Rebel missile kills senior Yemeni general in Red Sea port

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels on Wednesday killed the deputy chief of staff of the country’s military in a major blow to the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition, which heavily supports the government, officials said. The SABA news agency, which is controlled by the Houthi rebels, said their forces struck the vehicle of Brig.… Read More Rebel missile kills senior Yemeni general in Red Sea port

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Iraq forces launch operation to retake west Mosul

Iraqi forces / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of military operations to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State group Sunday, four months into a massive offensive on the city. “We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming Nineveh to liberate… Read More Iraq forces launch operation to retake west Mosul

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Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

Afghan security personnel inspect a damaged vehicle after a roadside bomb explosion. AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country’s volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties. The blast occurred in Paktika… Read More Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children, UN says

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In Iraq: Deadly suicide car bombing rocks Baghdad’s Sadr City

A suicide bomber detonated a pick-up truck packed with explosives in northern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least nine people, according to Iraqi officials. Thirty more were wounded in the powerful blast in the Habibiya area, near Sadr City, a Shia-majority neighbourhood in the Iraqi capital. The explosion targeted a crowded street full of garages… Read More In Iraq: Deadly suicide car bombing rocks Baghdad’s Sadr City

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In Iraq: Car bomb leaves 18 casualties in Iraqi capital, Baghdad

The explosion of a car bomb has killed four Iraqi civilians and injured 14 others in the southwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The Tuesday attack targeted the al-Sana’ei neighborhood of the city’s al-Baya’ district, which lies along the Baghdad Airport Road. Separately, an armed drone operated by Daesh killed four civilians and wounded… Read More In Iraq: Car bomb leaves 18 casualties in Iraqi capital, Baghdad

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Syrian government ‘ready’ for prisoner swap with rebels

The Syrian government signaled on Monday that it was ready to agree to prisoner swaps with rebel groups, a confidence-building measure that might help both sides prepare to attend peace talks. The government is “continuously ready” for such an exchange with rebel groups, “particularly in the framework of efforts being made for the coming meeting… Read More Syrian government ‘ready’ for prisoner swap with rebels

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US airstrikes have killed 22 civilians in Afghanistan’s Helmand: Official

Nearly two dozen civilians were killed in recent airstrikes by US forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, an Afghan official says. Jabar Qahraman, Afghanistan’s presidential envoy for security in Helmand, said on Sunday that the airstrikes were carried out against Taliban militants in Sangin district of Helmand during the late hours of February 9. The official… Read More US airstrikes have killed 22 civilians in Afghanistan’s Helmand: Official

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In Iraq: Daesh terrorists burn to death 15 Iraqi civilians in Kirkuk

Members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group have reportedly burned to death more than a dozen young Kurdish women in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk as the militants continue to perpetrate various crimes against humanity in areas under their control. A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that… Read More In Iraq: Daesh terrorists burn to death 15 Iraqi civilians in Kirkuk

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Hezbollah, Iran support Syria ceasefire as agreed in Astana: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the movement and Iran support Syria ceasefire as agreed through negotiations in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana, slamming some media reports to the contrary. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks from the southern Lebanese city of Baalbek on Sunday afternoon while addressing a ceremony held to… Read More Hezbollah, Iran support Syria ceasefire as agreed in Astana: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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Daesh executes 40 civilians in northern Syrian town: Report

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly executed more than three dozen civilians in Syria’s strategic northern province of Aleppo as they continue to lose ground in battles against government forces. The media bureau of Syria’s Joint Operations Command announced in a statement on Saturday that Daesh extremists had rounded up 40 civilians in the… Read More Daesh executes 40 civilians in northern Syrian town: Report

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