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turkey detains more than 800 people in operation against islamic state


istanbul — turkey’s interior ministry said monday that it had detained more than 800 people in a week-long security operation against the islamic state, underscoring the rising alarm about the militant threats after deadly attacks.most of the 820 suspects were detained sunday in raids carried out in 29 cities, the statement said, but it gave no details about their suspected connections to the islamic state.it was a believed to be the largest operation by the turkish authorities against the militant group, and e five weeks after the islamic state claimed links to a rampage by a lone gunman that killed dozens of people at a nightclub in istanbul as revelers welcomed 2017.  turkey has steadily intensified its anti-terrorism operations since december, when it was shaken by attacks that e in id






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






britain first 'find' islamic state in computer repair shop in telford


britain first has released a video showing what it believes is proof that isis is running a pc repair shop in wellington near telford.leader paul golding, who was recently released from prison for breaching an order preventing him from invading mosques, is filmed stood outside silicon valley ltd where he has discovered a “strange islamic symbol”... for more on the seal of muhammad and its use by isis tap here.unfortunately, many of britain first’s supporters fell for it.thankfully there were some sane people amongst the commenters.the shop has been contacted for comment.(h/t irbf)uk newsbritain firstisismuhammadsymbols of islamsuggest a correctionadvertisement






water pipeline to isil stronghold raqqa destroyed


in this june 23, 2014 file p o, fighters from the islamic state group parade in a commandeered iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of mosul, iraq.(p o: ap)the u.s.-led coalition against the islamic state destroyed the main pipeline supplying water to raqqa — the extremist group’s de facto capital — syrian state media reported friday.the coalition didn’t immediately comment on the report. the militants, who have taken over swaths of syria and neighboring iraq, seized raqqa in jan. 2014.iraqi forces are on an offensive against the islamic state in mosul, iraq's second-largest city and the militants' last major stronghold in that country.usa todayiraqi shifts help prepare for final drive to oust isilg hiqread or share this story: http://u .ly/2k34vzb






azarbaijan spreading wings to muslim world


the president of country declares 2017 as the year of islamic solidarity in azerbijandubai: the president of the republic of azerbaijan, ilham aliyev, has declared 2017 the year of islamic solidarity in azerbaijan.according to a statement issued by the consulate general of azerbaijan in dubai, president aliyev said in a decree he signed that azerbaijan has been one of the main centres of islamic civili ion for centuries and it has played a significant role in the spread of islam, as well as establishment of muslim renaissance.“all of these paved the way for rich islamic heritage in the country. shamakhi juma mosque, built in 743, and also ancient manuscripts stored in the museums of our country are vivid g hic examples of islamic culture,” he noted.at present, the statement reads, the numb






suspect in florida mosque fire may plead no contest


by: ap | fort pierce | published:february 6, 2017 5:32 pm file p o: firefighters work at the scene of a fire at the islamic center of fort pierce on monday, sept. 12, 2016, in fort pierce, fla. (source: st. lucie sheriff’s office via ap, file)an ex-convict who investigators say confessed to setting fire to a florida mosque tied to the orlando nightclub shooter may plead no contest to those charges. public defender stanley glenn told local reporters last week that joseph michael schreiber may plead no contest at a hearing monday.he is charged with second-degree arson for allegedly torching the islamic center of fort pierce last sept. 11, the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. a no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea. the 32-year-old schreiber could get 30 years i






dhaka cafe attack: bangladesh police arrest four islamists


by: reuters | dhaka | published:february 1, 2017 9:43 am the july attack in dhaka’s diplomatic quarter was claimed by the islamic state and was the worst militant attack in bangladesh. (file p o)bangladesh security forces on wednesday arrested four members of an islamist militant group blamed for an attack on a cafe in dhaka in 2016 which killed 22 people, most of them foreigners. the july attack in dhaka’s diplomatic quarter was claimed by the islamic state and was the worst militant attack in bangladesh, which has been hit by a spate of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in the past few years.watch what else is making newsthe four arrested, aged 21 and 28, were members of a faction of the jamaat-ul-mujahideen bangladesh (jmb) militant group, known as new jmb, which






