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The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in Syria

The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):



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4 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza 'work accident' blast

4 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza 'work accident' blastGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The militant Islamic Jihad group said four of its members were killed Saturday in a "work accident" in the southern Gaza Strip along the border with Israel.



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Turkey detains 48 suspected Islamic State members: Anadolu, police

Turkey detains 48 suspected Islamic State members: Anadolu, policeTurkish police have detained 48 suspected Islamic State members who were preparing to launch an attack, an Istanbul police spokesman and state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday. Police raided six addresses in three districts of Istanbul late on Friday, and detained 31 foreign nationals, the police spokesman said in a statement. Seventeen more foreign nationals who were also preparing to launch an attack were detained in raids across the capital Ankara, Anadolu said, without specifying when the operation was carried out.



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U.S.-backed Syria force denies Islamic State in area targeted by Turkey

U.S.-backed Syria force denies Islamic State in area targeted by TurkeyBy Ece Toksabay, Ellen Francis and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rejected a Turkish army statement that Islamic State was present in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria, where Ankara launched an offensive four days ago which has raised international concern. The Turkish military said late on Tuesday it had killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria.



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Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive -military

Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive -militaryBy Ece Toksabay, Ellen Francis and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankara’s offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin, a senior U.S. official said.



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Turkey detains 75 Islamic State suspects: police, media

Turkey detains 75 Islamic State suspects: police, mediaTurkish police detained 75 suspected Islamic State members in two operations on Friday, state media and police said, after arresting about 120 such suspects across Turkey a day earlier, tightening security ahead of the New Year. Some 500 police officers took part in simultaneous raids across Ankara, and many of those detained were foreign nationals, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Materials seized in the raids indicated some of the suspects had made preparations for an attack over New Year, it added.



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Islamic State claims responsibility for Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing

Islamic State claims responsibility for Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)  claimed responsibility on Friday for the bomb attack days earlier that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket and wounded 14 people. "The attack that targeted a shopping centre in Saint Petersburg the day before yesterday (Wednesday) was carried out by an Islamic State-linked group," IS said in a statement via its propaganda agency Amaq. On Wednesday evening, a homemade bomb placed in a locker at the supermarket in northwestern Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second city and President Vladimir Putin’s home town, went off sowing panic among customers and wounding 14 people including a pregnant woman. Putin’s 2015 decision to intervene in Syria militarily on the side of Bashar al-Assad has made Russia a priority target for the Islamic State group. Officials said a total of 14 people had been wounded in the blast. The bombing came after the FSB security service said earlier this month it had prevented a terror attack on a key Orthodox cathedral in Saint Petersburg with the help of America’s CIA, which led Putin to thank US President Donald Trump. FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov has said Russia remains on alert for a possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the March presidential polls. Saint Petersburg will host several World Cup matches including a semi-final. Earlier this month Bortnikov said that at least 4,500 Russians had left the country to fight with "terrorists" in the Middle East, North Africa and other regions. Over the past 20 years Russia fought two wars with separatists in Chechnya, leading Islamist militants from the North Caucasus to frequently target Russians through suicide bombings and other attacks.    



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Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria

Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in SyriaThe chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. Russia says the U.S. base is illegal and that it and the area around it have become “a black hole” where militants operate unhindered. Islamic State has this year lost almost all the territory it held in Syria and Iraq.



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Islamic State claims blast at Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul

Islamic State claims blast at Afghan intelligence agency in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two. The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties. In a statement issued through the group’s Amaq news agency, Islamic State said it was also behind Monday’s attack.



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Morgue staff secretly documented victims of Islamic State

Morgue staff secretly documented victims of Islamic StateMOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The young man ended up on the morgue's examining table in two parts.



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