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Just beyond that town, two miles or so, is the US-backed offensive. Bear in mind the President Trump has said in the past that America should have seized the oil. General Mattis said "All of us in America have generally paid for gas and oil all along, and I am sure that we will continue to do so in the future...We are not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil." Earlier I spoke to BBC Arabic's Edgard Jallad who began by explaining how the American's were supporting Iraqi forces.
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The rebels began their offensive at midnight, seizing control of a hospital building, a key roundabout and a school complex in the town's western half, Abu Jaafar said. Some rebels could be seen taking a short break on the western edges of the city after having spent around 12 hours in fierce street fighting. "We've faced some difficulty with Daesh snipers -- there were more than 10 snipers last night that surprised our troops," Abu Jaafar said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. "More than 10 of our forces were killed (Monday), and dozens wounded, because of the mines planted by this treacherous organisation," he added. He said roadside bombs that could be detonated remotely had been particularly deadly. Al-Bab is IS's final stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo -- second only in importance to the jihadist group's de facto capital in neighbouring Raqa.
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As part of its offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists, the Iraqi army has taken under control three strategically important villages in the south of the city, a source in the Iraqi army told Sputnik Arabic on Sunday.
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Ahmad Ezz was a young man from the Nairab camp in Aleppo. The rebels spared him – temporarily – then strapped him into a vehicle rigged with massive explosives, and ordered him to drive into a Syrian army checkpoint. According to multiple Arabic news reports, at the very last minute, Ahmad veered sharply away from the checkpoint. The rebels detonated the explosives and Ahmad died, but by changing course he spared the Syrian soldiers. In what perhaps speaks to Palestinian sentiment about the Syrian conflict more than many of the ‘contestedincidents, the residents of Nairab camp turned out en masse for Ahmad’s funeral. Says Mohammad, a young Palestinian whose family lives outside Yarmouk in one of the neighboring suburbs – and who first told me the story of Ahmad – “We saw him as a hero for saving the [Syrian] soldiers.” This isnt such an odd sentiment.
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Abadi announced the launch of the western Mosul operation Sunday, calling it a "new phase in the operation." "Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the militant group that seized Mosul in mid-2014. Abadi also urged security forces to respect human rights as the fight continues. U.S. military officials have warned the fight for the western part of the city will likely be much tougher. Iraqi special operations forces, regular army and federal police units are taking part in the offensive along with government-approved paramilitary forces. The United Nations warned that hundreds of thousands of civilians are at risk in Mosul. "The situation is distressing. People, right now, are in trouble,'' Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement. "We are hearing reports of parents struggling to feed their children and to heat their homes,'' Grande said.
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Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia was willing to share its integrated module in the rehabilitation of terrorists with other countries. He also said that the programme had been translated into three languages - English, Arabic and French. "Malaysia maintains the view that the mere use of the penalty and criminalisation approach will not solve the problem of extremism, and the blending of the soft approach and conventional methods offer a better alternative," he said. Ahmad Zahid also said that Malaysia had initiated the Regional Digital Counter Messaging Communication Centre aimed at synchronising efforts to counter radical social media messages and present the true image of Islam. "Malaysia believes that an important strategy to counter violent Islamic extremism is to remove distortions and lies about religion, retelling the narrative of Islam to convey the clear message," he said.
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Obama ditched Kerry on Syria, just like he had earlier ditched him on Ukraine (the other flashpoint, with regard to Russia). The independent German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer managed to get a video interview with an ISIS commander (“NF”), and Todenhofer headlined his interview on 26 September 2016, “Inside IS” . The following passage from it (Todehofer is fluent both in German and Arabic, and here is my translation of his German translation of it into English) was typical, regarding America’s back-stage support not only of Al Qaeda, but even of ISIS — the group that Obama’s bombing of the Syrian army at Der Zor on September 17th was helping — and of all of the other jihadist groups in Syria: JT: Is this only true for “Jabhat al Nusra” or also for the allies of “Jabhat al Nusra” here. NF: This is valid for all groups, who are our allies. JT: Islamic Front, Islamic Army? NF: They are all with us.
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.... http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775545 Pictures Occupation municipality decides to confiscate land in Silwan Silwanic 16 Feb The occupation municipality decided to confiscate a piece of land owned by the Ghazlan-Abbasi family in Al-Ein Street in Silwan under the pretext of using it for “public benefit.” Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that municipality crews raided the village of Silwan on Thursday and hung a note on a piece of land in both Arabic and Hebrew saying: “Order to use an empty piece of land in order to do gardening work”; they also attached a map showing the location of the land. The center added that the 300-square meters land is owned by the Ghazlan family and is classified as “green land” by the municipality where building is prohibited. According to the municipality’s order, the land will be confiscated and used for 5 years based on Article 2 of the law of local authorities temporary use of an empty land.
