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Qatar denies blocking Saudi Hajj pilgrimage flights – Pilgrimage turns into point of contestation

DOHA, Aug 21, (AFP): Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Makkah, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh. Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities had refused to grant a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, scheduled …

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Raqqa families make daring ‘escape’ from IS stronghold

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city RAQQA, Syria, Aug 21, (Agencies): As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. …

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10 sailors missing after collision

Navy chief orders probe into Pacific Fleet SINGAPORE, Aug 21, (Agencies): The US Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet as vessels from several nations searched Southeast Asian waters for 10 US sailors missing after an early morning collision between the …

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Massive attack planned – Hunt for driver … Probe on link to local imam

BARCELONA, Spain, Aug 20, (AP): Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants. Complicating the manhunt, though, …

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$8.9 mln deal signed to maintain Kuwait Air Force planes

The US Department of Defense announced that the L3 Vertex Aerospace is being awarded a contract worth $8.9 million for providing Kuwait with maintenance and logistics on the KC- 130J Hercules tanker aircraft, reports Al-Rai daily. The contract is aimed at equipment and logistical support for three KC-130J tankers operated …

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Catalonia, Spain’s fertile ground for terrorists

Most vulnerable to assaults: analysts MADRID, Aug 20, (AFP): Despite its long experience in fighting terrorism, Spain failed this past week to prevent two deadly attacks in Catalonia — a key tourist magnet but also the Spanish region most vulnerable to such assaults, analysts say. In attacks claimed by the …

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Italy expels Moroccans, Syrian as terror fears mount

Italy said Saturday it had deported two Moroccans and a Syrian on security grounds, lifting to 202 the number of potentially dangerous Islamists expelled since January 2015. The announcement came as security was raised after vehicle attacks in Barcelona and elsewhere, and a widely-reported warning from the Islamic State group …

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Assad rejects any security co-op with West, reopening embassies

6 killed in mortar attack at Damascus fair DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug 20, (Agencies): Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups. Shortly after Assad gave his speech, a shell hit …

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AMIR CONDEMNS BARCELONA ATTACK, CONDOLENCES TO KING

Kuwaiti woman faints after witnessing attack; Embassy secures 70 citizens Cell dismantled … Van driver ‘on run’ RIPOLL/BARCELONA, Spain, Aug 19, (Agencies): Police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, but the government said the suspected Islamist …

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What we know about Spain twin terror attacks suspects

MADRID, Aug 19, (AFP): The suspected jihadists behind Spain’s twin terror attacks are thought to have formed a cell in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains where they allegedly planned large-scale assaults. Moroccans and Spaniard The suspects are all youths — most of them Moroccans who lived in Ripoll, a …

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