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Trump to arm Syria’s Kurds to fight IS

Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand guard at the site of Turkish air strikes near northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik. Picture: AFP THE Trump administration will provide heavier weapons to Syria’s Kurds as they and their allies move closer to an attack on the key Islamic …

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Arrest made over Hamas killing

Ismail Haniyeh. behind the microphones, gives a press conference in Gaza City. Picture: AFP HAMAS’ newly elected supreme leader has announced the arrest of the man believed responsible for the mysterious shooting death of one of his organisation’s top military commanders in March, a breakthrough in a case that has …

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Syria ‘hanging 50 prisoners a day’

The US State Department on May 15 accused the Syrian government of ordering the extrajudicial killings of thousands of detainees, and covering up many of those killings by cremating the bodies. In a press briefing, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said ?numerous NGOs? estimated that the …

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Photos expose ‘human slaughterhouse’

This image shows what the State Department described as a building in a prison complex in Syria that was modified to support a crematorium. Picture: State Department/DigitalGlobe/AP THESE are the damning satellite images which reportedly prove that mass killings are being covered up inside a notorious slaughterhouse prison. The US …

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IS ‘on brink of total defeat’ in Mosul

Iraqi forces captured more territories from Islamic Sate and advanced deeper in west Mosul on May 15, reports citing officials said. According to Iraqi media, Islamic State remained in control of only 10 neighborhoods in west Mosul. The Iraqi Federal Police said that its forces liberated several areas in northwest …

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US launches fresh airstrikes in Syria

Forces loyal to the Assad regime carried out several air raids and surface-to-air missile strikes against Tahrir al-Sham rebels in Daraa?s southwestern al-Manshiya neighborhood on May 18. Unconfirmed reports claimed rebel commander Bilal Yasser Abu Zaid was killed in one of the airstrikes. Clashes have been ongoing in the southwestern …

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Rouhani re-elected as Iran’s president

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles during a televised speech in the capital Tehran. Picture: AFP IRAN’S state television has declared incumbent President Hassan Rouhani the winner of the country’s presidential election. The win gives the 68-year-old cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda calling for …

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Trump cites Aussie terror attacks

President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait’s Emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Sunday in Riyadh. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP IN AN incredible reversal from his hard line campaign rhetoric, Donald Trump has said that Muslims are the biggest victims of terrorism, in his first major …

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SAS sniper’s incredible IS kill

Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul’s old city, advancing to the Old Bridge on March 14. Iraqi military also recaptured the Ashur Hotel and Khuder mosque the day before, according to Iraqi Media. This video shows Iraqi forces setting up a shelter to protect against an Islamic State sniper’s bullets …

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Donald Trump’s five strangest moments

US President Donald Trump seated during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Picture: AFP / Mandel Ngan A ‘SWORD’ dance, curtsy to the king and an ‘unconvincing’ speech. It’s no wonder US President Donald Trump is an ‘exhausted guy’ …

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