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Hundreds surrender with Islamic State near defeat in Syria’s Baghouz

BAGHOUZ (SYRIA) Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the last shred of territory held by the …

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‘Tomorrow we’ll be in paradise’: Islamic State followers speak in video from besieged Syria enclave

BEIRUT Even as it faced imminent defeat in its last populated territory in eastern Syria, Islamic State made a new propaganda film calling on the few remaining residents of its cold, besieged encampment to maintain their prayers and seek refuge in God. “Servants of God, keep reciting your prayers and …

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Powerful Iran cleric Ebrahim Raisi consolidates leadership position, tapped to succeed Ayatollah Khamenei

LONDON Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi has swiftly emerged as one of Iran’s most powerful figures and a contender to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Last week, he was named chief of the judiciary and on Tuesday he was elected deputy chief of the 88-member Assembly of Experts, the clerical …

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‘Modi is chaos’: Sibal hits back at Jaitley

NEW DELHI A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the choice before voters in the general elections would be either “Modi or chaos”, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday hit back saying “Modi is chaos”. Jaitley, in a blog, had said Monday the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ is a self-destructive ‘coalition of rivals’ and the choice before voters in the general elections would …

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