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Syrian rebels launch attack on IS-held town near Iraqi border | Reuters

Jun 28, 2016

Syrian rebels launch attack on IS-held town near Iraqi border | Reuters

BEIRUT Syrian rebel fighters began an operation on Tuesday to capture a town held by Islamic State near the Iraqi border, a senior rebel commander said, opening a new front against the militants who are also being attacked by U.S.-backed forces in the north. Capturing the town of Al-Bukamal from Islamic State would hamper its ability to move between the Iraqi and Syrian territories of its self-declared caliphate. #United States #Argentina #United Kingdom #Iraq #crisis #european
Suicide bombing west of Baghdad kills 12, sources say | Reuters

Jun 28, 2016

Suicide bombing west of Baghdad kills 12, sources say | Reuters

BAGHDAD At least 12 people were killed and 32 wounded early on Tuesday when a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives attacked a mosque in Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) west of the Iraqi capital, police and medics said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the first in or around Baghdad since the government declared victory over Islamic State militants in Falluja, further west, which was seen as a launchpad for such attacks. #Sports #United States #Economy #India #markets #United Kingdom #crisis
Wider Image - I study in a cave: Going to school in Syria | Reuters

Jun 27, 2016

Wider Image - I study in a cave: Going to school in Syria | Reuters

TRAMLA/DOUMA, Syria Syrian student Ali Khaled Stouf has to walk down several steps into a hole in the ground to get inside his school -- a cave. (Wider Image picture blog reut.rs/29gUvqO ) There for four hours each morning, he studies subjects like Arabic, English, maths and religion, sitting on a rug with dozens of children in the underground space in Tramla, an opposition-held village in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. "I study in a cave #Syria #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Iraq #crisis #article
Syrian or Russian air strikes kill dozens in eastern Syria  - monitoring group | Reuters

Jun 25, 2016

Syrian or Russian air strikes kill dozens in eastern Syria - monitoring group | Reuters

BEIRUT Air strikes carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed dozens of people in eastern Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. It said the strikes hit the village of al-Quria in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor province, killing 47 people including 31 civilians. The militant group Islamic State controls most of Deir al-Zor province and has laid siege since March last year to the remaining government-held areas in the city of the same name, which is close to Syria's eastern border with Iraq. #United States #Business #Islam #Russia #Argentina #United Kingdom #crisis
Syria opposition accuses Russia of using incendiary bombs in Syria | Reuters

Jun 24, 2016

Syria opposition accuses Russia of using incendiary bombs in Syria | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to launch an investigation into its accusations that Russia has repeatedly used air-delivered incendiary weapons in Syria. Russia deployed warplanes to Syria last year to support President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to end his rule. A crackdown by Assad on pro-democracy protesters five years ago sparked a civil war and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq. #Syria #Europe #markets #Crime #Iraq #crisis
Kerry meets authors of dissenting cable on U.S. Syria policy | Reuters

Jun 22, 2016

Kerry meets authors of dissenting cable on U.S. Syria policy | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met on Tuesday with about 10 of the 51 State Department officials who last week wrote a cable disagreeing with U.S. policy toward Syria and arguing for "a more militarily assertive U.S #Business #Syria #science #United Kingdom #crisis #Entertainment
Iraqi forces retake two Falluja districts from Islamic State, push west | Reuters

Jun 22, 2016

Iraqi forces retake two Falluja districts from Islamic State, push west | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraq's armed forces pressed on with their offensive to retake the city of Falluja from Islamic State on Tuesday, dislodging the militants from two eastern districts and pushing them back into a handful of northern and western neighbourhoods. A military statement said the elite counter-terrorism forces took the northeastern Shurta police district while units from Baghdad operations command recaptured the Askari military neighbourhood. Islamic State still held the northern districts of Jughaifi and Golan as well as the western banks of the Tigris river #Economy #Argentina #United Kingdom #crisis #Entertainment
Iraqi forces open second front south of Islamic State-held Mosul | Reuters

Jun 18, 2016

Iraqi forces open second front south of Islamic State-held Mosul | Reuters

TIKRIT/FALLUJA, Iraq Iraqi forces opened a second front on Saturday in preparation for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, a day after government troops declared victory over the militants in Falluja. Elite counter-terrorism forces and two army divisions, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, advanced from a northern refinery town towards an airfield seen as key for a move to retake Mosul, security officials said. #United States #India #Argentina #crisis #Entertainment #british #fighting
Air strikes shatter Russian attempt at Syria Aleppo truce | Reuters

Jun 17, 2016

Air strikes shatter Russian attempt at Syria Aleppo truce | Reuters

BEIRUT Air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo city on Thursday just hours into a 48-hour ceasefire announced by Russia to try to curb weeks of intense fighting as government forces battle for control of the whole city. #Syria #Europe #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis
Falluja abuses hard to prevent, not systematic - Iraqi minister | Reuters

Jun 15, 2016

Falluja abuses hard to prevent, not systematic - Iraqi minister | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraq's interior minister said it was difficult to prevent attacks against people fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Falluja, but denied that such actions were systematic and pledged to punish anyone proven guilty of abuses. A regional governor said this week that 49 Sunni men had been executed after surrendering to a Shi'ite militia supporting the army offensive to retake Falluja, and more than 600 had gone missing between June 3-5 after escaping the city. #Economy #Middle East #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #crisis