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‘UK troops training Bahraini snipers’ amid regime crackdown

British forces are providing training to Bahrain’s armed forces on using sniper rifles, a report says, amid Manama’s heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests. Elite troops from the Royal Navy’s 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group are running week-long training courses for Bahraini soldiers, the British daily The Independent has reported. The ...

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Europe exports extremists to Mideast: Turkey reportedly said

Turkish officials have accused European governments of attempting to export their extremist problem to the Middle East while King Abdullah of Jordan has accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe.   According to The Guardian, Turkish officials have outlined to the British daily “failures” of the European governments “through several documented instances.” It cited ...

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Rocket kills two mercenaries fighting for Saudi Arabia in Ta’izz

Two Israeli and French mercenaries with a US security firm have been killed in a rocket attack in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz, a report on the al-Masirah TV’s news website says. Yemeni troops targeted a site where mercenaries employed by US military firm DynCorp International and fighting on behalf of Saudi Arabia had gathered ...

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UK NGO urges end to arming Saudi Arabia over rights record

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) condemns the UK government for arming the “repressive” Saudi Arabia, urging an end to complicity in Saudi repression of its people and its aggression against Yemen. The UK-based organization said Saudi Arabia is the UK’s biggest arms customer. It described the UK’s relation with Riyadh ...

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Saudi authorities hold workshop to review security plans for Hajj

Saudi authorities have held a workshop to review security plans for Hajj rituals, months after the deadly crush in Mina. According to the English-language daily Saudi Gazette, the three-day workshop, which was attended by various government officials, reviewed emergency medical plans and “the lessons of last year’s hajj season.” The ...

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Syrian forces enter Palmyra: TV

Syrian armed forces have entered Palmyra after fierce clashes with Daesh terrorists controlling the ancient city since last year, state media say. On Thursday, Syrian state television said government troops, backed by army air power, drove back Daesh militants and reached the “heart” of the city. Army forces have retaken ...

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Daesh continues smuggling oil to Turkey: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the flow of oil smuggled by Daesh across the Syrian-Turkish border is continuing despite attacks on the terror group’s infrastructure, and the UN Security Council’s ban on the illegal trade. “After our Aerospace Forces initiated the operation to terminate the illegal traffic, particularly of ...

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Iraq army launches offensive to recapture Daesh-held Mosul

The Iraqi armed forces have begun an offensive to recapture the country’s second-largest city of Mosul from Takfiri Daesh terrorists. The military operation, launched early Thursday, is the first phase of a large-scale offensive that Baghdad plans to conclude in 2016 with the complete recapture of Mosul, the capital of ...

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