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AFP – Syrian government forces on Sunday recaptured the strategic town of Kasab, near the only border crossing with Turkey in northwestern province of Latakia, state television reported. “Units from the army are reestablishing security in the province of Latakia after killing a large number of terrorists and destroying their weapons,” the television said, referring …
The militants, spearheaded by the powerful jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have overrun all of one province and chunks of three more since they launched their offensive late last Monday.
Washington spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forces before withdrawing its troops in 2011.
Military units first withdrew from the city’s east, heading to its west, and then began leaving the city, along with thousands of residents, he said.
Rouhani will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the powerful neighbours are expected to discuss security concerns as well as trade opportunities.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though suicide bombings are a tactic mainly employed by Sunni Muslim militants in Iraq.
South of Baghdad, a roadside bomb near a secondary school in Mahmudiyah killed a male pupil, and a car bomb near a Shi’a mosque in Iskandiriyah killed two people.
Jarba is not running against Assad in a 3 June presidential vote but Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian hit out regardless.
At least nine car bombs went off throughout the morning, when the city is typically gridlocked.
The bombings in Baghdad and north and west Iraq raise serious concerns about the ability of the country’s security forces to protect voters during Wednesday’s general election,
Shedding its guerrilla tactics to fight alongside an army
Group inspired by Al-Qaeda
Posters went up around Baghdad and across the country as candidates vie for one of 328 parliamentary seats.
AFP – A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle raged from 3am to 8.30am (0100 to 0630 GMT) in a poor Sunni Muslim district in the south of the …
The Syrian army said the air strikes killed one soldier and wounded seven, cautioning that the assault endangered “the security and stability of the region”.
The capture on Sunday of Yabrud by Syrian troops and fighters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah marked a significant setback for the rebels as it severs their important supply lines from across the Lebanese border.
For now, neither side seems to have the means to win decisively a conflict that has cost more than 140,000 lives and displaced nearly half Syria’s population, many of them now refugees.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said it is deeply concerned by a recent court sentencing of a Shi’a citizen to five years in prison
The Shi’a movement’s statement was the group’s first admission it had been targeted in the raid, although Lebanese sources had previously reported the attack.
AFP – Bent on halting any transfer of weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Israel has bombarded a position of the powerful Shi’a group on the Lebanon-Syria border, sources say. On Monday night, “two Israeli raids hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria,” a Lebanese security source told AFP. Lebanon’s National News Agency …
Hezbollah is accused of participating in the 2005 assassination of Hariri’s father, former premier Rafiq Hariri, and five of its members are on trial in absentia before a special court in The Hague.
The White House waited until Monday to confirm that Obama would indeed add an unexpected stop in Saudi Arabia onto a previously announced tour of the Netherlands, Brussels and Vatican City in March.
The assassinations in particular harken back to Iraq’s brutal Sunni-Shi’a sectarian war which raged from 2006 to 2007, when corpses were often found abandoned on the streets, with the victims’ bodies bearing signs of torture.
AFP – At least 22 Shi’a pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and 20 others wounded when a bomb hit a bus in the southwest Pakistan province of Baluchistan Tuesday, officials said. The attack took place at Dringhar village on the Pakistan-Iran highway some 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Quetta, Baluchistan’s capital. “At least …
The comments came amid ongoing tensions between Syria and Saudi Arabia, which are fiercely opposed to each other.
They rose up in 2004 in their stronghold of Saada against the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, blaming it for marginalising them.
The bombing raised fears about the fragile situation in Lebanon, which has seen the war in neighbouring Syria regularly spill over.
The vehicle was packed with 60 kilos (130 pounds) of explosives and the blast left behind a crater three metres (10 feet) wide
“As long as the reasons (to fight in Syria) remain, our presence there will remain,” Nasrallah said
AFP- Iranian Shia celebrated Ashura day on Wednesday which commemorates the killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein. Ashura, which climaxes on November 14, mourns the death of Imam Hussein who was killed by armies of the caliph Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. Photos by AFP