PM Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi troops are in now complete control of the country.
It’s been nearly 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a strategy that demanded Pakistan do more to fight the Taliban, but Pakistan has yet to take significant action against the Taliban, according to the commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian nuclear bombers approaching the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan off the coast of North Korea.
SATNA: In a rare surgery, doctors in Madhya Pradesh”s Rewa district recently removed five kg iron objects, a chain, as many as 263 coins and shaving blades-from the stomach of a man who they said is not in a good frame of mind.
The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m. on Sunday, was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran.
A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Iraq on Sunday, 103 kms (64 miles) southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, the US Geological Survey said, reports Reuters. US Geological Survey initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.
WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”
The details surrounding the death in the country’s Logar province were still unknown, but Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, confirmed the loss in a release.
Officials say the service member died of wounds sustained during an operation.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding 4280.SE, was among 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers detained, two senior Saudi officials told Reuters on Sunday.
52 Egyptian security personnel died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants in the western desert late on Friday, two security sources stated. The police convoy came under attack by militants using rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices, one source described. A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces continue to comb the area, … Continued
President Trump is striking a formal blow against the Iran nuclear deal. But he is stopping short of asking Congress to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Instead, the president is urging lawmakers to pass a new law, spelling out conditions under which sanctions could be reimposed.
Egyptian authorities arrested seven people Monday who they accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert, filing charges even though there is no law officially banning the practice.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.
Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somalia’s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country.
Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.
Many reported that Russia’s support for Syria was limited and unreliable. And yet, Russia has successfully engaged in the region and over recent years has proved reliable to its allies. Now, as Russia has become central to everything, from regional security to the peace process, regional countries must change their approach and recognise its influence and importance.
Russian diplomacy has been instrumental to creating the potential for an end to the Syrian crisis.
Russia’s influence in the region is spreading. Russia is now allied with both Israel and Syria.
Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement, adding:
“Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralised. One is in the so-called leading ranks”
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police say at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea.Police official Ijaz Khokhar says initially two people drowned Saturday after enjoying a picnic at the beach and the others died trying to rescue them.
Among the items discovered inside was a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat, sitting beside his wife.It is unclear whether the three mummies discovered are connected to Amenemhat.
The car detonated in the eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar.
Medics reported that at least 8 are dead and approximately 25 were wounded in the explosion.
MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Over 800 terrorists of the ISIL group were killed in Syria as a result of an operation conducted by the Syrian government forces and the Russian air force, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.
More than 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 39 pick-up trucks equipped with large-caliber machine guns, 9 mortars and artillery guns were destroyed during the operation, the document said.
Accompanying Kushner on Tuesday in the Gulf states were deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, a White House official said.
“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” Mr. Mattis told reporters travelling with him during a diplomatic visit to Jordan, which is the first time the former U.S. Central Command chief will visit the country as defense chief.
Thousands of U.S. troops are taking part in the war against ISIS in Iraq. They are mainly providing logistical and other support to Iraqi troops, but many operate close to the front lines.
By Gul YousafzaiQUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday .
“According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded,” Bugti said. He said a state of emergency had been imposed in the city and all hospitals were on alert.
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After four Arab states take action against the Qatari network, Israel’s communications minister says that if Israel stands idly by, it sends a message that “Israel is on the side of terrorism” • Al Jazeera calls move undemocratic, pledges legal action.News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, the latest in a series of fires in tall structures in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s tourism and business hub, over the past three years.
Dubai: Fire hit the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday.
Plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the air from after midnight, with debris falling below. Images and videos of the building ablaze were posted on social media.
Police and fire crews are on the scene. Dubai Media Office tweeted at 3.35am that the fire was extinguished with no casualties reported.
“Smoke is everywhere,” one eyewitness told Gulf News as the fire broke out. “The streets are covered in debris.”
A Dubai Police spokesperson told Gulf News the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.
“It’s big fire started on 9th floor. Civil defence and police in the scene now to control the fire,” the spokesperson said.
The Torch tower on fire. Credit: Ali Adil/Gulf News reader
Dubai Media Office tweeted that Dubai Civil Defence teams were trying to control the fire and firefighters from four fire stations were participating.
“Dubai Police will be handling inquiries related to the fire in Torch Tower and those affected by it through emergency number 999,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted.
Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the scene of the fire. Watch a video here:
Head of Dubai Police with the head of Dubai Civil Defence at the site. Credit: Dubai Civil Defence
The attack was on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan
There are reports that the U.S.-led coalition is responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of preventable civilian casualties in Mosul thanks to imprecise airstrike targeting and, since victory was declared, the emergence of deeply troubling videosshowing U.S.-allied Iraqi troops torturing and killing captured men they believe—but do not know—to be ISIS militants. Even if their assumptions are correct, this is extrajudicial execution, a grave act by agents of a legitimate government. If they’re incorrect, if these men are innocent civilians caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s murder, committed by soldiers the United States has trained, armed, and supported.
A bipartisan majority in Congress forced the Trump administration to swallow sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. While the Trump administration continues to be distracted by the Russia scandal, it demonstrates that it is content sending inexperienced envoys to the region. Congress has an opportunity to enact meaningful legislation on the future status of Jerusalem that may restart the peace process.
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Yemen is currently witnessing “the biggest outbreak of cholera in the world”, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said today.”We arrived yesterday in Yemen, which is facing the biggest outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the world … and we will do everything in our power to promote a common response to the epidemic,” the UN official said.