Wednesday, October 18, 2017

US to ‘clear rubble’, restore basic services after the fall of ISIS in Raqqa — State Dep.

The United States will take the lead in helping to clear rubble and restore basic services after the fall of Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, told Reuters citing the U.S. State Department as saying on Tuesday. "We will assist and take, essentially,...

Drone footage shows thousands more Rohingya Muslims entering Bangladesh

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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are continuing to fleeing large-scale violence in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence, according to UNHCR. The UN organization released a drone video on Monday...

At least 3,250 — including 1,130 civilians — killed in SDF offensive to seize Raqqa

A Britain-based monitoring war group in Syria said on Tuesday at least 3,250 people dead, more than a third of them civilians, have lost their lives ever since militants from U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an operation to retake the northern Syrian city...

Humanitarian challenges in Kirkuk as thousands of people displaced — UN

Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq face new humanitarian challenges as thousands of people are displaced from Kirkuk, following the central government's control of the diverse area on Monday. "Our humanitarian colleagues in Iraq tell us that military movements in northern Iraq have displaced of thousands...

Rohingya crisis

Human Rights Watch has released new satellite images that show some 300 villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been partially or totally burned down. The destruction since August 2017 includes tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by Rohingya Muslims. The HRW says images...

Last flag of ISIS taken down in Raqqa

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The last flag of ISIS (Islamic State group, IS, ISIL) taken down in Raqqa, so-called capital of caliphate, smashed by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday.

ISIS fall in Raqqa — US-backed militias raise their flag inside the city

US-backed militias have raised a flag inside Raqqa Stadium, bringing to an end a four-month battle to take the Syrian ‘capital’ of Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL), Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing witnesses. The fighting was over but the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the alliance of...

582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh since August — UN

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the UN said on Tuesday. It warned that between 10,000 and 15,000 new refugees have arrived at the border in the past 48 hours alone, AFP reports. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has...

Kirkuk operation

People in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday have poured into the streets to celebrate after the army seized key installations outside the city from Kurdish forces. The Iraqi army, counter-terrorism troops and Popular Mobilization Units made rapid advances throughout the oil-rich region...

Death toll in Somalia twin bombing rises to 276, 300 wounded

At least 276 people have died in the deadliest twin bomb attacks in the heart of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, according to medical staff cited by Reuters. A doctor at the city's Madina hospital, Aden Nur, said the site had recorded 258 deaths while Ahmed Ali,...

Iraq: 400,000 children still displaced from the Mosul fighting  — Save the Children

Around 400,000 children are still displaced from the fighting for Mosul, one year after the start of a military offensive to recapture the Iraqi city from the Islamic State, Save the Children said on Monday as cited by Reuters. Islamic State's self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed...

Death toll from Mogadishu bomb attacks tops 300 — official

More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, Reuters reported on Monday, citing an official. The death toll in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade has steadily risen since Saturday. The blasts - which no organization has claimed responsibility for as of...

Death toll from largest-ever truck bomb in Somalia rises to 189

The death toll from largest-ever truck bomb in Somalia's capital rises to 189 dead, more than 200 injured, reported Associated Press on Sunday citing police as saying. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/919343704506118144 Earlier The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu...

Death toll from twin bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu rises to 85

The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday has jumped to 85, making it one of the most deadly attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007, reported Reuters. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/919343704506118144 Police said a truck...

‘Like an earthquake’ — 50 killed, 80 wounded in Somalia suicide car bombing

At least 50 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in what seems to be the largest suicide car bombing ever in the Somali capital Mogadishu. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/919343704506118144 A suicide bomber exploded a vehicle at a busy intersection despite being fired on by security...

Former UN chief called the Security Council to push for return of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

Former UN chief, Kofi Annan has called on the Security Council to push for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, made the comments after addressing the UN Security Council in...

Over 200 migrant children, unaccompanied minors rescued in Mediterranean

A migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean has carried hundreds of children and unaccompanied minors from over 15 countries to safety in Italy. ‘The Aquarius’, a boat operated by charity group SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), brought 606 people including 241 minors...

Civilian deaths from Afghan, US airstrikes up to 50% since 2016 — UN

Civilian casualties from Afghan and American airstrikes have risen more than 50 percent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday. Troops have increased attacks on militants under a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump in August. As of the end of September,...

The number of fatalities in Northern California wildfires is now at 29

At least 15 people died in Sonoma County wildfires, county Sheriff Rob Giordano said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. The number of fatalities in Northern California wildfires is now at 29. Authorities have reported two deaths in Napa County, eight in Mendocino County and...

Death toll from the North Bay wildfires rises to 27

Three more people died in wildfires in Yuba County, north of San Francisco in western California, bringing the total death toll in statewide wildfires to 27, local media reported Thursday. https://twitter.com/BreakingVop/status/918550711801139200 Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano told a press conference Thursday that "the new number of...

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