US to ask allies to send ‘hundreds of troops’ to Syria

Senator Lindsey Graham says the US is looking for its allies to deploy hundreds of troops to Syria following the withdrawal of American soldiers from the Arab country. Speaking on a panel discussion at the 2019 Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham announced that US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford would call on Washington’s partners during the event to send forces to Syria. Dunford, he said, “would be coming to some of you in this room, and he will be asking for a contribution of forces to stabilize the…

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5 killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

A gunman opened fire in a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the shooter, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was an employee at the sprawling industrial complex in Aurora, a Far West Chicago suburb, but did not say what may have motivated the attack. The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that a woman who identified herself to police as Martin’s mother told authorities her son had been laid off…

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Anger, grief as UP loses 12 of its jawans

Anger and grief ruled Uttar Pradesh which lost 12 CRPF jawans in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir. Tempers ran high as the families of soldiers sought a befitting reply to Pakistan to avenge the attack. The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of 12 CRPF jawans from the state killed in the terror attack in Pulwama. UP parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna said, “One of their family members will also get government job and the link road connecting…

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Concern in Valley over ”threats” to Kashmiri students, traders outside State

Concern prevailed on Saturday among the parents and relatives in Kashmir of the Kashmiri students and traders living in Dehradun and Haryana following alleged threats to them by mobs in the wake of the killing of 40 CRPF jawans in a terror attack on a convoy in Pulwama on Thursday. A Kashmiri student studying in Dehradun reportedly told his relatives in Bandipora that landlords were asking them (Kashmiri students) to vacate. Some Kashmiri students and traders in Haryana reportedly called up their parents and relatives in Shopian and Kupwara, saying they were harassed. A police spokesman in Srinagar said…

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Saudi crown prince postpones Pakistan visit amid protests

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan has been postponed amid widespread protests against him as well as heightened tensions in the region. According to the reports, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that a two-day visit by the crown prince to Islamabad that was scheduled for Saturday had been postponed. The ministry said bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday, but had no further explanation over the postponement. Protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers in Rawalpindi, northern Pakistan, calling on the government not to allow the Saudi…

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Car bomb attack on Indian military convoy kills dozens in Kashmir

At least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a military convoy in restive Kashmir. According to Press TV, the casualties were caused after the van ripped through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along a key highway in the disputed valley. Senior police officer Muneer Ahmed Khan said the attack occurred as the convoy reached southern Lethpora town on the outskirts of the main city…

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UN Security Council condemns ‘in strongest terms’ attack on IRGC forces

The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” a “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack in southeastern Iran, which killed 27 IRGC personnel and wounded 13 others Wednesday. Council Members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the government and families of the 27 victims on Thursday and wished a “speedy and full recovery” to the 13 injured. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” reaffirmed the Council. It also underlined the need to hold “perpetrators, organizers,…

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US Senators introduce resolution to block Saudi Arabia from developing nukes

US senators have introduced a resolution that would prevent Saudi Arabia from developing a nuclear weapon. According to Press TV, the measure was introduced by Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ed Markey and Republican Rand Paul on Tuesday, however, it is unclear whether a majority of the 100-member Senate would support it. The resolution requires that any US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with Riyadh preclude enrichment of uranium or reprocessing of plutonium made in reactors – both of which are routes to developing nuclear weapons. “If Saudi Arabia is going to…

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Leader of Iraqi militia: US using Daesh as excuse to fulfill interests

The leader of a powerful Iraqi militia group has lashed out at the United States for propping up the Daesh terrorist outfit in order to extend the stay of American troops in Iraq. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, said in a tweet on Monday that Washington looks at its own interests in Iraq before deciding whether to destroy Daesh or help it recover from the many defeats it has suffered in recent months. Right now, he said, Washington needs the terrorist group to justify the presence…

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Bangladesh stops Rohingya refugees en route to Malaysia

Bangladeshi security forces have stopped nearly two dozen Muslim Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia. Lieutenant Colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury, an officer with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said on Monday that BGB forces had found 11 Rohingya women, 10 children, and a man at a village on the Bay of Bengal coast, near the border with Myanmar, on Sunday. Chowdhury, who is BGB chief for the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf, said the 22 Rohingya had paid traffickers up to 1,200 dollars each to…

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