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Media: CIA, U.S. Special Forces Launch Drone Campaign in Syria

The CIA and U.S. special forces are carrying out a secret campaign using armed drones to target and kill Islamic State leaders in Syria, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The clandestine program is separate from America's wider military operations against IS fighters, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

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Petraeus: Nusra Front Fighters Could Tackle IS

Former CIA chief and retired general David Petraeus wants the United States to consider working with some members of al-Nusra Front to tackle the Islamic State group in Syria, he said Tuesday.

In a statement to CNN, Petraeus said some members of al-Nusra Front might be persuaded to join the coalition battling the IS group.

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Israel Opposes Palestinian Flag-Raising at the U.N.

Israel on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to a draft resolution that would allow the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders later this month.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor appealed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sam Kutesa, the General Assembly's president, to block the move, which would break with the U.N. practice of flying only the flags of member states.

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Gaza Could be 'Uninhabitable' by 2020, U.N. Warns

The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.

"The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unlivable by 2020," the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) wrote in its annual report.

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Greek Police Find Large Weapons Stash on Libya-Bound Ship

A large weapons stash was discovered Tuesday on a cargo ship off the Greek island of Crete, a police source said, with initial information suggesting it sailed from Turkey and was headed for Libya.

Greek port police boarded the Haddad 1 and found shotguns in a shipping container, although no details were given on the other weapons found.

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Coalition Air Strikes on South Yemen Kill 20

At least 20 rebels and pro-government fighters have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes targeting insurgent positions in south Yemen, military sources said on Tuesday.

The raids struck the rebel-held headquarters of the 19th Infantry Brigade and checkpoints in Baihan, a region between the provinces of Shabwa which is government-held, and oil-rich Marib which both sides are fighting to control.

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IS Claims Tripoli Car Bomb near Oil Firm

The Islamic State jihadist group on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni in the Libyan capital that wounded one person.

IS said in a statement on Twitter that one of its "security detachments targeted the headquarters of Mellitah Oil and Gas with a car bomb in the Dhahra district in downtown Tripoli".

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Migrants Using Fake Syrian Passports to Enter EU, Says Frontex

A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Europe's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

"There are people who are in Turkey now who buy fake Syrian passports because they know Syrians get the right to asylum in all the member states of the European Union," Fabrice Leggeri told French radio station Europe 1.

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Clashes Erupt during Israeli Raid in West Bank

Clashes erupted during an overnight Israeli raid to arrest an alleged Hamas member at a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, leaving a border policeman and five Palestinians wounded, officials said Tuesday.

The clashes that included gunfire lasted for hours at the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank and were among the most violent to occur there in recent years. 

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Worst Fears Confirmed as Famed Palmyra Temple Flattened

Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group.

The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines, precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been seeking, experts said.

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