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Damascus says was informed by US of air strikes on IS DAMASCUS: The Damascus government said it had been informed by Washington of the air strikes it began early on Tuesday on Islamic State militant (IS) targets on Syrian soil."Yesterday (Monday), the Americans informed the Syrian representative at the United Nations that strikes would be carried out against the terrorist IS organisation in Raqa," the group's Syrian stronghold, a foreign ministry statement quoted by state television said.The television reported multiple strikes on Raqa province, in the Euphrates Valley northeast of the capital."US warplanes have started carrying out air strikes against positions of the terrorist Daesh organisation in Raqa," it said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.It was the first that Washington had launched air strikes against the militant in Syria. It began an air war against IS in Iraq on August 8.US media reported that five Arab allies had joined in the strikes -- Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the ...

Small boats lifeline for militants besieged Iraq area BALAD: Small, battered metal boats crowd a muddy landing site on the Tigris River, taking on goods and passengers for the trip to an Iraqi area militants have besieged for months.The steady stream of the boats, piloted by Iraqis who brave shelling and sniper fire, has played a key role in supplying the Jubur area in the town of Dhuluiyah across the river, helping keep alive resistance against the militants.The boats at the landing site ...
More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey: minister ANKARA: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State (IS) militant, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday."The number of Syrians has passed 130,000," he told reporters in Ankara, warning that the number would likely rise. IS extremists have seized dozens of villages in the past week as they advance on the town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane in Kurdish, near the border."If ...
100,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey: UN GENEVA: Some 100,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into Turkey over the past few days, fleeing an advance by Islamic State (IS) militants who seized dozens of villages near a strategic border town, the UN said Monday.The Turkish government "confirmed the figure" of 100,000, said Melissa Fleming, the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR.The UN body on Saturday said that as many as hundreds of thousands of refugees might flee the fighting.Syrian ...
Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon: military source TYRE: An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source."The drone crashed on the Lebanese border, inside Lebanese territory. Lebanese troops are in the area," the source told AFP.There was no immediate comment from Israel, but the incident is not the first of its kind.In February, an Israeli drone crashed on the Blue Line, the UN-demarcated line between Lebanon and Israel.Israeli soldiers ...
Iraqi neighbourhood holds out against militants DHULUIYAH: Caught between militants and the Tigris River, residents of one neighbourhood in a Sunni town in Iraq have taken up arms alongside security forces and held out for months.If the fighters, police and soldiers defending the Jubur area in Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad repel the Islamic State (IS) a Sunni militants group it would be a powerful symbol of resistance for the forces battling against it.And it could help gain support for the anti-militants ...
France launch Iraq strikes as militants advance in Syria BAGHDAD: France mounted its first air strike to beat back the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, even as militants across the border in Syria seized dozens of Kurdish villages in a lightning offensive.More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join America's US campaign of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) in the war-torn country."This morning at 9:40, ...

 



 
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