Two female snipers patrol in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)
Two female snipers patrol in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)

DAMASCUS — Intense battles raged Tuesday in the western part of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, just hours after a suicide bomber killed 25 government forces when he blew himself up near a military position in that key city overnight, a monitor group reported.

Two female snipers patrol in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)
Two female snipers patrol in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels.
(Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)

The battles between an array of jihadi groups and the Syrian forces intensified Tuesday in the sprawling compound of the Scientific Researches and the nearby district of Jamiyet al-Zahra, both are main defense lines toward government-controlled areas in western Aleppo. (Syria-Battles)
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BAGHDAD — A total of 25 people were killed and some 50 others wounded in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and suicide bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, security sources said.
In Iraq’s western province of Anbar, at least eight IS militants were killed and some 20 others wounded in fierce clashes between IS militants and Iraqi security forces backed by allied militias known as Hashd Shaabi, around the Sunni town of Saqlawiyah in north of the IS-held city of Fallujah, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS-Clashes)
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TRIPOLI — Seven people were killed on Tuesday by a random shelling in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, according to the Libya’s official LANA agency.
A medical source confirmed the casualties, adding that an eighth was killed by a random shooting in the same area. (Libya-Shelling-Death)
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ANKARA — One illegal immigrant drowned and 29 others are still missing as a boat sank Tuesday in the Aegean Sea off western Turkey, private Bugun news reported.
The boat capsized as it carried 37 immigrants heading towards the Greek island of Istankoy as it disembarked from the town of Didim in the province of Aydin, with search and rescue teams managing to rescue only seven individuals so far, according to the report. (Turkey-Capsize-Immigrant) Enditem

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