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France boosts military response to Islamic State, eyes next phase

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq and will discuss with the United States long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria, officials said on Wednesday. France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes on IS insurgents in Iraq, who have also taken control of large parts of neighboring Syria during the course of the three-year-old civil war there. … …read more

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Iran to give military grant to Lebanese army: senior official

Beirut (Reuters) – Iran is to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army, the director of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday, boosting security forces that are already backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States. “The Islamic Republic decided to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army,” he said in Beirut. Shamkhani is meeting Lebanese officials. He did not give a figure for the grant. (Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Janet Lawrence) …read more

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Obama vows to keep up military pressure on Islamic State

By Steve Holland UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations on Wednesday to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to “leave the battlefield while they can.” Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Obama said Islamic State must be destroyed and issued a global call for nations to come together to join a U.S.-led coalition. Before he spoke, U.S.-led airstrikes for the third time this week pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. … …read more

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U.S., Arab partners launch first strikes on IS in Syria

By Phil Stewart and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants. “I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement. …

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