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Regime shelling, Russian strikes kill eight children among 15 civilians in Syria’s Idlib: Monitor

BEIRUT Syrian regime shelling and Russian air strikes killed at least 15 civilians on Wednesday in Idlib province, in the first such raids since a September truce deal, a monitor said. At least eight of the casualties were children, White Helmet Syria Civil Defence added. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for …

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Hundreds lumber out of last Islamic State redoubt in Syria’s Baghouz

BAGHOUZ (SYRIA) Hundreds of men, women and children trudged out of a remote eastern Syrian village Thursday where the Islamic State group has been making a suicidal last stand against advancing US-backed forces. All that remains of a sprawling cross-border “caliphate” the jihadists declared in 2014 is a battered riverside …

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Last Islamic State bastion leveled but diehard Syria jihadists go down all guns blazing

BAGHOUZ (SYRIA) Their last Syrian bastion is levelled and burned, they are using rifles to battle warplanes and tanks, but the hardline jihadists holding out in Baghouz are still putting up a fight. Defeat is guaranteed, but a few diehard Islamic State fighters defending the last tiny, smouldering vestige of …

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Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani grants rare audience to Rouhani, sending message to Washington and Tehran

BAGHDAD Iranian President Hassan Rouhani capped his state visit to Iraq on Wednesday by meeting the country’s most respected religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani— a sit-down that has eluded previous Iranian presidents and American leaders alike. The meeting signals to Washington that the religious, cultural and economic bonds that …

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US-backed Syria force pummels last Islamic State bastion in Syria’s Baghouz

BAGHOUZ (SYRIA) Kurdish-led fighters backed by US warplanes tried Thursday to break the last defences of holdout Islamic State group jihadists making a suicidal last stand in a remote Syrian village. All that remains of a sprawling cross-border “caliphate” the jihadists declared in 2014 is a battered riverside camp in …

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Iran holds drill near Strait of Hormuz, tests armed drones: Report

TEHRAN Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency says the country’s Revolutionary Guard is holding a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz to test dozens of Iranian-made drones, including armed drones. Thursday’s report says it’s the first time such a high number of offensive drones are being used in a drill. …

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Israel suspects Iran of hacking phone of election frontrunner Benny Gantz: Reports

JERUSALEM Israel’s Shin Bet security service suspects Iran of hacking the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s toughest rival in the April 9 election, an Israeli television station reported on Thursday. Gantz, a former chief of Israel’s armed forces, was informed of the hack five weeks ago, …

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