Archive for August, 2017

Iraq cities can take up to 25 years of work to clear explosives

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off on Iraq cities can take up to 25 years of work to clear explosives

The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Daesh militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs dropped by the US-led […]

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US to discuss new strategy for South-Asian issues

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on US to discuss new strategy for South-Asian issues

United States President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence on Friday will discuss South-Asia strategy with their national security team. The meeting will be held to develop a new strategy to deal with Afghanistan, which is logger-heads with the United States from past 16 years. Currently, around 8400 U.S. soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan.

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US-led coalition raids kill 17 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on US-led coalition raids kill 17 Daesh terrorists in Tal Afar

U.S.-led coalition warplanes and Iraqi forces pounded Daesh positions in the northwestern city of Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 17 terrorists, according to an Iraqi military officer. Lieutenant Colonel Shams al-Din al-Anbari said the attacks targeted Daesh arms depots and training sites in the city.

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Saudi, Iraq to re-open border crossing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on Saudi, Iraq to re-open border crossing

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, […]

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40k Iraqi troops prepare to retake Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on 40k Iraqi troops prepare to retake Tal Afar

Some 40,000 Iraqi troops are preparing for military operations to retake the Iraqi town of Tal Afar from Daesh. Iraqi authorities have announced that the town, located 80 kilometres west of Mosul, will be the next target in the war against Daesh following the recapture of Mosul. Tal Afar, which had a population of 200,000, […]

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US, Egypt to hold joint military exercise for first time since Arab Spring

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on US, Egypt to hold joint military exercise for first time since Arab Spring

The United States military will take part in a biennial joint military exercise with Egypt called Bright Star 2017 — marking the first time the U.S. has participated in the joint exercise since the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, CNN reported on Aug. 15. The joint exercise dates back to the early […]

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Tunisian security forces kill senior islamist in ambush

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on Tunisian security forces kill senior islamist in ambush

Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria late on Tuesday, security sources said. “Two terrorists were killed and weapons were seized during an ambush that National Guard units set up against a terrorist group,” in Kasserine region, National Guard spokesman Col. […]

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Mali appeals at UN for aid in setting up joint Sahel force

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on Mali appeals at UN for aid in setting up joint Sahel force

Hit by several attacks on UN camps, Mali on Tuesday called on the international community to provide military material and financial aid from a new joint force being set up by five countries of the Sahel region. Speaking before the UN Security Council, Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations, Issa Konfourou, said Monday’s attacks in […]

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Boko Haram bombers kill 20 at camp in northeast Nigeria

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Comments Off on Boko Haram bombers kill 20 at camp in northeast Nigeria

A local official in Nigeria’s northeastern village of Mandarari says 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists at a camp near a market. Village chief Lawan Kalli said Tuesday at least three suicide bombers entered the market around 5 p.m. posing as buyers, then went to the nearby camp […]

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Egypt affirms will to contribute on solving Gulf crisis

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt affirms will to contribute on solving Gulf crisis

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed Thursday his country’s willingness to find a solution for the ongoing Gulf crisis through dialogue. Shoukry made his remarks while meeting with Retired General Anthony Zinni, Envoy of US Secretary of State for Gulf crisis, and Timothy Lenderking, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Gulf Affairs, Egyptian foreign […]

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UN envoy to Libya starts diplomatic tour of country

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on UN envoy to Libya starts diplomatic tour of country

The UN envoy to Libya visited the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday to meet with civil society groups and others, as he continues his tour of Libyan cities on both sides of the conflict alongside shuttle diplomacy. Ghassan Salame, the new head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, “landed at Banina airport […]

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US reiterates commitment to solve conflict in Libya

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on US reiterates commitment to solve conflict in Libya

The United States embassy in Libya issued a statement on Thursday saying it remains fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya. The embassy added on its website that it is engaging a wide range of Libyan political and security figures in order to help achieve […]

