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Iraq breaks months-long militants siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the militants-besieged Shia town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the militant group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited strikes in the area, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against militants outside of Iraq's north."The strike near Amerli damaged an ISIL tank and the strike near Mosul Dam destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle. All aircraft exited the strike area safely," a US Defense Department statement said, referring to the IS forces also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The mainly Shia Turkmen residents ...

Iraq breaks months-long siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces broke through to the militants besieged town of Amerli on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) militants group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came as America carried out limited strikes in the area, the ...
Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army JERUSALEM: Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.Air defences "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an army statement said."We have said several times that we shall respond to any violation of our sovereignty," it added.Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon meanwhile toured the region, as the ...
No word on location of UN peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights: Fiji UNITED NATIONS: The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops whereabouts. The UN peacekeepers from Fiji were seized by Islamist militants on Thursday, one of several groups attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. UN officials ...
13 killed in bomb attacks on Iraq forces in Ramadi RAMADI: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles near positions of security forces in the city of Ramadi on Sunday, killing 13 people and wounding 17, Iraqi police and a doctor said.One blast hit an under-construction building manned by Iraqi special forces in the city west of Baghdad, while the second struck a joint special forces-police checkpoint, the sources said.Iraqi forces have struggled to regain control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, from militants who ...
IS executes 'dozens' of captured Syrian soldiers BEIRUT: Islamic State (IS) fighters have executed "dozens" of Syrian soldiers fleeing Tabqa military airport in the north, a monitor said Thursday, with the militants boasting on Twitter they had killed 200 troops."Dozens of Syrian soldiers captured while fleeing... after the IS overran Tabqa airbase were executed by the militants during the night," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.The militants seized the airport on Sunday after weeks ...
Iraq forces ready bid to break militants siege KIRKUK: Iraq was massing forces on Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month militants siege of a Turkmen town north of Baghdad, amid growing fears for residents short of supplies.The planned counter-offensive around the Salaheddin province town of Amerli comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to help thousands of trapped civilians.According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of ...


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