Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus’s outskirts

Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people, a medical worker and war monitors said. ______ The medical worker and the Syrian Observatory for Human...

Where is the US in all this? I can’t tell you because I don’t know: UN on US role in fighting terrorism

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has questioned the role of the United States and its so-called military engagement against terrorist groups in the Middle Eastern country, saying Washington’s new administration is still working on its conflicting priorities in tackling the...

Saudi-led coalition will probe reports of Yemen airstrike killed seven people

The Saudi-led coalition said Thursday it will probe reports of an airstrike targeting a gathering of female mourners near the capital, which killed seven people. ______ The airstrike hit a house packed with mourners in Arhab, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Sanaa, on Wednesday. Fahd...

Nearly 100 people killed and dozens injured in suicide attack on Sufi shrine, Pakistan

Nearly 100 people were killed and dozens injured on Thursday night when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up inside the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town, some 200km northeast of Karachi, in a string of deadly blasts...

Huge blast killing at least seven people and wounding 40 at protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistani police say a large bomb has struck a protest rally in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least seven people and wounding 40. ______ Local police official Zaheer Abbas says Monday's blast occurred when a man on a motorcycle rammed into the crowd of...

Bombs instead of food: Conflict has driven Yemen to the brink of famine

Conflict has driven Yemen to the brink of famine. Few areas have been hit harder than al-Hudaydah, where many people are now bereft of hope. ______ Broom-maker Taie al-Nahari is kneeling on the sand, shirtless, outside his thatched hut in al-Qaza village in Yemen’s al-Hudaydah governorate....

Russia-backed Syrian troops successfully eliminated IS targets and liberated a large territory

Syrian government troops supported by Russian warplanes have successfully eliminated Islamic State targets and liberated a large territory, a Russian military official said Tuesday. ______ MOSCOW - "Since start of the year, 4,608 terrorist facilities have been destroyed," the chief of the Russian General Staff Main...

US, UK, Saudi part of a Zionist plan to wage a major war against Muslim countries in the Middle East

The British government’s extensive arms deals with Saudi Arabia are part of a Zionist plan to wage a major war against Muslim countries in the Middle East, says an academic in London. ______ Professor Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks while discussing a new poll that shows...

Nearly 11,500 civilians – including 3,512 children – were killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2016

A bullet struck four-year-old Ezadullah in the stomach. Maysam, 12, was wounded in the leg. Both are collateral damage in a war that last year killed or wounded nearly 11,500 Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations. ______ KABUL, Afghanistan - The statistics have names and faces...

War on terror: Turkey’s police detained over 440 people for alleged links to the IS group

Turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency reported Sunday. ______ The Anadolu Agency said 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early Sunday in the capital, Ankara. It said...

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