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Gunmen storm southeast Yemen airport, kill 3 troops: security ADEN: Suspected al Qaeda gunmen on Thursday stormed the airport at Sayun, in Yemen's southeast Hadramawt province, killing three soldiers, a security official said.The attackers gunned down the soldiers at the entrance to the international airport, which is also used by Yemen's air forces, before taking control of parts of the facility, including the control tower, the official said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Iraq's PM says committed to forming a new government BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday he is committed to forming a new government on time as he fights growing calls from his opponents, and some of his former allies, to step aside.A mounting insurgency is threatening to rupture Iraq 2-1/2 years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and Maliki's domestic opponents say he has made matters worse by alienating moderate Sunnis who once fought al Qaeda but are now teaming up ...
Qaeda merges with ISIL at Syria-Iraq border town: NGO BEIRUT: Al Qaeda's Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIL to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the fighters group has led a ...
NATO to discuss Iraq crisis as US advisers fly into Baghdad BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend key NATO discussions on Iraq on Wednesday, the day after US military advisers began moving into Baghdad as Iraqi forces battle militants.Iraqi government troops held off insurgent attacks on a key town and an oil refinery Tuesday as Kerry pushed for unity in a conflict the UN says has killed nearly 1,100.But those successes were marred when civilians were killed by air strikes aiming to push ...
US unlocks aid as Kerry presses Egypt on democracy CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt's leaders to allow greater political freedoms Sunday, as Washington unlocked some $572 million in military aid for Cairo and hurried the dispatch of 10 Apache helicopters.Kerry became the highest-ranking US official to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since he came to power earlier this month amid Egypt's rocky transition to democracy since the ousting of long-time leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The top US diplomat's tour ...
Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in West Bank RAMALLAH: Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank as they continued a search for three missing Israeli teens, Palestinian medical and security officials said on Sunday.In Ramallah, 30-year-old Mohammed Tarifi was shot dead during early morning clashes with Israeli troops near the city centre in which five other Palestinians were wounded, medics told AFP.In Ein Beit al-Mai refugee camp in western Nablus, 27-year-old Ahmed Fahnawi was shot and killed on his way ...
Enforced aid delivery would be 'attack' UNITED NATIONS: Syria has warned the UN Security Council that it would consider any enforced cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid without prior agreement from Damascus as an "attack" on the state.The claim was made in a June 18 letter signed by Syrian and Arab lawyers and sent by the Syrian mission to the UN. It warned that the state must give consent for imports of any humanitarian aid.It comes as Western powers are working towards ...


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