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Syrian civil war

Pennsylvania businessman pleads guilty to conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices, lab equipment to Syria - @AP

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

Rep Clyburn, D-SC, asked if he thinks the amendment authorizing training and equipping of Syrian rebels will pass; says 'I think so. I hope so' - @frankthorpNBC

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Sen. John McCain says it's a 'fundamental fallacy' that US-armed rebels will fight Islamic State militants in Syria - @nationaljournal

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Iraq's national security adviser has briefed Syrian President Assad on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Syrian state media reports, in 1st meeting since the US launched air strikes on the group in Iraq - @Reuters

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Al-Qaida branches in Yemen and North Africa call for jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against the common threat from a US-led coalition - @AFP

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Update: Islamic State fighters shoot down Syrian war plane near Raqqa, monitoring group says - @Reuters

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Syrian Observatory says a regime plane has been downed in Raqqa near an Islamic State stronghold - @AlArabiya_Eng

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President Obama has been on the phone with Republican and Democratic members of Congress to discuss $500 million request to train Syrian rebels, senior administration officials say - @lesleyclark

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Image: House language providing authorization to train and equip Syrian rebels makes it clear it does not authorize combat troops - @frankthorpNBC

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House leaders planning Wednesday vote on aiding moderate Syrian rebels as amendment to funding legislation, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says - @thehill

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New House authorization for training Syrian rebels to be introduced on Monday, and added to continuing resolution funding bill likely as an amendment, senior House Armed Services Committee aide says - @frankthorpNBC

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More: House Republicans are proposing to authorize a mission to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels with an explicit ban on deploying US ground forces to fight the Islamic State - @AP

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House GOP will introduce new language to authorize training, equipping of Syrian rebels with 'robust oversight' and reporting requirements added - @frankthorpNBC

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: 'I am skeptical that ISIL is going to have a lot of success' building relationships with 'moderate' Syrian opposition - @ZekeJMiller

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Israel-Syria tensions

Diplomatic source: UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are being relocated from 4 positions and 1 camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border after recent clashes with al-Qaida-linked militants - @Reuters

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International Organization for Migration

Survivors of a shipwrecked migrant boat that set off from Egypt estimate as many as 500 aboard could have died after traffickers rammed and sank their boat in the Mediterranean last week, the International Organization for Migration says; according to the survivors, those making crossing to Europe were Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian and Sudanese - @AFP

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British aid worker David Haines executed by Islamic State

David Haines' brother Mike Haines: 'We hoped, we prayed in our own way. Unfortunately it was not in our hands. It was in the hands of terrorists' - @jrug

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Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, senior State Department official says - @nytimes

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White House Chief of Staff McDonough asked if any country has pledged troops in Syria, says 'we're not looking for that right now' - @AndrewNBCNews

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Cell of jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe pose more direct threat to the US than Islamic State, American officials say - @AP

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