UK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq

UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out four airstrikes in May against targets belonging to the terrorist group Daesh in Iraq. (Reuters/File Photo)
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Updated 29 May 2020

UK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq

  • MoD said all the operations conducted by the RAF had been successful

LONDON: The UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out four airstrikes in May against targets belonging to the terrorist group Daesh in Iraq.

The first, carried out on May 8, targeted a Daesh stronghold west of Tuz Khurmatu in the north of the country.

The second assault, on May 10, targeted a cave system that militants were using to shelter in. Two more attacks were launched on May 13 and May 26.

Two operations were conducted in April, marking the first such airstrikes by UK forces against Daesh in seven months. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the airstrikes came in response to an increase in Daesh activity in Iraq.

Multiple attacks by the group in Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces in early May left multiple people dead and wounded, as militants tried to capitalize on uncertainty in Iraq following the coronavirus outbreak.

The MoD said all the operations conducted by the RAF had been successful, and it had flown daily patrols across the region since Daesh lost control of its territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria in March 2019.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the strikes demonstrated that the country’s armed forces were doing all they could to protect it from “all those who seek to do us harm.”


Dubai expands list of accredited testing centers for tourists

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Dubai expands list of accredited testing centers for tourists

  • The UAE earlier announced it would only accept tourists with COVID-19 negative certificates from a limited list of testing centers

DUBAI: Dubai has released an extended list of accredited testing facilities located around the globe to allow more tourists to visit the city, The National has reported.

The UAE earlier announced it would only accept tourists with COVID-19 negative certificates from a limited list of testing centers. The policy remains the same for other emirates.

The announcement comes as Dubai restarts its tourism industry, which was hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic that forced international borders to shut down.

The policy applies to all tourists except those coming from a list of countries where travelers are required to take a second screening at UAE airports.

For the negative certificate to be considered valid, travelers should take the test not more than 96 hours before departure.

Meanwhile, the Indian ambassador to the UAE said both countries were extending a temporary travel corridor agreement until Aug. 31, according to an interview published by national daily Khaleej Times.

Pavan Kapoor said bookings can be made from Aug. 5, with around 700 flights to be operated throughout the month.

Both countries earlier initiated a two-week travel corridor where around 25,000 people were able fly to India.

But Kapoor said resuming normal travel “is not yet possible” because of local bureaucracies and the fact that India has over 1.4 million infections.