jordan hits is in syria two years after pilot burned alive


by: afp | amman | published:february 5, 2017 2:14 am security forces in battle with islamic state militants. (file p o for representational purposes. reuters/hani amara/)jordan said today its warplanes have bombed islamic state group positions in southern syria two years after one of its pilots was captured and killed by the jihadists. the kingdom, part of an international coalition battling is in syria and iraq, has intensified its strikes since is captured maaz al-k asbeh when his plane crashed in syria in december 2014. on february 3, 2015, the group released footage showing the pilot being burned alive in a cage, and yesterday’s strikes e on the second anniversary of the video’s release. “jordanian air force planes, in memory of our martyrs who have fallen in our war against terrorism






trump just removed white supremacist terror groups from terror watch program


after signing an executive order banning residents of seven muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s and ending syrian refugee resettlement indefinitely, trump has taken another bizarre step.a source from reuters has reported that trump administration wants to revamp and rename a u.s. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told reuters. the program, called “countering violent extremism,” or cve, would be changed to “countering islamic extremism” or “countering radical islamic extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the united states. the administration wants the exclusive focu






syrian military a nces against islamic state


damascus, syria — syria’s military command says it is expanding operations against islamic state militants in aleppo province and has captured 250 square kilometers (100 square miles) from the extremist group.syrian government forces are maneuvering toward al-bab, risking a showdown with turkish troops and allied syrian forces who have been trying to capture the is-held town for weeks.the turkish-backed forces have also clashed with u.s.-backed kurdish fighters, who are leading the battle to retake the nearby city of raqqa, the extremists’ de facto capital. the syrian government, which is backed by russia and iran, has vowed to re ert its control over the entire country.the military announced the a nce on thursday. it has been seeking to a nce in northern syria since driving rebels out of






turkey detains 60 isis suspects in ankara raids: reports


by: afp | ankara | updated: february 5, 2017 4:28 pm p o for representational purpose.turkish police on sunday detained 60 suspected members of the islamic state jihadist group in the capital ankara, just over a month after an attack on an istanbul nightclub claimed by the extremist organi ion, state media said. those held were mainly foreign nationals, the state-run anadolu news agency said, without saying if they were linked to any suspected plot. the suspects were rounded up in simultaneous raids on the sincan, cubuk, yenimahalle and mamak districts of the capital, it added.thirty-nine people were killed, mainly foreigners, on new year’s night when a gunman went on the rampage inside a plush istanbul night club. is claimed the m acre, its first clear claim for a major attack in turkey






turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-isis operation


istanbul –  turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 is suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly preparing an attack in the northwestern city of izmir.anadolu d






syrian military a nces against islamic state


by: ap | damascus | published:february 2, 2017 4:14 pm mounds of rubble remain from what used to be high rise apartment buildings in the once rebel-held ansari neighborhood of eastern aleppo, syria. (source: ap)syria’s military command says it is expanding operations against islamic state militants in aleppo province and has captured 250 square kilometers (100 square miles) from the extremist group. syrian government forces are maneuvering toward al-bab, risking a showdown with turkish troops and allied syrian forces who have been trying to capture the is-held town for weeks.watch what else is making news the turkish-backed forces have also clashed with us-backed kurdish fighters, who are leading the battle to retake the nearby city of raqqa, the extremists’ de facto capital. the syrian g






egypt islamic authority clashes with president over divorce law


cairo — egypt’s top islamic authority on sunday rejected president abdel-fattah el-sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. it marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years. the council of senior clerics in al-azhar — the highest authority in sunni islam — unanimously ruled that a man telling his wife they are divorced has been an undisputed practice since the days of the prophet muhammad. muslim women in egypt cannot verbally divorce their husbands but can apply for divorce in a court.tags:egyptreligiondonald trumpdonald trump first 100 daysjoin the conver ion:facebooktweet






