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Iran launches rocket into space

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Picture: AFP. IRAN successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country’s state media reported without elaborating. Iranian state television described the launch as involving a “Simorgh” rocket that is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kilograms. The state media report did not …

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Tank rolls over suicide bomber car

Seven civilians were killed after a bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in North Sinai on July 24, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. The military released a video of the attack south of al-Arish, which shows an army tank intercepting a vehicle as it approached the checkpoint. The …

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Iran will ‘take action’ if sanctions pass

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will respond if US legislation imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program becomes law. Picture: AFP. IRAN’S President Hassan Rouhani says his country will respond if US legislation imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program becomes law. …

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Schoolgirl IS bride ‘wants to get away’

Three years after Islamic State captured the Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraqi armed forces have all-but liberated the city from the extremist group. This image taken by a soldier from Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service shows German teen Linda Wenzel after her capture by Iraqi forces in Mosul. Picture: Iraq Counter Terrorism …

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US Navy fire warning shots at Iran boat

USS John C. Stennis seen off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. Picture: AP A US DEFENCE official said an American Navy patrol boat has fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. The incident happened on Tuesday and involved …

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Bomb disposal expert’s worst day

During his six month tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Kim Hughes defused 119 improvised explosive devices and saved countless lives. CREDIT: Forces TV Kim Hughes GC defused 119 improvised explosive devices during his six month tour of Afghanistan. GROWING up, Kim Hughes was the “fat kid with the girl’s name …

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Emotional moment sex slave realises she’s free

Mosul is now surrounded by huge camps set up for people who’ve escaped living under Islamic State. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images BACK in 2014 the world watched in horror as the Yazidi people fled their Mount Sinjar homeland as a Islamic State took hold. Those who got out were the …

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Israel puts in CCTV after mosque violence

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released footage on July 22 reported to show a raid on the residence of Omar Alabed, accused of stabbing three people to death in Halamish, West Bank, on July 21. The Times of Israel reported that the raid resulted in the arrest of Alabed’s brother, …

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Schoolgirl turned IS sniper caught

Three years after Islamic State captured the Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraqi armed forces have all-but liberated the city from the extremist group. A girl believed to be Linda Wenzel has been captured in Mosul, Iraq. Picture: Twitter A 16-year-old German schoolgirl who ran away from home to join Islamic …

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Failed disguises of fleeing IS fighters

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis assumes that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive. Jihadists in failed female disguises. AN IS militant didn’t have a chance escaping the frontline in his female make-up disguise. The jihadist plucked his eyebrows before applying purple eyeshadow, mascara, foundation, blusher and lashings …

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