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A mercifully slow day, whose biggest - and arguably most troubling - story comes out of the United States...



United States

* In apparent alarm over the continuing instability in Libya, which is still unable to seat a stable national government, over four years after the final collapse of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi's  regime has resulted in an ever-growing idea in Washington that direct, "boots on the ground", intervention may be required to hold back the advance of ISIL. Given the current state of the United states' military establishment, this may not be a very wise idea.



Syria and Turkey

* A rocket fired from Syria slammed into the town of Kilis on the Turkish side of the border, wounding two people, local media reported Saturday, quoting local governorate sources.


* A total of 29 people were killed, including a woman, by an airstrike against rebel-held area in Syria's eastern province of Deir ez-Zor on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.




* Six Taliban militants have been killed and 10 others sustained injuries as clash flared up in Tagab district of the northern Badakhshan region on Friday, spokesman for provincial government, Ahmad Nawed Frotan, said Saturday.


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