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Mosul struggles to cope with ‘river of blood’

The fridges are nearly full at the morgue in Mosul where the casualties of war with Daesh are stored. So many bodies are brought in that the morgue workers struggle to identify and bury the dead fast enough to make space for the next batch that arrives with grim regularity, as the city’s residents clear up after nine months of urban warfare. The battle for Mosul is over, but the task of sorting out the dead is only just beginning. “A lot of blood has been shed,” said an employee at the morgue, who asked not to be named. Iraq used to have two rivers: the Tigris and the Euphrates. Now we have a third: the river of blood. The […]


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Obama official: Israel intelligence supports Iran deal

The nuclear agreement brokered between Iran and international powers enjoy wide support among Israel’s national security and intelligence communities, a former top Obama administration official said Friday. The accord has long been a source of consternation for Israel’s political leadership, particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has called it a “historic mistake” But Anthony Blinken told a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, that Netanyahu is at odds with his military and intelligence bureaucracies on the matter. “If you ask virtually any senior member, past or present, of the intelligence services or the military, they all support the deal,” he said. “Some of them say it publicly, all of them say it privately.” Blinken acknowledged opposition among Israel’s politicians but said […]


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Iran holds funeral for fighters killed in Syria

Several Iranian cities have witnessed funerals for the bodies of 14 fighters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who were killed during clashes in Syria. Local media reported yesterday that the militants were from Afghanistan and were buried in the Iranian cities of Khorasan, Qom, Tehran, Alborz, Fars and Isfahan. The sources added that the fighters belonged to the Fatemiyoun Brigade – an affiliate of IRGC which recruits Afghani nationals. Read: Iran says ready to send ‘peace forces’ to Syria No details were given sa to when the fighters were killed or how. Since 2011, Tehran has been supporting the Syrian regime headed by President Bashar Al-Assad, supplying his troops with “Iranian military advisers” as well as “volunteer fighters” from […]


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UK: Friends of Al Aqsa urges ‘immediate’ access to Al-Aqsa

A British NGO has urged Israel to grant Muslims immediate access to Al-Aqsa Mosque amid escalating incidents surrounding restrictions on the mosque by Israeli authorities. The Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) — an NGO defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary — said in a statement on its website: “Israel in order to create greater control over Al-Aqsa has, under the guise of security, created new measures. “These measures include humiliating checkpoint-style turnstiles, spy cameras within Al-Aqsa, and metal detectors at entrances.” At least three Palestinian men were shot dead in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on Friday and dozens of others were injured after fresh clashes broke out with Israeli police outside the mosque, health officials said. The killings […]


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Israel arrests Palestinian mum who was visiting her sons in jail

Israeli forces detained a mother of two Palestinians prisoners from the Jenin district of the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday as she was visiting her sons at Israel’s Gilboa prison. According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Israeli forces had detained Hanaa Tawfiq Hamadeh while she was visiting her two imprisoned sons in Israel’s Gilboa prison. Her two sons Udayy and Qusai were sentenced to two years and two-and-a-half years in prison, respectively. Read: Israel arrested 388 Palestinians in June According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were held in Israeli prison as of May, 490 of whom were being held without charge or trial, while 56 were women. A joint report released by a number of Palestinian rights […]


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UN says Saudi coalition killed 18 civilians in Yemen this week

The United Nations has accused the Saudi-led coalition of killing 18 civilians in an airstrike this week alone. “At least 18 civilians in all, including ten children and two women, are believed to have died in the incident,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The airstrikes were executed at 8:30am on 18 July in the Ta’iz governorate, in the Al-Asheerah village, currently under control of the Houthi group. According to the UN, there were no combatants in the area. Read: Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war Colville said: “[We] remind all parties to the conflict, including the coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for international humanitarian […]




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US angry as Turkey’s news site releases secret security details

The Pentagon has slammed Turkey’s Anadolu Agency for releasing a report pinpointing the positions of ten US military posts in northern Syria. Pentagon spokesman, Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, said: “The release of sensitive military information exposes Coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS [Daesh].” While we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this story, we would be very concerned if officials from a NATO ally would purposefully endanger our forces by releasing sensitive information Rankine-Galloway said. Turkey’s Anadolu published a map of ten locations it said were US military posts. Anadolu reported that US forces use “places which are hard to be detected, like residential areas, PKK/PYD camps, easily transformed […]


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UAE welcomes Qatari decision to amend anti-terrorism laws

The United Arab Emirates today welcomed Qatar’s decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws which were announced yesterday. In a move to counter their accusations of supporting terrorism, which it denies, Qatar has set rules for defining terrorism, acts of terrorism, freezing funding and terrorism financing a week after it signed an agreement with the US aimed at combating the financing of terrorism. It has also established national terrorism lists with rules for listing individuals and groups. “The Qatari decree to amend the anti-terrorism law is a positive step to deal seriously with the 59 terrorists,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter. Read: Where is the flaw in the Gulf’s security? Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and […]