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Shi’ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf, September 16, 2014.

Isil wins new recruits following Obama speech

162 people have joined Isil training camps in Aleppo province since September 10

A Syrian medical worker treats a young boy in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 16, 2014, after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces. After fierce fighting in the capital in 2012, regime forces expelled rebel fighters from the heart of the city, but they remain in several strongholds on its outskirts.

Nearly 50 dead as Syria jets go after rebels

Civilian toll in raids expected to rise with dozens of people including children in critical condition

Turkish reluctance hurts US Isil coalition plans

US has brought together a coalition of the unwilling and the apathetic, analyst says

An Islamic State militant (L) stands next to residents as they hold pieces of wreckage from a Syrian war plane after it crashed in Raqqa, in northeast Syria September 16, 2014. The Syrian war plane crashed near the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa on Tuesday, a resident said, and a group that tracks violence in the war said a number of people had been wounded on the ground.   REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

US strikes Isil near Baghdad for first time

Islamist militants shoot down Syrian warplane for the first time

Ignace III Yousif Yunan, left, Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church of Antioch, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, center, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, and Louis Sako, right, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, attend a news conference on the Human Rights situation of Christians in Iraq and Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Christians urge Arabs lead fight against Isil

Leaders say Arab ground invasion needed against militants




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