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Obama sends 350 more troops to Baghdad WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to safeguard American diplomats in the Iraqi capital, increasing the US military presence to more than 1,000 forces.The move comes after a request last month from the State Department for additional US troops to bolster security for the US embassy and other facilities in Iraq, where Islamic State (IS) extremists have seized territory in the north and west of the country.White House and Pentagon officials issued the announcement hours after the IS militants released another grisly video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of an American captive."The president authorized the Department of Defence to fulfil a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional US military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq," the White House said in a statement. The United States will "continue to support ...

Electronic reader to quicken the pace of Haj permit checking ISLAMABAD: The Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit."The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises," Director of Public Security Maj. Gen, Arab News Reported.Uthman Al-Muhrej said while launching the Electronic Haj permit teader ...
Ireland demands review of UN Golan Heights mandate DUBLIN: Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defence minsiter said on Monday. Islamist fighters involved in Syria's three-year-old civil last week overran a crossing point in the line that has separated Israelis from Syrians in the Golan Heights since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Ireland's contingent, which ...
Lebanon expects 1.5-2pc GDP growth BEIRUT: Lebanon economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 percent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 percent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria, the central bank governor said on Monday. Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country. "Despite the circumstances that Lebanon is passing through on the ...
UN to send investigators in Iraq GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution presented by France and Iraq without a vote, but South Africa's delegation said it disassociated itself from the text as it lacked balance."We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told ...
Iraq breaks months-long militants siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the militants-besieged Shia town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the militant group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came on Sunday as the United States carried out limited ...
Iraq breaks months-long siege KIRKUK: Iraqi forces broke through to the militants besieged town of Amerli on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Islamic State (IS) militants group overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.The breakthrough came as America carried out limited strikes in the area, the ...

 



 
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