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Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq – Erdogan

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Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Turkey still hopes that talks with the US, Russia and “other parties” will allow it to ensure its security Read More

Ten UN peacekeepers shot dead in Mali attack

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Ten United Nations (UN) peacekeepers have been killed and at least 25 more are injured after gunmen attacked a village in Mali. The UN has confirmed that all of those killed were on a diplomatic mission to Aguelhok from Chad, which is separated from Mali by Niger to the west. Assailants arrived in several armed Read More

Bomb attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria reportedly kills 5

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A car bomb detonated close to a militia checkpoint in the Kurd-held city of Al-Shaddadah in northwestern Syria as a US-Kurdish convoy was passing by. At least five people may have been killed. According to the Kurdish Hawar News Agency, the explosives were hidden in a Hyundai car, which detonated at a checkpoint set at Read More

Israel carries out strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

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Israel’s military says its jets have come under missile fire after it attacked Iranian targets in Syria in the early hours of Monday. The army said it was “currently striking” the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force and warned Syria’s military against “attempting to harm Israeli territory or forces”. It said munition storage sites, a site Read More

Turkey ready to move into Kurdish-controlled Manbij 'without delay' – Erdogan to Trump

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Turkey is ready to take over Manbij, a Kurdish-controlled town in Syria, “without delay,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the US leader, denouncing a suicide blast that had killed four US Americans as a provocation. In a phone call late Sunday, Erdogan told President Donald Trump that the Turkish forces are poised to assume Read More

Lindsey Graham warns of ‘Iraq on steroids’ if Trump doesn’t delay Syria withdrawal

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Sen. Lindsey Graham says Syria might face the same bleak future Iraq saw when the US pullout in 2011 arguably gave rise to Islamic terrorism there, warning that sending US troops home will turn it into “Iraq on steroids.” Graham (R-SC), who has styled himself as one of the main opponents of the withdrawal of Read More

Lindsey Graham warns of 'Iraq on steroids' if Trump doesn't delay Syria withdrawal

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has said that Syria might face the same bleak future Iraq saw when the US pullout in 2011 arguably gave rise to Islamic terrorism there, warning that sending US troops home will turn it into “Iraq on steroids.” Graham (R-South Carolina), who has styled himself as one of the main opponents of Read More

Why a Libyan oilfield grab could be a boon or bane for exports

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By Salma El Wardany on 1/17/2019 CAIRO (Bloomberg) — Forces loyal to Libya’s eastern leader Khalifa Haftar have swept into the country’s lawless and oil-rich southern region to expel militants and secure energy facilities. The operation, if successful, could put Haftar in control of most of Libya’s oil fields and help rejuvenate exports from OPEC’s Read More

Casualties as blast in Manbij, Syria reportedly occurs near US-led coalition patrol

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A powerful blast has hit the northern Syrian city of Manbij, which was recently threatened by Turkey over its Kurdish control. Several people were killed, with local sources claiming Kurdish-allied US soldiers were among the dead. The blast happened near a restaurant and market. Preliminary reports say at least six people were killed and 19 Read More

Kenya terror attack: Who are al Shabaab?

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As more than a dozen people are killed in an attack on a Kenyan hotel, what do we know about the group that has claimed responsibility? Where did the group come from? Al Shabaab means “The Youth” in Arabic and the group emerged as the radical wing of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union (ICU), which no Read More