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US Pentagon chief meets Saudi king with Iran in focus

RIYADH  – US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, beginning a series of talks to reinvigorate the Riyadh-Washington alliance in the face of common adversary Iran. The retired four-star Marine general, accompanied by a US delegation, was welcomed by Salman at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh, telling ...

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Yemen drone strikes kill five Qaeda suspects

ADEN  – Two strikes apparently carried out by US drones killed five suspected Al-Qaeda members in Yemen overnight, military sources said on Wednesday. Washington has sharply intensified its air war against the jihadists since President Donald Trump took office in January. One strike hit a vehicle in the southern province ...

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US military confirms Daesh chemical attack in west Mosul

The US military has confirmed that the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group launched a chemical offensive against advancing Iraqi forces in the flashpoint city of Mosul over the weekend. Iraqi security sources reported last Saturday that Daesh terrorists had fired missiles loaded with chlorine at the then-freshly-liberated neighborhood of al-Abar in ...

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Turkish opposition vows to use all means to rerun referendum

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has underlined its resolve to use all the existing democratic channels to ensure a rerun of the controversial referendum on the country’s constitutional reform. “This referendum should be repeated. We will not act as if there is a constitution that is not existent. ...

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Israel approves 212 new settler units in East al-Quds

Israel has approved the construction of 212 new settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories in flagrant disregard of widespread international condemnation. The so-called Jerusalem Local Planning and Construction Committee approved on Wednesday the construction of the new structures in the East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Ramat ...

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Iraqi forces kill Daesh deputy ringleader in Mosul missile strike

Iraqi government forces have reportedly killed the deputy ringleader of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in western Mosul as they are engaged in joint operations with volunteer fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units to drive the extremists out of their last urban stronghold in the country. Federal Police Forces Commander Lieutenant ...

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