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Eight Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen  ADEN: Eight suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in an apparent US drone strike in eastern Yemen on Friday, a local official said. The official, who declined to be named, told AFP the suspects were in an armoured car on the road between Qatan and Khashgha when it was struck. It was the third such anti-Qaeda strike in Hadramawt province this week, following attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday that left seven dead. The United States is the only country that has drones in the region and it has stepped up its strikes on Al-Qaeda targets in the Arabian Peninsula state. Al-Qaeda took advantage of a nearly year-long uprising which led to president Ali Abdullah Saleh stepping down in February to seize large swathes of south and east Yemen. Al-Qaeda loyalists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks against Yemeni security forces and their militia allies since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi came to power earlier this ...

Assad says more time needed to win Syria battle  DAMASCUS: President Bashar al-Assad said his regime needs more time to win the battle for Syria and scoffed at the idea of creating buffer zones for displaced people, as fighting raged across his country on Wednesday. Assad's statements, in an interview with pro-regime Addounia channel to be screened on Wednesday night, came a day after a car bomb rocked a funeral in a Damascus suburb killing 27 people, and as a watchdog reported 189 people killed ...
Creation of Syria buffer zones PARIS: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius admitted on Wednesday that plans to create buffer zones in Syria were "very complicated" and would require the imposition of partial no-fly zones. Fabius said people displaced by the country's conflict needed to be protected through the creation of buffer zones but that logistical and diplomatic questions were complicating the issue. "We are thinking about this. It is very complicated. We cannot do it without the agreement of the Turks and ...
Gaza woman critical after being shot near Israel border GAZA CITY: A 42-year-old Gazan woman was in critical condition on Wednesday after being shot by Israeli troops near the border in central Gaza, Palestinian medical sources said. The incident occurred in an area east of the central town of Deir al-Balah. "She was shot by several bullets, one of which hit her in the chest," said Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas-run ministry of health. "She is in critical condition." The Israeli army was not immediately aware ...
Five Iraqi police killed in attacks BAGHDAD: Shootings and bombings killed five Iraqi police, including a general, on Wednesday in the latest in a series of attacks targeting the country's security forces, security and medical officials said. The unrest came after six soldiers were killed nationwide on Tuesday, including a colonel, as insurgents have sought to target senior security officials with assassinations of three top officers in as many days. In the deadliest of the violence, a spate of bombings in the disputed ...
More time needed to win Syria battle: Assad  DAMASCUS: Syria needs more time to "win the battle" raging across the country, President Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview to be broadcast Wednesday. In exerpts of the interview broadcast by pro-regime Al-Dunia channel, Assad also scoffed at an idea being championed by Turkey of creating buffer zones within Syria to receive those displaced by the conflict. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Six soldiers killed in Iraq violence  BAGHDAD: Bombings and gun attacks targeting the Iraqi army left six soldiers, including a colonel and a lieutenant, dead in and north of the capital on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. In the deadliest attack, four Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded in an ambush of a convoy carrying a regiment commander in the town of al-Nibaie, 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital. The three-vehicle convoy was initially hit by multiple roadside bombs, ...


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