Daesh ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Baghdad declared victory against Daesh last year. (AP)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Daesh ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

BAGHDAD: Daesh militants have ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27.
The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said on Monday that the attack took place the previous night in the Al-Saadounya area, southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, when the paramilitaries were conducting overnight raids.
The PMF says the attackers were disguised in army uniforms. It says clashes lasted for at least two hours and that some of the militants were killed while others fled the area.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Iraqi military, blamed Daesh “sleeper cells” and said Iraqi forces were searching the area to find the perpetrators.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its Aamaq news agency.


Sweden agreement emphasizes Saudi, Arab coalition efforts to reach peace in Yemen

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Sweden agreement emphasizes Saudi, Arab coalition efforts to reach peace in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting to support the legitimate Yemeni government said on Monday that the Sweden agreement emphasizes Saudi Arabia and the coalition efforts to reach peace in the war-torn country.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the military pressure led the Houthis to come to the negotiating table.