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FILE - Militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town of Kobani, Syria.

US General: 3 Top IS Commanders Killed in Airstrikes

US Army Lieutenant General James Terry says more than 1,300 airstrikes since August, stronger Iraqi security force are having a 'significant effect' on group's ability to operate in Iraq More

An Iraqi policeman uses a bomb detector to search Shi'ite pilgrims heading to the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2014.

Iraqi Sunni Leaders Denounce Islamic State

Meeting in Kurdish regional capital Irbil, religious, political and tribal chiefs call for formation of National Guard to help combat militants More

FILE - A girl carries bread outside the tents in the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, Oct. 27, 2014.

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

People check currency exchange rates at an currency exchange office in Istanbul, Dec. 16, 2014.

Financial Markets Wary as Turkish Currency Hits Record Lows

Turkish lira hits record lows following police raids on media groups and arrests of journalists, country's ensuing diplomatic row with European Union More

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Suicide Bombers Kill at Least Seven in Yemen Port

Twitter account belonging to Yemen's Ansar al-Sharia, a Sunni militant group affiliated to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for attack in Hodeida More



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