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20 rebels and one soldier had been killed in clashes
2014.09.21 02:48:17

Ukrainian national security council spokesman Volodymyr Polyoviy said Saturday that about 20 rebels and one soldier had been killed in clashes.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into Turkey
2014.09.21 02:47:28

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday 45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants after Ankara opened a stretch of the border.

"Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border as of now from eight entrance points along a 30 km distance from Akcakale to Mursitpinar since we opened the border yesterday," Kurtulmus told CNN Turk television.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Turkey

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Russian forces are still operating in Ukraine
2014.09.21 02:46:11

NATO's top military commander on Saturday said Russian forces were still operating in Ukraine and that a ceasefire was not working, but he expressed hope a new peace plan could bring progress.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | NATO

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Fighters from IS group were killed in overnight
2014.09.21 02:45:14

At least 18 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group were killed in overnight clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria near a strategic border town, a monitoring group said Saturday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 18 militants, reportedly including one of Chinese nationality, were killed in fighting near the town of Ain al-Arab, known to the Kurds as Kobane.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone
2014.09.21 02:26:03

The city of Donetsk was rocked by blasts on Saturday, even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone to separate the warring sides.

A Reuters correspondent in Donetsk said several powerful explosions were heard in the morning. A plant producing munitions and industrial explosives had been hit, municipal authorities said.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Nusra Front killed one of the Lebanese soldiers
2014.09.21 02:25:13

The Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a Twitter statement said on Friday.

The Sunni militants and other rebels in Syria regularly accuse the Lebanese army of working with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia movement which has sent fighters to help the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Two Lebanese soldiers were also killed by a roadside bomb on Friday near the border town of Arsal, security sources said, the first such attack since iSIL fighters from Syria staged an incursion there last month in the worst spillover to date of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon.

The fighters seized a number of Lebanese soldiers during that incursion.

Tags: Syria | Lebanon

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Agreement to form a joint brigade
2014.09.21 02:11:25

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine on Friday signed an agreement to form a joint brigade intended to modernize the Ukrainian army confronting pro-Kremlin separatists in the country's east.

"This shows our deep commitment to boosting the security and defense capabilities of our region, where the situation has become dangerous," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said after defense ministers from the three countries inked the accord in Warsaw.

The so-called Litpolukrbrig brigade of several thousand troops has been in the works since 2007, but the signing of the agreement comes at a time of anxiety among Eastern European states once controlled by Moscow. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Lithuania | Poland

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Kurdish forces have withdrawn
2014.09.21 02:08:14

Kurdish forces have withdrawn from around 60 villages in the face of an advance by ISIL ,the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. The ISIL fighters were using heavy weapons including artillery and tanks, said Observatory head Rami Abdulrahman.

A Kurdish official contacted by Reuters said he did not know how many villages had fallen to ISIL but that it had not been that many. He added that a "large number" of villages had turned into war zones and that about 100 villages had been evacuated of civilians for their protection.

Several thousand Syrian Kurds have begun crossing into Turkey.

Tags: Turkey | Islamic State | Syria

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Russia delivered a third shipment of aid
2014.09.21 01:35:09

Russia has delivered a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border, a spokesman for Russia's emergencies ministry said on Saturday.

"The convoy has arrived and is being unloaded" in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told the AFP news agency.

He said the convoy - the first aid shipment to the flashpoint city of Donetsk - had been sent across the state border unaccompanied by any international or Kiev government monitors. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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US not to pre-announce air strikes
2014.09.21 01:22:06

The US is ready to launch air strikes on ISIL targets in Syria but does not want to telegraph when these will occur, President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

"I don't think it would be appropriate or wise for me to telegraph from the podium exactly when that will occur, and what steps may need to be taken before that is to occur," Rice said.

"I'm not going to give you any precision or prediction on when that might occur," she said.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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Syrian Kurds fleeing clashes with Islamic State
2014.09.20 01:31:28

Turkey on Friday opened up its border to thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing clashes with Islamic State (IS) insurgents in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

"We will take in our brothers fleeing to Anatolia from Syria or any other place without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination," Davutoglu told reporters in Azerbaijan.

"The entries have started now," he said. "We have taken in 4,000 brothers. The number might increase. Their needs will be met. This is a humanitarian mission."

The move came after Ankara, which is sheltering some 1.5 million refugees from the Syrian conflict, refused to take in more fearing it would not be able to cope.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Turkey

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Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday
2014.09.20 01:14:23

Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia's territorial ambitions.

