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Indians, Chinese among top asylum seekers, says recent study on migration

CHENNAI: Indian diaspora grows steady and strong with India topping the list among countries whose citizens acquire foreign nationality, said a recent global study on migration, reported Times of India. Unknown to many, a tiny bit of this migration is driven by asylum-seekers from home who count among the biggest groups seeking refuge from ‘persecution’…

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Iraqi PM hails victory over ‘brutality and terrorism’ in Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared a victory over “brutality and terrorism” in Mosul on Monday after his forces ended the Islamic State group’s rule over the country’s second city. Flanked by soldiers, Abadi hailed the retaking of Mosul — from where IS declared its self-styled “caliphate” three years ago — as a historic moment…

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Iraqi forces push to clear last pockets of IS in Mosul

Iraqi forces fought to eliminate the last pockets of Islamic State group resistance in Mosul on Monday after the premier visited the devastated city to congratulate troops on securing victory. With the jihadists surrounded in a sliver of territory in Mosul’s Old City, attention was turning to the huge task of rebuilding the city and…

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Chilling footage of ISIS woman detonating herself and baby emerges

NEWS DESK: Chilling footage has emerged of an ISIS suicide bomber cradling a baby in her arms seconds before she blows herself and the child up, reported The Independent. Initially, it appeared the woman was fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has now fallen from ISIS control, with her child. But the video shows…

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Civilians trapped as Iraq forces battle Islamic State in Mosul

MOSUL: Iraqi forces on Thursday battled the last remaining Islamic State group fighters in Mosul’s Old City, where the UN said up to 20,000 civilians are trapped and in “extreme danger”. In neighbouring Syria, US-backed forces are facing fierce resistance from IS as they wage a parallel offensive to recapture the city of Raqa from…

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ISIS has left an entire generation of children suffering from ‘waking nightmares’, says report

Visiting a classroom or playground in the sprawling camps now home to Iraqis who have fled Isis, it can take a while to realise what’s missing at first. There are colourful posters and drawings on the walls, toys to play with, music and games. But the sound of kids laughing, annoying each other and joining…

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Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

MOSUL: Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them in a shrinking rectangle no more…

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US-backed force cuts off last IS escape route from Raqa: monitor

BEIRUT: The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Thursday sealed off the last route used by the Islamic State group to flee an offensive on its Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SDF fighters captured the villages of Kasrat Afnan and Kasab on the southern bank of the…

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Iraq declares end of caliphate after capturing historic Mosul mosque

MOSUL: Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, the Iraqi military said. Seizing the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight month to recapture Mosul, the northern…

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Video: Female sniper laughs after almost getting her head blown off

RAQQA: A female Kurdish sniper’s brush with death is going viral over the internet as the woman can be seen laughing and chatting away after a bullet misses her head narrowly.  This video is from the city of Raqqa, where the YPJ and Iraqi forces backed by the United States, are embroiled in conflict with…

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US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, in the latest incident in rising tensions between the two sides. It comes days after a US warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from…

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Afghan commando kills two US soldiers: official

NANGARHAR: An Afghan commando Saturday killed two American soldiers and wounded two others during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province, a stronghold of Islamic State militants, an official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the insider attack in the volatile district of Achin, saying it was carried out by an infiltrator. “Today around noon…

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At least 20 killed in suicide bombing near Kerbala

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a market in the town of Musayyib, south of Baghdad, on Friday killing at least 20 people, medical and security sources said. “A suicide bomber blew himself up in Musayyib market, causing 20 civilian martyrs,” an interior ministry spokesman said. At least 34 other people were wounded in…

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Tehran attackers were Iranian IS recruits

TEHRAN: The attackers who stormed Tehran’s parliament complex and the revolutionary leader’s shrine on Wednesday were Iranian nationals who had joined the Islamic State group (IS), a top official said. The six attackers “were Iranian and joined Daesh (IS) from some parts of Iran,” said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council,…

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Iraq rocked by three suicide blasts; death toll 42

BAGHDAD: Three suicide bombings in Baghdad and a city to the west have killed at least 42 people, targeting Iraqis breaking their fast and elderly people collecting their pensions, officials said. The strikes came as forces fought to retake the last areas held by the Islamic State group in their former stronghold of Mosul. The…

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New Cold War, US Saudi ties and Billions Dollars Business Deal

By: Nazia Memon Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is eager to reset relations with the new administration after feeling shunned by President Barack Obama, who crafted the 2015 nuclear deal with its rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies were so angry over President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies that they appeared…

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10 key points from Trump’s address to Muslim leaders

1. Trump chose to make his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia since he wanted to deliver a message of peace and hope “I stand before you as a representative of the American People, to deliver a message of friendship and hope. That is why I chose to make my first foreign visit a trip…

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Islamic State militants developing own social media platform – Europol

LONDON: Islamic State militants are developing their own social media platform to avoid security crackdowns on their communications and propaganda, the head of the European Union’s police agency said on Wednesday. Europol Director Rob Wainwright said the new online platform had been uncovered during a 48-hour operation against Internet extremism last week. “Within that operation…

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Israeli strikes raise stakes in face-off with Hezbollah

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT: Two Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent weeks seem to mark a more openly assertive stance toward the group after years of shadow boxing, requiring careful calibration to avoid escalation into a war that neither wants. For most of the six-year-long conflict in Syria, Israel has stuck determinedly to the…

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IS attack kills 32 at Syria refugee camp

At least 32 people were killed on Tuesday in an Islamic State group attack near a refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq, a monitor said.  The attack came as the Kurdish-Arab alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces presses an offensive against IS in the town of Tabqa as part…

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Trump celebrates first 100 days as president, blasts media

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics. Trump told a Pennsylvania crowd he was just getting started on meeting his campaign promises. He repeatedly attacked an…

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