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US Vice President Biden says prepared for military solution in Syria ISTANBUL: US Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution in Syria if a political settlement was not possible."We do know it would better if we can reach a political solution but we are prepared ..., if that's not possible, to have a military solution to this operation and taking out Daesh," Biden said at a news conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Daesh is the pejorative Arabic acronym for Islamic State insurgents who hold parts of Syria.Biden said he and Davutoglu also discussed how the two NATO allies could further support Sunni Arab rebel forces fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. He said Washington recognised the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey was as much of a threat to Ankara as Islamic State, and that Ankara had to do whatever was needed to protect ...

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Air raids kill scores in IS-dominated Syrian provinces: monitor BEIRUT: Air raids killed scores of people over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir al-Zor in northern and eastern Syria, which are mostly controlled by Islamic State militants, a monitoring group said on Saturday.Air strikes carried out by Russian or Syrian warplanes killed at least 29 people in the town of Khasham near the city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The death toll ...

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World Islamic body backs Saudi stance in Iran spat JEDDAH: The world's largest Muslim body has backed Saudi Arabia in its weeks-long diplomatic spat with Iran, accusing Tehran of backing terrorism and meddling in other countries' affairs.Tehran rejected the statement by The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as "unacceptable" on Friday, and in turn accused it of supporting "Saudi state terrorism".The OIC, based in the Saudi city of Jeddah, gathered for an exceptional meeting called by Riyadh over the storming of its embassy and ...

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Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout CAIRO: Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a slew of trade deals with Egypt's leader Thursday as part of a regional tour aimed at bolstering Beijing's economic ties and clout in the Middle East.After arriving late Wednesday from Saudi Arabia, Xi held talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and was to address the Cairo-based Arab League.State television broadcast live the signing of 21 bilateral agreements at a presidential palace in Cairo in the presence of ...

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Militants attack near Libya's Ras Lanuf oil terminal: sources BENGHAZI: Suspected Islamic State militants attacked oil installations close to Libya's Ras Lanuf terminal on Thursday, an engineer at the port and an energy official allied with the country's eastern government said.They said at least two storage tanks from the Harouge Oil Operations company had been set on fire near Ras Lanuf, where militants also launched attacks earlier this month.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Russian air strikes in Syria kill 3,000 people since Sept BEIRUT: At least 3,000 people, including more than 1,000 civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria since September 30, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the violence in the country through a wide network of local sources, said that 893 Islamic State members were among those killed in the strikes. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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ISIS acknowledge death of “Jihadi John” The Islamic State (ISIS) has confirmed the death of “Jihadi John”, one of its most notorious militants, who was killed in an airstrike in the Syrian city Raqa, in November last year.According to The New York Times, “The United States military said in November that it was “reasonably certain” that the militant, whose name was Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadist Kohn), was killed in an airstrike near Raqqa, Syria…..But confirmation had proved elusive.”According to CNN, This was ...