Syria army announces full recapture of last Daesh-held town

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Updated 09 November 2017
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Syria army announces full recapture of last Daesh-held town

DAMASCUS: Syrian troops and allied forces on Thursday took the town Albu Kamal, which was the last urban hub still controlled by the Daesh group, the army announced.
“Our armed forces units, in cooperation with allied and auxiliary forces, have liberated the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province,” a statement carried by the official SANA news agency said.


US issues new Iran sanctions over its weapons of mass destruction program

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US issues new Iran sanctions over its weapons of mass destruction program

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is hitting Iran with new sanctions while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon.
The Treasury Department says the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies involved in the country's nuclear and missile research and development programs. They are affiliated with Iran's Organization for Defense Innovation and Research. A senior official says the sanctions make those targeted "radioactive internationally" by making anyone who does business with them subject to US penalties.
The announcement comes as Pompeo is in Beirut warning Lebanese officials to curb the influence of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement. He says Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and should not be allowed to set policies or wield power despite its presence in Lebanon's parliament and government.