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Aleppo Fighting Continues As Other Fronts Flare in Syria

July 4, 2015 - Syrian moderate rebels fighting in Aleppo held on to a research center that the Damascus government had been using for military barracks, but a militant group reportedly had been pushed back from the gains it had made in another part of the city when government warplanes conducted dozens of air strikes against their positions.

UN: Iraq Casualties Rise to 1,466 in June

Deaths in Iraq due to fighting rose to 1,466 in June, the United Nations reported, higher than the 1,031 recorded in May. The UN said that increased deaths among soldiers and militia accounted for much of the rise.

Western Iraq has been a battleground between the IS caliphate and the Baghdad government in the southeast and the Kurdish autonomous forces in the north. IS forces have overrun much of the western desert provinces, and have captured Ramadi, 63 miles west of Baghdad, and the major oil refinery at Baiji, 117 miles up the Tigris River from Baghdad.