Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In Yemen, food being used as a ‘weapon of war’, when millions face an impending famine — WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says food is being used as a "weapon of war" in Yemen at a time when millions of people face an impending famine in the conflict-ravaged impoverished Arab country. "Yemen is on the brink of famine. Cholera is compounding a...

US-led airstrikes destroy parts of Raqqa hospital amid losses among Syria’s army

U.S.-led airstrikes on Friday destroyed parts of the general hospital of Raqqa city in northeastern Syria, a monitor group reported, as the Islamic State (IS) group launched a counter offensive against the Syrian army in eastern Raqqa, killing 34 soldiers. The "violent" shelling by the...

ISIL have not only lost territory in Mosul – they are losing it across Iraq and Syria

THE GLOBAL COALITION -- Between March 1st and May 31st, Daesh lost further territory in Iraq, as well as in Syria. The group have now lost 70% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 51% in Syria, as they are...

Iraq forces closer on full liberation of Mosul from IS group

Iraqi forces have pushed ISIS into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris river, but slowed their advance on Tuesday out of caution for an estimated 10,000 civilians trapped there alongside the militants, reported Reuters. Residents have been caught...

Suicide bombers hit Damascus, killing and injuring several people

A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing and injuring a number of people, according to media reports. The bomber was in one of three car bombs that had been pursued by the authorities. LATEST UPDATE Death toll rises to at...

At the ruins of the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul

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BBC Arabic's Feras Kilani and team join the Iraqi army as they push so-called Islamic State out of the centre of Mosul and recapture the site of the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The mosque is of great symbolic importance to both sides because Abu...

Islamic State group fully withdraws from Aleppo, Syria

Islamic State group today fully withdraws from Aleppo, Syria, reported the monitoring group on Friday. https://twitter.com/spectatorindex/status/880760354212462592 Islamic State group no longer has a presence in Aleppo province after Syrian regime advances along Ithraya-Rasafa road, monitor tells AFP news agency. Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group no...

Cholera killed 1,400 people, infected 218,798 others in war-torn Yemen in two months

Cholera infection has killed 1,400 people and infected 218,798 others in war-torn Yemen in just two months, the World Health Organization has said on its official twitter account, describing it as the largest epidemic hitting a single Arab country. https://twitter.com/Voice_OfPeople/status/879363162906251268 The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has...

US-led killed 700 civilian killed on Syria’s Raqqa — moniror

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -- With every new day, Al-Raqqah loses more of its citizens and residents, those who have not had a choice of leaving the city, but they had to choose between two similar consequences, either death by the “Islamic...

Israel forces hit Syria army

Israel forces say they hit Syria army after new stray fire, reported AFP news agency on Wednesday.  Israel hit a Syrian regime position on Wednesday night after stray mortar fire from the war-torn country struck the occupied Golan Heights, in the third such exchange within...

No place for Assad in Syria when ISIS is driven out — US envoy to UN

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, has told Congress that the US should decide on its role in Syria for the time when ISIS is driven out, “because a healthy Syria is not with Assad,” reported RT news.  “You can’t have Assad...

US-led strike in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor killed at least 40, mostly woman and children

At least 40 civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the US-Led Coalition on a community in Syria's Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday, SANA news agency reports citing local sources. The airstrike hit the village of al-Dablan located in Deir ez-Zor governorate, SANA reported. "The ...

US-led strikes in Deir Ezzur, Syria killing at least 42 civilians

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented that the US-led coalition warplanes targeted one of ISIL jails in al-Mayadeen city in Eastern Deir Ezzur on Monday, killing at least 42 civilian inmates and detainees. Also, 15 ISIL terrorists, including the guards and a number of...

Half of Mosul’s old city liberated from Islamic State group — Iraqi military

The Iraqi military said on Tuesday that 50 percent of Mosul's old city center has been liberated so far from Islamic State (IS) militants. "The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces, army's 16th Division and the federal police forces have engaged in operations resulted, until this evening,...

Iran established a drone airfield inside Syria, near US military base

Iran has established a drone airfield inside Syria not far from a U.S. military base, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The airfield may be the source of drones that have recently threatened U.S. troops, reported NBC news. According to two U.S. defense officials, the Iranian airfield...

US fighter jets shoot down Iranian drone in Syria

United States shoots down Iranian drone in Syria, reported Fox News on Tuesday. A U.S. jet shot down an Iranian drone flying in southern Syria near U.S.-backed forces on Tuesday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. US fighter jets have shot down an Iran-made...

US and its allies financing and arming IS — Syrian official

A political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the US and its allies of financing and arming the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in a bid to tear the region apart and deplete its resources, reported Iranian news agency PressTV on...

Russia said it killed two Islamic State commanders

The Russian defence ministry said on Saturday it had killed two Islamic State (IS) field commanders, named as Abu Omar al-Beljiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, in air strikes near the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, Interfax news agency reported. The statement came a day...

IS snipers deliberately targeting civilians attempting to flee Mosul

Up to 100,000 civilians in west Mosul are suffering from lack of food, water and fuel as the Iraqi and US-led coalition forces try desperately to free the remaining two districts in the old city from ISIS militants, expected to involve what the UN...

US military sent HIMARS artillery system in Syria

The US military has moved its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from Jordan into southern Syria for the first time, positioning it near the US-Coalition training base at At Tanf, three US defense officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday. CNN reported, HIMARS, a truck-mounted system...

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