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More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey: minister ANKARA: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State (IS) militant, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday."The number of Syrians has passed 130,000," he told reporters in Ankara, warning that the number would likely rise. IS extremists have seized dozens of villages in the past week as they advance on the town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane in Kurdish, near the border."If ISIL attacks continue in the Kobane region, Turkey may face an intensive influx," Kurtulmus said, using one of a handful of alternative names for the IS group. "We have taken all necessary measures in case of a continued influx of displaced people. We don't want that, of course, but we are ready," he added.The latest total was a sharp increase from a figure of 104,000 given earlier on Monday by Turkey's emergencies directorate.The UN refugee ...

100,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey: UN GENEVA: Some 100,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into Turkey over the past few days, fleeing an advance by Islamic State (IS) militants who seized dozens of villages near a strategic border town, the UN said Monday.The Turkish government "confirmed the figure" of 100,000, said Melissa Fleming, the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR.The UN body on Saturday said that as many as hundreds of thousands of refugees might flee the fighting.Syrian ...
Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon: military source TYRE: An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source."The drone crashed on the Lebanese border, inside Lebanese territory. Lebanese troops are in the area," the source told AFP.There was no immediate comment from Israel, but the incident is not the first of its kind.In February, an Israeli drone crashed on the Blue Line, the UN-demarcated line between Lebanon and Israel.Israeli soldiers ...
Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against militants DHULUIYAH: Caught between militants and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months.If the fighters, police and soldiers defending the Jubur area in Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad repel the Islamic State (IS) a Sunni militants group it would be a powerful symbol of resistance for the forces battling against it.And it could help gain support for the anti-militants ...
France launch Iraq strikes as militants advance in Syria BAGHDAD: France mounted its first air strike to beat back the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, even as militants across the border in Syria seized dozens of Kurdish villages in a lightning offensive.More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join America's US campaign of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) in the war-torn country."This morning at 9:40, ...
Armed Shia rebels push into Yemen's capital SANAA: Armed Shia rebels pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city's northwest outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.Residents of northwest al-Shamlan district told Reuters the Shia Houthi gunmen were now advancing along Thalatheen Street, a major route into the western edge of the city.The fighting has further destabilised an impoverished country also struggling to overcome a secessionist movement ...
Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State: US PARIS: Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, US officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria. The officials declined to identify which countries had made the offers but said they were under consideration as the United States begins to identify roles for each country in its emerging coalition against militants who ...

 



 
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