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Syrian opposition due late Saturday for Geneva talks

GENEVA (AFP) – A delegation from Syria s main opposition umbrella group will arrive on Saturday evening in Switzerland to join peace talks, a spokesman told AFP.   Monzer Makhous said the delegation from the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) was preparing to leave Riyadh and would be joined later in ...

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Syrian defense chief in Moscow to discuss military ties

Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij has paid an official visit to Moscow to discuss the results of a Russian aerial campaign against Takfiri terror groups in the Arab country. Freij met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in Moscow late Thursday to exchange views on bilateral military cooperation and other security ...

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Iraqi forces inflict more losses on Daesh Takfiri militants

Iraqi government forces, backed by military aircraft, have launched successful clean-up operations against the Daesh terrorist group in some parts of the Arab country, dealing heavy blows to the Takfiri militants. On Thursday evening, tens of Daesh militants were killed when Iraqi Sukhoi fighter jets carried out precision strikes against terrorists’ hideouts ...

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Israel destroys mosque in Palestinian village in Negev

Israeli forces have destroyed a mosque in a Palestinian village in the Negev Desert for a second time this month. Accompanied by bulldozers, they demolished the mosque in the village of Rakhama on Thursday. Israeli forces had destroyed the mosque earlier this month, but local residents had rebuilt it. “It is infuriating ...

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Army-PKK clashes leave 4 troopers dead in SE Turkey

Fresh clashes between the Turkish army and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have left four Turkish soldiers dead in the country’s restive southeastern province of Diyarbakir. According to a statement by the Turkish army, Kurdish militants attacked the security forces with rifles and rocket launchers in Diyarbakir’s Sur ...

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Human Rights Watch slams Bahrain for failing to stop torture

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticized Bahrain for failing to stop torturing political prisoners and dismissed Manama’s much-hyped claims of reforms.   “Bahraini authorities have failed to stop torture and failed to address the culture of impunity that fosters torture,” the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, said ...

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US sees interests in protracted war on Yemen: Ansarullah

The spokesman for Houthi Ansarullah movement says the US has no problem with a prolonged Saudi war on Yemen.  Mohammed Abdulsalam said Saudi Arabia’s daily bombings along with its naval blockade have exacerbated the crisis and complicated negotiations between the warring parties. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Lebanon-based al-Akhbar daily, he also criticized Washington for the failure ...

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Russia warns citizens against Daesh hostage taking in Turkey

Russia has warned its citizens that the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh is planning to kidnap Russian nationals in Turkey and take them hostage. “According to the competent agencies, leaders of the Daesh terrorist group plan to take hostages from among Russian citizens in Turkey,” Russia’s federal tourism agency said in ...

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Daesh Takfiris kill fellow commanders in northern Iraq

The Daesh Takfiri militant group has executed four of its own commanders in Iraq’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk on charges of fleeing the battlefield.  Jabbar al-Mamouri, a commander of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, said Daesh terrorists killed the commanders along with three other members of the terrorist group by firing ...

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