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Tripoli fuel fire ‘out of control’

Tripoli fuel fire ‘out of control’

A second fuel tank in the Libyan capital Tripoli has caught fire, which Libya's National Oil Company has described as "out of control". It comes hours after the authorities appealed for international assistance to try to contain the huge blaze. The government blames clashes between rival militias for igniting the fire, which it says may...

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

There are reported to have been fresh clashes between jihadist-led Sunni rebels and government forces around the Iraqi city of Tikrit. Witnesses said there had been a wave of air strikes and that former President Saddam Hussein's palace had been hit. DOES ANYONE CARE? http://t.co/TavBsfbtpC — Aphorism (@HumanPluralist) June 30, 2014 A local source told the BBC...

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said. Scores of people have been killed and survivors are hiding in the bush around Kwada village, residents said. "They killed dozens of people and burned houses...

Western Iraq towns fall to militants

Western Iraq towns fall to militants

Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province - the fourth in two days. Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) captured Rutba, 90 miles (150km) east of Jordan's border, officials said. They earlier seized a border crossing to Syria and two towns in western Iraq as they...

30 Iraqi troops killed in militant attack

30 Iraqi troops killed in militant attack

Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi crossing on the border, with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials said Saturday. The capture of the Qaim border crossing deals a further blow to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has struggled to push back against Islamic extremists and allied militants who have seized large swaths of the country, including the second largest city Mosul, and who have vowed to march on Baghdad. Police and army officials said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim, about 320 kilometres west of Baghdad, after...

Fierce battles for refinery, airport in Iraq

Fierce battles for refinery, airport in Iraq

Islamist-led militants and pro-government forces are engaged in fierce battles for the Baiji oil refinery and Tal Afar airport in northern Iraq. Baiji, Iraq's biggest refinery, is surrounded by the rebels, who say they have seized most of Tal Afar airport. The fighting comes a day after the US said it would send some 300...

40 ‘killed in skirmish’ over Iraq oil refinery

40 ‘killed in skirmish’ over Iraq oil refinery

Iraq's army claimed today it had repelled an attack on the nation's largest oil refinery and killed 40 militants while the nation's prime minister provided an upbeat assessment on government gains in a nationally televised address to the war-weary nation, reports USA Today. Chief military spokesman Lt Gen Qassim al-Moussawi announced that government forces...

Airstrikes in NW Pakistan kill 100 militants

Airstrikes in NW Pakistan kill 100 militants

Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early Sunday morning, officials said, killing as many as 100 militants in the second strike on the region since a deadly attack on the Karachi airport a week ago. Pakistani Air Force jets targeted eight militant hideouts in the North Waziristan...

Militants post images of Iraq mass killing

Militants post images of Iraq mass killing

  As the Iraqi government bolstered Baghdad's defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,...

  

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

UN condemns Iraqi militant attacks

The UN Security Council has condemned attacks in Iraq by Islamist militants who have overrun two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit. The UN also said the humanitarian situation around Mosul, where up to 500,000 people have fled, was "dire and is worsening by the moment". UN Security Council condemns takeover of Iraq's #Mosul city http://t.co/NTK6N7WGF4...

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