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Iraqi Kurds advance on militants KIRKUK: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from militants northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said.Militants led by the Islamic State (IS) group overran large chunks of Iraq during a lightning offensive in June that swept security forces aside.But Iraqi federal forces and the autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga fighters are now fighting to regain ground from the militants on multiple fronts.On Monday, Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi air support retook three villages in the Jalawla area in Diyala province, as well as a main road used by militants to transport fighters and supplies, a peshmerga brigadier general said.He added that Kurdish troops are close to sealing off all entrances to the town of Jalawla itself, which they have sought to recapture for weeks.Farther north, militants launched two assaults on the Turkmen-majority town of Tuz Khurmatu, late on Sunday and ...

Iran deputy foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday DUBAI: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian is visiting Saudi Arabia on Monday, state news agency IRNA reported, in the first such visit since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.IRNA said Abdollahian would meet Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Rival Yemeni protests as talks with Shiite rebels fail SANAA: Rival protests stoked up tension in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday as a presidential negotiating team abandoned talks with Shiite rebels, accusing them of seeking to ignite a war.President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged "vigilance and increased preparation to face any options that could be imposed" on Yemen, at a meeting with the supreme security and military committee, state news agency Saba reported.Pro and anti-government protest leaders used loud hailers to stir up their followers ...
US strikes targets in northern Iraq near Arbil, Mosul dam WASHINGTON: The United States on Sunday used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants, who have seized a large swath of territory in the region."US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Arbil and Mosul dam," a statement from Florida-based Centcom said, using one of ...
Air strikes pound Gaza as Israel presses offensive GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the bloody offensive would continue as long as necessary.Israel and Hamas, who have been fighting for 48 days, looked unlikely to end their deadly face-off even after Egypt called for an indefinite ceasefire and new truce talks to end a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers.One of Sunday's ...
Deposed Egypt president's spokesman faces trial CAIRO: The former spokesman for Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi faces trial for allegedly helping an ex-premier try to flee to Sudan, a judicial source said on Saturday.Yasser Ali, who was arrested in Cairo in December, is accused of aiding a "convicted man sought by the judicial authorities", a reference to Islamist former prime minister Hisham Qandil.Qandil was detained, also last December, for trying to leave the country illegally for Sudan.Another 12 people are ...
Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq BAGHDAD: Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday, a rare attack unsettling the relative stability the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region has enjoyed.Local television footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car in Arbil. A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud ...

 



 
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