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Syria rebels battle IS at Iraqi border, aim to cut 'caliphate' in two

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AMMAN/BEIRUT Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists' self-declared caliphate in two.

At least 5 killed in bombing in Kurdish-controlled Syrian town - witnesses 11:28am BST

AMMAN At least five people were killed and scores wounded on Wednesday in a bomb attack on a local administrative office in the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, witnesses said.

U.S. backed Syrian rebels launch attack on IS-held town near Iraqi border 28 Jun 2016

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels launched an attack on a town held by Islamic State near the Iraqi border on Tuesday, senior commanders said, opening a new front against militants also facing an offensive from U.S.-backed forces in the north.

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U.S. official sees progress against Islamic State, war continuing 28 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's special envoy for the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday that coalition forces were making progress and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, but U.S. lawmakers criticized the progress as too slow.

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Germany girds for potential spike in Islamic State attacks in Europe 28 Jun 2016

BERLIN The German government voiced concern on Tuesday that Islamic State could step up attacks in Europe as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria, and said its domestic intelligence agency is training to respond to a large-scale assault.

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Lebanon fears more attacks after multiple suicide bombings 28 Jun 2016

BEIRUT/QAA, Lebanon The Lebanese government warned on Tuesday of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers targeted a Christian village at the border with Syria, the latest spillover of that country's conflict into Lebanon.

Assad's uncle under investigation in France - source 28 Jun 2016

PARIS A French judge has placed an uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under formal investigation on suspicion of tax fraud and money-laundering, a source close to the case said on Tuesday.

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Eight suicide bombers target Lebanese Christian village 27 Jun 2016

BEIRUT Eight suicide bombers attacked a Lebanese Christian village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more, in the latest violent spillover of the five-year-old Syrian war into Lebanon. | Video

Syria's HNC urges EU sanctions to push Russia onto peace track 27 Jun 2016

GENEVA Syria's main opposition group said on Monday the European Union should impose targeted sanctions on Russian companies supporting the war in Syria as it sought to consolidate its position before a potential new round of peace talks in Geneva next month.

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Plight of stranded Syrian refugees worsens as Jordan blocks aid - aid workers 27 Jun 2016

AMMAN Thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on Jordan's northeastern border with Syria are running out of food after a militant suicide attack prompted the army to shut the area, international relief workers and refugees said on Monday.

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Deadly suicide blasts in Lebanon

Suicide bombers in Lebanon kill at least five people in a village near the border with Syria. Rough cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).