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Lebanon army to dislodge Daesh from area near Syrian border

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Lebanon army to dislodge Daesh from area near Syrian border

Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Daesh militants from a remote corner near Syrian border, seeking to end a years-long threat posed to neighbouring towns and villages by the extremists. The campaign will involve cooperation with the militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army on the other […]

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Turkey restricts cross-border movement with Syria

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Turkey restricts cross-border movement with Syria

Turkey is limiting cross-border movement at Bab Al-Hawa (Cilvegözü) crossing with Syria after the area was taken by a terrorist group, Customs Minister Bülent Tüfenkci said Wednesday. Tüfenkci told reporters that the restrictions were imposed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants took control of the area.

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Iraq army to secure post-Daesh Mosul until police ready

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Iraq army to secure post-Daesh Mosul until police ready

The Iraqi army will remain responsible for security in the northern city of Mosul until local police forces restore their pre-Daesh capabilities, a military spokesman said Monday. “There are no plans to withdraw military units from newly recaptured Mosul; it’s still too early for that,” Brigadier-General Yehia Rasul, a spokesman for the army’s joint operations […]

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Iraq: Security troops destroy Islamic State rest houses in Diyala

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Iraq: Security troops destroy Islamic State rest houses in Diyala

Two Islamic State rest houses were destroyed in Hamreen Mountains area, Diyala government, local police source announced on Thursday. “A joint force of Diyala police and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri (Tribal Mobilization Forces) carried out an operation in Al Safra village in Hamreen Mountains,” the Diyala Police Command said in a statement.

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Egypt police kills 3 jihadists behind anti-Copt attacks

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt police kills 3 jihadists behind anti-Copt attacks

Egypt’s interior ministry said on Thursday its forces had killed three jihadists suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority. An officer also died in a shootout in the southern province of Qena on Tuesday, security officials said.

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Algerian military kills six armed militants

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Algerian military kills six armed militants

Algerian troops killed six armed militants on Monday west of Algiers, where security forces last week broke up a Daesh cell, the defence ministry said. Five Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition were also recovered during Monday’s operation, which was still under way, near the town of Gouraya in Tipaza province, the ministry said in a statement.

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Germany delivers 2nd submarine to Egypt

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Germany delivers 2nd submarine to Egypt

The Egyptian Navy received its second Type 209/1400 submarine, the S42, in a ceremony on Tuesday in Kiel City, Germany. Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khalid Hassan raised during the ceremony the Egyptian flag on the submarine, manufactured by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

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Iraq, French leaders discuss fight against terrorism

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Iraq, French leaders discuss fight against terrorism

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the bilateral ties and the combat against terrorism on Monday. During a phone conversation, initiated by Macron, the French leader reiterated support for the Iraqi government in its efforts to restore security and stability and rebuild the state

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Senior IS leader killed by airstrike in Kirkuk

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Senior IS leader killed by airstrike in Kirkuk

A senior Islamic State (IS) leader and five other elements were killed as an air raid targeted a rest house, south of Kirkuk governorate, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday. A local source told Alsumaria News that an air raid targeted a rest house belonging to the IS on the outskirts of al-Riyad town, killing Abu […]

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UN warns of more evacuations amid fighting in Iraq

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on UN warns of more evacuations amid fighting in Iraq

The UN’s humanitarian aid coordinator for Iraq on Tuesday warned of major evacuations due to three possible additional military operations against Daesh-held areas of the country. The deputy special representative of the United Nations’ Assistance Mission for Iraq, Lise Grande, told reporters in Geneva that, after Mosul, the UN expected more operations in Tal Afar, […]

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U.S. makes base near Tal Afar to back anticipated invasion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on U.S. makes base near Tal Afar to back anticipated invasion

A U.S. military base has been established near Iraq’s northwestern Tal Afar city, according to an Iraqi military source. “The establishment of the base came upon talks held between U.S. and Iraqi forces Friday in Mosul’s Zammar district,” Lt. Col. Mahdi al-Khafaji said.

