Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 31

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish police on Monday detained at least four people over suspected bomb-making for the Islamic State (IS), local media reported.

The suspects, among them three Syrian nationals, were captured in raids in Turkey's northwestern province of Kocaeli, the Hurriyet daily said. (Turkey-IS Suspects)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it hosted a delegation from the Taliban group to discuss peace process in Afghanistan.

According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met on Sunday with the Afghan Taliban representatives in the capital Tehran. (Iran-Taliban-Afghanistan)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Air Force carried out airstrikes on a position of Islamic State (IS) extremist group inside Syria near the Iraqi border, the Iraqi military said on Monday.

The Iraqi F-16 jets bombarded a two-storey building where 30 extremist militants were inside for a meeting of the group's leaders, and totally destroyed it in Susa area in eastern Syria, a statement issued by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said, without saying when the airstrike took place. (Iraq-IS)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian army on Monday ended the mandatory service for non-commissioned officers and conscripts who joined the army in 2010, state-run SANA news agency reported.

The army's decree also covers the reserve troops who reported to the service before July 1, 2012. (Syria-Conscript-Discharge) Enditem

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