us backed syrian force in new phase of raqqa ault


by: reuters | raqqa | published:february 4, 2017 10:22 pm us-backed militias along with the syrian troops started a new phase of its paign against the islamic state-held city of raqqa on urday. (representational image)an alliance of us-backed militias started a new phase of its paign against the islamic state-held city of raqqa on urday, aiming to complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds in deir al-zor province. the syrian democratic forces (sdf) said in a statement the action was being undertaken with “increasing support from the (us-led) international coalition forces” through both air strikes and backing from coalition special forces on the ground.watch what else is making news:the sdf, which includes the powerful kurdish ypg militia, launched its multi-phas






turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-is operation


by: ap | istanbul | published:february 5, 2017 6:20 pm turkish anti-terrorism police stand by their armoured vehicle during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state group, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, early sunday, feb. 5, 2017.(mahir alan/dha-depo p os via ap)turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run agency reported sunday. the anadolu agency said 60 is suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.watch what else is in the newsthe largest op






al-qaeda says trump has ignited ‘the flame of jihad’ with yemen raid


irbil, iraq — president trump is “foolish” and has ignited the “flame of jihad” with a raid in yemen in which civilians were killed, al-qaeda said friday in its first official comments on the new u.s. administration. that the raid e only days after trump’s vow to eradicate islamist terrorism in his inauguration speech, makes it “clear for us that the threat was not directed to the islamic militants only, but to all the muslims, men, women and even children,” al-qaeda’s al-nafeer bulletin said, accusing the trump administration of intentionally killing women and children. u.s. central command, or centcom, has not specified how many civilians were killed in the raid urday, in which a navy seal also died. among those reported dead was the 8-year-old daughter of anwar al-awlaki, a u.s.-born cl






al-qaeda says trump has ignited ‘the flame of jihad’ with yemen raid


irbil, iraq — president trump is “foolish” and has ignited the “flame of jihad” with a raid in yemen in which civilians were killed, al-qaeda said friday in its first official comments on the new u.s. administration. that the raid e only days after trump’s vow to eradicate islamist terrorism in his inauguration speech makes it “clear for us that the threat was not directed to the islamic ­militants only, but to all the ­muslims, men, women and even children,” al-qaeda’s al-nafeer bulletin said, accusing the trump administration of intentionally killing women and children. u.s. central command, or ­centcom, has not specified how many civilians were killed in the raid last urday, in which a navy seal also died. among those reported dead was the ­8-year-old daughter of anwar al-awlaki, a u.s.






islamic state, air strikes help drive spike in afghan civilian casualties: unite


by: reuters | kabul | published:february 6, 2017 11:55 am in february, singapore deported four indonesians who were allegedly planning to head to syria. (source: file/ representational image)civilian casualties in afghanistan rose to new highs in 2016, driven by more islamic state attacks, the most deaths and injuries from air strikes since 2009 and a rising toll of child victims of unexploded ordnance, the united nations said. a total of 3,498 civilians were killed in the conflict and 7,920 were wounded in 2016, a combined increase of 3 percent over the previous year, un investigators said in an annual summary issued on monday. “against a backdrop of protracted ground fighting, the battlefield permeated civilian sanctuaries that should be spared from harm, with suicide attacks in mosques






alleged louvre attacker's father says son is not a terrorist


mansoura, egypt –  the father of an egyptian man suspected of attacking french soldiers guarding the louvre says his son is not a terrorist, and that he led a normal life with his wife and infant son.reda refaie al-hamahmy told the ociated press late urday that he trusts the french judiciary to find out the truth behind his 28-year-old son abdullah's alleged involvement in the attack."if he is convicted, god be with us. but if he is innocent, they owe us an apology," the father said at the family home in the nile delta city of mansoura."he is a very respectable man who never had a problem with anybody, he never had any sort of political views," he said. "his main concern in his life was his work in the united arab emirates," he said, adding that his son had gone to france on a "work ignmen






