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Turkish military, coalition air strikes kill 23 IS militants in Syria ANKARA: Twenty-three Islamic State militants were killed in northern Syria by coalition air strikes and cross-border artillery fire from Turkey, broadcaster Haberturk reported on Monday.A total of 33 targets were hit in the operation which was carried out on militants thought to have been preparing for an attack on Turkey, Haberturk said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN TEHRAN: Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.Grandi, who on Friday began his first regional tour as the new UN High Commissioner ahead of World Refugee Day on Monday, said his trip was focused on Afghan refugees."I decided that this year, my first year as High Commissioner, I would use that opportunity ...

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Syria rebels kill 7 in Aleppo assault, capture 3 villages: monitor BEIRUT: At least seven people died in rebel shelling of a neighbourhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo held by the Kurdish YPG militia at dawn on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as rebels took territory to the south.More than 40 people were also wounded in the attack on the Sheikh Maqsoud area, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, a district next to the only way in and out of rebel-held parts of ...

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Saudi Arabia repeats call for US strikes on Assad WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia on Friday reiterated its call for air strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, after US diplomats broke ranks with the White House to push for robust action.Briefing journalists after talks at the White House, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the kingdom had long urged Washington to lead a military response to undermine Assad's control.At the Saudi Embassy, Jubeir noted that from the very start of the crisis, Riyadh had pushed ...

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Russia bombing US-backed rebels in Syria: US official WASHINGTON: Russia on Thursday bombed US-backed fighters in southern Syria, according to a US official in Washington, who said the aggressive action by Moscow raises "serious concern.""Today, Russian aircraft conducted a series of air strikes near al-Tanf against Syrian Counter-ISIL forces that included individuals who have received US support," said the senior defense official, who requested anonymity."Russian aircraft have not been active in this area of southern Syria for some time, and there were no ...

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Air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Aleppo hours into truce BEIRUT: Air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Aleppo just hours into an announced 48-hour ceasefire and fighting carried on in and around the northern Syrian city, monitors and witnesses said.Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the civil war with a population of more than two million people, has been divided for years into rebel and government sectors.Capturing the city is one of President Bashar al-Assad's key strategic objectives. Russia, an ally of Syria, announced the truce ...

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Iraq's Fallujah faces 'disaster', NGO warns OSLO: Under fire and nearing starvation, thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah face a "humanitarian disaster", a prominent Norwegian NGO said Thursday.Tens of thousands of others who have managed to flee the city as Iraqi forces press a bid to dislodge the Islamic State group also find little relief on their way out."We have a humanitarian disaster inside Fallujah and another unfolding disaster in the camps," the Norwegian Refugee Council ...