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IS Beheads Four for Robbery, Murder in Iraq

The Islamic State group has beheaded four men for armed robbery and murder in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, according to an online propaganda video seen by Agence France Presse Tuesday.

The undated video portrays the group, which has been steadily retreating recently from Iraqi forces backed by Iran and a U.S.-led coalition and Iran, as still capable of maintaining law and order and dispensing justice.

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3 More Stranded Truck Drivers Return to Lebanon

Three more Lebanese truck drivers crossed to Lebanon on Tuesday after they were stranded on the Syrian-Jordanian border following a rebel seizure of the Syrian side last week.

The drivers, who hail from the northern Akkar district, were identified by the state-run National News Agency as Ali Chehade, Youssef al-Mohammed and Abdul Halim Mahmoud Abdullah.

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Relatives of Hostage Serviceman Warn of Escalation, Demand Video for Captives

Brother of captive serviceman Ibrahim Mgheit, Nizam, demanded on Tuesday the state to clarify media reports saying that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) transferred the soldiers and policemen in its captivity to Syria's Riqqa.

Mgheit urged the state to clear up the reports, expressing fear over the fate of the men.

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Police: IS-inspired Malaysia Detainees Plotted Terror Attacks

Malaysia's national police chief said Tuesday that 17 people detained over the weekend in a suspected Islamic militant plot had planned to kidnap high-profile figures and launch terrorist attacks.

Khalid Abu Bakar said the plotters arrested on Sunday were believed to have been inspired by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group and its bloody jihad in Syria and Iraq. 

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Several Terrorists Dead as Lebanese Troops Raid Jihadist Post Near Syria Border

The Lebanese Army raided on Tuesday a jihadist post on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Ras Baalbek, attacking gunmen and causing casualties among their ranks, the military and the state-run National News Agency said.

The Airborne Regiment controlled the strategic post at al-Mukhairmeh hill at dawn, leaving three of them dead and four injured, they said.

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Derbas Optimistic on Result of Donors Conference, Throws Weight behind Salam

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas has said he was optimistic that Lebanon would receive a good share of pledges made by international donors at a conference that was held in Kuwait last week.

“We are optimistic. Lebanon's share is good,” Derbas told al-Liwaa newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday.

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U.N. Security Council Demands Aid Access to Yarmuk Camp in Syria

The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded humanitarian aid access to help thousands of refugees trapped in Syria's Yarmuk camp after it was partly seized by the Islamic State group.

The 15-member council called "for the protection of civilians in the camp for ensuring a humanitarian access to the area including by providing life-saving assistance," said Jordan's Ambassador Dina Kawar, who chairs the council this month.

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Another 6 Truckers Head to Lebanon after Syria Border Entrapment

Six more Lebanese truck drivers are on their way to Lebanon, days after they were stranded on the Syrian-Jordanian border after rebels seized the Syrian side, their syndicate said on Monday.

Another eight had arrived in Lebanon on Sunday.

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Islamists Kidnap Then Free 300 Kurds in Syria

Islamist fighters on Monday kidnapped some 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in northwestern Syria, holding them several hours before setting them free, Kurdish officials and a monitor said.

Newaf Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said the group had been detained by Jaysh al-Islam, a powerful Islamist group allied to al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate.

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PLO Official to Hold Talks with Syria on Yarmuk Relief

A Palestinian official said Monday a delegation was heading to Damascus for talks on helping residents inside the Yarmuk refugee camp, parts of which have been overrun by the Islamic State group.

Hundreds of families have been evacuated from the camp in a southern neighborhood of Damascus after IS jihadists launched on attack on Wednesday.

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