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Daily Archives: December 19, 2015

White House awakens to the force of Star Wars

Washington (AFP) – Even the White House is not immune to The Force. A gaggle of Stormtroopers and the droid R2-D2 were spotted in West Wing Friday, as the seat of US executive power succumbed to intergalactic-sized hype around the new blockbuster Star Wars movie. Giving an end of year ...

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Death toll from US raid on Iraqi troops stands at 30: Lawmaker

A senior Iraqi officer says the US is deliberately hindering his country’s military advances after an American airstrike kills at least 20 soldiers in the Anbar province.  Hakim al-Zamili, the head of Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, blamed the US for the inability of Iraqi troops to enter Ramadi and ...

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UAE sends 300 Colombian mercs to Yemen: AFP

The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched some 300 Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight on its behalf alongside Saudi-led militants, the French news agency AFP says.   Citing informed sources, the agency said about 300 of the 3,000 Colombians recruited so far by the UAE have been sent to fight as ...

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Iraq urges UNSC resolution against Turkey troop deployment

Iraq has asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to adopt a resolution, urging Turkey to end its “illegal incursion” and immediately withdraw its troops from the Arab country’s soil. During a Friday meeting of the 15-nation council, which convened at Iraq’s request, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said his country has ...

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Missile attack kills at least 180 Saudi-led troops

At least 180 Saudi-led troops are killed after Yemen’s army fires a ballistic missile at a military base in retaliation for heavy bombing and capture of two Yemeni towns despite a ceasefire.  The army, backed by Houthi fighters, launched a Tochka ballistic missile at the military camp in Yemen’s west-central province of ...

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Obama to Erdogan: Withdraw Turkish troops from Iraq

US President Barack Obama has called on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to withdraw his country’s troops out of Iraq and respect its integrity. In a telephone call on Friday, Obama “urged President Erdogan to take additional steps to deescalate tensions with Iraq, including by continuing to withdraw Turkish ...

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China accuses US of serious military provocation

BEIJING: China on Saturday accused the United States (US) of committing a “serious military provocation” by flying an Air Force B-52 strategic bomber over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea. China’s Defence Ministry said in a statement that the US is deliberately raising tensions in the disputed ...

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Nigerian army kills nearly 50 Boko Haram militants

Army soldiers in Nigeria have killed at least 49 members of the Takfiri Boko Haram militant group during operations in the embattled state of Borno over the past two days. Military officials said troops repelled several surprise attacks by Boko Haram against the towns of Pulka and Bama as well as the ...

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