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Islamic State denies suicide bomb attack on Syria militant group in Idlib

BEIRUT Islamic State on Thursday denied being behind a suicide blast that hit the governing council of insurgent-held Idlib in northwest Syria on Tuesday, its Amaq news service said. The explosion, which targeted the “Salvation Government” building of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militia in Idlib this Tuesday was not connected …

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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: A mild-mannered cleric plotted Iran’s revolution from a humble home in a sleepy French village

NEAUPHLE-LE-CHATEAU (FRANCE) Forty years ago this month, the man who would go on to lead the Islamic revolution in Iran lived in a simple house in a village outside Paris, spending his days cross-legged under an apple tree in the garden, contemplating insurrection. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had fled Iran in …

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Australian air strike in Iraq’s Mosul in 2017 ‘may have’ killed 18 civilians

MELBOURNE An Australian air strike on Iraq in 2017 “may have” killed up to 18 civilians, the Australian government confirmed late on Thursday, following a year-long investigation. Australia is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Two Australian Super Hornets dropped bombs on a …

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Facebook takes down 783 Iran-linked accounts part of ‘vast manipulation campaign in 20 countries’

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook said Thursday it took down hundreds of accounts from Iran that were part of a vast manipulation campaign operating in more than 20 countries. The world’s biggest social network said it removed 783 pages, groups and accounts “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran.” The …

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Senate rebukes Trump, advances measure on Syria troops

WASHINGTON In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, the Republican-led U.S. Senate advanced largely symbolic legislation on Thursday opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The Senate voted 68-23 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it was …

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Skirting US sanctions, Europeans open new trade channel to Iran

PARIS/BERLIN France, Germany and Britain have opened a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to avert U.S. sanctions, although diplomats say it is unlikely to allow for the big transactions that Tehran says it needs to keep a nuclear deal afloat. Washington’s major European allies opposed last year’s decision …

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