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Foreign Jihadists Flock to IS Despite Air Strikes

The Islamic State group is recruiting foreign jihadists on an "unprecedented scale" despite international efforts to stem the tide, according to experts and extracts of a U.N. report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Latest U.S. figures show that around 1,000 foreign fighters are flocking to fight in Iraq and Syria every month, and experts warn that the newest militants may be more extreme than early recruits.

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U.N. Warns of 'Unprecedented' Number of Foreign Jihadists

Foreign jihadists from more than 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an "unprecedented scale", according to extracts of a U.N. report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Friday.

Around 15,000 people have traveled to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) and other hardcore militant groups from "countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to al-Qaida," said the report.

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'Qaida' Gunmen Kill Yemen Police Officer, Soldier

Suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed a Yemeni police officer and a soldier in two separate attacks in the south of the strife-torn country, security sources said Friday.

"Two al-Qaida gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed commander Fadl al-Majidi on Thursday night in downtown Huta," capital of Lahij province, a security source told Agence France Presse.

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Clashes in West Bank after Muslim Prayers

Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.

Al-Aqsa, in the Old City, and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it.

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Kerry Urges Restraint after Israel Vows to Reopen al-Aqsa Mosque

The United States on Thursday urged all sides in Jerusalem to exercise restraint amid spiraling tensions in the holy city, and said it was working with Israelis, Palestinian and Jordanians to try to restore calm.

Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the shooting of hardline rabbi Yehuda Glick, who holds both Israeli and U.S. citizenship.

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Report: Israel Backing Out of U.S. V-22 Aircraft Sale

Israel's defense minister is dropping the purchase of U.S. V-22 Osprey aircraft, raising concerns that this could further chill already frosty relations with Washington, Israel Hayom daily said Thursday.

The mass-circulation freesheet, considered close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Moshe Yaalon's decision went against the Israeli military's wishes.

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U.S. Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Help IS Group

A U.S. man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to help the Islamic State jihadist group and now faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said.

Donald Ray Morgan, 44, was arrested in early August at JFK International Airport in New York on an outstanding firearms charge, and investigators looked into his recent travels.

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Jihadists Held for Plotting Attacks in Morocco, France

Morocco said Thursday it has arrested two jihadists who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in the North African country and in France.

An interior ministry statement said a Frenchman and a Franco-Moroccan arrested on Monday had also been planning to join the Islamic State jihadist group.

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U.S. Says Egypt Has Right to Build Gaza Buffer Zone

Egypt has the right to use a Gaza buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday.

"Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to maintain their own security. And we understand the threat that they are facing from the Sinai," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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Top U.S. General Favors Military Advisers in Western Iraq

The U.S. military's top officer on Thursday called for deploying American advisers to Iraq's Anbar province to counter Islamic State jihadists, but said the Baghdad government must first arm local Sunni tribes.

General Martin Dempsey's comments marked the first time the American military openly endorsed sending advisers to the restive western province, where Iraqi government troops have suffered a string of setbacks at the hands of the IS group.

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