World leaders condemn deadly attack on Sinai mosque

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2017
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World leaders condemn deadly attack on Sinai mosque

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and other world leaders have expressed solidarity with Egypt following Friday's terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai, in which at least 235 people were killed and 109 injured on Friday.

Below are some of the statements issued:

• This terrorist act is incompatible with the Islamic religion and human values. Saudi Arabia, once again, reiterates its unflinching stand to provide Egypt with necessary assistance to combat terrorist acts.
— Saudi King Salman

• We condemn this terrorist act that targeted innocent lives.
— Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

• Our stand with Egypt is strong and such terrorist attacks will not deter us from fighting and beating terrorism.
— Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

• Justice will be served against all those who participated, contributed, supported, funded, or instigated this cowardly attack.
— Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

• The world cannot tolerate terrorism. We must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence.
— US President Donald Trump

• Appalled by the sickening attack. Condolences with all those in Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.
— British Premier Theresa May

• It is a terrifying crime which again shows that Islam is innocent of those who follow extremist terrorist ideology.
— Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit


Iraq carries out more air strikes against Daesh in Syria

Updated 25 May 2018
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Iraq carries out more air strikes against Daesh in Syria

  • At least 65 senior Daesh leaders live in Hajjin.
  • Hajjin is in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) from Iraq’s border.

BAGHDAD: Iraq announced Friday it had carried out air strikes against Daesh in Syria, the third cross border aerial operation inside a month in its war-torn neighbor.
“Iraqi F-16 planes carried out (Thursday) morning raids against the headquarters of Daesh terrorist gang leaders and an explosives depot occupied by terrorists in Syria’s Hajjin region,” a statement by Iraq’s operations command said.
A video released with the text shows a strike on a huge building surrounded by palm trees and a wall.
The images show the wall and the building collapsing simultaneously.
Several strikes have been carried out by Iraq or the international coalition since Thursday against the center of Hajjin, the last major area held by Daesh in Syria, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.
At least 65 senior Daesh leaders live in Hajjin, the Observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Hajjin is in Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria, about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) from Iraq’s border.
It has been surrounded since the end of 2017 by the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the United States and France, Abdel Rahman said.
Several hundred prisoners are still held by the militants in Hajjin, he added.
Since April, Iraq’s air force has carried out several air strikes on Daesh held Syrian territory close to the border between the two countries.
Daesh seized a third of Iraq in 2014, before the government declared victory in December, but the military has continued regular operations along the porous Syrian border.