Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

Popular Mobilization Forces fighters carry the Daesh flag downward after liberating the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq. (Reuters)
Updated 04 November 2017
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Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

BEIRUT: An Iraqi Shiite militia fighting Daesh in Iraq near the border with Syria will also take on the jihadist group in the Syria border town of Albu Kamal, the militia’s spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday.
Jaafar Hussaini, the spokesman for the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, one of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighting alongside the Iraqi army against Daesh, was speaking to Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadin.
Hussaini said the Iraqi resistance forces, a euphemism for Iran-backed Shiite militias, would take part in the battle against Daesh in Syria’s Albu Kamal because it borders Iraq, Al-Mayadin reported.
On Friday Iraqi forces, including PMF, took the Iraqi border town of Al-Qaim, near Albu Kamal, from Daesh.
The Syrian army and allied Iran-backed Shiite militias, supported by Russian air power, are approaching Albu Kamal as part of their own offensive against the Daesh enclave straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
“Albu Kamal is in missile range of the Iraqi forces in Al-Qaim. The presence of our forces on the border with Albu Kamal means there will be a new front in the confrontation with Daesh,” Hussaini said using an Arabic acronym for Daesh.
The Syrian army and its allies are advancing toward Albu Kamal across the desert southwest of the city and along the Euphrates river from the northwest.
The Syrian government declared victory over Daesh in Deir Ezzor, the biggest city in eastern Syria, on Friday after two months of battle.


UN envoy to Yemen says agreement on de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah ‘not there yet’

Updated 10 December 2018
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UN envoy to Yemen says agreement on de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah ‘not there yet’

LONDON: United Nations Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Monday that agreement on the de-escalation in Taiz and Hodeidah are ‘not there yet’.
Speaking at a press conference in Stockholm, following the first round of the UN sponsored peace talks between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, Griffiths told reporters that they will continue to discuss Hodeidah and Taiz.
He also said they are still working to find a common ground for the reopening of Sanaa airport.
During the talks, the two sides discussed a broad prisoner swap, however, Griffiths said the numbers of prisoners to be released by the warring parties will be announced soon.
The UN envoy said he expects to present a detailed plan for the next round of talks and hopes for an agreement from warring factions to hold the next round of talks early next year.