Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Iraq: Armed clashes broke out between Iraqi and Kurdish troops


Clashes broke out between Iraqi and Kurdish troops in the disputed region between Erbil and Baghdad, Kurdish media reported on Monday.

Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) accessed Fekaka village, in Qurret Tabah region, for the first time since 2014, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan media channels said.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Syria: Clashes between Islamic State (IS) and Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib province


The Daesh group has seized territory in Syria’s Idlib province after clashes with rival militants, a monitor said Friday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Daesh had captured the village of Bashkun after clashes with Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a force dominated by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Iraq: Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State (IS)


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

The announcement comes two days after the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighboring Syria, where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Democratic Republic of the Congo: At least 14 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel attack


At least 14 U.N. peacekeepers were killed when rebels attacked a peacekeeping base in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday. Five Congolese soldiers also died and at least 40 peacekeepers were wounded in the three-hour firefight.

“This is the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the organization’s recent history,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement Friday.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Israel: Israel strikes Gaza militant posts after rockets fired at Israel by Al-Tawheed Brigades


The Israeli military said on Thursday that an aircraft and a tank had targeted two posts belonging to militants in the Gaza Strip after three rockets were launched at Israel.

Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations on a day of heightened tension following demonstrations in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank as Palestinians protested at U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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