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UN backs Italy bid to close migrant route from Libya

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on UN backs Italy bid to close migrant route from Libya

The UN’s new envoy to Libya on Tuesday endorsed Italy’s drive to stem the flow of migrants leaving the north African state for Europe, despite misgivings among human rights groups. Rights campaigners fear Italy’s focus on strengthening the Libyan coastguard to ensure boatloads of migrants are intercepted before reaching international waters could place thousands of […]

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Tunisian security forces kill two suspected jihadists

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Tunisian security forces kill two suspected jihadists

Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected jihadists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday. A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesperson Khalifa Chibani said.

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13 IS killed by Iraqi airstrikes in western Anbar

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on 13 IS killed by Iraqi airstrikes in western Anbar

Thirteen Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike in western Anbar on Wednesday. “Army jets shelled IS members gathering in Rawa and Qaim towns, western Anbar, killing 13 members, most of whom are foreigners,” the source said. “IS transferred its main headquarters on main roads in the two towns to residential areas in the […]

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UK supports Iraq in progress to liberate its land from IS

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on UK supports Iraq in progress to liberate its land from IS

Britain’s Chief of the Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach affirmed Thursday on his country’s support for Iraq to liberate the remaining cities from the grip of terrorist groups. Peach met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and conveyed to him congratulations of Britain on the liberation of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State […]

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Pence: Western Balkans future lay with the West

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Pence: Western Balkans future lay with the West

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the future of the Western Balkans lay “in the West,” on the last leg of a tour aimed at reassuring Eastern European allies worried by Russia. After visiting Baltic state Estonia and the Caucasus nation of Georgia, Pence arrived on Tuesday in NATO’s newest member Montenegro […]

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Libyan general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Libyan general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

The commander of Libya’s self-styled national army in the east has ordered naval bases to confront any vessel entering the country’s territorial waters without military permission. A statement released by the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter on Wednesday says the command was directed to eastern bases in Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Tobruk, as well as […]

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UK welcomes Tunis work on security after terror attacks

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on UK welcomes Tunis work on security after terror attacks

Britain on Thursday applauded Tunisia’s “patient hard work” to boost security following the 2015 jihadist attacks that killed dozens of tourists, including 30 Britons at a beach resort. “We know that these days there can never be a situation when there is no risk at all but we are being very pleased to advise our […]

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Yemeni, UAE and US forces regain Shabwa stronghold

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Yemeni, UAE and US forces regain Shabwa stronghold

Elite Yemeni forces backed by the UAE army and US military drove Al Qaeda militants from a stronghold in southern Yemen on Thursday. The morning raid in Shabwa province dealt a huge blow to the extremists in the region, a UAE military official told the state news agency Wam. The Yemeni forces were comprised of […]

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Egypt FM, Sudan PM discuss bilateral relations

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt FM, Sudan PM discuss bilateral relations

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said on Thursday that he discussed with Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh improving cooperation between Cairo and Khartoum. The Egyptian FM said in press statements that he conveyed to the Sudanese PM the regards of the Egyptian leadership and Egypt’s deep appreciation for his efforts to bolster relations between […]

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US warns on danger of Idlib takeover

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on US warns on danger of Idlib takeover

The United States warned a takeover of rebel-held northwestern Idlib province by Syrian militants linked to a former Al Qaeda affiliate would have grave consequences and make it difficult to dissuade Russia from renewing bombing that recently stopped. In an online letter posted late on Wednesday, the top State Department official in charge of Syria […]

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Lebanese army destroys IS sites near eastern Syrian borders

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Lebanese army destroys IS sites near eastern Syrian borders

The Lebanese army targets with artillery the positions of the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorists group in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and Qaa. The source added the army shelling resulted in destroying IS centers used for storing and digging, including injuries to many IS fighters.

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