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Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

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Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria's oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago. Syria's army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had taken most of it from IS, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian govt recaptures border town from ISIS

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November 20, 2017 5:00 AM
BEIRUT • The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hizbollah said yesterday.

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Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

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Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country. The town in Syria's oil-rich Deir Ezzor province has changed hands several times, with government troops announcing its capture but losing it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago. Syria's army and Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi loyalists re-entered Albu Kamal two days ago and by Saturday had taken most of it from IS, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Sajjan: Talks between Kurds, Iraqi government ‘going well’

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Talks between the Iraqi government and representatives of its Kurdish population in the north are "going well," says Canada's defence minister, but Canada has no plans to take sides.

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Iraqi forces retake last IS-held town in country

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Iraqi government forces on Friday retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group as the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria. The lightning recapture of the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa after a dawn offensive came as the jihadists also faced attack for a second day in the last town they still hold in Syria, Albu Kamal just over the frontier. The Islamic State group (IS) has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the US-led coalition fighting it said Wednesday.

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Syrian govt regains control of ISIS' last major town after terrorist counterattack

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The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hizbollah said on Sunday (Nov 19).

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‘I Want This for George’

Added: 19.11.2017 12:00 | 1 views | 0 comments

Iraq, a family dynasty and George H.W. Bush’s secret pain over his son’s complicated legacy.

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After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis

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Rawa (Iraq) (AFP) - "Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa. A day after government forces ousted the Islamic State group from the last town it held in the country, the banner is now just a reminder of the vast "caliphate" the jihadists once ruled. Under the jihadists' rule the roughly 20,000 inhabitants of Rawa and the surrounding hamlets had to gather at a prefabricated building at the entrance to the town.

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Row over 'non-political' Bible Museum holding fundraiser in Trump hotel

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situated just three blocks from the US Capitol. With a digital arcade ceiling above, a visitor walks down the entrance hall of the Museum of the Bible during a preview day in Washington Credit: Reuters Some of the museum's staff have criticised the decision to host a fundraising event at the Trump International Hotel, telling the Washington Post it gave the impression they were "aligning with politics".  Tickets for the black tie fundraiser on Thursday night ranged from $2,500 (£1,895) for a seat to $50,000 for a table. Donors who contributed sums of $50,000, $100,000 or $250,000 were offered perks such as tickets to a Broadway musical and a VIP reception event. The museum's vice president, Steven Bickley, has insisted the hotel was "the only place available for our date", adding "we were looking for a venue, not a statement". Critics have also seized on a changing mission statement of the museum from "[inspiring] confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the Bible", to a new, more neutral goal of inviting people to learn more about the Bible.  Steve Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby and a founder and major backer of the Museum of the Bible Credit: Jacquelyn Martin  Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, said the institution he largely funded is meant to educate, not evangelise, though critics are dubious.  The museum will be the centerpiece of several of the Green family's religious efforts, including sponsoring research on the Bible and promoting a Bible curriculum they hope will be used in U.S. public schools.  An initial attempt in an Oklahoma school district was withdrawn following complaints the lessons were not neutral. The Green family association has cast something of a cloud over the museum after the US department of justice accused the family's company of smuggling ancient artefacts taken from Iraq. Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and return more than 5,000 items in a government settlement.  The Museum of the Bible issued a statement following the settlement stating that none of the artifacts involved were part of the Museum’s collection.  "The Museum adheres to the current Association of Art Museum Directors standards on the Acquisition of Archaeological Material and Ancient Art, as well as guidelines set forth by the American Alliance of Museums," it said. 

The rise and fall of isis in Iraq and Syria

Added: 18.11.2017 22:23 | 0 views | 0 comments

November 19, 2017 5:00 AM
ORIGINS AND RISE

Tags: Syria, ISIS, Iraq
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