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Syrian rebels cut the main supply route to the part of the city held by the regime, and Assad's army is fighting back hard.
A suicide bomber was killed in the blast near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia's second city of Jeddah early on Monday, the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.
The new leader of the Taliban called for an end to foreign forces' "occupation" of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country riven by decades of war.
Two Palestinian gunmen killed three people and wounded seven on Wednesday in an attack at the popular shopping and dining area near Israel's Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, police said.
Islamic State militants have taken territory from US and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels in an ongoing offensive, and now threaten a key rebel supply line from the Turkish border.
Friday's advance was the biggest by Islamic State in Aleppo province for two years, bringing the jihadists to within 3 miles of Azaz, a town near the border with Turkey through which anti-government insurgents have been supplied.
The American troops were photographed and videotaped on the frontlines of a Kurdish-led offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Suleimani made an appearance with Iraqi Shiite militias outside Fallujah as the UN warned that as many as 10,000 civilians remain trapped inside the Islamic State-held town.
Islamic State, which controls swathes of the Iraq's north and west, has carried out a string of bombings this week that killed around 100 people.
Secretary of State John Kerry just drew a new red line in Syria, warning the Syrian president that if he doesn't begin a transition from power by August 1, the US will find a "very different track" toward ending the five-year-old war.
The attacks killed one person and injured 26 people on Sunday in Killis, where 110,000 Syrians have taken refuge from the war in Syria, just after senior European and Turkish officials visited the region to address the refugee crisis.