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Syrian army takes more villages from militants in northwest Syria

AMMAN: The Syrian army has expanded its control over former Islamic State-held villages in northwest Syria, gaining more territory as it pushes back the jihadists from more pockets in Aleppo province, state media said on Saturday. The army has made steady progress in recent weeks in eastern Aleppo countryside towards the Euphrates River where it… Read More »

Syrian army signals further operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo

BEIRUT: The Syrian army said on Thursday that recent advances against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo were a starting point for further operations to drive the jihadist group back and extend government control in the area. The army’s general command said in a statement it had recently recaptured more than 30 towns and farms, confirming… Read More »

Turkish army says 48 Islamic State militants killed in Syria on Sunday

ISTANBUL: Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 Islamic State militants on Sunday (Jan 8) while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey’s armed forces said in a statement on Monday. Turkey launched the ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in support of Syrian rebels more than four months ago to… Read More »

Twelve soldiers killed in attack on Burkina Faso army post

OUAGADOUGOU: A dozen soldiers were killed in northern Burkina Faso when unidentified gunmen attacked a military post near the border with Mali, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Friday, calling the assailants “forces of evil”. Attacks in Burkina Faso were relatively rare before a major attack by al Qaeda-linked fighters on a hotel in… Read More »

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet

ALEPPO: Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo’s last rebel-held districts, as the United States said American and Russian officials would meet Saturday (Dec 10) in a bid to save the city from “complete” destruction. With the fighting resuming after a brief respite, the UN General Assembly demanded an immediate ceasefire and urgent aid deliveries, in a… Read More »

Abducted Chibok schoolgirl found with baby by Nigerian army

LAGOS: One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by jihadist group Boko Haram from their school in northeast Nigeria’s Chibok in 2014 has been found by soldiers, a Nigerian army spokesman said on Saturday, weeks after the militants released 21 of the girls. Around 270 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 by the Islamist militant… Read More »

Turkish army better able to fight Islamic State after purges – foreign minister

ANKARA: Turkey’s foreign minister described as “unfortunate” on Friday comments by the head of U.S. national intelligence suggesting that purges in the Turkish military after a failed coup were harming cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. “If they (the Americans) ask whether the fight against Daesh (Islamic State) has been weakened due to the… Read More »