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Iraq says foiled IS attack on Ramadi BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials said Saturday that the security forces foiled an attack by jihadists of the Islamic State group on the city of Ramadi, capital of the western province of Anbar.The reported thwarted attack led to 11 arrests and comes after a string of diversionary attacks by the jihadists since the start two weeks ago of a massive offensive against IS bastion Mosul.Iraqi forces "arrested 11 Daesh (IS) members who were planning to attack the city" from the suburb of Al-Tash, on the southern edge of Ramadi, said Captain Ahmed al-Dulaimi of the Anbar police.Iraqi forces retook Ramadi from IS early this year. Mine clearing and reconstruction efforts are under way but few civilians have returned.Anbar provincial council member Raja al-Issawi said that the 11, arrested on Friday, had confessed to planning an attack on the city.The loss of Mosul could spell the end of IS's days as a land-holding ...

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Coalition strikes kill at least 10 Yemen civilians: medic, rebels SANAA: Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 10 civilians in a battleground town southeast of Yemen's third city Taez on Saturday, the rebels, a medic and a loyalist official said.The rebel-controlled sabanews.net website said 10 people were killed and seven wounded when the strikes hit residential buildings in the town of Salo where clashes with government forces are raging.A doctor at the town's public hospital said it had received the bodies of 15 dead ...

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Iraq forces launch operation to cut Mosul off from Syria BAGHDAD: Iraqi paramilitaries launched an operation Saturday to retake the town of Tal Afar from the Islamic State group and cut jihadist supply lines from Mosul to Syria, a spokesman said."The operation aims to cut supplies between Mosul and Raqa and tighten the siege of (IS) in Mosul and liberate Tal Afar," paramilitary forces spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi told AFP, referring to IS's main strongholds in Iraq and Syria.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Amnesty warns against white phosphorus use in Mosul operation BAGHDAD: Amnesty International warned Friday of the danger posed by white phosphorus munitions, saying they should not be used during the operation to retake Mosul in areas where civilians are present.Iraq launched the drive to recapture the city from the Islamic State group last week, and the country's forces are closing in on Mosul from the north, east and west.Amnesty said it had received credible photographic evidence and witness testimony pointing to the employment of ...

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Rebel rockets kill 15 in government-held Aleppo BEIRUT: At least 15 civilians were killed and more than 100 wounded by rebel rocket fire on government-held western neighbourhoods of Syria's Aleppo on Friday, a monitor said.Rebels were firing "hundreds" of missiles into west Aleppo as part of an operation to break a government siege of districts they control in the east, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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UN peace plan for Yemen seems to sideline exiled president SANAA: A UN peace proposal to end a 19-month war in Yemen appears aimed at sidelining exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and setting up a government of less divisive figures, according to a copy seen by Reuters. Hadi fled the armed advance of the Iranian-allied Houthi movement in March 2015 and has been a guest of neighbouring Saudi Arabia ever since. A UN Security Council resolution a month later recognised him as the legitimate head ...

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Syrian army says it takes town near Hama BEIRUT: Syria's army regained the town of Soran, north of Hama, from rebels on Thursday, a Syrian military source and a war monitor said, part of a push back against insurgent gains in the area over recent weeks. "Units from our armed forces in cooperation with the people's defence forces regained control over the municipality of Soran and the farms surrounding it," the source said. Militia forces from both Syria and other countries in the ...