Iran says Guards attack Daesh with drones in Eastern Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces hold a position on the eastern frontline of Raqqa on September 24, 2017, as they battle with the support of US special forces to clear the last remaining Daesh group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2017
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Iran says Guards attack Daesh with drones in Eastern Syria

DUBAI: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Sunday struck bases of Daesh in eastern Syria with drones, Iranian state television reported.
It said vehicles, military equipment and ammunition were destroyed in the attack near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
In June, Iran fired missiles into eastern Syria, targeting bases of Daesh which had claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran which killed 18 people.
The Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria against militant groups which oppose President Bashar Assad.


Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

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Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israel’s defense minister said on Thursday he plans to seek approval next week for the construction of some 2,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Avigdor Lieberman, writing on Twitter, said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 1,400 of the housing units for immediate construction.

Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014.

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider settlements that Israel has built in territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war to be illegal.

Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.

“We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large ones,” Lieberman wrote, using the Biblical names for the West Bank.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials, who have long argued that Israeli settlements could deny them a viable and contiguous country.

Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas that are also home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.