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US to send 560 more troops to Iraq: Carter BAGHDAD: The United States will send an additional 560 military personnel to Iraq to assist in its fight against the Islamic State militant group, visiting Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Monday.The increase will bring the total authorised number of American forces in Iraq, most of whom are in advisory or training roles, to more than 4,600.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Coalition air strikes, Turkish army kill 8 Islamic State militants: Anadolu ISTANBUL: Air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes and artillery fire from Turkey killed eight Islamic State fighters in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency cited the Turkish military as saying on Sunday.Ten Islamic State targets were hit in the strikes, which also destroyed one building used by the militants as a base, the agency said.It said Turkish army howitzers fired on the militants as they were preparing to open fire on Turkey on Saturday from the ...

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29 Syria rebels dead in fighting for key Aleppo road: monitor BEIRUT: At least 29 Syrian rebels were killed in clashes with regime troops overnight during a failed bid to reopen the opposition's key supply route into Aleppo city, a monitor said Sunday.The fighters from the Faylaq al-Sham Islamist faction and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front were killed trying to reopen the Castello Road, which regime forces effectively severed on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.The road was the only remaining supply route into ...

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Israel hits Syrian military targets after stray fire on Golan JERUSALEM: The Israeli army attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation line, a spokeswoman said Monday."In response to errant fire yesterday from Syria that hit the border with Israel, damaging the security fence, the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) responded and targeted two Syrian military targets in the central Golan Heights," an Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP.While Israel has sought to avoid being ...

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Over 4 million attend Khatm Al-Qur'an in Grand Mosque, Prophet's Mosque ISLAMABAD: Over four million worshipers attended the completion of recitation of the Holy Qur'an (Khatm Al-Qur'an) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Prophet's Mosque in Madinah on the 29th night of Ramazan.The worshipers, who attended the Khatm Al-Qur'an, included visitors, Umrah pilgrims, Saudi citizens and expatriates, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.Over two million worshipers thronged the Grand Mosque since early hours of Sunday. All the floors, passages, roof and basement were full to ...

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Suicide bombing near US consulate in Saudi: report RIYADH: A suicide bomber blew himself up early Monday near the United States consulate in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah, reported the Sabq online newspaper, which is close to authorities.It said two security officers were hurt "as a result of the failed bombing" on July 4, the day when Americans celebrate their independence.Security officers sealed off the area after "a person blew himself up in a car in front of the US consulate ...

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Syria's Assad keeps key portfolios in new cabinet line-up AMMAN: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, fighting a civil war that has ruined the country economically and fragmented it regions, issued a decree to form a new cabinet on Sunday that kept key ministers in place.The cabinet comes after he appointed on June 22 a new government led by former electricity minister Emad Khamis, a member of Assad's Baath political party since 1977.The lineup announced on state media keeps the key defence, foreign affairs and interior ...