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US: Air strike kills Abu Afghan al-Masri in Syria

Egyptian Abu Afghan al-Masri, described as a "senior al-Qaeda leader", was killed in Idlib province, Pentagon says.

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Renewed clashes kill at least 19 in Yemen

Government troops and Houthi rebels suffer casualties in heavy fighting near Taiz and Midi a day after truce expires.

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Iraqi militiamen sever ISIL's key supply line to Syria

Shia fighters take main route linking Tal Afar to Sinjar, blocking ISIL's crucial supply route from Mosul into Raqqa.

Iraqi forces

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Fleeing Aleppo civilians forced back by gunfire

Families attempt to escape besieged east Aleppo but forced back by attacks as government forces continue to advance.

Children collect firewood

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Egypt's Sisi expresses support for Syria's military

Egyptian leader says his priority is to support "national armies", noting a solution must be "political" in Syria.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

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Trump: I'd love to make Israel-Palestine peace deal

Incoming US president could appoint son-in-law to broker a deal between the two parties after taking over.

Donald Trump

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Iran: More than 1,000 soldiers die in Syria since 2011

Tehran deploys its troops, as well as Afghan and Pakistani recruits, to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Iran in Syria

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Syria launches new commando force as war heats up

New volunteer military unit formed by Syrian army as troops battle their way into rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Aleppo

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Iraq militias fight to cut ISIL supply route near Mosul

Shia fighters push to control road between Mosul and Tal Afar, effectively surrounding ISIL's last stronghold in Iraq.

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Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader

Leader of key US-backed force fighting ISIL in northern Syria among 48 Kurds accused in deadly Ankara attack.

Salih Muslim

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