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Yemeni troops oust Al Qaida from southern town

Yemeni forces, trained and armed by the UAE, have booted Al Qaida militants out of a town in the southern province of Shabwa, local military officers said. A large convoy of military vehicles carrying at least two hundreds soldiers, locally known Shabwani Elite Forces, stormed the town of Houta, forcing …

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Sisi names new chief of staff

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Saturday named a new armed forces chief of staff, AFP reported. He appointed former defense ministry secretary general Mohammed Farid Hegazy to the post, the presidency announced, without providing a reason for the change. His predecessor Mahmoud Hegazy, who had held the post since …

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Emirates’ US flights will be subject to further security screening

Emirates airline confirmed on Wednesday that passengers on board its flights to the US will be subject to further security screening from Thursday to comply with American government requirements. An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News that the enhanced security screening, which follows new guidelines received from the US government, could …

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WTF: So What The Fatwa Is Going On?

By Farhana Qazi Who has the right to issue a fatwa, an Islamic ruling, is an important question that is confused by born-again scholars and unlearned authority figures. Today, there are thousands, if not millions, of Muslim scholars issuing legal edicts on wide-ranging subjects. What’s troubling is that hardliners as well …

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3 US troops killed in ambush in Niger

Three members of the US Special Operations Forces were killed and two others were wounded in southwest Niger near the Mali-Niger border when a joint US-Nigerien patrol was attacked Wednesday, two administration officials told CNN. The administration officials added that the two wounded US troops had been evacuated to the …

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