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Syrian army captures key IS stronghold south of Damascus

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

DAMASCUS, May 21 (Xinhua) — The Syrian army on Monday fully wrested control over the Hajar al-Aswad area, a key Islamic State (IS) stronghold south of the capital Damascus, according to the state TV. The recapture of Hajar al-Aswad follows a month-long offensive by the army to recapture some areas under IS control. Earlier in […]

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Brief cease-fire reached in IS-held areas for humanitarian evacuation

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

DAMASCUS, May 21 (Xinhua) — A brief cease-fire was reached on Sunday afternoon in the Islamic State (IS)-controlled pockets south of the capital Damascus for the humanitarian evacuation, state news agency SANA reported Monday. The cease-fire, which will end at noon on Monday, enabled the evacuation of women, children and elderly people from Hajar al-Aswad […]

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Denmark to withdraw special forces from Iraq

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

STOCKHOLM: NATO-member Denmark said Thursday its special forces taking part in the US-led coalition against Daesh in Iraq would be withdrawn following the defeat of the extremist group. “We have now reached a point where we can begin withdrawing our special forces because (IS) no longer has control over large areas in Iraq,” Danish foreign minister […]

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Up to 8 killed in suicide bombing at funeral near Iraq’s Baghdad

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD, May 16 (Xinhua) — Up to eight people were killed and 31 wounded Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral tent near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official told Xinhua. The attack took place around noon when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself among many mourners at […]

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IS links with suicide attacks in Indonesia: police

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

SURABAYA, Indonesia, May 14 (Xinhua) — Global terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has been involved in a series of suicide bombings in Indonesia recently, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian said on Monday. The police chief revealed that the suicide attackers in three churches and the police headquarters in Surabaya, provincial capital of East Java […]

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Iraq launches airstrike on IS position in Syria

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD, May 14 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Air Force on Monday carried out an airstrike on a position of the Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria near the border with Iraq, the Iraqi military said. Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi F-16 warplanes pounded a “logistic headquarters” for terrorist Daesh (IS group) in al-Deshisha area inside […]

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Iraq launches airstrike on IS position in Syria

By   /  May 6, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD, May 6 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Air Force on Sunday carried out an airstrike on a position of the Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria near the border with Iraq, the Iraqi government said. A brief statement, issued by the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said “the heroes of the Iraqi air force […]

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IS propaganda machine hit by law enforcement: Europol

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

THE HAGUE, April 27 (Xinhua) — A joint operation by European and U.S. law enforcement has hit the propaganda machine of the Islamic State (IS) and hindered the terrorist group’s capacity to spread radicalization online, Europol said on Friday. “With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to […]

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Iraqi airstrikes target IS in Syria to prevent spillover effects

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BAGHDAD, April 26 (Xinhua) — Iraq’s recent spate of airstrikes targeting positions of Islamic State (IS) militants inside neighboring Syria has raised questions about Iraq’s motives weeks ahead of its parliamentary elections. In the latest preemptive airstrikes on April 19, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets killed 36 IS militants, including five of the group’s leaders. On […]

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Iraqi forces kill 2 suicide bombers

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 27 (Xinhua) — Iraqi forces Friday killed two suicide bombers and were hunting for the third after they tried to attack troops in Iraq’s central province of Salahuddin, a local police officer said. The incident occurred before Thursday midnight when three suicide bombers wearing explosive belts approached the security outposts in Tal […]

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