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Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

In the aftermath of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan’s military on Wednesday launched 20 air strikes including “dynamic targeting” killing 57 terrorists in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley, Army spokesman said today. Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that the fresh operation...

Iran bombs IS targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran bombs IS targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran has conducted air strikes against Islamic State targets in eastern Iraq during recent days, a Pentagon spokesman says. Rear Adm John Kirby said the US, which has conducted its own air strikes in Iraq, was not co-ordinating with Iran. A senior Iranian military official also dismissed talk of co-operation between the two countries. A US-led...

US air strikes target IS gathering in Iraq

US air strikes target IS gathering in Iraq

Coalition air strikes have targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders near Mosul in northern Iraq, the US says. Friday's strikes destroyed a convoy of vehicles, a US defence official said, but could not confirm whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present. Baghdadi made a rare public appearance at a mosque in Mosul in...

US air strikes hit al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria

US air strikes hit al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria

Air strikes by a coalition led by United States set up to fight Islamic State militants targeted the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in northwest Syria overnight, an organization that tracks violence in the Syrian civil war reported on Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes targeted an office and a...

Iraq secures area around key dam after US strikes

Iraq secures area around key dam after US strikes

Iraqi forces say they have cleared Islamic State (IS) militants from a wide area around the strategic Haditha dam, helped by US air strikes. The jihadists have repeatedly tried to capture the dam in western Anbar province from government troops and their Sunni militia allies. VIDEO: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explains reasoning behind U.S. airstrikes...

3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist militant group said. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town...

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce. As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza. There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks...

US in new strikes on Iraq militants

US in new strikes on Iraq militants

The US military says it has carried out four new air strikes on militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq. US Central Command said jet fighters and drones had destroyed armoured carriers and a truck that were firing on members of the Yazidi sect. Thousands of civilians fled into the mountains after the Islamic State...

US launches air strike on Iraq militants

US launches air strike on Iraq militants

The US says it has launched an air strike against militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq. The Pentagon said American aircraft attacked artillery that was being used against Kurdish forces defending the northern city of Irbil. US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil,...

Ukraine Crisis

Russia poised for invasion

Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, Nato said yesterday. Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, Nato said in a statement that the troop build-up had further escalated "a dangerous situation". "We're not going to guess what's on Russia's mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground – and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed...

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