alleged louvre attacker’s father says son is not a terrorist


mansoura, egypt — the father of an egyptian man suspected of attacking french soldiers guarding the louvre says his son is not a terrorist, and that he led a normal life with his wife and infant son.reda refaie al-hamahmy told the ociated press late urday that he trusts the french judiciary to find out the truth behind his 28-year-old son abdullah’s alleged involvement in the attack. “if he is convicted, god be with us. but if he is innocent, they owe us an apology,” the father said at the family home in the nile delta city of mansoura. “he is a very respectable man who never had a problem with anybody, he never had any sort of political views,” he said. “his main concern in his life was his work in the united arab emirates,” he said, adding that his son had gone to france on a “work ignme






us provides armored trucks to syrian rebels for raqqa fight


by: ap | washington | published:february 2, 2017 8:17 am this frame grab from video provided by qasioun a syrian opposition media outlet, shows u.s.-backed fighters taking a rest during fighting with the islamic state group near ein issa, north of raqqa, syria. (source: ap)the us military says it has provided a small number of armored vehicles to syrian fighters hoping to oust islamic state militants from their self-proclaimed capital of raqqa. air force col. john dorrian says the guardian armored security vehicles will give the u.s.-backed syrian arab coalition better protection from small arms fire and roadside bombs as coalition fighters close in on the city.watch what else is making newssyrian rebels have been moving toward raqqa in a broader paign to isolate and retake the city from






turkey detains nearly 750 islamic state suspects in nationwide raids


ankara, turkey –  the number of suspects detained in turkey in a major police operation against the islamic state group over the weekend has increased to nearly 750, authorities said monday.anti-terrorism police launched the security operation against people with alleged links to is early sunday, conducting simultaneous raids in 29 provinces, including istanbul, ankara and the border provinces of gaziantep and sanliurfa. the state-run anadolu agency said that 440 people, including foreign nationals, were detained.the interior ministry released a statement monday saying that a total of 748 people have been detained in the police sweep. it didn't provide details or give a breakdown of the foreigners captured in the operation.anadolu said that police seized is documents, digital material and






afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016


fighting between afghan security forces and militants, especially in populated areas, ‘the leading cause of civilian casualties’, un sayskabul: civilian casualties in afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the un, the world body said monday, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants — one third of them children — killed or wounded.fighting between afghan security forces and militants, especially in populated areas, remained “the leading cause of civilian casualties” more than two years after nato’s combat mission ended, said the united nations, which began documenting civilian casualties in 2009.the united nations istance mission in afghanistan (unama) said there were 11,418 civilian casualties (3,498 deaths and 7,920 injured), an increase of three per cent over 2015, underscoring growin






turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-isis operation


istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run news agency reported sunday. the anadolu agency said 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara. it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria. the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants. security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly preparing an attack in the northwestern city of izmir. an






german police arrest tunisian suspected of plotting islamic state terrorist atta


berlin — police on wednesday arrested an asylum seeker from tunisia on suspicion of plotting an islamic state-linked terrorist attack in germany in a case that is drawing parallels with a deadly christmas market attack.the 36-year-old suspect was also wanted by tunisian authorities in connection with a 2015 attack on the bardo national museum in tunis, which killed more than 20 people, and an islamic state attempt to take control of the tunisian border town ben gardane last year.but germany’s attempts to extradite the suspect to tunisia were hampered by a lack of cooperation from tunisian authorities, frankfurt’s general prosecutor said in a statement wednesday. details of the suspect’s alleged role in the tunisian museum attack and the border clashes were not immediately disclosed.the arr






turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-isis operation


istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run news agency reported sunday. the anadolu agency said 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara. it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria. the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.turkey launches u.s.-backed attack against isis in syria security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly p






