‘Time to set up new Islamic Civilisation’

TEHRAN: Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called for serious efforts to build the modern Islamic civilization, which rejects invasion of countries, violation of human rights and imposition of alien cultures on the Islamic nations.He said enemies are trying to trigger infighting among Muslims while they are destroying Islamic countries. “The aim of the […]

Iraqi Army Liberates Ramadi From Daesh

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi Army backed by Sunni tribesmen, have retaken the strategically vital city of Ramadi from the Islamic State or Daesh group. “The security forces have entered the city and raised the country’s flag over key governmental buildings after killing hundreds of Daesh rebels, and the rest have escaped,” Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool, Iraqi military […]

Hundreds of militants being evacuated from three Syrian villages

DAMASCUS: Hundreds of rebels have been given safe passage by Syrian government to evacuate three villages under a UN-brokered deal. More than 120 militants were being evacuated from the village of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A convoy of buses and ambulances were taking the […]

Russia can sustain Syria war for years: US

WASHINGTON: American officials have acknowledged that Russia’s military campaign against terror groups in Syria has been successful and achieved Moscow’s chief goal. Three months into Russia’s military operations in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved his central goal of stabilizing the government of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and, with the costs relatively low, could […]

Anti-Daesh film maker 'assassinated' in Turkey

BEIRUT: A Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group was assassinated in Turkey Sunday, according to the group with which he worked, “Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”. “Film maker Naji Jerf, father of two children, was assassinated… today in Gaziantep”, on the border with Syria, with a silencer-equipped pistol, the group […]

Iran Seeks Damages From US Since 1953

TEHRAN: Iran’s lawmakers introduce an urgent bill, demanding compensation from the US for “the damages which it has inflicted” on the country since 1953.  The MPs, irked by recent moves in the US for appropriation of Iran’s frozen assets, presented the bill Monday with a single urgency status, meaning it will be discussed immediately in […]

Chinese official commits suicide after landslide disaster

BEIJING: A former senior official in China who was in charge of an agency responsible for regulating a waste heap that collapsed last week with the loss of more than 70 people has committed suicide, police said on Monday. The government has not blamed anyone for the disaster in the southern city of Shenzhen on […]

Mountain Pakistan walls off glacial lake flash floods

BAGROT VALLEY: Nestled at the foot of five snow-capped mountain peaks in Gilgit-Baltistan, the villages of the Bagrot valley face fearsome flooding risks. As glaciers retreat, they leave behind lakes supported by ice dams or accumulations of rock and soil. Inherently unstable, these dams often burst, sending huge volumes of water rushing into the villages […]

Skirting booby traps, Iraqi troops close in on Daesh held Ramadi

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces on Saturday clashed with diehard jihadists from the Islamic State group defending the former government complex in the heart of the city of Ramadi. After a major push on Tuesday that broke IS defences around the city centre, government forces have been slowed by snipers, booby traps, roadside bombs and suicide attackers. […]

Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels leave 14 dead

BANGKOK: At least 14 people were killed in Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels against Christian communities in the Philippine’s volatile south, a military spokesperson said. Regional military spokesperson Capt. Joan Petinglay says the dead included nine Christian villagers gunned down by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents and at least five rebels killed by government forces […]