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Tensions rise in Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendum

Protest erupts in east Iraq against Monday's independence vote, while bomb attack kills four Kurdish soldiers in Kirkuk.

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Turkey extends troops' deployment in Iraq and Syria

Renewal of bill comes two days before scheduled independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

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Iran halts Iraqi Kurdistan flights ahead of referendum

Flights to airports in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil will be affected, but Kurds say nothing can stop September 25 vote.

Iran has halted flights

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Orouba Barakat, daughter Halla found killed in Istanbul

Syrian National Coalition, relatives demand swift investigation into stabbing of Orouba and Halla Barakat in Turkey.

Orouba Barakat, daughter Halla

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Barzani: Kurd region poll to occur despite opposition

KRG head defiant as Turkey calls planned independence referendum in Kurdish northern Iraq a threat to its security.

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Born in 1928, months after the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, Akef was one of the group's most prominent members.

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Syria: SDF says it took Conoco gas field from ISIL

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces claim to have taken Syria's largest gas field, which is located in Deir Az Zor.

onoco gas field

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Iran tests new ballistic missile: state media

Defying US warnings, the reported test comes just hours after Khoramshahr missile was unveiled during a military parade.

ballistic missile

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Syrians vote in Kurdish-held northern region

Elections begin three-phase process to set up new governing institutions that aim to secure regional autonomy.

Kurdish groups

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SOHR: Israeli warplanes hit near Damascus airport

The air strikes reportedly struck sites controlled by the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, says UK-based activist group.

Israeli warplanes

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Car bombing leaves at least 20 dead and dozens more wounded at site housing displaced families near city of Deir Az Zor.

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