US military gives more details on Al-Baghdadi raid

A side-by-side comparison of the compound of Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi before and after the raid on Saturday. (Department of Defense via AP)
Updated 31 October 2019

US military gives more details on Al-Baghdadi raid

WASHINGTON: The head of United States Central Command said Wednesday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was buried at sea after a weekend raid on his compound.
Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters that Al-Baghdadi died after he exploded a suicide vest just before US troops were going to capture him.
McKenzie said two children, under the age of 12, were killed in the explosion set off by the Daesh leader.
The US said earlier that three children were killed.
US forces raided the compound in northwestern Syria on Saturday. There were no US casualties.


Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

Updated 09 July 2020

Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

  • The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line
  • The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai

DUBAI: The Dubai Metro line’s 15-kilometer route extension was inaugurated on Wednesday and will be open to the public in September.

The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line, including one for the Expo 2020 site.

“The project offers safe and smooth transport for Expo visitors and residents of Dubai communities,” a statement carried by state-run WAM said.

The expansion comes as part of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s masterplan to provide an integrated mass transit system comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transport.

The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai, including The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park.