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Kurds, Syria Regime Clash Again despite Mediation

New fighting broke out overnight between Kurdish and regime forces in the flashpoint northern Syrian city of Hasakeh, a monitor said on Monday, as Russian officials pursued mediation efforts.

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Iran Says Russia Raids from Its Airbase 'Over for Now' after Accusing Moscow of 'Showing Off'

Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing runs.

"It was a specific, authorized mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran.

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Turkey Says Syria Border Region Must be 'Cleansed' of IS Jihadists

Turkey said on Monday Islamic State (IS) jihadists must be totally pushed out of the Syrian border region, after a weekend suicide bombing in the city of Gaziantep blamed on the group left at least 54 dead.

"Our border must be completely cleansed from Daesh," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in televised remarks, using an Arabic acronym for the IS group.

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Israel Launches 'Dozens' of Gaza Strikes after Rocket Attack

Israel said Monday its forces carried out dozens of air and tank strikes in Gaza on Sunday in response to a rocket that hit a southern Israeli town.

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Israel Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza after Rocket Attack

Israel targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip by air and with tank fire Sunday after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed into the Israeli city of Sderot.

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2 Egypt Police Killed in Checkpoint Attack

Two Egyptian policemen were killed and five other people wounded as gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint north of Cairo on Sunday, officials said.

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Moroccan King Urges Diaspora to Reject Extremism

Morocco's king on Saturday appealed for "a united front against extremism" and urged members of the North African country's diaspora, many of them in Europe, to defend a tolerant form of Islam.

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Foreign Volunteers Take Aim at IS while They Still Can

Growing numbers of Westerners appear to be trying to join the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq before it's too late, frontline volunteer warriors say.

IS group jihadists have suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq and Syria in recent months, including the loss of key towns and facilities surrounding the remaining major strongholds in their self-declared "caliphate" -- Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria.

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Iraq Hangs 36 over 2014 Massacre of Recruits

Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by Sunni jihadists and allied militants of up to 1,700 military recruits, officials said.

They had been found guilty of involvement in the "Speicher" massacre, named after a base near Tikrit where the recruits were kidnapped before being executed in a massacre claimed by the Islamic State group.

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Brother of Omran, Syrian Boy in Haunting Picture, Dies of Wounds

The older brother of the little Syrian boy who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike, died Saturday from wounds sustained in the attack on the family's apartment, a monitoring group said.

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