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(HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq) U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge ISIS militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city. The battle for western Mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the city west of the Tigris River has older, narrower streets and is still home to hundreds of thousands of civilians, who have been told to shelter in place. Iraq declared eastern Mosul fully liberated last month, but ISIS has continued to launch attacks there. Hours after the latest operation was announced, suicide bombers struck troops and pro-government Sunni militiamen in eastern Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation on state TV, saying government forces were moving to liberate the people of Mosul from Daesh oppression and terrorism forever, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
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OREIJ, Iraq: Iraqi forces launched an offensive, on Sunday, against jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city. They swiftly retook five villages and set their sights on Mosul airport, which lies just south of the city, marking a new phase in Iraq's largest military operation in years. The Islamic State group has put up stiff resistance to defend Mosul, the city where its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014. "Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a short televised speech, using an Arabic acronym for IS. "We announce the start of a new phase in the operation. We are coming, Nineveh, to liberate the western side of Mosul," he said, referring to the province of which Mosul is the capital.
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Iraqi forces launched an offensive on jihadists defending Mosuls west bank on Sunday, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the city. Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said in a short televised speech, using an Arabic acronym Islamic State (IS). We announce the start of a new phase in the operation. We are coming, Nineveh, to liberate the...
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From that moment on, Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, and Syria’s leader Assad, knew that America’s leader Obama was entirely untrustworthy — not someone suitable to negotiate with. They knew that Obama would (and, there, did ) even help ISIS take over Der Zor in order to bring about the overthrow of Assad. It wasnt just Nusra that Obama was continuing to support — it now was even ISIS; anything to replace Assad . Al Qaeda is funded by the aristocracies of the Arabic oil kingdoms, and is funded, above all, by the royal family of America’s chief ally in the Middle East , the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia . The Saud family insisted, and Obama accepted, that jihadists — who would be selected by the Saudscontrol the negotiating team representing ‘the rebels’ at the negotiations . It would be basically the Sauds negotiating against Assad, to discuss the arrangements for a new government to replace Assad’s government, and to establish Sharia law in Syria (which is the most-secular nation in the Middle East).
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"Russia will definitely be part of negotiations for peace or cease-fire" in Syria, Yousafzai told Voice of America's Deewa Pashto service. "Now it seems Russia wants to be included in any consultations in the neighborhood, and they seem to have been successful to a great extent." The United States, China and Russia have interests in Afghanistan, some of which might pit them against one another. But Yousafzai said fighting against Islamic State could potentially be a common cause. "I think they can be each other's allies in the fight against Daesh," Yousafzai said, using a common Arabic name for the group. Controversial friends However, Russia has forged ties with Afghanistan's rebel Taliban movement, seeing them as an ally against Islamic State, and that has put it at odds with Washington. Moscow claims it's just trying to foster peace; the U.
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UN BUREAUCRAT SPEAKS Getting into deeper essentials in Dubai, Helen Clark, the 8 th director of the United Nations Development Programme and former prime minister of New Zealand, gave an address that summed up the core outlook of the summit. In so doing, she addressed certain challenges which she described as “being beyond the capacity of nation states” to resolve themselves. Her rather dry talk was not without its surprises. “We’re now for global governance,” she announced, as if full support for world governance is just now coming to the fore, although the remark also confirms that world governance (government) is the current or pending reality. This comment therefore addressed fact that the Arabic translation of the Dubai summit's name approximately means summit of the governments of the world, which has a different connotation that World Government Summit.
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Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa, Friday, in a demonstration condemning a Saudi Arabia-led airstrike that hit a funeral home near the capital leaving at least nine people dead, including a child. Demonstrators mourned the victims, chanted demanding justice, and held banners condemning Saudi Arabia, and its allies, including the United States and the United Kingdom. SOT, demonstrator (Arabic): "In an atmosphere of sadness and pain, in a funeral, these criminals come to add even more sadness and more pain. This is an act that's provocative to any free person on Earth, wherever they may be. This is an attack against any human being's dignity, against humanity, sadness, death, the sad families, mourning their loved ones, and those who came to pay their respects." Video ID: 20170217- 050 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly