Lebanese soldier dead in raid on Islamist militant hideout, army says

Lebanon has mostly escaped the rash of militant assaults around the Middle East spurred by the war in its neighbor Syria. Above, army soldiers install barb wire in downtown Beirut for security protection. (Reuters)
Updated 05 February 2018
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Lebanese soldier dead in raid on Islamist militant hideout, army says

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army raided a suspected Islamist militant hideout in the northern city of Tripoli late on Sunday, leading to armed clashes in which a soldier and a suspected militant were killed, the army said.
The raid on a house in the Al-Tabbaneh district of Tripoli aimed to capture Hajjar Al-Abdullah, but was met with resistance including gunshots and hand grenades, the army said on its website.
In the fighting, Abdullah and a soldier were killed, several other soldiers were wounded, and Abdullah’s brother, Bilal Al-Abdullah, was detained. The army seized money, arms, ammunition and other military hardware from the house, it said.
Lebanese authorities say they have disrupted a number of Daesh attacks and networks since the last major attack — a 2015 twin suicide bombing in Beirut.
Lebanon has mostly escaped the rash of militant assaults around the Middle East spurred by the war in its neighbor Syria, and last year forced Daesh fighters out of an enclave on the mountainous border between the two countries.


Yemen government condemns assassinations after education official’s death

Updated 26 min 51 sec ago
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Yemen government condemns assassinations after education official’s death

  • Masked gunmen assassinated Ramzi Sagheer, Director of a private school and a member of the education department in Aden province.
  • The government condemning repeated crimes and assassinations in the temporary capital of Aden

The Yemeni government condemned continued assassinations after gunmen shot dead an education ministry official at the southern port city of Aden on Sunday.

The government released a statement, quoted by the official news agency, condemning repeated crimes and assassinations in the temporary capital of Aden.

Masked gunmen assassinated Ramzi Sagheer, Director of a private school and a member of the education department in Aden province.

Assailants targeted Ramzi with a barrage of bullets fired from silenced weapons while he was leaving his own private school in Mansourah district of Aden.

Ramzi participated in many campaigns about the importance of teaching women in Yemen.

The statement said that investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi arrived in New York on Thursday evening to attend the at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly that will begin tomorrow, Sept. 25.

Hadi is expected to deliver a speech on the current situation in Yemen and the country’s future challenges.

The Yemeni army has been carrying out large sweep operation against the Houthi militia in Al-Bayda and Hodeidah where the army has reported major advances this week.