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Militants kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor BEIRUT: Militants from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.The assault in Raqa province, the militants Euphrates valley stronghold, came amid their fiercest assault yet on Damascus-held territory.The deaths added to 74 already killed in the offensive across the north and northeast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."At least 50 soldiers were ambushed, some of them were killed in fighting but most of them were beheaded," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.IS militants claimed the toll was as high as 75. " 75 soldiers of the 17th division were captured at Abu Shared and they were beheaded," one sympathiser tweeted.Media close to the regime remained silent on the deaths in Raqa. The 17th division is one of three still holding positions in the IS-occupied region and operates out ...

Israel soldier killed in Gaza, losses at 33: army JERUSALEM: An Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza on Friday, taking the army's losses in the 18-day operation against foe Hamas to 33, a statement said.The army named the dead soldier as reservist Yair Ashkenazy, 36, adding that he "was killed earlier today during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip."The army said that 33 soldiers and officers have now been killed in Gaza since the launch of its offensive on July 8. Copyright AFP ...
US congratulates Iraq on electing new president WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight militants."By taking this crucial step, the Council of Representatives has demonstrated its commitment to uniting the country according to the constitution," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, offering Washington's congratulations on Masum's election."Iraq's leaders now must take the next step in their democratic process by ...
US lifts Israel flight ban as Kerry cites truce 'progress' JERUSALEM: US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel Thursday as Washington's top diplomat cited progress in ending 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians. The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah and returned to Cairo to continue pushing regional efforts to ink a ceasefire. Hamas had hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by US and European ...
Kerry says made 'some steps forward' in ending Gaza conflict JERUSALEM: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that diplomacy to end the Gaza bloodshed has made progress, but warned more time was needed."We have certainly made some steps forward, but there is still work to be done," Kerry said in Jerusalem as he met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US concerned at moves to suspend Bahrain opposition WASHINGTON: The United States has "strong concerns" about a lawsuit filed in Bahrain to suspend the activities of the Gulf kingdom's largest opposition group, a US official said on Tuesday.Bahrain moved to suspend Al-Wefaq for three months for allegedly violating the kingdom's law on associations, the official BNA news agency reported Sunday.Al-Wefaq has led the protest movement that started in February 2011. Political parties are banned in Bahrain, as in other Gulf Arab monarchies, and ...
Israel says no need to cancel flights after rocket fire JERUSALEM: Israel said there was no reason to cancel flights after a rocket fired from Gaza crashed just kilometres (miles) from its main airport Tuesday, prompting some airlines to suspend services.The Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from flying to or from the Jewish state, which is locked in a bloody conflict with Gaza militants, and major European and Canadian carriers cancelled flights shortly after.Israeli "Transport Minister Yisrael Katz this evening called American companies to ...


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