The talks take place in Minsk two weeks since a European-brokered ceasefire aimed at halting five months of bloodshed was agreed in the Belarussian capital with Moscow, Kiev and pro-Russian separatist leaders.

Overall, the truce has dramatically lowered the scale of the fighting across industrial eastern Ukraine, although sometimes deadly shelling and gunfire is reported almost daily around the flashpoint city of Donetsk. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Attack on a military patrol killed two Lebanese soldiers
2014.09.20 01:13:19

An attack on a military patrol killed two Lebanese soldiers and wounded three others Friday on the outskirts of Arsal, a flashpoint town bordering war-torn Syria, an officer said.

"Two of our soldiers were killed and three others were wounded on the outskirts of Arsal, when their vehicle was hit, likely by a rocket-propelled grenade," the officer told AFP said on condition of anonymity.

Tags: Syria | Lebanon

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Ukraine will receive $1 billion in financial guarantees
2014.09.20 01:02:21

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a tweet on Friday that the United States had promised $1bn in financial guarantees for Kiev to raise funds on the capital markets.

"Agreed with @BarackObama that Ukraine will receive $1 billion in financial guarantees," he said after visiting Washington where he secured $53bn in assistance but failed to win the argument for the United States to provide Ukraine weapons to fight pro-Russian separatists in its east.

In the first half of this year, Ukraine borrowed $1bn on capital markets under a similar US guarantee. [Reuters]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States | Barack Obama

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Kurdish call to arms after ISIL seizes town
2014.09.20 00:46:47

ISIL has besieged a Kurdish town in northern Syria, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

Thursday's attack on Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, came after ISIL fighters, armed with heavy weaponry including tanks, seized a group of villages near Kobani in an offensive which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said started Tuesday night.

"We've lost touch with many of the residents living in the villages that ISIS (ISIL) seized," Ocalan Iso, deputy head of the Kurdish forces in Kobani, told Reuters via Skype.

The Kurds were appealing for military aid from other Kurdish groups in the region including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), he said. Support from Kurds who crossed from Turkey helped to repel an Islamic State attack on Kobani in July.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Turkey

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Iraq bombings kill at least 16
2014.09.20 00:36:26

A car bomb in a Shina-majority district of Baghdad and a motorcycle bombing in the northern city of Kirkuk have killed at least 16 people, security and medical officials said.

The attacks on Friday come as security forces and allied Shia militiamen and Sunni tribesmen fight to regain ground from armed group ISIL, which overran large part of the country in June.

The blast in the Karrada area of Baghdad killed at least eight people and wounded more than 20, while eight died and 13 were wounded in central Kirkuk.

The day before, a suicide bombing, car bomb and shelling struck Shina-majority areas of northern Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 56. [AFP]

Tags: Iraq | ISIL

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Six million Syrians are under imminent threat
2014.09.19 03:22:15

The UN warns that the food aid it provides to nearly six million Syrians are under imminent threat because of a shortfall in funding.

The World Food Program said it will be forced to cut the size of food rations it provides to needy families inside Syria and the number of refugees
it supports in neighboring countries if donor countries do not provide additional funds in the next few days.

The WFP said it requires $352m for its operations inside and outside Syria until the end of the year. Inside Syria, existing funds are sufficient to provide only a reduced food parcel in October, which will then have to be further cut in November. There are no funds at all for December.


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Estimated 15 to 20 ISIL fighters were killed on Wednesday
2014.09.19 03:01:58

Aziz Waysi, a commander of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, has said that a estimated 15 to 20 ISIL fighters were killed on Wednesday, by a combination of artillery strikes and small arms.

Tags: Iraq | Islamic State

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Hollande ruled out carrying out any military action
2014.09.19 03:00:49

French President Francois Hollande ruled out carrying out any military action against Islamic State fighters in Syria on Thursday, but said he had told Iraqi authorities France was ready to carry out air strikes against the group.

[Source: Reuters]

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | France | Iraq

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Candidates for the defense and interior ministries
2014.09.19 02:54:21

The secretary of the Iraqi parliament, Niyazi Uglo has told Iraqiyah state television that the parliament has not received the names of the new candidates for the defense and interior ministries, and thus a vote is not part of the parliament's agenda on Thursday.

Other members of parliament said that due to the lack of consensus, both ministry posts might be determined after Eid holidays.

Tags: Iraq

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