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Syria Man Stones Daughter to Death in IS Video

An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the Islamic State group on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the execution took place in August or September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of Hama.

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British Drones to Gather Intelligence over Syria

British drones deployed to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq will also be used for surveillance over Syria, the government in London said Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced last week that unmanned Reaper drones were being re-deployed from Afghanistan to the Middle East.

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Battered but Hardened, Syria Army Adapts to Guerrilla War

The army has shrunk by nearly half since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 but experts say the remaining military force is now both more flexible and capable. 

It has transformed itself from a traditional military built on the former Soviet model into an effective counterinsurgency force.

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Reports: Missing Sydney Teen Resurfaces in IS Group Video

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not stop fighting", reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself "Abu Khaled", carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

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Hizbullah Rejects Engaging in Spat with Mustaqbal despite Sharp Rift

Hizbullah is determined not to get involved in a verbal spat with al-Mustaqbal Movement, calling on the March 14 alliance to end its “adventures” and “have the honor to join the battle against takfiris.”

“The resistances today is fully ready and equipped today,” al-Joumhouria quoted sources close to Hizbullah as saying on Tuesday.

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Report: Deaths among Drivers of Bekaa Trucks at Syria-Jordan Border

Several drivers of refrigerated trucks transporting goods from Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley were killed and injured after they came under fire during battles between the Syrian army and rebels at the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The head of the Bekaa Farmers Gathering, Ibrahim Tarshishi, told Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) on Tuesday that there were deaths and injuries among the drivers of trucks at the Nasib crossing.

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Nasrallah Says Jihadists Incapable of Invading Bekaa

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has stressed that jihadists located in Syria's Qalamun region and on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal in Lebanon are not able to enter the Bekaa Valley.

“We are fully prepared” for such a scenario, Nasrallah was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

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Tunisia Vote Offers Post-Arab Spring Hope

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Islamist Ennahda movement -- the country's largest party -- against a host of secular groups.

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Syria Kurds Weather IS Assault as They Await Iraq Help

Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group militants on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements.

The Kurdish militia faced a fierce attack by IS fighters, including suicide bombers, late on Monday, that appeared aimed at cutting off the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Syrian Professor in Saudi Disappears, Joins IS

A Syrian professor at a Saudi Arabian university has disappeared and joined the Islamic State group fighting U.S.-backed forces in her homeland, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Al-Hayat quoted Ibrahim al-Khaldi, the spokesman for the University of Dammam, as saying Iman Mustafa al-Boga had resigned for unknown reasons.

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