieged Syrian town.

"We welcome those statements from the foreign ministry," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, after Ankara said it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga fighters to cross the frontier to reach the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane under attack from Islamic militants.

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Syrian Professor in Saudi Disappears, Joins IS

A Syrian professor at a Saudi Arabian university has disappeared and joined the Islamic State group fighting U.S.-backed forces in her homeland, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Al-Hayat quoted Ibrahim al-Khaldi, the spokesman for the University of Dammam, as saying Iman Mustafa al-Boga had resigned for unknown reasons.

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Turkey Says Releases Last Syrian Kurdish etainees

Turkey on Monday released the last group of Syrian Kurds who were being held on suspicion of having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a local official said.

"The last 95 people were advised to go to a tent city having reported their contact details," local official Fatih Ciftci told AFP.

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15 Killed in Yemen Suicide Car Bomb Targeting Rebels

A suicide bomber killed 15 people, including children, when he detonated an explosives-laden car near a Shiite rebel checkpoint south of the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses said.

The blast went off within meters (yards) of the checkpoint in the town of Rada, scene of heavy fighting between the Al-Qaida militants, backed by Sunni tribesmen, and rebels seeking to expand their territorial control.

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EU Urges Turkey to Open Border to Help Kobane

European Union foreign ministers called on Turkey Monday to open its border so as to help the Syrian town of Kobane, under attack from Islamic State jihadi fighters.

"The situation in Kobane and in other areas under siege and experiencing fierce fighting against IS is a matter of serious concern," the 28 EU foreign ministers said in a statement after a regular meeting in Luxembourg.

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Jewish Settlers Take Over 10 E. Jerusalem Homes

Israeli settlers moved into 10 new homes in annexed east Jerusalem on Monday, activists said, in spite of fierce local opposition and international condemnation of such takeovers.

According to Jawad Siyyam, a Palestinian activist who heads the Silwan Community Centre, a group of Jewish settlers moved into two buildings in the neighborhood.

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France Launches Fresh Strikes against IS in Iraq

French fighter jets have carried out a third round of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in support of Iraqi ground forces, the defense ministry said Monday.

Two Rafale jets on Sunday destroyed two pick-up trucks belonging to the extremist group, which has seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria.

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Syrian Kurds Find Refuge in Camp Named after Suicide Bomber

Syrian Kurdish refugees who streamed into Turkey from Kobane have found sanctuary in a new camp named after a female Kurdish suicide bomber who blew herself up in the battle against jihadists for the besieged Syrian town.

The new camp in the Turkish border town of Suruc has been named by the municipality -- which is controlled by the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) -- after Arin Mirkan.

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Iraq PM Rules out Foreign Boots on the Ground

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

Abadi was speaking in the city of Najaf after a rare meeting with the most revered figure among Iraqi Shiites, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and before a trip to neighboring Iran.

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