Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 9

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BAGHDAD -- The death toll of the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants in an airdrop operation on IS positions in Iraq's central province of Salahudin on Monday rose to 15, the Iraqi military said.

The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), backed by international coalition aircraft, conducted an airdrop operation on IS positions in the rugged area of Mteibijah near the provincial border with neighboring Diyala province, Yahya Rasoul, spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a statement. (Iraq-IS)

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CAIRO -- The Arab League (AL) announced on Monday it will send a mission to monitor the Tunisian presidential elections scheduled to be held in mid-September.

In a statement, the AL said the mission's members of different Arab nationalities, except Tunisian nationality, will be deployed in a number of Tunisian states, as part of the AL's keenness to support democracy and consolidate good governance in Tunisia. (Arab League-Tunisia-Elections)

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ABU DHABI -- The 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) kicked off in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Monday, gathering participants from around 150 countries and regions to explore new energy, critical innovation and new strategies.

Under the theme "Energy for Prosperity", the congress presents a four-day interactive program designed to address the most critical issues facing the global energy industry. (UAE-Energy)

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ADEN -- Two children were killed and three others injured in a roadside bomb blast in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Monday, a security official told Xinhua.

"A roadside bomb exploded near a residential building in downtown Lahj province, leaving two children killed and three others injured in the area," said the official on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Bomb) Enditem

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