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Iraq's government ferries relief supplies to Mosul amid intense fighting

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : AP

Category : World

Iraq's government ferries relief supplies to Mosul amid intense fighting

Diaa Sallal, the top relief official at the Ministry of Immigration and Displaced, told The Associated Press that the supplies were being delivered to the towns of Bartella and Qayara, east and south of Mosul respectively, as well as the outlying Mosul neighborhoods of Ekhaa First and Ekhaa Second. #NewsTracker #UN #Iraq #Mosul #islamic-state #Iraq government
Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

By Aziz El Yaakoubi | RABAT RABAT Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria."For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions ... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement.The suspect was supposed to travel to France via Germany using a forged passport, the ministry added. It gave no details about the suspect but a security source told Reuters he was a Moroccan national who lived in Spain. #Islam #France #Middle East #Africa #Iraq #French
Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

By Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD BAGHDAD No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday.Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts, while other forces have sealed Mosul's southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west.But their advance has been hampered by waves of counter-attacks from the ultra-hardline Islamists who have controlled the city since mid-2014 and built a network of tunnels in preparation for their defence of north Iraq's largest city.The slow progress means the campaign is likely to drag on throughout the winter, and has prompted warnings from aid groups that civilians face a near complete siege in the coming months.A trader in Mosul, speaking by telephone, said no new food or fuel supplies had reached the city since Sunday. Despite attempts by the militants to keep prices stable, and the arrest last week of dozens of shopkeepers accused of hiking prices, the trader said food had become more expensive and fuel prices had tripled."We've been living under a real state of siege for a week," said one resident of west Mosul, several miles (km) from the frontline neighbourhoods on the east bank of the Tigris river."Two days ago the electricity generator supplying the neighbourhood stopped working because of lack of fuel. Water is cut and food prices have risen and it's terribly cold #India #Army #Iraq #crisis #Entertainment #city
Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry | BEIRUT BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signalling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.Buoyed by its rapid capture of several whole neighbourhoods, the government on Friday took journalists on an escorted tour of the ruined northeast Aleppo districts which fell on Sunday and Monday, and which the army is sweeping for mines. The rebels' talks with Russia, the most powerful ally of President Bashar al-Assad, in Ankara point to the bad set of options they face. The government assault aims to take Aleppo by the time U.S. #India #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #Iraq #city
New evidence links Dhaka attack to Islamic State: Terrorism in Bangladesh may increase

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

New evidence links Dhaka attack to Islamic State: Terrorism in Bangladesh may increase

Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh's worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from the Islamic State. #Syria #Al-Qaeda #Bangladesh #Australia #Jamaat-e-Islami #Sheikh Hasina #Iraq #Dhaka #Bangladesh Nationalist Party #Awami League #islamic-state #Asaduzzaman Khan #Holey Artisan Cafe #Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury #Basundhara
Donald Trump taps retired general James Mattis as new Pentagon chief

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : AFP

Category : World

Donald Trump taps retired general James Mattis as new Pentagon chief

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he will nominate US Marine retired general James Mattis, who oversaw US war efforts in the Middle East, to be his defense secretary. #United States #Donald Trump #Middle East #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Iraq #James Mattis
Air strikes kill 54 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Air strikes kill 54 civilians in Iraq, Syria - U.S. military | Reuters

By Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition killed 54 civilians between March 31 and Oct. 22 while carrying out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.Up to 24 civilians were killed in one strike in mid-July near the Syrian city of Manbij, the statement said.At the time the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of the Manbij strike were investigated and U.S. #United States #Business #Syria #Islam #Middle East #Iraq #article
Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul | Reuters

By Stephen Kalin | BAGHDAD BAGHDAD In early June, two Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias under the nominal control of the Iraqi government stormed into an Iraqi military airbase north of Baghdad. Driving armoured vehicles and wielding rocket launchers, they took over a building on the base.The Iraqi commander at the base, near the town of Balad, asked the militiamen to leave. But the men ignored him as well as orders from the central government in Baghdad, according to two army officers in the Salahuddin Operation Command, the regional military headquarters.The June standoff grounded four Iraqi F-16 fighter jets and pushed more than a dozen U.S #India #Business #France #Middle East #Iran #Police #Iraq
Mosul: 'Catastrophic' water shortages for 500,000 in city as Iraqi forces advance against IS

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : AFP

Category : Politics

Mosul: 'Catastrophic' water shortages for 500,000 in city as Iraqi forces advance against IS

Up to 500,000 civilians in Mosul are facing a "catastrophic" drinking water shortage, the UN warned, as Iraqi forces advance against the Islamic State group in the city. #United Nations #NewsTracker #water #Iraq #Unicef #Mosul #islamic-state
Big blunders behind botched US-led strike in Syria in September - inquiry | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Big blunders behind botched US-led strike in Syria in September - inquiry | Reuters

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON A U.S. military investigation has concluded that a series of "unintentional human errors" led to a coalition air strike on Sept #United States #Australia #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq #lifestyle