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Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

  BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad’s forces, activists and rebels said. The capture of the post along Syria’s de facto border in the Golan held more symbolic value [...]

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American militant said killed in Syria

  NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday, Aug 26. Investigators were aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in the country to fight with the militant group, but [...]

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Quake in California’s wine country injures dozens

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California’s wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to [...]

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Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

  ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Gen. Martin Dempsey said Sunday that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria. But the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said [...]

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Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV on Monday, Aug. 25, broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country’s Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the [...]

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Syrian official warns US: No unilateral airstrikes

  BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. Walid al-Moallem’s words appeared timed to try to pre-empt any U.S. military action in Syria. President Barack Obama has resisted [...]

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American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria. Peter Theo Curtis, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos, was [...]

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Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist’s beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip. But the comparisons between Hamas and Islamic State [...]

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Jihadists release video of Lebanese troops

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday, August 23, showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria’s conflict began more than three years ago. The captives said they will be killed if Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah movement, which is backing Syrian [...]

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Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition. The suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the gate of [...]

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Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said that 16 people had been rescued since the coast guard was alerted to the incident late Friday. The body of an 18-month-old child was pulled from the [...]

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