Daesh says hits Syria’s Raqqa with car bomb

Raqqa security forces said a civilian had been killed and several people, including civilians and fighters, were wounded. (File photo/Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2018
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Daesh says hits Syria’s Raqqa with car bomb

BEIRUT: A car bomb exploded near a military position in Syria’s Raqqa on Sunday, local authorities and a war monitor said, and Daesh said it was behind the blast.
The blast came a day after the assassination of a local council leader in the city, the former Syrian capital of the militant group’s self-declared caliphate, which was seized a year ago by US-backed Kurdish-led fighters.
Raqqa security forces said a civilian had been killed and several people, including civilians and fighters injured. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the blast caused “a large number” of casualties.


Daesh said in a statement that it had detonated the bomb, targeting fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia, the strongest element in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group that drove the militants from Raqqa last year.
The SDF is battling Daesh fighters in one of their last patches of territory in Syria, along the north bank of the Euphrates river close to the Iraqi border.
The militants took advantage of bad weather on Sunday to attack SDF positions, killing a dozen fighters, the Observatory reported.
Syrian state television reported on Sunday that the Syrian army was assaulting the militants’ other remaining pocket of ground in the desert area in Sweida province in southern Syria.


Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

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Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

MARSA MATROUH, EGYPT: Military units from Egypt and five other Arab nations have conducted war drills with live ammunition in the Egyptian desert west of Cairo.
Thursday’s drills were held in the western desert around the “Mohammed Naguib” military base near the coastal Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh.
The drills, codenamed “Arab Shield,” bring together ground, naval and air units from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. They are scheduled to end Friday.
Thursday’s drills involved target practice by rocket launchers, tanks and fighter-jets.
Egypt has been holding separate drills with each of these five Arab nations in recent years, but Arab Shield marked the first time that all six allies simultaneously participated in war games.