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U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting | Reuters

May 25, 2016

U.N. urges Falluja combatants to let civilians escape fighting | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Tuesday pleaded with combatants in Iraq's embattled Falluja to protect civilians escaping the fighting as Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in an attempt to retake the militant stronghold just west of the capital. Earlier the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said a number of women and children had died while trying to leave the city. #India #Middle East #science #markets #United Kingdom #crisis
Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians | Reuters

May 24, 2016

Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. Residents in the city, 50 km (30 miles) from the capital, reported sporadic shelling around the city centre, but said it was less intense than on Monday. #United States #Middle East #Argentina #Iraq #crisis #Foreign policy
U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

May 24, 2016

U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations expressed concern about some 50,000 people still in Falluja as Iraqi government forces clashed with Islamic State militants near the city, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday #United States #Islam #science #Iraq #crisis
U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

May 24, 2016

U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations expressed concern about some 50,000 people still in Falluja as Iraqi government forces clashed with Islamic State militants near the city, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday. #Syria #Argentina #Iraq #crisis #Foreign policy
Iraqi forces prepare offensive on IS-held Falluja, some residents begin to flee | Reuters

May 22, 2016

Iraqi forces prepare offensive on IS-held Falluja, some residents begin to flee | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraq's military said on Sunday it was preparing to launch an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja and told residents to get ready to leave before fighting started. Families who could not flee should raise white flags to mark their location in the city 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, the military's media unit said in a statement on state television. Falluja, a long-time bastion of Sunni Muslim jihadists, was the first city to fall to Islamic State, in January 2014, six months before the group swept through large parts of Iraq and neighbouring Syria. #Economy #Business #Islam #science #crisis
Heavy air strikes hit rebel road to Syria's Aleppo - monitor, rebels | Reuters

May 22, 2016

Heavy air strikes hit rebel road to Syria's Aleppo - monitor, rebels | Reuters

BEIRUT Air strikes hit the only road into rebel-held areas of Aleppo city on Sunday in the heaviest bombardment since February, a rebel official and monitors said, jeopardising access to an area where around 300,000 Syrians live. They said Russian warplanes had carried out the attacks on the Castello road, which was still open but dangerous. Defence officials from Syria's government and its ally Russia could not immediately be reached for comment. #United States #Economy #Syria #Russia #crisis
Islamic State calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan in audio message | Reuters

May 22, 2016

Islamic State calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan in audio message | Reuters

BAGHDAD A new message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State calls on followers to launch attacks on the United States and Europe during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in early June. #Business #Europe #Copyright #crisis #article
Red Cross has greater access in Syria, stepping up aid - official | Reuters

May 18, 2016

Red Cross has greater access in Syria, stepping up aid - official | Reuters

GENEVA The Red Cross is delivering assistance to greater numbers of Syrian civilians and visiting more detainees in government prisons but the situation remains "dramatic" in besieged areas, a senior official said on Tuesday. Robert Mardini, regional director for the Near and Middle East, said that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stands ready to play a facilitating role in any prisoner release or exchange if agreed by the parties. "We will be stepping up our response in Syria," Mardini told Reuters in his Geneva office #India #Business #Europe #Argentina #United Kingdom #crisis #article
Anger, fear sweeps Turkish border town under attack from Islamic State | Reuters

May 16, 2016

Anger, fear sweeps Turkish border town under attack from Islamic State | Reuters

KILIS, Turkey Turkish shopkeeper Mehmet Baykal knew he had less than 10 seconds to dive under his desk when he heard another rocket being fired from Islamic State-held territory across the border in Syria. Once a safe haven for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, this tiny Turkish border town has now become a frontline in its war. #United States #India #Syria #Islam #Europe #Iraq #crisis
Islamic State attacks gas plant north of Baghdad, killing 11 | Reuters

May 15, 2016

Islamic State attacks gas plant north of Baghdad, killing 11 | Reuters

BAGHDAD An Islamic State attack on a state-run gas plant in Baghdad's northern outskirts on Sunday killed at least 11 people, including policemen, and forced two power stations it supplied to suspend electricity production. A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the facility in Taji at around 0600 local time (0300 GMT), allowing another vehicle carrying at least six attackers with explosive vests to enter and clash with security forces, police sources said. Twenty-one people were also wounded #United States #Business #Middle East #Copyright #Iraq #crisis