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Soldier Killed in Akkar as Tripoli Suspects Held after Attacks on Army Patrols

A Lebanese soldier was killed at dawn Friday when assailants opened fire on a bus transporting troops on the Bireh road in the northern Akkar district, the army and the state-run National News Agency said.

The dead soldier was identified as Jamal Jean al-Hashem, who hails from the town of Qobayyat.

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'Syria Recruiter' Charged with Preparing Australia Terror Attack

A man arrested in Australian counter-terrorism raids in September is facing fresh charges of preparing a terrorist attack on home soil, police said on Friday.

Agim Kruezi, 22, was initially accused of recruiting, funding and sending jihadist fighters to Syria after he was detained in Brisbane on September 10.

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Turkey to Expel Detained Kobane Kurds to Syria

Turkey is planning to expel a group of Syrian Kurds who fled the besieged town of Kobane but were then detained for over a week on suspicion of having links to rebel Kurdish groups, a Turkish lawmaker said on Thursday.

Ibrahim Ayhan, a lawmaker for the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), said the group of over 150 Kurds still being held did not want to return to Syria amid the advance by Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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U.S. Hits IS with 14 Air Strikes near Syria Border Town

U.S. warplanes struck 14 times near Kobane into Thursday, hammering the Islamic State jihadists besieging the key Syrian border town, the American military said.

Central Command said the air attacks Wednesday and Thursday "successfully struck" 19 IS-held buildings, two command posts, a heavy machine gun, three sniper positions and other targets.

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Russia Denies Agreed with U.S. to Share Intel on IS Militants

Moscow on Thursday denied a U.S. assertion that it had agreed to ramp up intelligence-sharing with Washington over the Islamic State group, saying it would provide no such help without U.N. Security Council approval.

The statement by Russia's foreign ministry contradicted a declaration by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made after a meeting in Paris on Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Turkey's Kurdish Peace Process on Track, Says Ruling Party

Turkey's ruling party said on Thursday it was optimistic about the prospects for the peace process with Kurdish rebels after a spate of violence raised concern about its viability.

The spokesman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Besir Atalay told reporters the government is about to complete a roadmap aimed at ending the three-decade old Kurdish insurgency.

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Germany Detains 'Terror Group Suspect' back from Syria

Police in Germany have arrested a man on charges of belonging to a foreign terror organization during an extended trip to Syria, officials said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old German national, identified as Soufiane K., is alleged to have been a member of the Al Qaida-backed militant group Al-Nusra Front, the federal prosecutor general in Karlsruhe said.

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Syrian Air Raids Kill 14, Including Six Children, Says Monitor

Syrian air raids struck targets east of Damascus and further north Thursday, killing 14 people including six children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Ten people were killed, including a woman and two children, in Jisrin, to the east of Damascus.

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Glitzy Projects Spark Rare Anger from Syria Regime Backers

Even for some of the Syrian regime's staunchest supporters, this month's launch of a glitzy new shopping mall and tourism projects seems to have been a step too far.

With large parts of the country ravaged by fighting and hundreds dying every week, the $50 million (40 million euro) projects in the pro-regime coastal stronghold of Tartus have sparked rare criticism from supporters of President Bashar Assad.

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Envoy Meets with Hizbullah after Talks with Salam, Bassil in Beirut

U.N.'s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura met on Thursday with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and is expected to hold talks with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil later in the day, on the other hand, he pointed out the "agreement" with Hizbullah on "a political solution" to end the war there.

“A new turn of events are controlling the region, in particular regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant... and the International community is deeply concerned,” De Mistura told reporters after talks with Salam at the Grand Serail.

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