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10 dead in Yemen-Saudi border post attack: officials RIYADH: An attempt by militants to infiltrate Saudi Arabia from Yemen left five security officers dead on the two sides of the border, along with five assailants, officials said on Saturday.The Saudi interior ministry said six assailants attacked the Wadia border post in the south of the kingdom on Friday.After an initial clash on Yemen's side of the border that left a Yemeni soldier dead, according to a security official in Sanaa, the infiltrators in a four-wheel-drive attacked a Saudi border patrol vehicle, killing the driver.They seized the car, sparking a chase in which two Saudi police were killed along with three of the assailants, the interior ministry said. It said one of them was wounded and arrested, while the two others fled to the nearby Sharura district with the seized vehicle.They took over an intelligence building where they killed a fourth member of the Saudi security services.Pinned down and ...

Iranian pilot killed fighting in Iraq: state media TEHRAN: An Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting against militants in Iraq, state media reported on Saturday, in what is thought to be Tehran's first such military casualty.Iran's official IRNA news agency did not say whether the pilot died while flying sorties or fighting on the ground. Colonel Shoja'at Alamdari Mourjani was killed "defending" holy sites in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, it said. His death comes after Iranian declarations that it ...
Iraq PM vows to 'never give up' on third term bid BAGHDAD: Iraq's premier insisted on Friday he would "never give up" seeking a third term despite allegations at home and abroad of sectarianism and authoritarianism amid a sweeping militant-led offensive.At least 15 people were killed in a suicide attack on Iraqi forces south of Samarra, a mostly Sunni city that also houses one of the Shiite Islam's holiest shrines and is a main front line in the weeks-old crisis.Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's remarks came after ...
Erdogan rebukes footballer over 'foreign' tattoo ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided a promising young footballer on Friday for having a tattoo on his wrist, warning such foreign-inspired body art could give him skin cancer. The incident occurred when Erdogan visited the Turkish national team's training facilities in Istanbul, where he chatted and shook hands with young players. In a video circulated on social media websites, a smiling Erdogan is heard telling the 18-year old Galatasaray player Berk Yildiz: ...
Fighters controls all main Syrian oil fields: NGO BEIRUT: The fighters Islamic State (IS) is now in full control of all main oil and gas fields in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, bordering Iraq, a monitoring group said.IS declared an "Islamic caliphate" in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq, where it is spearheading an offensive against government troops."IS took control of the Tanak oil field, located in the Sheiytat desert area in the east of Deir Ezzor province," late Thursday after rival rebels ...
Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen: officials RAMALLAH: Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian early on Tuesday during a raid into the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security and medical officials said.They named the dead youth as Yusuf Abu Zagher, 18, and said the incident appeared unrelated to Israeli operations in the southern part of the territory.The Israeli military had no immediate comment.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Turkey says opposes split of Kurdistan from Iraq ANKARA: The Turkish government said on Monday that it was against Iraq's Kurdistan region splitting away from Baghdad, after militants seized a vast swathe of territory in Turkey's conflict-torn neighbour."The government is very closely monitoring the developments in Iraq," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "The entire world knows our official view: let Iraq not be split up, let guns not be directed against one another, let people not shed ...


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