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UN chief again calls for end to military operations in south Syria

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a new call Friday for “an immediate cessation” to military operations in southwest Syria, where government forces are attacking rebel-held areas. Guterres is “deeply alarmed by the military offensive in southwestern Syria and its devastating toll on civilians,” said a statement from his spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “The secretary-general recalls that…

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Explosion kills eight Afghans as they call for peace

A bomb killed eight people at a small gathering calling for peace in the Afghan province of Logar Thursday, officials said, underscoring the suffering of civilians amid growing calls for an end to the conflict. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the volatile province south of the capital Kabul, but…

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Taliban kill 16 Afghan soldiers, kidnap engineers after ceasefire ends

Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday. The Taliban, fighting to re-impose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghani’s request…

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Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday. Provincial governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the Taliban attacked two security posts in…

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Afghan Taliban say ceasefire will not be extended

A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the suicide attack in Jalalabad city, outside the office of the Nangarhar provincial governor….

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Blast in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar kills 10: official

An explosion outside the governor’s office in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar killed 10 people on Sunday and wounded 30, a security official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. A car bomb killed 36 people in Nangarhar on Saturday, an attack claimed by Islamic State. The Afghan Taliban separately ruled out an extension to…

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Afghan Taliban break new ground with surprise Eid ceasefire

The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, following a ceasefire announced by the government on Thursday. The militants said foreign forces would be excluded from the ceasefire and that operations against them would continue. They also said…

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Syrian rebel group in Ghouta enclave announces ceasefire

BEIRUT: A Syrian rebel group which still controls a pocket of the Eastern Ghouta enclave on Thursday announced a ceasefire from midnight to allow negotiations with the regime’s ally Russia, a spokesman for the faction said. The announcement was made after air raids targeted the part of southern Ghouta under the control of the Faylaq…

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Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order: official

UNITED NATIONS: About 40 trucks are loaded and ready to ferry relief supplies to Syria’s bomb-and-siege shattered Eastern Ghouta, but there has been no let up in fighting despite a UN ceasefire resolution, a top UN official said Wednesday. Mark Lowcock, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said there has been no change in…

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UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. With support from Russia, the Security Council approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire “without…

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UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council delayed a vote on demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to Saturday at noon (1700 GMT) after hours of negotiations failed to yield agreement with Russia, diplomats said. The council has been in talks on a draft resolution on the truce since February 9 as Syrian government forces have…

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Afghan war cannnot be fought on Pakistani soil: Khurram Dastgir

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defense Khurram Dastgir Monday informed the National Assembly that Indian forces committed more than 1300 cease fire violations in 2017 at Line of Control which resulted in 52 deaths and injuries to 175 persons. “Just today, our four valiant soldiers embraced martyrdom in unprovoked firing by Indian forces. The nation salutes to…

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Rohingya insurgent ceasefire ends in Myanmar with no report of attacks

YANGON: Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end, reported Reuters. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks on the security…

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India violates ceasefire along LoC, one civilian killed

RAWALPINDI: One civilian was killed and four others wounded on Monday when Indian border forces carried out shelling on civilian population along the line of control (LoC) in Rakhchikri Sector. According to a statement issued by the ISPR, India resorted to unprovoked firing along the LOC, resulting in martyrdom of one civilian. Pakistan army, ISPR…

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Pakistan summons Indian envoy over LoC violations

ISLAMABAD: Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal Thursday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. JP Singh to condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Phuklian Sector, occupied Kashmir. According to a message received here, the firing resulted in the shahadat of 2 civilians including Muhammad Zahoor 35, resident…

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Lebanon army declares ceasefire in border offensive against Islamic State

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army announced a ceasefire on Sunday in its offensive against Islamic State militants at the northeast border with Syria, reported Reuters. The ceasefire takes effect at 7:00 a.m. (12 a.m. ET) to pave the way for negotiations over the fate of Lebanese soldiers who are in Islamic State captivity, the military statement said….

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FO condemns unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian occupation forces

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Leepa Sector on July 21. The firing resulted in Shahadat of a 12-year old boy, Umair, in Gheekot village, and injuries to 3 others, a statement Monday said. This is the…

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US special ops chief confirms CIA ending support for Syria rebels

WASHINGTON: The head of the US military’s special operations confirmed Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan to continue ceasefire till Chaman border consensus

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday agreed to maintain ceasefire till the consensus on the issue of border at Chaman was reached.

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Russia, Turkey agree to ‘coordinate’ strikes in Syria: Moscow

MOSCOW: Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement spelling out mechanisms to “coordinate” their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes “on terrorist targets”, the Russian defence ministry said Thursday.

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Aleppo evacuees tell of pain and dreams of returning

ALEPPO: “It was the final time I saw Aleppo.” Among a sea of sobbing men and hungry children Friday, Mohammad mourned his evacuation from his home town and Syria’s second city.

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