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Saturday , November 17 2018


Iraqi army declares victory over IS in Ramadi – People celebrating on streets of several cities

BAGHDAD, Dec 27, (Agencies): Iraq’s army said on Sunday it had defeated Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad, the first major victory for the US-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. Victory in Ramadi, capital of …

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Syrian govt forces kill 17 Islamic militants in south

BEIRUT, Dec 27, (AP): Syrian government forces booby trapped a cluster of farm buildings in the southern Daraa province and detonated the explosives as several Islamic rebel factions gathered at the venue, killing 17 militants, opposition activists said Sunday. The explosion, which took place late Saturday, was the latest blow …

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‘Migrant wave an organised invasion’

PRAGUE, Dec 27, (Agencies): Czech President Milos Zeman on Saturday called the current wave of refugees to Europe “an organised invasion”, adding young men from Syria and Iraq should instead “take up arms” against the Islamic State (IS) group. “I am profoundly convinced that we are facing an organised invasion …

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‘Muslim states should fix Islam’s public image’

TEHRAN, Dec 27, (AFP): Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said that Muslim countries should strive to improve the world’s opinion of Islam. “We must remove Islam’s negative image from today’s cyber and real space,” he said in Tehran at an international conference on “The Islamic World’s Current Crisis”. Most …

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ISIS gets tougher in face of air strikes: audio message – DAESH LEADER PROMISES TO ATTACK ISRAEL

BAGHDAD, Dec 26, (Agencies): A new message purporting to come from the leader of Islamic State said air strikes by Russia and a US-led coalition had failed to weaken the group. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our …

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Iraqi forces capture Ramadi Barrage – 120 families evacuated

BAGHDAD, Dec 26, (Agencies): The Iraqi army said Saturday it recaptured Ramadi Barrage while evacuating 120 families from inside the city to safe places outside. Iraqi army forces are in control of the Ramadi Barrage and surrounding areas in the north of Ramadi, the joint operations command said in a …

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Muslim rebel attacks kill at least 14 people

MANILA, Philippines, Dec 26, (AP): A Philippine military spokeswoman says Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels against Christian communities in the country’s volatile south have left at least 14 people dead. Regional military spokeswoman Capt. Joan Petinglay says the dead included nine Christian villagers gunned down by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter …

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Protesters ransack ‘prayer hall’ – Belgian college’s concerns over Paris attacker ignored

AJACCIO, France, Dec 26, (Agencies): Demonstraaors ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and attempted to burn copies of the Holy Quran on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, following a night of violence that left two firefighters injured. Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio on Christmas Day after two firefighters …

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‘Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting’ – Documents taken in US raid

WASHINGTON, Dec 25, (RTRS): Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts. The ruling, contained in a Jan 31, 2015 document reviewed by Reuters, says taking …

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Pope issues Christmas Day prayer for Syria, Libya peace – Call for unity against militant atrocities

VATICAN CITY, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent UN-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people. He denounced the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praised the countries that have taken in their refugees. Speaking …

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