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1st December 2015 - The New York Times

In Intensified Islamic State Effort, U.S. to Send Elite Targeting Force to Iraq

The Pentagon will send a new Special Operations force to Iraq to intensify U.S. and Iraqi operations against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Tuesday.

1st December 2015 - Voice of America

Obama Urges Turkey, Russia to Focus on ‘Common Enemy’

A week after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet, U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for a de-escalation of tensions between the two countries and a unified front on the Syrian conflict.

1st December 2015 - Associated Press

Iraqi Forces Surround Ramadi, but It Could Be a Long Siege

After months of sluggish progress, stalled advances and outright failures, Iraqi troops and militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have surrounded the key city of Ramadi and appear poised to launch a new attempt to wrest it from the Islamic State group.

1st December 2015 - The New York Times

Lebanon Exchanges Prisoners With Qaeda Affiliate in Syria

The Syrian branch of Al Qaeda released 16 Lebanese servicemen captured over a year ago in a rare prisoner exchange brokered by Qatar that included a woman said to be a former wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State jihadist organization.