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Saturday , November 17 2018


German tourists among ten killed – IS blamed for Sultanahmet Square attack

ISTANBUL, Jan 12, (Agencies): A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad …

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Iraq attacks kill 32 – PM vows to rout IS

BAGHDAD, Jan 12, (Agencies): Jihadist gunmen and bombers killed at least 12 people in a busy market area of Baghdad while a double blast at a cafe north of the Iraqi capital claimed another 20 lives. An attack claimed by the Islamic State group and involving suicide explosions, gunfi ghts …

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‘Ex-Gitmos seek normal life, not revenge’

ACCRA, Jan 12, (AFP): Two Yemeni men transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana are looking to rebuild their lives and are not out to avenge their detention, they said in an interview broadcast late Monday. “We have been wrongly arrested for 14 years without any charge against us,” one of …

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Girls, women going to Syria a ‘concern’

LONDON, Jan 12, (AP): British counter-terrorism police say they are “deeply concerned” about the increasing number of girls and women travelling to Syria from the UK, saying that many are unaware that they will likely never be able to return home. Latest figures show that 56 women and girls were …

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Gunmen attack Baghdad mall, 18 dead – Islamic State claims responsibility

BAGHDAD, Jan 11, (RTRS): Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others. Two bombs later went off in the eastern town of Muqdadiya, …

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Syria opposition casts doubt on peace talks – 12 children dead after Russia strike hits school

PARIS, Jan 11, (Agencies): Syria’s opposition co-ordinator Riad Hijab accused Russia of killing dozens of children after a bombing raid on Monday and said such action meant the opposition could not negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 Syrian …

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IS ‘convoy’ in Libya attacked

BENGHAZI, Libya Jan 11, (RTRS): Unidentified aircraft attacked an Islamic State convoy on Sunday near the Libyan city of Sirte, a resident told Reuters. The coastal city has been controlled for months by the militant group, which has used it as a base from which to try to expand its …

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Pakistanis, Syrian attacked in Cologne – German probe blames migrants for New Year’s Eve violence

BERLIN, Jan 11, (Agencies): A group of Pakistanis and a Syrian were attacked in Cologne amid tensions over New Year’s Eve assaults in the city that have been blamed largely on foreigners, police said Monday. Six Pakistani nationals were attacked Sunday by a group of around 20 people and two …

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Arab League backs Saudi against ‘hostile’ Iran – Kuwait renews support

CAIRO, Jan 10, (Agencies): Arab League countries on Sunday expressed their full support for Saudi Arabia in dealing with the “hostile acts and provocations of Iran” amid a diplomatic dispute between the bitter rivals. In a communique, the pan-Arab bloc’s foreign ministers meeting in Cairo condemned “hostile Iranian statements” issued …

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‘Friendly fire’ by Iraqi drone kills 9 anti-DAESH fighters

BAGHDAD, Jan 10, (Agencies): An Iraqi drone strike killed nine members of the pro-government Popular Mobilisation paramilitary force near Tikrit in an apparent case of so-called “friendly fire”, a spokesman said Sunday. Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesman for the Hashed al-Shaabi umbrella group that includes mostly Tehran-backed Shiite militias, said the strike …

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