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Military units first withdrew from the city’s east, heading to its west, and then began leaving the city, along with thousands of residents, he said.
AFP – A powerful jihadist group battling Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria has sharply criticised the global terror network’s leader in a statement, rejecting his call for them to leave the war-ravaged country. The audio recording, purportedly made by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant spokesman Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani, also urged Ayman Al-Zawahiri to remove …
AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad hold some territory on the outskirts of Damascus from which they have regularly launched mortar and rocket attacks targeting …
AFP- Attacks in Iraq left 12 people dead Tuesday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 2,400 people dead since the start of …
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The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.
The assassinations in particular harken back to Iraq’s brutal Sunni-Shi’a sectarian war which raged from 2006 to 2007, when corpses were often found abandoned on the streets, with the victims’ bodies bearing signs of torture.
Rebels have accused ISIL of seeking to consolidate power rather than fighting the regime, and even suggested the group was serving the regime’s interests.