iraqi leader to u.s.: americans come to iraq to fight with isis, but i haven’t b


irbil, iraq — iraq’s prime minister said tuesday that a ban preventing his citizens from visiting the united states was an “insult” but that barring americans in retaliation could hurt national interests during the war against the islamic state. prime minister haider al-abadi gave a measured response in his first public comments since iraq was included on a list of seven muslim-majority countries in president trump’s executive order restricting immigration.abadi said he was looking for ways to “reduce the damage” from the decision. he said he would not enforce an equal ban on americans, an option the iraqi parliament had supported in a vote monday.“we are in the middle of a battle,” he said.more than 5,000 u.s. troops are stationed in iraq, where they are backing iraqi forces in their figh






inside quebec city mosque after deadly shooting


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syrian mahmoud al-khatib, a fighter from the jaish al-islam (islam army), the foremost rebel group in damascus province that fiercely opposes both the syrian regime and the islamic state group, holds a position inside a building on the front line in the town of bilaliyah, east of the capital damascus, on feb. 4, 2017. al-khatib, 50, says he's been fighting against the regime since the beginning of the conflict in syria. he was wounded four times and spends his free time taking care of stray dogs. amer almohibany, afp/getty images






syrian army a nces against is in aleppo


by: afp | damascus | published:february 3, 2017 2:02 am forces loyal to syria’s president bashar al- ad are seen after clashes with free syrian army fighters in karm al-gabal area in aleppo city october 11, 2012. (reuters/george ourfalian/file p o)syria’s military said today it had captured a string of towns and part of a key highway from the islamic state group in the northern province of aleppo. since launching a broad offensive against the jihadists nearly three weeks ago, the army has taken around 250 square kilometres (100 square miles) of territory, it said in a statement carried by official news agency sana. it said the area includes more than 32 towns and fields. “this achievement widens the security perimeter around aleppo city and forms a launching pad for developing military op






what do you think, our country’s so innocent: donald trump defends russia presid


by: ians | washington | published:february 5, 2017 10:37 am “there are a lot of killers. you think our country’s so innocent?” trump said.us president donald trump appeared to equate american actions with the regime of russian president vladimir putin in an interview, saying, “there are a lot of killers. you think our country’s so innocent?”, the media reported. trump made the remark during an interview on urday with fox news, saying he respected his russian counterpart. however, in the interview, trump noted that just because he respects someone “doesn’t mean i’m going to get along with them”.watch what else is making news“he’s a leader of his country and i say it’s better to get along with russia than not, and if russia helps us in the fight against is (islamic state), which is a major






louvre attack suspect silent during initial questioning


by thomas adamson and ahmed hatem | apby thomas adamson and ahmed hatem | apfebruary 5 at 12:13 pmparis — an egyptian man suspected of charging soldiers at paris’ louvre museum with a machete was questioned by french investigators sunday for the first time since the attack.the paris prosecutor’s office said the suspect, who allegedly shouted “allahu akbar!” while rushing toward the soldiers and was s four times after slightly injuring one, remained silent during the interview and will remain in custody.the louvre was closed immediately following the friday attack, but reopened for the weekend.french authorities so far have not named the suspect, but confirmed they thought he was egyptian.they are being more cautious than their egyptian counterparts, who have identified the attacker as 28-y






mosques in the firing line - thoughts following quebec mosque attack


a horrific, abhorrent gun attack on the quebec city islamic centre that took place late sunday evening compounds the fear that exists within muslim communities who feel increasingly threatened and targeted because of their faith. the attack saw six people die and a further eight people taken to hospital with injuries when gunmen stormed the main building during evening prayers and set upon the 50 or so worshippers that were inside. the attack has been condemned by the canadian prime minister as a "terrorist attack on muslims" and while the motives are yet unconfirmed it comes at a time of increasing islamophobia and anti-muslim hatred made worse by incendiary political rhetoric.the attack on the quebec mosque is unfortunately not an isolated incident. it is one of a long line of recent att






