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Qaouq Calls on March 14 Against Being 'Arrogant': All Who Incited Against Army are Partners in Crime

Hizbullah was surprised on Sunday that March 14 "has not yet abandoned its alliance" with the Syrian armed opposition, declaring that anyone who incited against the army is a partner in the crimes by "Takfiri gangs" against it.

"The Lebanese army is being exposed to open aggression by Takfiri gangs, which are not just passing separate attacks, its an external decision to continuously attack the army," said the Deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, in a memorial service celebration in the town of Dwair.

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Jihadists Take Heavy Losses in Battle for Syria's Kobane

The Islamic State group was taking heavy losses in the Syrian battleground of Kobane Sunday as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists buoyed by U.S. backing for top government security appointments.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the appointment of defence and interior ministers after weeks of delay was a "very positive step forward" in the fightback against IS in Iraq, which Washington has made its priority.

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Rifi Says He Supports Barter for Freedom of Soldiers

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi announced his support to the barter in the issue of the kidnapped soldiers, rejecting on the other hand to “push” the army into the Syrian war through coordination with the Syrian army.

Rifi said in talks to al-Liwaa newspaper that the release of the abducted soldiers is a priority to the parliament, and he is with barter to free them.

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One House, Five Families and Multiple Tales of Loss on Turkey-Syria Border

The stone house has just two rooms but is now home to five Syrian families who fled the besieged town of Kobane to the relative safety of Turkey just a few kilometers away.

The Turkish village of Karaca is just 50 meters from the border. But for the families taking refuge there it is the difference between peace and war as Islamic State fighters seek to take their hometown from Syrian Kurds in a battle that has now raged for over a month.

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Iraq PM to Visit Iran for Talks on Fight against IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is to visit Iran on Monday for talks on Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State group, which holds swathes of the country, his office said.

The one-day trip is part of Abadi's bid "to unite the efforts of the region and the world to help Iraq in its war against the terrorist group," it said in a statement issued on Sunday.

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Derbas Calls for Unity against Terrorism, Says Lebanon Cannot Bear More Refugees

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas stressed on Sunday that Lebanon can no longer welcome any new Syrian refugees on its territories, calling for further unity among the Lebanese to face terrorists.

“The country is filled to capacity and we cannot contain more refugees,” Derbas said in comments published in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah.

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Report: Lebanon Pulled into War with Islamic State Group 

With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Hizbullah are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria.

The U.S. has been speeding up delivery of small ammunition to shore up Lebanon's army, but recent cross-border attacks and beheading of Lebanese soldiers by Islamic State fighters — and the defection of four others to the extremists — has sent shockwaves across this Mediterranean country, eliciting fear of a potential slide into the kind of militant, sectarian violence afflicting both Syria and Iraq, and increasingly prompting minorities to take up arms.

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UK Grapples with Delicate Issue of Returning Jihadists

Do you lock them up, or try to rehabilitate them? Britain has taken a hard line on citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq, but anti-extremism groups and experts say more good might come from trying to help them.

An estimated 500 Britons have traveled abroad to become jihadists, many with the Islamic State organisation, and about half have returned, according to government sources.

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Spain to Train Iraqi Troops to Fight Islamic State

Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

Defense Minister Pedro Morenes made the announcement in Washington, where he met Friday with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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U.S. Slams IS with 25 New Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

U.S. warplanes struck more than two dozen times in Syria and Iraq on Friday and Saturday, hitting Islamic State jihadists and oil infrastructure they control, the American military said.

Of 15 air strikes in Syria, 12 were aimed at "degrading and destroying their oil producing, collecting, storage and transportation infrastructure," the U.S. Central Command said in a statement. 

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