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Iraqi Forces Say Repel Jihadist Attack West of Baghdad

Iraqi pro-government forces backed by warplanes on Sunday repelled a jihadist attack on a strategic town only 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital Baghdad, security sources said.

The Islamic State (IS) group attacked Amriyat al-Fallujah at around 1:00 am (2200 GMT on Saturday), local police chief Aref al-Janabi told AFP.

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U.S.-led Raids Hit Jihadist Oil, Command Posts in Syria

U.S.-led coalition warplanes on Sunday kept up their strikes against oil sites in Syria that fund the Islamic State group, as well as targeting the jihadists' command structure.

The air raids came a day after Al-Qaida's Syria affiliate threatened reprisals after a key operative was reported killed.

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Israel PM Vows to Refute Palestinian 'Lies' at U.N.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to New York on Sunday, vowing to expose "slander and lies" laid out by Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in his UN speech.

In a Friday address to the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas accused Israel of carrying out a "genocidal crime" in its 50-day war against Gaza militants in which nearly 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.

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Jihadist's Tweets Suggest Khorasan Leader's Death

A jihadist who once fought in the Khorasan group offered messages of condolences on Twitter over the death of the Al-Qaida offshoot group's alleged leader, the SITE monitoring group said Saturday.

The messages appeared to provide confirmation that U.S. airstrikes in Syria might have killed Khorasan leader Muhsin al-Fadhli, a long-standing Qaida operative.

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Germany to Host Conference on Syrian Refugees

Germany will host an international conference next month to mobilize aid for Syrian refugees after the launch of U.S.-led airstrikes, the foreign minister told the United Nations on Saturday.

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and beyond, driven from their homes in three-year war and the recent offensive by jihadists.

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Al-Nusra Front Says Air Strikes on Syria a 'War against Islam'

Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syrian franchise, said Saturday that foreign air strikes on the war-torn country constitute a "war against Islam," and threatened to attack the worldwide interests of participating nations.

"These states have committed a horrible act that is going to put them on the list of jihadist targets throughout the world," said spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri in a video posted online.

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Iraqi Army Says Retook Dam from IS Jihadists

The Iraqi army and an alliance of Shiite militia groups on Saturday retook a dam northeast of Baghdad after days of fighting believed to have killed dozens, security sources said.

Fighting has been raging for days around Muqdadiyah, in Diyala province, around 90 kilometers (55 miles) from Baghdad, between jihadists from the Islamic State group and pro-government forces. 

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Rice Meets Syrian Opposition at White House

National Security Adviser Susan Rice reaffirmed U.S. commitment to supporting Syria's moderate opposition at a meeting in Washington with a delegation from the Syrian National Coalition, the White House said Saturday.

The Friday meeting came as the United States and coalition partners broaden air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, with a defense official telling Agence France-Presse that "near continuous" combat sorties were being conducted there, as in Iraq.

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IS Rockets Hit Besieged Syrian Kurdish Town for First Time

Rocket fire by jihadists from the Islamic State group hit the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab on Saturday for the first time, wounding 12 people, a monitor said.

The report comes as the U.S.-led coalition widened its campaign of air strikes against IS targets to include fighters around the town on the Turkish border, known as Kobane by the Kurds.

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Erdogan Says Turkey Ready for Military Role in Anti-IS Coalition

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.

In comments made aboard his presidential plane to Turkish reporters as he traveled back from the United States, Erdogan also indicated he backed the use of ground troops inside Syria, Hurriyet reported on its website.

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