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Five people killed, 16 injured in Baghdad cafe bombing

Five people killed, 16 injured in Baghdad cafe bombing

At least five people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a cafe in Baghdad where people had gathered after breaking their daily Ramadan fast, police said Thursday. “A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt while he was surrounded by police near a public garden in Al-Shoala district,” a mainly […]

May 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Iran condemns wave of Israeli air strikes in Syria

Iran condemns wave of Israeli air strikes in Syria

In the first comments by Iran since Thursday’s wave of strikes, the foreign ministry condemned the “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty”. The strikes were the heaviest carried out by Israel on Syria in decades. They came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights. Israel said Iranian fighters had […]

May 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Syria says it has downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus

Syria says it has downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus

Syrian air defences downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus, state media reported, after explosions were heard at a military base south of the capital. The report arrived soon after US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he would break with the Iran nuclear agreement, a move that has put the region on edge. Israel has warned […]

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Syria rebels hand over arms in new deal with regime

Syria rebels hand over arms in new deal with regime

Syrian rebels on Friday were surrendering their heavy weapons after reaching a new deal with the government for a central swathe of territory, a war monitor said. Opposition fighters agreed with regime forces and their allies to a ceasefire deal earlier this week for parts of Syria’s central provinces of Hama and Homs, including the […]

May 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
20 killed, 40 wounded in air raid on Yemen wedding

20 killed, 40 wounded in air raid on Yemen wedding

At least 20 people were killed and 40 others wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in Yemen, rescue teams told on Monday. Huthi rebels who control most of northern Yemen blamed the Sunday attack on a Saudi-led Arab coalition that backs the country’s government. Rescue teams said the wedding was taking place […]

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Syria will see US price for chemical attack as worth paying

Syria will see US price for chemical attack as worth paying

Donald Trump’s Twitter warning that a big, albeit unspecified, price will be paid for Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians in Douma points to some form of punitive military strike being launched by western forces. The tweet is all the more remarkable for containing some of Trump’s first direct criticism of […]

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Israel army given shoot orders ahead of Gaza border protest

Israel army given shoot orders ahead of Gaza border protest

Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot has warned the army has been given authorisation to open fire ahead of mass protests on the Gaza border planned for Friday. Eisenkot said reinforcements, including special forces snipers, had been deployed to the border to counter what he said was the most serious risk of conflict […]

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Thousands leave Ghouta in surrender of enclave to Syrian government

Thousands leave Ghouta in surrender of enclave to Syrian government

Some 7,000 people departed eastern Ghouta for Syrian rebel territory near the Turkish border on Tuesday under a deal arranged by Russia to surrender the enclave to the Syrian government, Russian state media and a war monitor said. Rebels have been gradually leaving Ghouta since Thursday, accepting safe passage for themselves and their families to […]

March 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Russian strikes kill 37 civilians in Syrian town- monitor

Russian strikes kill 37 civilians in Syrian town- monitor

Russian air strikes killed 37 civilians in the Arbin area of the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. “Russian air strikes and incendiary weapons killed the civilians in a basement from burning or suffocation” late on Thursday before a ceasefire came into effect […]

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Iraq holds more than 19,000 on Islamic State, militant links

Iraq holds more than 19,000 on Islamic State, militant links

Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise concerns over potential miscarriages of justice — and […]

March 21, 2018 | By | Reply More