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UN chief urges Taliban to observe Eid ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban on Thursday to observe the ceasefire declared by the Afghan government to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Guterres, in a statement, also called on the Taliban to enter into direct peace talks with the Afghan government. The UN chief ...

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Turkey ready to attack northern Iraq: Erdogan

(News Desk) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is ready to attack northern Iraq if the Iraqi central government does not take action against Kurdish militant groups there. In an interview with CNN Turk on Thursday, Erdogan said Turkey may strike the Iraqi city of Qandil, “at any ...

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UK receives first batch of F-35 fighter jets

Muslim Times(Web Desk) -The UK has received the first four of the 138 F-35 Lightning stealth jets that it’s committed to purchase from the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The aircraft flew 3,000 miles from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina and landed in RAF Marham their new ...

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US-backed SDF ready for dialog with Syrian

Muslim Times(Web Desk) -The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants that maintains a grip on northeastern Syria, is reportedly prepared to hold talks with Damascus over the future of the territory under its control. Ilham Ahmed, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, the ...

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Putin says US should give North Korea security guarantees

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States will have to give North Korea solid security guarantees if it aims to seal a denuclearization deal with Pyongyang, less than a week before US President Donald Trump will likely to meet with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un. ...

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Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups including Islamic State will continue. The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr,” President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from ...

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