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Twin School Bombing Kills 41 Children in Syria's Homs

At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said.

They were among 48 people who died in the attacks in the Akrameh neighborhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating an earlier toll.

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British Jets Strike IS Jihadists West of Baghdad

British fighter jets fired on Islamic State (IS) militants west of Baghdad and in northwest Iraq in two rounds of air strikes Wednesday, the defense ministry in London said.

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado warplanes based in Cyprus fired four Brimstone missiles on two IS vehicles, including an armed pick-up truck, the ministry said in a statement.

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U.S.-Led Strikes Hit IS outside Syria's Ain al-Arab

U.S.-led forces carried out at least five air strikes on Wednesday against Islamic State group fighters attacking the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, a monitoring group said.

The strikes hit IS positions south and southeast of the town, known as Kobane by the Kurds, which the jihadists have been battling to take for more than two weeks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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PM: Australian Military Jets to Support Iraq Strikes

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday his country's military jets were set to join the United States in its war against Islamic State jihadists through support flights over Iraq.

Australia deployed some 600 troops and several aircraft to the United Arab Emirates in mid-September as it geared up to join the U.S.-led international coalition.

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Iraqi Kurds Look to Sky for Breakthrough against IS

A truck lies stranded on its side in a no man's land between Kurdish fighters and jihadists ensconced behind minefields, a stalemate the Kurds hope U.S.-led air strikes can break.

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U.S. Military: We Cannot Bomb IS into Obscurity

The U.S. military cannot bomb the Islamic State group into "obscurity," it cautioned Tuesday, appealing for patience in its escalating attempts to defeat the jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

"No one said this would be easy or quick, and no one should be lulled into a false sense of security by accurate air strikes," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. 

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Tunisian Youths at Forefront of Syria Jihad

Tunisian youths disillusioned with the post-revolution era have flocked to join jihadists overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.

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Baghdad Car Bombs Kill at Least 20

Three car bombs blasts killed at least 13 people and wounded 41 in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital Baghdad Tuesday, police and hospital sources said.

Twin car bombs rocked the Horreyya district in northwest Baghdad late Tuesday, killing at least 11 and wounding 32, a police colonel said. A hospital official confirmed the toll.

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Head-On Bus Collision Kills 16 in Algeria

A head-on collision between two buses killed 16 people  Tuesday on a highway in north-central Algeria, authorities said.

Another 30 people were injured in the accident, which happened on the major highway linking the city of Laghouat to the town of Afflou, civil defense Colonel Farouk Achour told Agence France-Presse.

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Iran Rejects Netanyahu's Accusations on Nuclear Threat

Iran on Tuesday rejected as baseless accusations leveled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group.

Speaking on Monday at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu said that "to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war."

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