Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Nigeria: Nigerian official says 279 schoolgirls released 4 days after mass-abduction

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Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls were freed.

Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town on Friday, in the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.

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Afghanistan: 600 Taliban rebels killed within three-month of war in Kandahar

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Interior Minister, Mohammad Massoud Andarabi said that top Taliban commanders were among the 600 militants killed by the Afghan security forces within the past two and a half months in southern Kandahar province.

Minister Andarabi and Defense Deputy Minister Shah Mahmood Miakhil visited Kandahar on Sunday to praise the Afghan security forces for their unflinching fight against the militants.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Iraq: US forces on higher alert, fearing response following airstrike in Syria

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The United States has put its forces in Iraq on higher alert following a US airstrike targeting Iranian-backed militias in Syria, a coalition spokesperson confirmed to Rudaw on Saturday.

“We’ve had a temporary increase in the force protection posture of the forces deployed to the region to ensure appropriate force protection,” coalition spokesperson Colonel Wayne Marotto confirmed to Rudaw’s Rekar Aziz in a text message on Saturday.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Yemen: Over 60 fighters killed in clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces

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More than 60 fighters were killed in clashes in Yemen Friday between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and government forces in the strategic northern province of Marib, government sources said.

Earlier this month, the Huthis resumed a push to capture Marib city, 120 kilometers east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Nigeria: Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Jangebe town as gunmen attack nearby military site

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Some 317 students were taken, less than two weeks after 42 people, including 27 students, were abducted in a similar incident.

More than 300 girls have been abducted from a boarding school in northern Nigeria in the latest in a series of student kidnappings in the country.

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