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Iraqis Fear Sectarian Violence In Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqis are growing increasingly fearful that the battle pitting government forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon reach the edges of the capital, and may lead to attacks on civilians. "Government forces will not have mercy on our areas if they become a battle zone," said Samer, a Sunni Muslim living in the western suburb of Yarmouk who preferred not to give ...

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Two Police Officers Killed In Egypt Bomb

Two Egyptian police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district, the Interior Ministry has said. Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb found at a street intersection near the presidential palace on Monday when a second device exploded, the ministry said in a statement. The blast came days after the armed gro ...

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More Pakistan Flights Halted Following Peshawar Attack

Qatar Airways has joined Emirates and Etihad in suspending flights to the Pakistani city of Peshawar following a deadly attack on an aircraft at the city’s airport last week. The Pakistan International Airlines flight was fired on as it landed last Tuesday, killing a passenger on board. Although police arrested dozens of people following the incident, they are said not to have full control of areas around t ...

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10 ANA Officials Killed: Mod

KABUL: Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) officials were killed following roadside bombings over the past two days in various parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on Monday. During the past two days, the army conducted cleanup offensives in Badakhshan, Kandahar, Logar, Helmand, Herat and Khost provinces, the statement said. At least 60 armed rebels, including six mine planters ...

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Iraq’s Military Battles to Wrest Back Control of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit on Sunday as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, residents and officials said. The Iraqi military opened its campaign to wrest back Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, on Saturday with a multi-pr ...

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Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza after Rocket Attacks

Palestinian medics said two people were wounded in air strikes on eight sites. Israeli officials said only six sites were bombed. Three people were injured in the attack on the Israeli factory, a paint manufacturing plant in the southern town of Sderot that caught fire, police said. "Over the weekend, the Israel Defence Forces attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip," P ...

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North Korea Launches Two Missiles, Defies U.N. Ban

- North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons. The launch came days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled state visit to South Korea. China is the main benefactor of the North, which is also under sanctions for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is also d ...

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Internal clash among Taliban militants leaves 4 dead in Ghor

At least four Taliban militants were killed following an internal clash among the Taliban militants in western Ghor province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Saturday in Paswand district. Provincial governor spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, said an internal clash broke out between Taliban militants around 5:00 pm local time on Saturday. Khatibi further added ...

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Iraq Holds Lessons for Post-2014 Afghanistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is now controlling a large swath of Iraq as the militant group is continuing advance towards the south. Iraqi army swiftly crumbled ahead of Isis advance as they lack robust aerial and intelligence support. Though there are significant differences between Iraq and Afghanistan, however, there are parallels between the two countries which are struggling to curb ...

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Pro-Muslim Monk Attacked In Sri Lanka

A Buddhist leader and fierce critic of hardliners blamed for attacks on Muslims, is in hospital after reportedly being abducted, stripped naked, and beaten. Watareka Vijitha Thero, the leader of the Jathika Bala Sena who opposes the actions of Sinhala Buddhist hardliners Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), was abducted and assaulted in the outskirts of capital Colombo on Wednesday night. Thero was found by a roadside in ...

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Hundreds Of Indian Workers Stranded In Iraq: Amnesty

Baku- Hundreds of Indian nationals are currently stranded in the violence-hit Iraqi province of Najaf, as their employer has retained their passports, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Saturday, APA reports quoting Xinhua. "Evidence has emerged which suggests that several hundred Indian nationals may be stranded in Najaf province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employer re ...

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Journalists In East Call For Their Safety

JALALABAD: Journalists in eastern provinces on Saturday asked the government and the rebels to make efforts at protecting their lives during operations against each other. They made the appeal at a gathering attended by members of the Journalists Protection Committee from eastern provinces in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. Nangarhar University teacher and head of the Journalist Protec ...

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Czech army to continue, Malian, Sinai missions in Afghanistan

The Czech military wants to continue with its missions in Afghanistan, Mali and Sinai in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 it might offer to protect the airspace of an allied country, probable the Baltic states or Iceland, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) told journalists today. The ministry will complete the draft schedule of foreign missions in a few weeks and it will submit it to the Chamber of Deputies ...

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Poll workers killed in North blast

At least 11 people, including election workers, have been killed in Afghanistan’s north when a roadside bomb blew up their bus, according to a local official. The governor of the northern province of Samangan told the Reuters news agency that the blast came on Saturday evening, after polls closed in a second-round, run-off vote to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Four of the victims were employe ...

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If Karachi airport used fake bomb detectors, they should have known better

It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad's would-be killers. When 10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people, Mohammad and his fellow officers from the Airports Security Force (ASF) were the first line of defense. "There was a moment of confusion because the militants had the same ASF uniforms as us," ...

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Poland ends its military involvement in Afghanistan mission

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski welcomed the last contingent of Polish troops coming back on Monday from the military mission in Afghanistan. “You are coming back home, after an uneasy service, with honor, broad experience and higher skills”, Polish president told the soldiers. President Komorowski, who took part in the welcoming ceremony of the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade in Świetoszów, southwestern ...

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Militry Forces Detain Taliban key Commander

In the process of Afghan militancy and counter-militancy, the government forces raided and captured a key commander of Taliban militants in Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, while armed militants kidnapped nearly three dozen Kandahar University professors, officials confirmed. Personnel of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) or the country's intelligence agency cap ...

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Militants Kidnap 34 Kandahar Varsity Teachers

Kabul:Unknown gunmen kidnapped at least 25 lecturers of Kandahar university in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said at least ten university students were also abducted by gunmen. Meenapal further added that the university students and lecturers were on their way to capital Kabul when unknown gunmen abducted them. He said the incident took place in Qa ...

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The High Stake for the Runoff Election

Officials at the Defense Ministry announced say the level of security threats for the second round of elections will be higher than the first round of the elections as the militant groups are determined to disrupt the runoff elections due to be held on 14 June. On Monday, Ministry of Defense spokesman Zahir Azimi said that there are intelligence that the militants are planning to intensify their attacks on ...

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Karzai condemns string of terror attacks in Pakistan

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly denounced terrorist attacks on Karachi airport and Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan, urging the neighbouring country to sincerely wipeout terror. At least 23 people were killed and 18 others injured after a 10-member heavily armed suicide bomber squad attacked Pakistan´s busiest airport in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night. A statement from the pre ...

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