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Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists Monday, November 11th, 2019

ISTANBUL, (AFP): Turkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday, with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join the Islamic..

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Saudi Aramco stock offering to launch November 17 Saturday, November 9th, 2019

RIYADH, (AFP): Saudi Aramco announced in a prospectus Saturday that its much-anticipated initial public offering will begin on November 17, with a final share price to be determined on December 5, a day after subscriptions close. After years of delay and false starts, the state-owned company last..

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Iran to fuel centrifuges in new step away from nuclear deal Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran will start injecting uranium gas into over a thousand centrifuges at a fortified nuclear facility built inside a mountain, the country’s president announced Tuesday in Tehran’s latest step away from its atomic accord with world powers..

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Turkey says it captured slain IS leader’s sister in Syria Monday, November 4th, 2019

By SARAH EL DEEB, BEIRUT (AP): Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.” Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

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Iran student leader says he regrets 1979 US Embassy attack Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

By NASSER KARIMI and MOHAMMAD NASIRI, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day..

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Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi Thursday, October 31st, 2019

BEIRUT (AP): The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as Abu..

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With Baghdadi gone, who is heir to the ‘caliph’? Monday, October 28th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The US declaration of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death opens the question of his succession at the helm of the Islamic State jihadist organisation and analysts say the list looks short. It was limited further on Sunday night after Kurdish fighters in Syria said they had killed IS..

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IS head Baghdadi believed dead after US strike in Syria: reports Sunday, October 27th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man, was believed Sunday to have been killed in a US special operation in northwest Syria. The elusive chief of the Islamic State group was thought to be dead after a US military raid in the Idlib region, US media..

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Kurdish forces start Syria-Turkey border pullback Thursday, October 24th, 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria, (AFP): Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria left several positions along the long border with Turkey on Thursday, complying with a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up their now-defunct autonomous region. Russian forces have started patrols along the flashpoint..

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Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops Monday, October 21st, 2019

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP): Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern..

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Kurds begin evacuation from besieged Syrian border town Sunday, October 20th, 2019

By MEHMET GUZEL and BASSEM MROUE, AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP): Kurdish fighters and civilians began evacuating from a besieged Syrian town on Sunday, the first pullback under the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal, opening the way to a broader withdrawal of the Kurdish-led forces from parts of the Turkish..

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Turkey, Kurds trade accusations over shaky Syria truce Saturday, October 19th, 2019

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AFP): Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired off a fresh warning Saturday to "crush" Kurdish forces as both sides traded accusations of violating a US-brokered truce deal in northeastern Syria. The deal announced late Thursday is intended to halt a Turkish-led offensive..

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Syria Kurds accuse Turkey of violating cease-fire Friday, October 18th, 2019

By ELENA BECATOROS and SARAH EL DEEB, CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP): The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria accused Turkey on Friday of violating a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight, as fighters from both sides clashed in and around a border town that has been one of the..

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Kurdish commander: Trump OK’d deal with Moscow, Damascus Thursday, October 17th, 2019

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SARAH EL DEEB, CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP): U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose the deal that Syrian Kurdish-led forces struck with Russia and the Syrian government to protect them against Turkey’s offensive, the force’s commander said Thursday, as his fighters..

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Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

By MATTHEW LEE and SARAH EL DEEB, WASHINGTON (AP): When Syria’s Kurdish fighters, America’s longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical..

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Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and BASSEM MROUE, CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP): Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied..

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Syria’s Kurds look to Assad for protection after US pullout Sunday, October 13th, 2019

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SARAH EL DEEB, AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP): Syria’s Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed Sunday to help them fend off Turkey’s invasion — a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area..

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Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast Friday, October 11th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Suspected missile strikes hit an Iranian oil tanker off the Saudi coast on Friday, its owner said, the first Iranian vessel targeted since a spate of attacks in the Gulf Washington blamed on Tehran. The National Iranian Tanker Company said the hull of the Sabiti was hit by two..

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Is Nepal’s tourism hub Thamel integrating into China Town? Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Phurpa Sherpa, KATHMANDU: In the Capital city of Kathmandu over Thamel area constantly Chinese business has been rising up according to the demands of the market, has..