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IS 'Sells' 42 Yazidi Women to Fighters in Syria

The Islamic State group on Thursday sold 42 Iraqi women it had abducted from the Yazidi religious minority to its fighters in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the women were being treated as "slaves" by the jihadists and were sold "for between $500 (447 euros) and $2,000 dollars (1,785 euros)."

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Rocket Fired from Syria Kills One in Jordan

A rocket fired from Syria hit a city in northern Jordan Thursday, killing one person and wounding four, a government source said, without indicating who may have been responsible.

"A rocket fired from Syrian territory struck the city of Al-Ramtha, near the Syrian border, killing a young man of 20 and wounding four others," the source said.

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U.N. Pleads for Syria Refugee Aid to be Speeded up

The United Nations said Thursday there is an acute shortage of money to provide aid to refugees from Syria and their hosts in neighboring countries, appealing for funding to be speeded up.

Some 3.9 million people have fled the civil war in Syria, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the shortage is hampering assistance to them and to more than 20 million people in the countries hosting them.

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Iran Mourns Three Dead from War against IS in Syria

Iran held a joint funeral on Thursday for three nationals killed fighting the Islamic State group alongside forces of its close ally Syria, state media reported.

The memorial service for the three Iranians, all from Tehran, was attended by around 2,000 people, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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Israel Arrests more Druze over Syrian 'Lynching'

Israeli police said Thursday they arrested three more suspects in attacks by members of the Druze minority on military ambulances transporting wounded Syrians to hospital.

In one of two incidents Monday, one Syrian was beaten to death and a second hurt, in an unprecedented outbreak of violence by Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "lynching."

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Rebels Attack Regime-held Parts of Syria's Daraa

A rebel alliance, including al-Qaida's Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front, attacked government-held parts of the southern city of Daraa on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

The alliance, also involving powerful Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, bombarded loyalist positions with mortar and artillery fire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Australia Spy Agency Denies Terror Maps a Security Breach

Australia's domestic spy agency Thursday played down concerns that maps shown in a media briefing revealing the source of homegrown fighters travelling to the Middle East were classified, after fears their publication was a security breach.

The maps, which revealed the Sydney and Melbourne suburbs where fighters heading to join jihadists came from, were photographed and filmed by journalists during a meeting Wednesday between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and spy chief Duncan Lewis.

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19 IS Fighters Dead in Failed Attack on Syria Alawite Town

At least 19 Islamic State group fighters were killed on Wednesday in a failed attack on an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three pro-regime militants were also killed repelling the attack on the village of Jub al-Jarah.

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Frenchwoman's Journey to IS in Syria

She wanted to move to a land where "the laws of Allah apply" but found herself trapped in a world of arbitrary beatings and violence where women are treated as sexual objects.

Nadia (not her real name), a 21-year-old French woman, was recruited earlier this spring by Islamic State (IS) jihadists on Internet chatrooms and then traveled to the militants' self-declared capital of Raqa, in Syria.

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IS Suicide Bombers Kill 10 Syria Soldiers

Two suicide bombers from the Islamic State group have killed 10 Syrian soldiers in the northeastern city of Hasakeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.

Separately, at least 13 civilians were killed in a car bomb attack against a mosque in a village near the capital Damascus, the monitor said.

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