Al-Abadi raises flag in border area taken from Daesh

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi erects a national flag in Al-Qaim on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated 06 November 2017
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Al-Abadi raises flag in border area taken from Daesh

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s state TV said the prime minister has raised the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from Daesh.
Al-Iraqiya TV said Haider Al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in far western Iraq on Sunday. Both sit along what was once an important supply route used by Daesh when the group controlled large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition drove Daesh from Qaim and surrounding areas last week, in what coalition officials said marked the end of the conventional war against the extremist group in Iraq.
The militants are expected to rely more on insurgent-style attacks now that they no longer hold significant territory.
Meanwhile on Sunday, a twin suicide attack killed at least six people in Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk city, a security official said.
The attackers struck near a former police station used by Saraya Al-Salam, a Shiite paramilitary force led by powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Twelve people were also wounded in the two explosions, about 15 minutes apart.
The first attacker blew up an explosives-rigged car, followed by the second, who used an explosive belt, the official added.
The attack struck Atlas Street, a key shopping area in the heart of the city of a million residents.
Sadr’s force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled both Daesh and Kurdish forces.
Iraqi security forces backed by the Hashed in mid-October seized oil-rich Kirkuk province from Kurdish peshmerga forces in the wake of a Kurdish independence vote held in defiance of Baghdad.
Kurdish media have since accused the Hashed, an alliance composed mainly of Shiite militias, of carrying out a campaign of retribution against Kurdish civilians.


Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

Updated 19 February 2019
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Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

  • Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai
  • The two sides were involved in exchanges of fire

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai, state media said on Tuesday.
The report came the day after an explosion in central Cairo killed three policemen.
Ten suspected militants were killed in the Obeidat district of Arish and another six were killed in the Abu Eita district of the city, state-run Al Ahram said.
An undisclosed quantity of weapons, ammunition and explosives were found with the six in Abu Eita.
The two sides exchanged gunfire, it said without elaborating. It made no mention of any security forces casualties.
The suspected militants’ bodies were taken to several hospitals in the city of Ismailia to be examined and identified, security and medical sources said.
Egypt has been fighting an extremist insurgency since 2013, mostly concentrated in North Sinai.