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16 dead in US military plane crash in Mississippi

All 16 troops aboard a Marine Corps air refueling and transport aircraft were killed when the plane crashed in a field in rural Mississippi, officials confirmed Tuesday. Authorities provided few details on what went wrong, or the nature of the Marines’ mission. The KC-130, an air refueling aircraft that can …

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With global jihadis, IS likely here to stay – Extremist group has shown degree of flexibility

The Islamic State group’s mix of a local insurgency and digitally connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future, from small cells of extremists escaping the war zone in Iraq and Syria to those who never went there in the first place. The …

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Tillerson in Kuwait – 13 demands done … not worth revisiting, says US

Terror finance monitoring system eyed ISTANBUL/DOHA, July 10, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Kuwait on Monday for talks aimed at resolving the crisis triggered by the cutoff of links with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and Arab allies. In Doha, a Western diplomat said creation of a …

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Mop-up in Mosul as Iraq claims victory – Tehran congratulates Baghdad

MOSUL, Iraq, July 10, (AFP): 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 …

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Egyptian police kill 6 DAESH sympathisers

CAIRO, July 10, (AFP): Egyptian police killed six militants who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town …

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US, India, Japan drill – Bid to tackle maritime threats

NEW DELHI, July 10, (Agencies): A US aircraft carrier strike group began naval exercises with India and Japan on Monday that the US navy said would help the three countries tackle maritime threats in the Asia-Pacific region. The annual exercises named Malabar are being held off India. They are the …

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Militants force kids & hostages to fight

  MANILA, July 10, (Agencies): Children and hostages are being forced to fight alongside pro-Islamic State gunmen waging a seven-week battle for a Philippine city, the country’s military said Monday. Militants seized Marawi, considered the Muslim capital of the largely Catholic Philippines, on May 23 in a bid to create …

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Qatar to pursue compensation

DOHA, Qatar, July 9, (Agencies): Qatar’s government said Sunday it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages stemming from its isolation by four Arab countries. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with natural gas-rich Qatar …

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PM Haider al-Abadi declares victory in liberated Mosul

MOSUL, July 9, (AFP): Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul on Sunday after a gruelling months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group. Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi’s office said he was in “liberated” Mosul to congratulate “the heroic fighters and the Iraqi …

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54 migrants rescued – 40 believed missing off Libya

MADRID, July 9, (Agencies): Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has rescued 54 migrants, including one pregnant woman, from a small boat trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. The rescue service says that it intercepted the migrant’s boat early Sunday around five miles (8 kms) south of the Spanish …

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