Archive for May, 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 12:02pm

Fighting for Fallujah

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Iraqi special forces launched an assault one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the group counter-attacked in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria. In January 2014 it became the first Iraqi city to fall to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and it […]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 12:02pm

Ex-Mossad head on Israel medical aid to al-Nusra Front

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The former head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, defends the country’s treatment of al-Nusra Front fighters on the Syrian border. In this web extra, Efraim Halevy tells Mehdi Hasan that he is not concerned that Israel had treated fighters in Syria from al-Nusra Front who some say is al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch. “It’s always useful […] […]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 12:02pm

UNHCR: 2,500 refugees drowned on way to Europe in 2016

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At least 2,510 refugees have died while making the perilous journey to Europe so far this year, the UN refugee agency said, with fears rising that many more will suffer the same fate.  According to UNHCR, the figure marks an increase of 25 percent from the same five-month period in 2015, when some 1,855 refugees […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:17pm

Iraqi forces intensify assault against ISIL in Fallujah

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Iraqi special forces have launched an assault on one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s strongholds, Fallujah, facing stiff resistance with the group launching suicide attacks. The assault was launched in the early hours of Monday morning.  “Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under air cover from the international coalition, the Iraqi […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:17pm

Gorilla killing in US zoo to save boy sparks outrage

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An Ohio zoo has defended its decision to kill an endangered gorilla as a young boy had fallen into its enclosure in an incident captured on video. Harambe, a 17-year-old male western lowland silverback gorilla, was shot after the three-year-old crawled through a barrier and tumbled 4.5 metres into the Cincinnati Zoo enclosure on Saturday. […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:17pm

Libyan forces capture ISIL-held town east of Sirte

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Fighters that control key oil terminals in eastern Libya say they have captured the coastal town of Ben Jawad from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known ISIS) east of their stronghold of Sirte. The Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) said on Monday that they had “liberated” the town of Ben […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:07am

Philippine army ‘kills scores’ in Maute rebel clashes

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Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a little-known group apparently inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has killed 54 fighters in the country’s south, officials said. Regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan said on Monday that the operations against the Maute rebel group began last Thursday in southern Lanao del […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:07am

Bahrain ramps up opposition chief Ali Salman’s sentence

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A Bahraini appeals court has ramped up Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman’s jail sentence from four to nine years on charges of inciting violence to nine years, authorities and his bloc said. Bahrain’s public prosecutor said on Monday that the stiffer sentence related to “crimes of promoting change to the political system by force”, […]

Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11:07am

Iraqi army launches assault against ISIL in Fallujah

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Iraqi special forces launched an assault one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the group counter-attacked in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The assault was launched in the early hours of Monday morning. Troops entered the city from three directions. “Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under […]

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 11:02pm

Has the Nigerian president delivered on his promises?

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A year of triumph, consolidation, pains and achievements is how Muhammadu Buhari describes his first year in office. In an anniversary speech on Sunday, the Nigerian president promised to boost the economy, eliminate corruption, improve infrastructure and defeat Boko Haram. These promises are similar to the pledges made in his presidential election campaign. Buhari inherited […]

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