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Dozens dead in heaviest east Syria strikes since war began

A Syrian pro-government fighter inspects bombing damage in Arbid in the northern province of Aleppo, on November 12, 2015

At least 36 people were killed Friday in air strikes by Russian and Syrian jets on Islamic State-controlled Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said, describing them as the heaviest in the region since the start of the war.


Tens of thousands flee new Syria offensives

Tens of thousands have fled new regime offensives in Syria, the UN said, as Russian air strikes were reported to have killed 370 people so far.


Shi'ite forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State

A column of 3,000 Shi'ite militia fighters arrived at a military base near Ramadi on Monday as Baghdad moved to retake the western Iraqi city that has fallen to Islamic State militants in th [ … ]


Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in seven years: govt

A vehicle belonging to Shi'ite fighters fires a multiple rocket launcher during clashes with the Islamic State on at the outskirt of Balad

Violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014, government figures showed Thursday, making it one of the deadliest years since the 2003 US-led invasion.

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Syrian rebel 'hell cannons' kill 300 civilians: monitoring group (Video)

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the [ … ]


Car bombs kill 12 in Baghdad, Ramadi - police, medical sources

Car bombs killed 12 people, including five soldiers, in the Iraqi capital and the city of Ramadi to the west on Saturday, police and medical sources said, in attacks that resembled operation [ … ]


Syria regime air strikes kill 11 children: Monitor

Sixteen members of a single family were among 18 people killed in raids late Saturday on the town of Talbisseh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Syria's Kobani less at risk but could still fall: U.S. officials

The Syrian border town of Kobani appears in less danger of falling to the Islamic State, but the threat still remains, U.S. officials said on Thursday, offering a measured view of a key batt [ … ]


Islamic State seizes Iraq base amid concern for Baghdad

Islamic State came closer to gaining full control of Iraq’s Anbar province after it seized a military base to the west of Baghdad that had been one of the government’s few remaining outposts [ … ]


UN says up to 180,000 refugees flee Iraqi town

Up to 180,000 people have been displaced by fighting in and around Hit in western Anbar province since the city fell to Islamic State militants earlier this month, the United Nations said on [ … ]


U.N. says Syria death toll tops 190,000, rights envoy raps world powers

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a U.N. report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing t [ … ]


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