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Air strikes kill at least 33 Islamic State fighters: monitor BEIRUT: Air strikes carried out by French jets and other forces have killed at least 33 Islamic State militants in the group's Raqqa stronghold in Syria over the past three days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday.Citing activists, the Observatory also said that Islamic State members and dozens of the families of senior members had started leaving Raqqa city to relocate to Mosul in Iraq because of security concerns. Mosul is also controlled by Islamic State.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Two Saudi police shot dead in kingdom's east RIYADH: Two Saudi policemen were shot dead on Wednesday when they came under fire in the kingdom's east, where most of the minority Shia community live, the interior ministry said.The pre-dawn attack happened near a farm in the Saihat area of Qatif, on the Gulf coast.A ministry spokesman said the suspect or suspects had not immediately been identified.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Two dead in flash floods in Jeddah RIYADH: At least two people have died in flash floods in Saudi Arabia's second city of Jeddah after heavy rain, the country's civil defence said on Tuesday. It urged residents to stay indoors and said schools would remain closed on Wednesday. Flooding is politically sensitive in Jeddah, where previous incidents have prompted widespread anger over the perceived failure of local and national government to build suitable defences and to prevent illegal housing developments in risky ...
Yemen president returns to Aden from Saudi exile ADEN: Yemen's president returned to Aden on Tuesday from exile in Saudi Arabia, a day after a military offensive was launched against rebels, a presidential source said. After landing in the provisional capital, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi went straight to the palace to "supervise" the offensive, which is aimed at retaking rebel-controlled Taez province.His return comes just days after his prime minister, Khaled Bahah, announced the government's return to the war-torn country.The president has tried to ...
Qatar PM's visit to France goes ahead despite attacks DOHA: Qatar's prime minister went ahead with a scheduled visit to France on Sunday despite the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead, a government spokesman said.Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and senior officials left Doha for the three-day visit, Qatar's state media reported.The visit to France is Thani's first since he became prime minister in June 2013.France and gas-rich Qatar have close economic and military ties. In May, Qatar signed ...
US, allies conduct 27 strikes against Islamic State: US military WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State in Iraq with 20 air strikes on Friday, and also hit the militant group with seven air strikes in Syria, the U.S. military said on Saturday.Nine of the strikes in Iraq were staged near Ramadi, hitting tactical and fighting Islamic State units, weapons caches and two tunnels, according to a military statement.The attacks in Syria, near Al Hawl and Ar Raqqah, struck Islamic State tactical ...
Iraq PM says Paris attacks show need for global action BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday condemned gun and bomb attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people, saying they showed the need for action against militants worldwide."We condemn and deplore the terrorist attacks in Paris, which emphasise that fighting terrorism calls for international efforts to eliminate it in all countries," Abadi said in a statement.At least eight militants, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, killed diners and concert-goers, and launched ...


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