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Kurdish fighters make gains against Islamic State in Kobani 
Christian Science Monitor - 9 Hours ago
Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in six neighborhoods of the Syrian town of Kobani, held by Islamic State militants. Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani
Kurds advance against Daesh in Syria’s Kobani Kashmir Observer
Kurds advance against Daesh in Syria Gulf News
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Tide Begins to Turn Against ISIS: Report 
MSNBC Newsweek - 10 Hours ago
World Iraqi Shi'ite fighters pose with an Islamic State flag which they pulled down on the front line in Jalawla, Diyala province, November 23, 2014. Reuters U.S.-led airstrikes have largely     Add Comment

U.S. Soldiers Fight Islamic State in Iraq, Kurds Advance 
BusinessWeek - 11 Hours ago
U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in the Western Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported today, as Kurdish forces     Add Comment

Kurds claim to take northern Iraq town of Sinjar 
CNN - 12 Hours ago
(CNN) -- Kurdish Peshmerga fighters claimed to take control Saturday of Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town that ISIS militants stormed this summer causing minority Yazidis to flee into nearby mountains and
Yazidis get relief, reason to cheer as Kurds take town CNN
ISIS driven from Yazidi mountain area CNN
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Kurdish Forces Break Siege on Sinjar Mountain, Freeing Yazidis 
Bloomberg - 12 Hours ago
Kurdish forces retook the southern part of Sinjar Mountain, freeing about 1,500 trapped families from the Yazidi religious minority, an Iraqi official said today. The Peshmerga, as the Kurdish fighters     Add Comment

Food, water head to Sinjar Mountain after ISIS ousted 
CNN - 13 Hours ago
(CNN) -- Food, water and other needed aid moved Saturday toward Yazidis stranded on northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, which Kurdish Peshmerga forces have wrested from ISIS control after a months-long humanitarian
Sinjar freed from ISIS fighters' grip CNN
Truckloads of food, water head to Yazidis Abc15.com
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Kurds Advance Against IS Group in Syria's Kobani 
ABC News - 15 Hours ago
A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman     Add Comment

U.S. Troops Fight Islamic State in Western Iraq, Al Jazeera Says 
BusinessWeek - 16 Hours ago
U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants as they helped the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in the Western Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported today. The U.S. troops
US Troops Fight ISIS in Western Iraq, Al Jazeera Says NewsMax.com
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>>   Afghanistan
U.S. releases 4 Afghans from Guantanamo 
USA Today - 9 Hours ago
WASHINGTON — Four more Afghans have been returned to their home country from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba as President Obama continues his effort to close the 13-year-old facility. The     Add Comment

U.S. Transfers 4 Guantanamo Prisoners to Afghanistan 
Time - 10 Hours ago
A group of detainees kneels during an early morning Islamic prayer in their camp at the U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" on October 28, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. John Moore— The transfer     Add Comment

U.S. to Release Four Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to Afghanistan 
BusinessWeek - 10 Hours ago
Four prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are to be repatriated to Afghanistan, the Defense Department said today. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed
Four Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Going Back to Afghanistan Bloomberg
U.S. to Repatriate Four Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to Afghanistan BusinessWeek
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Why the US released four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay 
Christian Science Monitor - 11 Hours ago
Each of the four Afghans released is considered a low-level operative at best. There are 132 prisoners still in Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention     Add Comment

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed 
BBC - 11 Hours ago
Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a thorough
Four Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home The Guardian Nigeria
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Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home 
BBC - 12 Hours ago
Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a thorough
Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed Bayou Buzz
Four Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home UK Wired News
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U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan 
Reuters - 12 Hours ago
The frontier road parallels the security fence leading to the Northeast gate at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, March 8, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Bob Strong (Reuters) - Four Afghans held for over     Add Comment

U.S. transfers four Guantanamo prisoners to Afghanistan 
Washington Post - 12 Hours ago
By , Four detainees held for more than a decade at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Saturday. The Afghan     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
EU respects Iranian sanctioned entities' appeal to courts [Trend News Agency, Baku,  
BusinessWeek - 8 Hours ago
Dec. 21--For first time since mid-2012, Iran scheduled to ship a petrochemical cargo to Europe in restricted amount this week. The European Union suspended the sanctions related to Iran's petrochemical     Add Comment

Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 
Reuters India - 10 Hours ago
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iranian exporters send goods to Russia via Azerbaijan [Trend News Agency,  
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--Some Iranian exporters export goods to Russia via Azerbaijan due to the fact that Azerbaijan is exempted from paying export taxes to Russia, Iranian Deputy Agriculture Minister Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iran plans to merger car manufacturers [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--Iran plans to reduce the number of car manufacturers by merging them, Iranian Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said. Nematzadeh said the high number of car manufacturers is not beneficial     Add Comment

Iran produces 130,000 tons of cathode copper in 8 months [Trend News Agency, Baku,  
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--Some 130,000 metric tons of cathode copper were produced in Iran in the first 8 months of the current Iranian year (March 21-November 22). Copper concentrate production amounted to 523,598 metric     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iran's ex-nuclear negotiator appointed as deputy oil minister [Trend News  
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--TEHRAN, Iran. -- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh appointed former nuclear negotiator, Amirhossein Zamaninia, as his deputy for international affairs. The post was previously held     Add Comment

Mazut accounts for 25% of Iranian power plants' fuel consumption [Trend News Agency,  
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--TEHRAN, Iran. -- Iran needs to daily deliver 160 million cubic meters of fuel to power plants, Saeed Motassedi, Deputy Director of Iran's Department of Environment said. Motassedi said that     Add Comment

Iranian exporters lack knowledge of Russian market [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--TEHRAN, Iran. -- Iranian exporters have no information about the Russian market, Head of Iran's Garden Owners Union Mojtaba Shadlou said. He said that even the government doesn't provide exporters     Add Comment
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>>   Pakistan
Condemnation of school attack gathers momentum in Pakistan 
USA Today - 9 Hours ago
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Protests intensify in Pakistan as grief over a Taliban massacre in a school gives rise to widespread revulsion and     Add Comment

How to honor slain school children 
CNN - 10 Hours ago
Editor's note: Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. A nationally syndicated columnist,
Opinion: Best way to honor slain school children CNN
The best way to honor slain school children CNN
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Indian PM Modi's party unlikely to form Jammu & Kashmir government - polls 
Reuters Africa - 11 Hours ago
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party will not win enough seats to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir state, two exit polls showed on Saturday, dampening its hopes of taking     Add Comment

Pakistan: Several Taliban killed Saturday following school massacre 
CNN - 13 Hours ago
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani security forces said they killed several Taliban insurgents in and around Peshawar on Saturday, four days after Taliban gunmen massacred scores of children the northwestern
Pakistani security forces say several Taliban killed ClickOnDetroit.com
Pakistan: Several Taliban killed following school massacre KUTV.com
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US drone missile attack kills five Taliban in Pakistan 
Christian Science Monitor - 13 Hours ago
The US drone strike took place in Datta Khel in North Waziristan, where Pakistani troops have been carrying out a major operation against local and foreign militants since June. A U.S. drone fired two     Add Comment

Pakistan forces ‘kill five Taliban’ 
RocketNews - 9 Hours ago
Last updated at 13:06 The Pakistan military has stepped up attacks on the Taliban since the Peshawar school massacre Pakistani security forces have attacked Taliban positions in two operations
Pakistan Taliban: Military 'kills five militants' UK Wired News
Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban' One News Page United Kingdom
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Kashmir widows on living in conflict 
BBC - 16 Hours ago
Voting has concluded in an Indian-administered Kashmir for elections to the local assembly. There are indications of a high turnout, despite divisions between pro- and anti-India camps. Years of conflict
VIDEO: Kashmir widows on living in conflict Austin American Statesman
BBC News - Kashmir widow: I am proud of my militant husband DailyMe.Com
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Airstrikes targeting Pakistan Taliban continue in response to school massacre 
Washington Post - 17 Hours ago
By , ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — More Pakistan Taliban fighters and commanders were killed on Saturday as government forces continued to pound terrorist strongholds and local officials reported another
Retaliatory airstrikes kill more Pakistan militants Washington Post
Airstrikes targeting Pakistan Taliban continues in response to school massacre Washington Post
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