Thursday, December 2, 2021

Iran: Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces clash in border area

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Clashes erupted between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near the Afghanistan-Iran border, but appear to have led to no casualties and was later described as a “misunderstanding”.

Multiple videos on Wednesday showed Taliban troops mobilising. Gunfire can be heard while one shows Iranian forces firing artillery shells in response to Taliban fire.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Iraq: Iraqi prime minister survives assassination attempt with drones at his home

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Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt that saw armed drones descend on his Baghdad home on Sunday morning, according to Iraqi officials.

The attack drastically escalates tensions between al-Kadhimi’s government and Iran-backed Shiite militias, who have refused to accept last month’s parliamentary election results.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Syria: Syrian rebels mobilise for possible Turkish attack on Kurdish YPG fighters

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Syrian rebels say they are standing by to join a new offensive threatened by Turkey against Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria, as Ankara eyes another campaign against a group it views as a threat to national security.

Turkey has mounted three offensives into Syria since 2016 against the YPG, which Ankara deems an enemy due to its close links to a Kurdish group that has been fighting an insurgency in Turkey for decades.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Yemen: Saudi coalition says 105 Houthi rebels killed in latest air strikes

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The Saudi-led coalition said Wednesday it killed 105 Houthi rebels in air strikes around Yemen’s strategic city of Marib, as the insurgents claimed to have almost encircled the city.

That brings to nearly 2,000 the number of Houthis the coalition — backing the government — says it has killed around Marib in strikes it has reported almost daily since October 11.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Yemen: More than 150 Houthi rebels killed in Marib air strikes

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The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government said more than 150 Houthi rebels were killed Thursday in air strikes south of Marib city, where the insurgents are pushing on the government’s last northern stronghold.

The latest air strikes against the Iran-backed rebels take the number of them killed in oil-rich Marib province’s Abdiya district to more than 500 in just the past four days, according to a toll compiled by the coalition.

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