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Conflict along the Gaza Strip

  • Israel, Gaza militants agree to ceasefire - Hamas official

    Israel and militants from the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that will come into force at midnight local (2200 GMT), Hamas official Ayman Taha said, speaking to Reuters from Cairo.

    "An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9.00 p.m. and go into effect at midnight," Taha said.

    (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; writing by Crispian Balmer; editing by Jeffrey Heller)
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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

BAGHDAD - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.