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Jihadists pull heavy arms from parts of Syria buffer zone: monitor

The NLF pullout was confirmed by spokesman Naji Mustafa

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October 8, 2018


Iraq PM orders ‘immediate’ execution of death row jihadists

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of hundreds of convicted jihadists on death row, in swift retaliation for the Islamic State’s execution of eight captives. Abadi, who has faced charges of failing to respond in force to IS, ordered “the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned to death whose sentences have…

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June 29, 2018


Syria regime bombards IS at camp near Damascus: monitor

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces Friday intensified their bombardment of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Damascus for a second successive day in a bid to dislodge Islamic State jihadists, a monitor said. The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said it was “deeply concerned about the fate of civilians” and thousands of refugees…

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April 21, 2018


American, British soldiers killed in Syria: Pentagon

BEIRUT: Two members of the US-led anti-jihadist coalition — an American and a Briton — were killed by an improvised explosive device in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, US and British officials said Friday. Five other coalition service personnel were wounded, the Pentagon said. The attack in Manbij happened late Thursday — the day…

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March 30, 2018


Trump: Pakistan is ‘obliged’ to help US

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that Pakistan is obliged to help America because it receives “massive payments” from Washington every year. He said this while unveiling his new national security strategy. “We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on…

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December 20, 2017


Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

NEWS DESK: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria, reported AFP. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin…

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December 3, 2017


Jihadists go to rehab at ‘5-star’ Saudi centre

Riyadh: With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre — for violent jihadists. Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care Centre, a cushy halfway house between prison and freedom, spotlights a controversial Saudi strategy for tackling…

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November 29, 2017


US strikes IS in Somalia for first time

WASHINGTON: The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed “several terrorists,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement. According to Voice…

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November 4, 2017


French army kills 15 Mali jihadists, mine kills peacekeepers

Paris:The French army said Thursday it had eliminated an “armed terrorist group” linked to Al-Qaeda in northern Mali, killing 15 jihadists, while three UN peacekeepers died after their vehicle struck a mine. Army spokesman Patrick Steiger said troops from France’s regional Barkhane anti-terror operation carried out a joint strike against the group with French special…

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October 27, 2017


Syria army takes last IS-held town in Homs: monitor

BEIRUT: Syria’s army seized the last Islamic State group stronghold in the country’s Homs province on Saturday, clearing their path to attack the jihadists in the country’s east, a monitor said.

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August 6, 2017


Up to 50,000 civilians trapped in Raqa: UN

Up to 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian jihadist stronghold of Raqa, the UN said Tuesday, warning that supplies of water and other essentials were fast running out. US-backed forces have been closing in on the last redoubt in Syria of the Islamic State group after penetrating its Old City last week, but an…

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July 11, 2017


No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria — only for some of them to be killed anyway.

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May 13, 2017


Civilians pay price of IS’s ‘smoke war’ around Mosul

The smoke from fires lit by Islamic State jihadists to provide cover from air strikes has painted the northern Iraqi sky black, providing a dramatic backdrop for the Mosul offensive. The use of smoke in warfare is likely as old as war itself but the masks and technology available to Iraqi forces in this conflict…

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October 24, 2016


Turkey sends more tanks into Syria

Turkey on Saturday sent more tanks into Syria to bolster a military offensive against jihadists and Kurdish fighters, as a diplomatic push for a new ceasefire in Syria gathered pace. An AFP photographer in the village of Karkamis on the Turkish side of the border saw six more tanks roll over the frontier as mop-up…

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August 27, 2016


32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram

NIAMEY: Thirty-two troops have been killed in a clash with Boko Haram fighters on Niger’s border with Nigeria, Niger’s defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the jihadists. In neighbouring Nigeria, the army meanwhile said it had killed 19 Boko Haram militants in separate fighting in northeast Borno state, while two…

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June 4, 2016


Trump Muslim remark included in propaganda video: monitoring group

NEW YORK: Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump’s call for a ‘shutdown’ on Muslims entering the US have been used by Somalia’s Shebab in a jihadist recruitment video, a US group that monitors extremist propaganda said Saturday. The Al Qaeda-affiliated Shebab use an excerpt from Trump’s December 7 speech calling for a “total and complete…

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January 2, 2016


Turkey charges two editors over claims Ankara supplied arms to Syria jihadists

ISTANBUL, Turkey: A court in Istanbul on Thursday charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying after they alleged Turkey’s secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, Turkish media reported. Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and “divulging state secrets”, the…

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November 27, 2015


US lacks strategy to stop Americans joining jihadists: report

WASHINGTON: Nearly 30,000 foreigners — including at least 4,500 Westerners — have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight with jihadists since 2011 and the United States is failing to stop Americans from joining them, a report warned Tuesday. The document describes a national security infrastructure that is ill-equipped to deal with the myriad ways…

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September 29, 2015


Russia sends tanks, artillery to Syria: US official

WASHINGTON: Russia has sent artillery and seven tanks to a Syrian air base as part of Moscow’s continued military buildup in the war-ravaged nation, a US official said Monday. The increase of Russian hardware in Syria has caused concerns in the West about the implications of Moscow militarily helping its old ally, President Bashar al-Assad….

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September 14, 2015


Turkish soldier killed by fire from Syria

ANKARA: A Turkish soldier deployed on the border with Syria was killed early on Thursday by fire from Syrian territory, the Dogan news agency reported.

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September 10, 2015


Iraq puts new F-16s into action against IS militants

BAGHDAD: Iraq has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time, the commander of the air force said Sunday. “Fifteen air strikes were carried out in the past four days,” Staff Lieutenant General Anwar Hama Amin told AFP following a news conference in Baghdad….

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September 6, 2015