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Over 50 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Syrian Army Attack South of Kuweires Airbase

DAMASCUS: (Web Desk)- Syrian Army troops targeted heavily ISIL’s movements East of Aleppo province, killing over 50 terrorists and destroying their military hardware. The army soldiers, deployed in Air Force Academy just to the South of the Kuweires Airbase targeted ISIL’s military convoys near the villages of Moshrefeh Abu Jabar …

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Terrorism claimed over 12,000 lives in Iraq in 2016: UN

The United Nations says more than 12,000 people have lost their lives in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq so far this year as government forces and allied fighters battle to drive the Daesh Takfiri militants out of the country. According to a survey conducted by Turkey’s …

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Iran Army to hold major air defense maneuvers: Commander

TEHRAN: (Web Desk) The Iranian Air Defense Force will stage massive five-day military exercises in southern parts of the country to display its might and boost its integrity and cohesiveness, a senior Iranian commander says. The large-scale maneuvers, code-named Modafean Aseman Velayat 7 (The Defenders of Velayat Skies 7), will …

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Philippines: Powerful Typhoon Nina made landfall over Catanduanes

MANILA: (Web Desk) Powerful Typhoon Nina made landfall over Catanduanes on Sunday evening as thousands of families in high-risk areas were evacuated on Christmas Day. A typhoon packing gusts of wind up to 255km/h (158mph) has made landfall in the eastern Philippines. Nock-Ten hit the coast near Catanduanes island at 18:30 …

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US mercenaries stumbling block to peace in Syria: Commentator

MOSCOW: (Web Desk) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their third telephone conversation over the past month. They exchanged views about the latest developments in Syria, particularly since the full liberation of the strategic city of Aleppo from the grip of militants. The two presidents …

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Iraqis celebrate first Christmas near Mosul after Islamic State pushback

BAGHDAD: (Web Desk) A few hundred Iraqi Christians flocked on Saturday to Bartella, a northern town recently retaken from Islamic State, to celebrate Christmas for the first time since 2013. Bartella, once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, emptied in August 2014 when it fell to Islamic State’s blitz across …

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Pope’s Christmas message offers hope in world hit by terrorism, war

VATICAN CITY: (Web Desk) Pope Francis on Sunday offered a Christmas hope for peace in a world lacerated by war and terrorism, urging people to remember migrants, refugees and those hit by economic instability caused by “idolatry of money”. Francis, marking the fourth Christmas season since his election in 2013, …

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Saudi Arabia Adopts Western Calendar

RIYADH: (Web Desk) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a near 600-year leap into modernity. The second deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, has announced that the kingdom will transition from the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian calendar, widely used in the Western world. …

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