Revolutionary Guards clash with Daesh in western Iran

Iran's Revolutionary Guards can be seen in this file photo. The Guards clashed with Daesh militants in the western part of the country on Saturday.(AP)
Updated 27 January 2018
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Revolutionary Guards clash with Daesh in western Iran

BEIRUT: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards clashed with Daesh militants in the western part of the country on Saturday, according to Sepah News, the official news site of the Guards.
A team of 21 Daesh fighters crossed Iran’s western border and were placed under surveillance before the Guards, the most powerful military force in the Islamic Republic, attacked them on Saturday morning, Sepah News reported.
Most of the militants have been arrested, the report said, but there was no mention of the number of people killed or wounded in the clash.
Last June, Daesh attacked the Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least 18 and wounding dozens.
The attackers were all Iranian Kurds from the Kurdish region of western Iran near the Iraqi border.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fired several missiles at Daesh bases in Syria on June 18 in response to that attack.


Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials

Updated 43 min 16 sec ago
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Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, one dead: local officials

  • The patrol was “forced” to open fire on a speedboat driven by a Spaniard who “refused to obey” orders
  • Four migrants were wounded, including a Moroccan woman who died of her injuries in hospital

RABAT: Morocco’s navy on Tuesday fired on a boat carrying migrants which refused to respond to its orders, leaving a Moroccan woman dead and three other people wounded, local officials said.
The patrol was “forced” to open fire on a speedboat driven by a Spaniard who “refused to obey” orders in waters off the Moroccan locality of M’diq-Fnideq, the authorities said in a statement.
Four migrants were wounded, including a Moroccan woman who died of her injuries in hospital, a local official told AFP.
Those on board the powerboat were lying down and could not be seen, the official said.
The Spanish driver was unharmed and later arrested, according to the same source, adding an investigation had been opened.
Morocco — a key route for sub-Saharan Africans trying to reach Europe via Spain — said this month it has foiled 54,000 bids so far in 2018 by illegal migrants to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
The figures included 7,100 Moroccans for the period until the end of August, according to figures released last week by the Moroccan government spokesman.
Since early 2018, Spain has recorded more than 38,000 arrivals by sea and land, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Since the beginning of September, social media networks in Morocco have been inundated with videos showing young people from the North African country heading to Spain aboard inflatable boats.