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Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

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BEIRUT - Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.

Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani - U.S. official 6:16pm GMT

WASHINGTON - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan - Israeli military 11:50am GMT

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

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Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle 1:12am GMT

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. | Video

Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle 26 Jan 2015

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. | Video

Syrian opposition starts talks in Moscow, expectations low 26 Jan 2015

MOSCOW - Members of the Syrian opposition meeting in Moscow on Monday said they aimed to work out common demands to present to the Damascus government when its representatives join them later this week in an attempt to revive peace efforts.

Assad seeks agreement over U.S. air strikes in Syria 26 Jan 2015

BEIRUT - President Bashar al-Assad has said U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria should be subject to an agreement with Damascus and Syrian troops should be involved on the ground.

Low expectations as Moscow hosts Syria talks 26 Jan 2015

MOSCOW - Syrian opposition representatives met in Moscow on Monday at the start of a meeting which the Damascus government will join later this week in efforts to revive peace talks.

Turkey opens biggest refugee camp for 35,000 from Kobani 26 Jan 2015

ISTANBUL - Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on Sunday to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in Syria's Kobani, national disaster management agency AFAD said.

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict 25 Jan 2015

PERTH, January 25 - Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has travelled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

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