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US takes aim at Daesh in Yemen for first time

The United States said it launched its first attack on Daesh’s deadly Yemen branch on Monday with a series of nighttime air strikes that residents said targeted two villages and killed several people. Unmanned US drones launched around 12 missiles at militant positions in Yakla and Al Abl in southern …

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ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria’s Raqqa

Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country’s east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group. The announcement came as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in …

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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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Iran, Iraq and Turkey Seek Triple Military Alliance

Iran, Iraq and Turkey have agreed to create a triple military alliance as the first step towards growing cooperation in mutual defense and regional security. The creation of the “military triangle” was highlighted yesterday in a report published by Fars News Agency, the principal news outlet for the Islamic Revolutionary …

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Qatar’s Pragmatic Syria Gamble

The 2017 Gulf Crisis between Qatar and its GCC neighbors has developed into a clash of narratives that concerns not only the various regional interests in the Middle East, but also vital U.S. national interests. The Quartet (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) has justified its embargo against Qatar due to its alleged political, ideological and financial support to non-state terror …

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IS claims deadly suicide attack in Syrian capital

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day. In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in the al-Midan neighborhood with several bombs, before one of them blew himself up, …

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British film-maker killed by Isis militants in Syria

A British film-maker has been killed while working alongside Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria, his friends and Kurdish activists have said. Mehmet Aksoy, 32, from London, was not fighting but working as a press officer for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) when the military base in which he was …

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Russia general killed in Syria fighting

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a general has been killed in fighting in Syria. The ministry said Sunday that Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov “was at a command post of Syrian troops, assisting the Syrian commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.” State news agency Tass …

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Iran arrests Daesh-linked terrorist in Tehran Province

A division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has arrested a Takfiri terrorist linked to a Daesh-affiliated ring, which planned to carry out hundreds of terror attacks in the capital, Tehran. The Daesh element was apprehended in the Andisheh town in Shahriar County, Tehran Province, Colonel Amin …

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Russia says Syria government controls 85 percent of country

Russia’s military says Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country’s territory from militants. Lt. Gen. Alexander Lapin told reporters on Tuesday at Hemeimeem air base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia that Syrian government forces have yet to clear the remaining 15 percent, approximately 27,000 …

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2 Russian troops killed in shelling in Syria

The Russian defense ministry says two Russian troops have been killed in shelling in Syria’s east. The ministry’s statement quoted by Russian news agencies late on Monday said the two men died when a convoy escorting Russian cease-fire monitoring staff came under mortar fire outside the eastern city of Deir …

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IS evacuation deal sparks Iraqi outrage

Iraqis on Tuesday denounced a deal allowing Islamic State group fighters to evacuate a Syrian-Lebanese frontier region towards the Iraqi border. Hundreds of jihadists started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq and is the only Syrian province still …

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