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Turkey Attack Spillover of IS War on Kurds, Say Experts

A deadly suicide bombing in southern Turkey appears to be part of the Islamic State group's war against the Kurds, and shows the country's growing vulnerability to the conflict in neighboring Syria, analysts say.

The attack on Monday on a gathering of pro-Kurdish activists in Suruc along the Turkish-Syrian border, which killed at least 32 people, bore the hallmarks of the Sunni extremist organization.

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Monitor: Syria Rebels Rain Rockets on Shiite Villages

Syrian rebels, including al-Qaida-affiliated fighters, have fired hundreds of rockets and mortar shells on two besieged Shiite-majority villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said Tuesday.

At least seven people were reported killed in the shelling by the Army of Conquest alliance on the regime-held villages of Fuaa and Kafraya on Monday and Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Pentagon Chief Tries to Assure Israel over Hizbullah after Iran Deal

On a hilltop lookout near Israel's border with Lebanon, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered personal assurances Monday that the U.S. will help Israel counter Iranian support for Hizbullah. He called it one example of how the U.S. can support the Jewish state in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal.

Carter visited Hussein Lookout, with a sweeping view of the border as well as the Golan Heights, in an effort to emphasize U.S. concern about a range of threats that face Israel. These include tens of thousands of short-, medium- and longer-range Hizbullah rockets and missiles in southern Lebanon that could hit Israeli villages and cities.

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Uruguay to Receive New Group of Syrian Refugees

Uruguay will take in a new group of Syrian refugees by the end of the year, officials said Monday, adding that the country was committed to helping alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

A total of 117 family members are being relocated to Uruguay from refugee camps in Lebanon.

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Dozens Dead in Zabadani Clashes on Lebanese-Syrian Border

Almost 70 fighters have been killed in the two-week-old battle between pro-government forces and Islamist rebels for control of Zabadani on Syria's border with Lebanon, a monitoring group said Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 46 rebels and 21 members of Hizbullah fighting on the government side have died since pro-regime forces entered the town of Zabadani on July 4.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 31 in Turkey Attack Blamed on IS

A suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 31 people Monday in an attack on a Turkish cultural center where activists had gathered to prepare for an aid mission in the nearby Syrian town of Kobane.

The blast ripped through the center in Suruc -- a town just across the border from Kobane, which was itself later hit by a suicide car bombing -- blowing out the windows and starting a fire, witnesses said.

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Syria Regime, Kurds Join to Fight IS in Hasakeh

In two districts of Syria's Hasakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time.

Although the two forces are fighting in different parts of the northeastern city, where control is divided between the Kurds and the government, both are necessary to defeat the jihadists.

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Syrian Christians Find Sanctuary with Polish Families

Magdalena Chudzicka, a mother of four, is rolling out her welcome mat.

Her family is among dozens in Poland opening their homes to Syrian Christians fleeing war and Islamic State (IS) persecution, part of a ground-breaking drive by the Catholic nation's tiny Protestant community to save lives.

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Turkey Detains Nearly 500 People Trying to Cross from Syria

Turkey's security forces detained nearly 500 people attempting to cross the border from war-torn Syria on Saturday, the army announced.

"488 people were detained by the land forces command border units while trying to cross into Turkey from Syria and 26 while attempting to cross into Syria from Turkey," the army said on Sunday in a statement posted on its website.

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RSF Welcomes Syria Activist Release, Urges more Freed

Reporters Without Borders on Sunday welcomed the release of two Syrian media activists freed in an Eid gesture, but called for a third man detained with them to also be freed.

The Paris-based watchdog said Hussein Ghreir and Hani al-Zaitani were both among several hundred political prisoners accused of "terrorism" who were released this week on the Muslim Eid holiday.

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