Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tag Archives: Iraq

Russia accuses U.S. of training former IS fighters in Syria

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MOSCOW: The chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. General Valery Gerasimov’s allegations, made in a newspaper interview, center on a U.S. military base at Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing ...

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Reporters Without Borders says 65 journalists killed in 2017

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PARIS: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says that 65 journalists were killed in 2017, the lowest toll in 14 years. According to figures released by the non-governmental organization on Tuesday, 60 percent of the journalists who were killed were murdered. RSF said the overall decrease is due to journalists leaving countries ...

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Rescuers Search Debris After Iran-Iraq Quake Killing 430

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SARPOL-E-ZAHAB: Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies. The grim work began in earnest again at dawn ...

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Strong Quake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border, Killing More Than 330

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TEHRAN: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck northern Iraq and parts of Iran has killed more than 330 people in both countries and injured more than 3,000, according to officials. It is the strongest quake to hit the region in years. Most of the reports of dead and injured came ...

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UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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LONDON: Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech on Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faced had accelerated at an alarming pace and was worse now than at any time in his 34-year career. MI5 Director General Andrew Parker said his agency, also known as the ...

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France Ready to Mediate Between Iraqi Govt and Kurdish Authorities

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PARIS: France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until Islamic State was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel Macron coincided with a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his first abroad ...

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

RIYADH: 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 ...

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Dozens killed in bombing of mosque in Afghan city of Herat

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HERAT: A suicide attack on a Jawadia mosque in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan has killed at least 29 people and wounded more than 64, officials have said. More than 1,700 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan so far this year, hitting confidence in the government ...

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Iran, Iraq vow to boost military ties

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TEHRAN: Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed deals aimed at boosting military cooperation during a visit by Baghdad s Defence Minister Irfan al-Hayali to Tehran. In a memorandum of understanding signed by Hayali and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan, the neighbours agreed on a “wide range of military and defence cooperation” ...

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Iraqi PM declares victory over ISIS in Mosul

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MOSUL: Iraq’s prime minister declared victory over IS in Mosul on Monday, three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a “caliphate” they said would take over the world. “I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist ...

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