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2014.10.22 00:58:22

Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" to gather intelligence on ISIL fighters.

Michael Fallon, the defense minister, said both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones would fly over Syria as part of "efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there."


  Syria | Islamic State | Britain
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2014.10.17 02:11:57

Four children have been killed and several injuries were reported during airstrikes in the suburbs of Maarat An Numan on Thursday , The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

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2014.10.17 02:10:47

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported six deaths including a child in Al Ghouta area in the suburbs of Damascus during government airstrikes.

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2014.10.17 01:55:58

The US and its allies have dramatically stepped up air strikes in the past two days near the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish defenders said they had given the Americans target coordinates to try to halt an Islamic State assault.

The US-led military coalition said it had bombed Islamic State targets in and around Kobane nearly 40 times in the space of 48 hours, around triple the pace of last week.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.10.17 01:43:12

The Syrian Observatory reported ten deaths in Al Waar neighborhood in Homs on Wednesday due to government forces bombing the area.

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2014.10.17 01:29:54

The Observatory reported clashes in suburbs of Aleppo on Thursday. It also reported airstrikes on Aleppo causing damage to several buildings.

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2014.10.17 01:15:12

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 600 fighters have been killed since ISIL launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago.

The Observatory  said its toll did not include the "several hundred"  IS fighters that the Pentagon says have been killed in US-led air strikes in and around Kobane.

  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.17 01:01:04

A Kurdish official in Kobane said Thursday that US-led airstrikes have successfully pushed back Islamic State fighters from parts of the besieged Syrian town.

"The international coalition has fought ISIS more effectively during the last few days," Nassen told AFP by telephone, using an alternative name for IS.

"Before they were in control of 30 percent of Kobane and now they control less than 20 percent thanks to the international coalition," he said.

"We need more airstrikes, as well as weaponry and ammunition to fight them on the ground," he said.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.10.17 00:54:36

A Moroccan man, with his two young French daughters in tow, was arrested in Casablanca Wednesday as he sought to join up with ISIL fighters, authorities said .

The man identified by his initials N.R., who was under police restrictions in France, was picked up at Casablanca airport, the Moroccan interior ministry said in a statement.

He was detained along with his two girls, aged two and four, and a Moroccan woman with whom he had a "traditional" marriage, said the statement, cited by the local MAPP news agency.


  Syria | Islamic State | France
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2014.10.16 01:10:23

US President Barack Obama met on Tuesday with defense ministers from 22 countries, acknowledging that he is "deeply concerned" about the advances ISIL is making in Iraq's Anbar province and in Syria, including the Kurdish town of Kobane.

  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Iraq
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2014.10.14 03:54:00

An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives on Monday in the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane, near the Turkish border crossing with Syria, a monitoring group and Kurdish sources said.

The attack took place in a northern district of Kobane, which has been the scene of heavy clashes between Kurdish forces and ISIL fighters.

Idris Nassan, a Kurdish official in Kobane, said two Kurdish fighters had been wounded during the suicide bomb attack, which appeared to have been aimed at clearing a way for the ISIL to advance further into the town.


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.14 03:35:52

Prisoners Forced to Convert, Girls Forced to Marry.

Human Rights Watch speaks to victims and witnesses who describe ISIL’s brutality to captives.

  Iraq | Islamic State
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2014.10.14 03:28:11

ISIL group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

The latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq released on Sunday was the first clear admission by the organization that it was holding and selling Yazidis as slaves.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, a minority whose population is mostly confined to northern Iraq, have been displaced.


  Iraq | Islamic State | Yazidis
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2014.10.14 03:14:05

Heavy fighting broke out on Monday between ISIL fighters and Kurdish fighters close to the Turkish border just north of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.

The clashes threatened to cut all access from Kobane to the Turkish border and block the passage which which has so far allowed some 200,000 refugees from the Kobane area to find refuge in Turkey.


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.14 03:00:43

There are grave fears that the Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian city of Kobane might fall into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Thousands of Kobane residents, who ran away from war, are now refugees in Turkey, just across the border.

  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.13 03:06:37

Activists say Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State group in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where the US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes for more than two weeks.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.10.13 02:59:39

The European Commission will give $4.9 million dollars in aid to humanitarian groups helping refugees from the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane, a statement said on Sunday.

"Over 180,000 Syrians have been displaced to Turkey by the fierce fighting in Kobane. This further adds to the impact of what is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times," said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.13 02:50:55

ISIL group sent in reinforcements on Sunday for its nearly month-long siege of Kobane as the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders kept up their high-profile resistance.

The Syrian Observatory said they are sending in fighters from other areas it controls in Syria, including its Euphrates Valley stronghold of Raqqa, after its Friday capture of the Kurdish command headquarters in Kobane failed to deliver a decisive blow.

  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.13 02:23:42

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll on Saturday has reached 138 people , including 44 ISIL fighters and Kurdish fighters.

  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.10.13 02:20:45

This is from Reuters news agency:

Three car bombs exploded at a government compound north of Iraq's Baquba city on Sunday, killing 25 people including military personnel and  civilians, hospital sources said.

Sixty people were wounded in the blasts 80 km (50 miles) north of Baquba, the sources added. In a separate incident, two improvised explosive devices detonated at a local market in the Dur  al-Dhubat district in southern Baquba, killing six civilians and wounding 10,  a police source said.

The Associated Press is also reporting the incident, saying at least 22 are dead.

More soon.

  Iraq | Islamic State
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