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Fight against Islamic State militants

US and coalition forces conducted 18 airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters, including 8 in Tikrit, military says; 4 airstrikes in Syria - statement

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White House: Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi, discussed ongoing military operations - statement

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4 Iraqi soldiers killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in Tikrit overnight - @Reuters

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Coalition military forces conducted 6 airstrikes in Syria over most recent 24-hour period; Separately, 10 airstrikes approved by Iraqi Ministry of Defense were carried out against Islamic State targets there

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business

IKEA gets 1st order for flat-pack refugee shelters, says they are bound for Iraq, possibly Ethiopia - @TR_Foundation

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Yemen crisis

Editor's note: The Associated Press outlines how the conflict in Yemen underscores political complexities for the U.S. in the Middle East. The U.S. is working to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, who has said it provides diplomatic support of the Shiite rebels in Yemen known as Houthis. At the same time, the al-Qaida branch in Yemen is also fighting the Shiite rebels. The al-Qaida branch is also the target of a U.S. drone campaign. The U.S. is a traditional ally of Saudi Arabia, who have begun bombing the Houthi rebels. In Iraq, the U.S. and Iran are both helping the Shiite-led Baghdad government battle the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group but are avoiding any actual contact. - Stephanie

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CENTCOM: Iraqi Security Forces have defeated 4 separate Islamic State attacks across Iraq in recent days. 'The tables are turning,' says Col. Wayne Marotto - CENTCOM

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White House: President Obama spoke with Turkish President Erdogan about cooperation in the fight against Islamic State; security in Iraq, Syria - @Reuters

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Yemen crisis

Iraq rejects use of force in Yemen, says Gulf intervention will complicate situation, foreign ministry statement says - @Reuters

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Iraq crisis

No more Shiite militias are involved in Tikrit clearing operations, US-led coalition support Iraqi forces, senior US general says - @Reuters

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US, allies conducted 17 air strikes in Tikrit, Iraq, against Islamic State militants, combined joint task force says - @Reuters

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Iraq crisis

Iraqi official: Security forces launch final phase of Tikrit ground assault after airstrikes - @AP

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Fight against Islamic State militants

More: Senior US official says US begins airstrikes in Tikrit in support of stalled Iraqi ground offensive - @AP

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US airstrikes underway in Iraqi battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State militants - @AP, @Reuters

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US, allies conduct 5 air strikes in Syria, 14 in Iraq against Islamic State militants, combined joint task force says - @Reuters

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US would review any formal Iraqi request for assistance on 'stalled' Tikrit offensive, Pentagon says - @Reuters

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US, allies stage 14 air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, joint command statement says - @Reuters

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Canadian PM Harper requests military missions in Iraq, Syria be extended not beyond March 2016; no ground troops to be deployed - @newstalk1010

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Canada government says will launch air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria, Iraq - @Reuters

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Coalition official: US-led force providing surveillance flights over Islamic State-held Tikrit - @AP

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