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June 23, 2017
Russia warships and sub fire cruise missiles at Syria: Moscow
Moscow (AFP) June 23, 2017
Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday. It said that Turkish and Israeli military "were informed in a timely manner of the missile launches through communication channels," but it did not mention the United States. Russia suspended its communication channel with the US about military operations in Syria from Monday after a US jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday, with Moscow accu ... read more

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Blast hits western Turkey near NATO facility: state media
A blast on Thursday hit the western Turkish city of Izmir, close to a NATO military facility, but there were no casualties, state media reported. ... more
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Jihadist destruction in Iraq and Syria
Iraqi officials say jihadists have blown up Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the mosque where the Islamic State group's leader appeared in 2014 and urged Muslims to join his "caliphate". ... more
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US-led coalition building jihadist database: envoy
The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group is building a database of foreign fighters to track jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria at home, a senior US official said Thursday. ... more
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Local Qaeda leader in Yemen killed by US air strike
A US air strike has killed a regional Al-Qaeda leader and two associates in Yemen's Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold in the south, the Pentagon said Thursday. ... more
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Myanmar releases nearly 70 more child soldiers: UNICEF
Myanmar's military released 67 child soldiers on Friday, its first discharge this year as part of a slow process to end decades of forced recruitment of underage fighters that began under the former junta. ... more
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Defence minister accuses Abbas of wanting Israel-Hamas war
Israel's defence minister on Thursday accused Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of trying to spark a fresh conflict between the Jewish state and Abbas's longtime rivals Hamas. ... more
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In Colombia, FARC 'nurses' want to trade arms for white coats
As a battlefield nurse for Colombia's FARC rebels, Johana Japon helped stitch up wounded fighters as bullets whizzed past her. ... more
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US-led coalition says Syria strike killed 'top IS cleric'
The US-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed top cleric in an air strike in May on a Syrian town near the Iraqi border. ... more

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Shaken by bombing, Colombia pushes on with peace drive
A deadly mall bombing and the kidnapping of foreign journalists have laid bare the dangers facing Colombia even as its biggest rebel group Tuesday launched the final phase of its disarmament. ... more
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Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed
Russia on Monday warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet. ... more
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Russia to track coalition planes in Syria, halts US hotline
Russia's defence ministry on Monday condemned the US downing of a Syrian plane and said it would now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates river, while suspending its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace. ... more
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America's widening role in Syria's civil war
The unprecedented US downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield. ... more
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Russia says 180 IS fighters killed in Syria strikes; Daraa truce for 48 hrs
Russia said Saturday that airstrikes carried out this month had killed about 180 Islamic State jihadists in Syria, including two field commanders. ... more
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Switzerland conference offers 'historic opportunity' for Cyprus
A conference in Switzerland starting later this month offers an "historic opportunity" for rival Cypriot leaders to clinch an elusive deal to end their island's decades-old division, a UN envoy said Friday. ... more
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Colombia: Attack blamed on ELN rebels kills a soldier, wounds 3
A soldier was killed and three others wounded in an explosion blamed on left-wing ELN insurgents, even as the rebel group continues peace talks with the government, the army announced Friday. ... more
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Yemen rebels fire on UAE ship: coalition
Yemeni rebels have fired a missile at an Emirati ship near the Bab al-Mandab strait, injuring a crewman, the Saudi-led coalition said Thursday, marking the latest incident in the strategic waters. ... more

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Russia accuses US of deploying missiles in Syria
Russia on Thursday accused the US-led coalition of deploying missiles against Syrian troops at a garrison in the east of the country, where rebels battling the Islamic State group are being trained. ... more
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Colombia's FARC reassures on disarmament deadline
Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels pledged on Thursday to honour its commitment to completely disarm by June 20 after a UN monitoring mission said it had received fewer weapons than expected. ... more
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HIMARS deploys to Syria for first time
The U.S. military has moved its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from Jordan into southern Syria. This would mark the first time the weapon system has been deployed to the country. ... more
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Blast at British base in Cyprus injures police officer
A small explosion outside a police station at a British base in Cyprus injured a policeman on Tuesday, authorities said, adding that it was being treated as a criminal incident. ... more
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Mattis 'shocked' by US military readiness
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told lawmakers Monday he was "shocked" by the state of the US military's readiness, blaming legal budget caps and the grind of 16 years of constant war. ... more
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Slovenia hideouts spill Cold War secrets
Almost three decades after the end of the Cold War, secrets from the era of espionage and power games are now resurfacing in Slovenia. ... more
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UAE boosts Libyan faction's air power: UN report
The United Arab Emirates has supplied attack helicopters and other military aircraft to the Libyan forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar, in violation of a UN arms embargo, according to a UN report. ... more
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Syria says troops reach Iraq border after US tensions
Syria said its troops and allied forces reached the Iraqi border on Friday, for the first time since 2015, a day after a US jet shot down a pro-regime combat drone. ... more
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