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FILE - Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, Syria, June 30, 2014.

US Launches Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria

Military action by US and partner nations marks the opening of a new, far more complicated front in battle against the militants More

Newly arrived Syrian Kurdish refugees carry their belongings after crossing into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Sept. 22, 2014.

Multimedia 130,000 Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey as IS Nears Border

Turkish authorities clash with hundreds of Kurdish protesters, many of whom want to cross into Syria to defend fellow Kurds from onslaught More

A frontal view of a tank barrel is seen as Shi'ite Houthi rebels stand on its turret, after they took over the compound of the army's First Armored Division in Sana'a, Yemen, Sept. 22, 2014.

'Half-Coup' in Yemen Muddles Security, Politics

Shi'ite rebels celebrate with fireworks in capital of Sana'a, 24 hours after signing peace deal with president to expand their political role More

African migrants react after hearing the Israel's high court decision outside Holot open detention center in Israel's southern Negev desert, Sept. 22, 2014.

Israeli Court Orders Closure of African Migrant Detention Center

Ruling strikes down measure passed by parliament in December to indefinitely incarcerate migrants, most of them from Sudan and Eritrea More

FILE - The flag of the Islamic State.

French National Kidnapped in Eastern Algeria

The Caliphate Soldiers, a group linked to Islamic State militants, published a video on the Internet video Monday claiming responsibility More



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