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IRAN – ‘US created ISIS’

IRAN – ‘US created ISIS’

TEHRAN –– Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the US for creating ISIS and fostering instability in the Middle East amid an ongoing crisis in the region. “That [the] US arms a terrorist group is what causes instability,” Khameini wrote on Twitter Monday. “Who created ISIS? The US!” He added that while US President […]

SYRIA – US-backed force launches assault on Raqqa

SYRIA – US-backed force launches assault on Raqqa

HUKOUMIYA – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to capture Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq. SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters the battle started on Monday and the fighting would […]

AFGHANISTAN – Deadly bomb blast

AFGHANISTAN – Deadly bomb blast

KABUL –– A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings. The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians. The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul and […]

ISRAEL – Israelis on edge

ISRAEL – Israelis on edge

JERUSALEM – Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of “nervousness” and “confusion.” One politician put it more bluntly. “No one has any idea what the plan is.” A changing schedule and shifting locations have made planning for the visit difficult. Trump was scheduled to give his keynote address […]

IRAN – Coal mine explosion traps up to forty miners

IRAN – Coal mine explosion traps up to forty miners

TEHRAN – Up to 40 miners remain trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran, state television has reported. The IRTV1 channel said that there had been no news about the miners’ health. They are believed to be 1,800m underground at the Zemestan-Yurt mine, near Azadshahr in the northern province of Golestan. […]

Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

Source: BBC Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt on Palm Sunday have killed at least 45 people, officials say. In Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark’s Coptic church killed 16 people. Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt, state media reported. An earlier blast at […]

SYRIA – Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

SYRIA – Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

DAMASCUS – The Syrian foreign minister has set out conditions for any UN investigation into the deaths of dozens of people from a chemical agent on Tuesday. Walid Muallem told the BBC it would have to be non-political, involve “many countries” and “start from Damascus” before his government could accept. He denied Syria had dropped […]

SYRIA – Gas attack kills dozens

SYRIA – Gas attack kills dozens

BEIRUT –– A chemical weapons attack in an opposition-held town in northern Syria killed dozens of people on Tuesday, leaving residents gasping for breath and convulsing in the streets and overcrowded hospitals. The Trump administration blamed the Syrian government for the attack, one of the deadliest in years, and said Syria’s patrons, Russia and Iran, bore […]

IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

MOSUL – At least 112 bodies have been pulled from the site of a US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, senior Iraqi health official Ahmed Dubardani said Monday. The deaths have sparked renewed concerns about civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in the city. A senior Iraqi military officer said a March 17 coalition […]

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