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60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey within 24 hours amid ISIS advance

60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey within 24 hours amid ISIS advance

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)
Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)

Some 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants who are advancing on dozens of villages close to the border.

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Emergency lockdown in Sierra Leone: 6mn confined to homes in bid to contain Ebola

Emergency lockdown in Sierra Leone: 6mn confined to homes in bid to contain Ebola

Reuters / Ahmed Jallanzo
Reuters / Ahmed Jallanzo

All Sierra Leone’s six-million population have been confined to their homes. The three-day shutdown is a desperate bid to fight the outbreak, as US health officials warn the disease could spread to over half a million people.

“Today the life of every one is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do,”President Ernest Bai Koroma…

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Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania to form joint military force

Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania to form joint military force

Polish servicemen take part in military exercises outside the town of Yavoriv near Lviv, September 19, 2014. (Reuters/Roman Baluk)
Polish servicemen take part in military exercises

Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania have agreed to launch a joint military force which is expected to hold its first drill next year.

The defense ministers of the three states signed the agreement in Warsaw on Friday, in the presence of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Polish defense officials told Reuters that LITPOLUKRBRIG…

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France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

By End the Lie

French President Francois Hollande in 2013 (Image credit: Saly Bechsin/Flickr)

French President Francois Hollande in 2013 (Image credit: Saly Bechsin/Flickr)

The French military has begun their campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, marking the country’s entrance into what one paper called “an emerging international military coalition.”

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Mysterious unidentified spying cell towers found across Washington, DC

Mysterious unidentified spying cell towers found across Washington, DC

Win McNamee / Getty Images / AFP
Win McNamee / Getty Images / AFP

Washington, DC is littered with surveillance devices designed to trick surrounding mobile phones into logging onto signal-lifting networks, thereby allowing for tracking or call-monitoring purposes.

While traveling around the capital city with Washington Post reporters, a top executive using his company’s mobile-security technology detectedas many as 18 such…

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US Senate gives Obama authority to arm ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels

US Senate gives Obama authority to arm ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to fire.(Reuters / Stringer)
=Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to fire.(Reuters / Stringer)

The Senate has passed a bill authorizing President Barack Obama to begin arming “moderate” rebels in Syria as part of a plan to step up the US military campaign against Islamic State militants.

The bill, which easily passed Thursday by a vote of 78-22, is headed to Obama’s desk for his signature.

It allocates $500 million not only…

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Pentagon increasing surveillance to prevent another Snowden-style leak

Pentagon increasing surveillance to prevent another Snowden-style leak

AFP Photo
AFP Photo

On the heels of two of the largest intelligence breaches in American history, the Pentagon reportedly plans to roll out new rules requiring military contractors to more stringently monitor the activities of employees who work with sensitive materials.

Although the intelligence leaks attributed to United States Army Private Chelsea Manning and former contractor Edward Snowdenhave…

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Obama insists ground troops will not join ISIS fight, US military less sure

Obama insists ground troops will not join ISIS fight, US military less sure

US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)
US President Barack Obama.(AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry continue to insist that American ground troops will not be involved in the fight against Islamic State militants – a pledge that has been called into question by US Army generals.

The debate over the use of ground troops comes as the House of Representatives voted to authorize the…

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Ankara not keen on supporting US led anti-ISIS coalition

Ankara not keen on supporting US led anti-ISIS coalition

Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)
Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Turkey remains a key ally of the US despite Ankara’s refusal to back Washington’s bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, the State Department said. Ankara is fighting claims that militants are entering Syria and Iraq through its territory.

“When it comes to…

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Al-Qaeda seeks to unite Islamic Front ahead of US airstrikes in Syria

Al-Qaeda seeks to unite Islamic Front ahead of US airstrikes in Syria

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Al-Qaeda has urged militant groups in Iraq and Syria to put their differences aside and unite against a US coalition which will strike against the Islamic State (IS). There are reports that IS has gone underground following the US airstrike announcement.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb made a rare joint plea to jihadist organizations, which…

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