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Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition intensified its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions Thursday in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements.

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Ed Kassig, left, and wife Paula pray during a vigil for their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Ed Kassig, left, and wife Paula pray during a vigil for their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Friends: Aid worker captured in Syria knew risks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An American aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria had researched the region and knew the dangers, but he believed the good he could accomplish through his relief organization outweighed the risk, his friends said Wednesday.

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F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria.  (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf)
F-22A Raptor taxis in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility prior to strike operations in Syria. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf)
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US-led planes strike ISIS fighters attacking Syria town

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

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Syrian refugees enter Turkey during a sand storm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Syrian refugees enter Turkey during a sand storm at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc, Turkey, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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US-led strikes hit ISIS-held oil sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in one of their strongholds, fearing further raids, activists said.

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President Barack Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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UPDATE: Obama: US-Arab strikes show unity against ISIS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."

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Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

NEW YORK (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

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Fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
Fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)
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Syria says it was informed by US before airstrikes on ISIS

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.

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Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

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This image provided by the Curtis family shows Peter Theo Curtis in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padno and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Curtis Family)
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Journalist held in Syria returns to US

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.

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People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
People stand during a memorial service in Iraq Sunday for James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by Islamic extremists. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
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American woman is being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work hostage in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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