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International

Death sure for ‘foreign’ ISIS

PARIS, Oct 21, (AP): The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, …

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Missile program to accelerate: Tehran

ANKARA, Oct 19, (Agencies): Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Thursday its ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite US and European Union pressure to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a significant US policy shift on Oct 13, President Donald Trump disavowed Iran’s compliance with …

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Foreign DAESH leaders held in Syria – ‘Emirs’ captured in special operations

BEIRUT, Oct 19, (Agencies): US-backed militias in Syria have detained senior foreign Islamic State leaders in months of fighting for Raqqa, but it is not yet clear if they will be repatriated after facing trial, a spokesman said on Thursday. “We have foreign emirs … from all around the world,” …

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Kurds leave disputed area – Germany suspends military training

BAGHDAD, Oct 18, (Agencies): Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important …

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‘Hundreds of Rohingya killed’ – Amnesty International

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since …

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Philippines arrests militant widow for trying to recruit fighters

Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a woman who tried to spread radical ideas and recruit hundreds of foreigners to reinforce pro- Islamic State rebels occupying a southern city, the justice minister said on Wednesday. Karen Aizha Hamidon, the widow of a former leader of a small extremist group in …

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Iraq takes Sinjar, Kirkuk oil as Kurds pull out – Kurdish faction at odds over betrayal

BAI HASSAN, Iraq, Oct 17, (AFP): Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday demolishing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state. The Kurds withdrew without a fight after federal government troops and militia entered the city of …

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DAESH loses capital Raqqa – Senior Iran Guard commander killed

RAQQA, Syria, Oct 17, (Agencies): USbacked militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The fighting was over and the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the city’s stadium of mines …

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Duterte declares Marawi liberated

MANILA, Oct 17, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. In a rousing address to soldiers a day after the killing of two …

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