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Moscow Calls on U.S. to Do More to Counter Syria's al-Nusra

Russia called on the US to do more to combat the al-Nusra Front in Syria, considered a terrorist group by both Moscow and Washington even after it split from al-Qaida.

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Syria, Kurds Condemn Turkish Incursion

Syria condemned Wednesday's Turkish incursion into an Islamic State group-held border area as a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty as Kurdish authorities said the action amounted to a "declaration of war."

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Erdogan Says Syria Operation Aimed against IS Jihadists, Kurdish PYD

The Turkish operation inside Syrian territory is aimed not just against jihadists but also Kurdish militia and should permanently put an end to problems on the border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

"From 4:00 am (0100 GMT) our forces began an operation against the Daesh (IS) and PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) terror groups that threaten our country in northern Syria," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

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Palestinian Suspect in Police Killings Beaten to Death

The alleged ringleader in the killing of two Palestinian policemen has died in custody after being beaten by security forces, a senior local official said on Tuesday.

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U.N. Bracing for Massive Flight from Iraq's Mosul

The United Nations said Tuesday it was rushing to build camps to accommodate what it expects to be a mass exodus from Mosul once a battle begins for Iraq's second city.

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Iran Says It Requested Russian Strikes on Syria's Aleppo

Russian warplanes bombed Aleppo at Iran's request to assist its military advisers on the ground in the flashpoint Syrian city, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.

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Syria Regime, Kurds Agree Truce in Hasakeh

Regime forces and Kurdish fighters agreed on Tuesday to a truce in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh after a week of clashes, a Kurdish official and Syrian state media said.

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Israel Nets Arms in West Bank Factory Raids

The Israeli army carried out a series of raids on weapons manufacturers in the occupied West Bank overnight in the largest such operation in years, the army said Tuesday.

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Will Syria Gas Attacks Probe Nail the Assad Regime?

A yearlong investigation to determine who is behind deadly chemical attacks in Syria takes center stage at the United Nations this week when the panel presents its much-awaited findings.

The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) set up by the U.N. Security Council has been collecting evidence in nine cases of alleged noxious gas attacks on Syrian villages in 2014 and 2015.

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Iraq Forces Launch Push to Retake Town South of Mosul

Iraqi special forces led an operation on Tuesday aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul, military sources said.

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