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Turkey's security council advises extending state of emergency – statement

ANKARA: The Turkish National Security Council said in a statement on Monday that it had advised the cabinet of ministers to extend the country’s state of emergency by three months. The cabinet will convene later on Monday and is expected to announce its decision on the matter. Turkey declared a state of emergency soon after… Read More »

UK foreign minister visits Somalia, pledges drought aid – state radio

MOGADISHU: British foreign minister Boris Johnson met Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday, pledging aid to help combat the effects of a devastating drought, state radio reported on Wednesday. The country has been mired in civil war for more than a quarter of a century, and this year around 6.2 million Somalis, around half… Read More »

Iraq unsure if UN help needed to probe Islamic State crimes

UNITED NATIONS: Iraq is assessing what help it might need to collect and preserve evidence of Islamic State crimes, but has not yet decided whether it needs United Nations assistance, the country’s U.N. Ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, said on Friday. Britain is drafting a U.N. Security Council resolution to establish a U.N. investigation to collect… Read More »

Iraq to continue striking Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi says

SULEIMANIYA, Iraq: Iraq will continue hitting Islamic State targets in Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries if they give their approval, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday. “I respect the sovereignty of states, and I have secured the approval of Syria to strike positions (on its territory),” he told a conference in… Read More »

Turkey says kills 51 Islamic State militants in northern Syria

ANKARA: Turkey hit 59 Islamic State targets and killed 51 militants in northern Syria as part of its ongoing incursion, the Turkish military said on Saturday. Turkish forces have surrounded the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab for weeks as part of an operation that has been going on for more than five months. Four of… 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 »

Islamic state claims responsibility for attack on Sinai police checkpoint – Amaq

CAIRO: Islamic State is responsible for an attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s North Sinai province that killed at least eight people on Monday, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Tuesday. “A surprise attack launched by Islamic State fighters on a checkpoint west of Arish city in North Sinai followed the detonation of… 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 »

Indian state names successor as thousands mourn charismatic leader

CHENNAI, India: The party of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a powerful Indian politician who died on Monday, appointed a loyalist to lead her southern state and keep her supporters together as thousands of them grieved in the streets. Jayalalithaa, the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, ran her AIADMK party with an iron hand and appointed… Read More »