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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 of bitter fighting with loyalist forces, cementing their control over Raqa province.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

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 ...
Aid convoys trundle into Gaza as ceasefire holds GAZA CITY: Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality on Wednesday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war.Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome day of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said.More than 200 tonnes of aid from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkey trundled into ...
Gaza ceasefire has no winners and leaves much unresolved JERUSALEM: Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership."After 50 days of fighting, both sides were exhausted so that's why they reached a ceasefire," said Middle East analyst Eyal Zisser of the Israeli Moshe Dayan Institute.Seven weeks of fighting cost the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and ravaged the Gaza Strip, where the Islamist Hamas movement has ...
Hamas 'brought Israel to its knees': Iran TEHRAN: Iran said on Wednesday that Palestinian fighters had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict. "The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees," the foreign ministry said in a statement."This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands especially Quds (Jerusalem)," it said.After ...
Israel accepts Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire: official JERUSALEM: Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday."Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire. Israel accepted already the Egyptian proposal on July 15. Israel has always supported an unconditional, open-ended ceasefire," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Sirens sound in Israel after Gaza ceasefire JERUSALEM: Sirens warning of rocket attacks continued to sound in southern Israel on Tuesday after a Gaza ceasefire was due to take effect, and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was checking whether any rockets had landed in Israel.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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