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24 MINS AGO - NPR

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.

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24 MINS AGO - Russia Today

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ISIS militants blow up Prophet Jonas’ tomb in Iraq – video

The shrine of Jonas – revered by Christians and Muslims alike – has been turned “to dust” near Iraq’s Mosul. Footage of the event was posted online, and witnesses said it took ISIS militants just an hour to stuff the mosque with explosives.

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11 MINS AGO - Chicago Tribune

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Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders ...

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24 MINS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Syria becoming home to two competing Islamic states

A new power struggle has emerged within the Syrian rebellion after Al-Qaeda announced it aims to create an Islamic "emirate" to compete with rival jihadist group, the Islamic State (IS). As with IS in its early days, when it was still known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Al-Qaeda affiliate the Al-Nusra Front is spreading its zone ...

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1 HOUR AGO - Wall Street Journal

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Jihadists in Iraq Erase Cultural Heritage

The latest casualty was a shrine in the once religiously mixed city of Mosul, said to be the burial ground for Jonah, revered as prophet by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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