islamic authority rejects egypt’s move to reform divorce


by: ap | cairo | published:february 6, 2017 7:23 am the council expressed concern over the high rate of divorce in egypt, where 40 per cent of marriages end in divorce within five years, according to figures cited by the president.egypt’s top islamic authority monday rejected president abdel-fattah el-sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. it marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years while seeking to rally the country’s entrenched interests behind him. the council of senior clerics in al-azhar, the highest authority in sunni islam, unanimously ruled that verbal divorce, when meeting all requirements, has






un postpones syria political talks until feb 20


by: ap | beirut | published:february 1, 2017 9:57 amthe united nations announced tuesday that u.n.-sponsored political talks between the syrian government and opposition groups have been postponed from feb. 8 until feb. 20, with a key aim of trying to solidify the cease-fire. u.n. special envoy staffan de mistura, who will oversee the talks, said that “if the cease-fire becomes as solid as we hope that will only help the serious talks to actually be concrete.”watch what else is making newshe said the u.n. also wants to give syria’s government a chance “to become seriously engaged in concessions” and to give the opposition time to unify its delegation.de mistura said invitations will be issued around feb. 8. he said that if the opposition isn’t united by that date, he will select the deleg






republican lawmakers break from trump's comments on russia


republican lawmakers sought sunday to distance themselves from president trump’s comments he made about moscow and russian president vladimir putin during an exclusive interview with fox news’ bill o’reilly.trump has long expressed his desire to mend the relationship with russia. when told by o’reilly that the russian leader is a “killer,” trump replied that the u.s. has killers too."what do you think? our country's so innocent?" trump said during the taped interview broadcast during sunday's super bowl pregame show.trump said in the interview that he respected putin, "but that doesn't mean i'm going to get along with him. he's a leader of his country. i say it's better to get along with russia than not. and if russia helps us in the fight against isis, which is a major fight, and islamic






republican lawmakers break from trump's comments on russia


several republican lawmakers sought sunday to distance themselves from president trump’s comments he made about russian president vladimir putin, made during an exclusive interview with fox news’ bill o’reilly.trump has long expressed his desire to mend the relationship with russia. when told by o’reilly that the russian leader is a “killer,” trump replied that the u.s. has killers too."what do you think? our country's so innocent?" trump said during the taped interview broadcast during sunday's super bowl pregame show.trump said in the interview that he respected putin, "but that doesn't mean i'm going to get along with him. he's a leader of his country. i say it's better to get along with russia than not. and if russia helps us in the fight against isis, which is a major fight, and islam






jordan drones hit is arms depot, barracks in southern syria


amman, jordan –  jordan says it has carried out airstrikes against islamic state targets in southern syria, hitting an arms depot, a warehouse for making car bombs and barracks used by the extremist group.the state news agency petra on urday quoted the military as saying drones and precision-guided munitions killed and wounded an unspecified number of is militants. it says friday's strikes also targeted an is-held former syrian army post.pro-western jordan has carried out such strikes before as part of a u.s.-led alliance against is in iraq and syria.the latest attacks e after king abdullah ii held high-level meetings in washington about a possible u.s. shift in syria policy. president donald trump has raised the possibility of safe zones in syria, an idea critics say could escalate u.s. m






kurdish-led fighters launch offensive toward syria’s raqqa


beirut — u.s.-backed kurdish-led fighters in northern syria have launched a new offensive that aims to capture towns and villages east of the islamic state -held northern city of raqqa.the new offensive by the syria democratic forces was announced urday in a statement read by spokeswoman cihan sheikh ehmed. she said it is the third phase of the raqqa operation, which began last november.the aim of the operation is to isolate raqqa from the rest of is-held territories before storming the city itself. the announcement e a day after aircraft from the u.s.-led coalition destroyed two bridges on the southern edge of raqqa, the de facto capital of is’ self-declared caliphate.copyright 2017 the ociated press. all rights reserved. this material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistr