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Syria Kurds Say IS Used Chemical Weapons against them

Islamic State group fighters fired missiles containing toxic gas at Kurdish forces in Syria last month, the forces and a monitoring group said.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights both reported the late June attacks in Hasakeh province in northeastern Syria.

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Kurdish-U.S. Alliance against IS Stokes Resentment in Syria

A close alliance between the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State jihadist group and Syrian Kurdish fighters has racked up successes, but also stirred resentments that could hamper the campaign.

Analysts warn that IS can only be defeated in Syria with support from Sunni Arabs, many of whom are being alienated by what they see as U.S. favoritism towards the Kurdish minority.

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Prosecutor: IS Told Foiled French Attack Suspect to 'Hit' France

One of the suspects in a foiled attack on a French military base was instructed by an Islamic State militant in Syria to "hit" France, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Friday.

The youngest of three suspects in custody -- aged only 17 -- was given the order when it became clear he would not be able to leave the country to wage jihad in Syria because he was under surveillance, Molins said.

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Official: British Pilots Took Part in Syria Air Strikes

British pilots have taken part in U.S. and Canadian air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defense ministry said on Friday, despite a vote in parliament in 2013 against military action.

"The UK is not conducting air strikes in Syria. But we have a long-standing embed program with allies, where small numbers of UK personnel act under the command of host nations," the ministry said.

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Assad in Rare Public Appearance for Muslim Holiday

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance on Friday for holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque, state media reported.

Assad attended morning prayers at the Al-Hamad mosque in northwest Damascus on Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the SANA news agency reported.

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Syria's Aleppo Suffering Three-Week 'Water Crisis'

Government and rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo have been without safe water for nearly three weeks because the war-torn city's only pumping station is not functioning, residents said Thursday.

The cause of the problem is disputed, with some residents saying a lack of fuel was the issue, but a monitor reporting that the opposition group controlling the facility had shut it down.

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UK Sends New Spy Plane to 'Battle of Britain' against IS

Britain will send another spy plane to fly over Iraq and Syria in what Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called a "new Battle of Britain" Thursday, as it edges towards joining U.S.-led air strikes in Syria.

Fallon announced Britain would take delivery of a new Airseeker plane next month, which would "shortly after" be deployed to carry out reconnaissance of suspected Islamic State (IS) group targets.

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Samaha Seeks to Withdraw Testimony during Retrial

Former Minister Michel Samaha on Thursday sought to withdraw his testimony to the Internal Security Forces on the terrorist plot that he was convicted for in May.

Samaha told the court during his retrial that he “cannot confirm his testimony to the Intelligence Branch because his mind was not clear when it raided his house” at the time of his arrest in August 2012.

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Barrel Bombs Kill 11 Civilians in IS Town in Syria

Barrel bombs dropped from Syrian government helicopters on Thursday killed at least 11 civilians, including three children, in raids on a jihadist-held northern town, a monitoring group said.

The crudely constructed weapons were used on al-Bab, which lies in Aleppo province and is held by the extremist Islamic State group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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France Foils 'Terror' Attack on Military

Three young men, including a former naval signalman, were being held Thursday by France's intelligence services, accused of plotting to kidnap and decapitate a member of the armed forces at a military base.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces staged dawn raids on Monday and arrested four people, aged between 16 and 23, who were "planning to commit a terrorist act" at a French military installation.

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