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No word on location of UN peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights: Fiji UNITED NATIONS: The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops whereabouts. The UN peacekeepers from Fiji were seized by Islamist militants on Thursday, one of several groups attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. UN officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that they were now treating it as a case of kidnapping. The United Nations and Manila said on Sunday all 72 Philippine troops trapped by Islamists in a different area of the frontier were now safe, but it is still not known where the 44 Fijians are being held. "At this time, no additional information on their status or location has been established. The United Nations continues to actively ...

13 killed in bomb attacks on Iraq forces in Ramadi RAMADI: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles near positions of security forces in the city of Ramadi on Sunday, killing 13 people and wounding 17, Iraqi police and a doctor said.One blast hit an under-construction building manned by Iraqi special forces in the city west of Baghdad, while the second struck a joint special forces-police checkpoint, the sources said.Iraqi forces have struggled to regain control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, from militants who ...
IS executes 'dozens' of captured Syrian soldiers BEIRUT: Islamic State (IS) fighters have executed "dozens" of Syrian soldiers fleeing Tabqa military airport in the north, a monitor said Thursday, with the militants boasting on Twitter they had killed 200 troops."Dozens of Syrian soldiers captured while fleeing... after the IS overran Tabqa airbase were executed by the militants during the night," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.The militants seized the airport on Sunday after weeks ...
Iraq forces ready bid to break militants siege KIRKUK: Iraq was massing forces on Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month militants siege of a Turkmen town north of Baghdad, amid growing fears for residents short of supplies.The planned counter-offensive around the Salaheddin province town of Amerli comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to help thousands of trapped civilians.According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of ...
Aid convoys trundle into Gaza as ceasefire holds GAZA CITY: Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality on Wednesday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war.Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome day of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at Israel, the Israeli army said.More than 200 tonnes of aid from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkey trundled into ...
Gaza ceasefire has no winners and leaves much unresolved JERUSALEM: Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership."After 50 days of fighting, both sides were exhausted so that's why they reached a ceasefire," said Middle East analyst Eyal Zisser of the Israeli Moshe Dayan Institute.Seven weeks of fighting cost the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and ravaged the Gaza Strip, where the Islamist Hamas movement has ...
Hamas 'brought Israel to its knees': Iran TEHRAN: Iran said on Wednesday that Palestinian fighters had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict. "The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees," the foreign ministry said in a statement."This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands especially Quds (Jerusalem)," it said.After ...


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