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Egypt carries out airstrikes after mosque terror attack

Egypt carries out airstrikes after mosque terror attackThe country's air force targeted terrorists in Northern Sinai.



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US carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

US carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in SomaliaThe U.S. military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the group is a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.



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Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in Syria

Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in SyriaMOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes in Syria this week that critically wounded the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group and killed 12 other militant commanders, a report that was categorically denied by the militants.



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US airstrikes block evacuation of Islamic State militants

US airstrikes block evacuation of Islamic State militantsBEIRUT (AP) — U.S. airstrikes blocked the advance of an Islamic State convoy carrying militants toward Iraq on Wednesday, derailing a Hezbollah-negotiated deal that removed the extremists from the Lebanon-Syria border, where they have been for years.



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Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town

Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held townBADOUSH, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants.



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US 'mulling airstrikes against Islamic State in Philippines'

US 'mulling airstrikes against Islamic State in Philippines'The Pentagon is reportedly mulling plans to conduct airstrikes against Isil terrorist targets in the Philippines. A recent surge of terrorist networks affiliated to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), including an ongoing assault on the southern city of Marawi, has caused alarm in the Philippines and neighbouring countries that Islamic State could establish a regional southeast Asian hub even as it declines in the Middle East. The authority to strike Isil targets as part of a strategy of collective defence could become part of a military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, two defence officials told NBC News. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones, a strategy already used across the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and one which has a controversial record over allegations of civilian casualties. If the Pentagon plan is approved, the US military would be able to conduct strikes against the Isil groups the Philippines forces are currently battling in the country’s southern islands. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila Credit: EPA The US has been sharing intelligence and had a counter-terrorism presence in the Philippines for 15 years. Speaking at a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers in the Philippine capital, Manila, where he met President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington had already provided Cessna planes and UAVs (drones) for intelligence purposes. “We’re providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with.” Reports of US troops on the ground near the besieged city of Marawi emerged as early as June. Marawi, a Muslim-majority city of 200,000, was overrun by groups claiming allegiance to Isil in late May, and the Philippine military has been unable to regain full control. The Americans were not fighting but “operating equipment to provide information on situation awareness to our troops,” said military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla in June. Mr Duterte initially claimed he was “not aware” of their presence and that he had “never approached America” for help. While seeking stronger ties with China, Mr Duterte has tried over the past year to distance himself from Washington, which he has accused of treating the Philippines like “dogs on a leash”. On Monday, he changed his tone. “I am happy to see you,” Mr Duterte told Mr Tillerson at the presidential palace. “I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia.”



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Philippine friendly fire airstrikes kill 11 troops

Philippine friendly fire airstrikes kill 11 troopsPhilippine airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants who are holding hostages as human shields killed 11 soldiers, authorities said Thursday, as they conceded hundreds of gunmen may have escaped a blockade. The friendly fire deaths bring to 171 the number of people reported killed since militants waving the black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group began rampaging through the Muslim city of Marawi last week. Shortly after the violence erupted President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao, home to 20 million people, to quell what he said was an IS bid to establish a base in the mainly Catholic Philippines.



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Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in Chechnya

Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in ChechnyaOn Wednesday, April 26, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, about fake news, the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, President Trump, Russian influence on the French election and the dangers faced by gay men in Chechnya.



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Syrians protest U.S. airstrikes and more: April 11 in photos

Syrians protest U.S. airstrikes and more: April 11 in photosAmong today’s photos: Syrian students protest U.S. airstrikes; Mount Etna disgorges lava; the Queen of England visits a new elephant care center.



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Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North KoreaPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The U.S. airstrikes this week were aimed at a Syrian air base, but almost certainly got the attention of another adversary — North Korea.



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