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Jihadists Killed in New Push to Take Syria Air Base

At least 14 jihadists were killed and 150 wounded in overnight clashes with Syrian troops defending an air base in Raqa province, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The clashes came as the Islamic State group launched a new bid to capture the Tabqa base, the government's last bastion in the northern province, the rest of which is in the hands of the jihadists.

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Geagea: Developments of Syria, Iraq Cannot Be Replicated in Lebanon

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused some political powers of intimidating Christians in Lebanon with the threat of Islamist movements in the region, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Saturday.

He told the daily: “The LF has been seeking in recent weeks to reassure the people of the contrary. The developments in Syria and Iraq cannot be replicated in Lebanon for several reasons.”

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A Look into Heart of Jihadist 'Caliphate' in Syria, Iraq

"What do you want to be? A jihadist, or to execute a martyrdom operation?"

In the "caliphate" recently proclaimed by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, even young children are indoctrinated, and Sharia law is backed by the gun, according to a gripping documentary offering one of the first glimpses of life in Raqqa, power base of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

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U.S. Ready to 'Take Action' in Syria if Americans Threatened

The White House said it was ready to "take action" against any threat to America as it indicated serious consideration of U.S. military strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Pentagon has warned of the dangers of IS and said operations against it in Syria may be needed, after weeks of air strikes have slowed the advance of the Sunni militant group in Iraq and as the West reeled from the grisly killing of American journalist James Foley.

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How Can the U.S. Defeat IS Jihadists?

President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist "cancer" threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

If the United States intends to decisively defeat IS, what diplomatic and military means would be needed to crush them?

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Biden: U.S. Backs Federal System in Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the United States would back a federal system in Iraq, as he pressed for unity in the sharply divided country amid a growing terror threat.

Writing in a Washington Post opinion piece, Biden said the United States was ready to "further enhance" its support of Iraq's fight against the Islamic State, and would urge its international partners to do so as well.

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Morocco Says It Has Arrested Two IS Jihadists

Morocco said on Friday it had arrested two Islamic State jihadists who had been planning to leave for IS training camps in Syria and Iraq to prepare attacks at home.

The two, whose identities were not disclosed, "planned to receive military training" before taking action in Morocco, "under the Islamic State's plans to expand its field of operations," an interior ministry statement said.

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U.S. Sanctions on Saudi, Kuwaiti over Ties to Nusra, Qaida

The United States imposed sanctions Friday on two Islamic extremists it accuses of ties to al-Qaida and the al-Nusra Front, alleging they financed and acted on behalf of the terror groups.

Under a designation issued by the U.S. Treasury, any assets the men -- Saudi and Kuwaiti nationals -- hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and Americans are "generally prohibited from doing business with them."

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Fleeing Iraqi Christians Reveal Horror of Islamic State

From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing.

Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic extremists currently rampaging through Syria and Iraq were as terrifying as they were sophisticated in their communication methods.

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Britain Says Will Not Work with Assad to Combat IS

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar Assad to combat Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country and his permission would not be needed for any military intervention, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

Hammond also said Britain had no plans to arm moderate fighters in Syria's civil war, and insisted that Western troops on the ground in Iraq would only make the situation worse.

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