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Deadly suicide attack on Egyptian police base in Sinai

Hundreds of police and army personnel have been killed in attacks by jihadist militants since 2013

The attack, on Tuesday morning, was near the provincial capital, El-Arish. A jihadist group affiliated to Islamic State, Sinai Province, has said it was behind the attack, according to Egypt’s al-Yawm al-Sabi newspaper. A long-running Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula has increased since President Morsi’s overthrow in 2013. Previous …

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Syria’s al-Nusra Front commander ‘killed in strike’

Al-Shami was pictured in a Nusra Front video in March last year

The online sources claim three other leaders died along with Abu Homam al-Shami. Syria’s state-run news agency reported his death was the result of a “special army operation” targeting Nusra leaders as they met in northern Idlib province. Al-Nusra is one of the most powerful groups fighting the army. It …

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Thousands flee Iraqi advance on Tikrit

Iraqi government forces have been slowed by roadside bombs and booby traps

Those displaced are headed towards the city of Samarra, the UN said, but many families are stranded at checkpoints. Aid convoys carrying relief supplies are being sent to the area by UN agencies to help those affected. The operation to retake Tikrit, involving some 30,000 soldiers and Shia militiamen, is …

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