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Syrian rebels kill Al-Qaeda affiliate chief: NGO

AFP – A local leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed in clashes with other rebels in the Syrian province of Idlib on Sunday, a monitoring group said. Abu Abdullah al-Libi, a local chief of the group, was killed along with 12 other fighters…

Al-Qaeda claims bombings in Iraq, warns of more

By Sylvia Westall BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Iraq which killed dozens of people during a Muslim holiday and warned the government to stop arresting suspected militants or face more violence. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formed earlier…

Iraqi Christians mark anniversary of massacre

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Iraqi Christians filled Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad amid tight security on Monday to mark the first anniversary of a massacre of worshippers and priests by militants. The church’s interior is still pock-marked by bullet holes, even a year after the attacks claimed by…

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