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  • Update: White House says violence is not the answer in Syria but attack on Assad's inner circle shows "window is closing." White House says international community needs to act in a unified way.

    White House says it has no information on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's whereabouts; White House goes on to say the U.S. is closely monitoring Syria's military facilities and believes its chemical stockpile remains under government control.
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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.