Middle East

Attack on UAE Deputy Prime Minister in Balochistan leaves Pakistan red faced

Nicosia [Cyprus], Dec.29 : The Pakistan government has been left red faced by recent attack on the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It may be recalled that

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Mosul battle: Iraqi forces launch ‘second phase’ of attack

Iraqi forces have launched a fresh wave of attacks against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, military officials say. Troops are pushing into eastern districts in the “second phase” of an offensive to recapture the last major stronghold held by

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Syria conflict: Ceasefire agreed, backed by Russia and Turkey

The deal was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin and confirmed by the Turkish foreign ministry. Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides, will act as guarantors. The rebel High Negotiations Committee (HNC), seen by the UN as the main

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US says claim it supported IS in Syria is ‘ludicrous’

The US has described as “ludicrous” a claim by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it supported so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria. State Department spokesman Mark Toner there was no was basis for such an accusation. The Turkish leader

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ISIS fighters were on the ‘naughty list’ as US combat pilots took to the skies in Santa hats

YOU’D BETTER WATCH OUT Coalition forces carried out 18 strikes against Islamic terror troops in Syria and Iraq on December 25th US pilots helped batter Isis strongholds in Iraq and Syria on Christmas Day while wearing Santa hats. The Combined Joint

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Iraq gunmen kidnap campaigning female journalist

Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi female journalist who has campaigned against widespread corruption in the country. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was taken from her home in the Saidiya district of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday night by men claiming to be

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US issues Jordan travel warning after deadly attacks

The US State Department has issued a travel warning for all of Jordan because of “threats from terrorist groups” after recent deadly attacks. It said so-called Islamic State (IS) and its affiliates “continue to plot assaults” in the country. More

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Israel settlements: Netanyahu rejects ‘shameful’ UN vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said

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IS ‘burns Turkish soldiers alive’ in Syria execution video

So-called Islamic State has released a video online which claims to show two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. IS claims the video is from its Syrian operation, and shows two soldiers captured in late November. The killing came in revenge

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Aleppo battle: Syrian city ‘back under government control’

he Syrian army says it has retaken full control of Aleppo, following the evacuation of the last group of rebels. In a statement, the army said it had “returned security to Aleppo” and called it a “crushing blow” for rebels.

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Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump talks to President Sisi

Egypt has suddenly delayed a vote on its UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank as Donald Trump intervened in the debate. A US official told the BBC that it had been considering an abstention, which would have

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Syria conflict: Aleppo evacuation operation nears end

The evacuation of the last remaining civilians and fighters from rebel-held districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo should be completed by Thursday night or Friday, the Red Cross says. The final phase is expected to take place over multiple

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IS conflict: 14 Turkish soldiers dead in worst day’s loss yet

Fourteen Turkish soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Turkish army said. Wednesday’s clashes happened in the town of al-Bab, which Turkey is helping rebels take from IS control. A further 33 Turkish

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Syria conflict: Aleppo evacuations resume after 24-hour delay

The final phase of the evacuation of rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo has restarted, after being stalled for a day. Syrian state TV broadcast pictures of buses leaving the rebel enclave and entering a government-controlled area.

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Jordan shootings: Police killed in fresh clashes near Karak

Four Jordanian security personnel have been killed in fresh clashes with armed men near the central town of Karak, state media report. Sources said the gunfight began during a raid on a house where wanted suspects were believed to be

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