Arab foreign ministers agree on joint military force

Updated 27 March 2015
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Arab foreign ministers agree on joint military force

SHARM EL SHEIKH: Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt have agreed on the formation of a joint military force, the Arab League's chief and the Egyptian foreign minister said.
The plan forms part of a draft resolution to be submitted to Arab leaders at a weekend summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
The ministers "agreed on an important principle, to establish the force", Arab League secretary general Nabil Al-Arabi told a news conference.
"This is the first time that a force will be created and work under the name of Arab states," he said, describing the move as "historic".
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the agreement was unanimous.
The rapid response force envisaged by the Arab League will work to counter terrorists, Al-Arabi said in a recent interview.


Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of Daesh militants

Updated 19 min 48 sec ago
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Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of Daesh militants

  • A military helicopter flew over army units in the area as troops on the ground searched for weapon caches and bombs

TARAMIYAH: Iraqi security forces are sweeping villages and farmland north of Baghdad as part of an operation aimed at clearing remaining militants belonging to the Daesh group from around the country’s capital.
A military helicopter flew over army units in the area as troops on the ground searched for weapon caches and bombs in farmland in Taramiyah on Tuesday. The area is about 50 kilometers, or 31 miles, north of Baghdad.
The dragnet is part of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks ago along the border with Syria and was extended last week to areas north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against IS in July 2017, the extremists continue to carry out attacks around the country.