Syria: Looming Turkish ground offensive poses predicament for Damascus

INTERNATIONAL Damascus is watching and waiting as Turkey inches towards a ground assault in northeastern Syria following cross-border hostilities between Ankara and Kurdish-led forces in the region. The Turkish military on Sunday launched an aerial operation aimed at forces linked to the Kurdish-led Peoples Protection Units (YPG), which control much of Syria’s northeast. Turkey says[…]

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Gulf States demand Netflix pull content deemed offensive

Gulf Arab states have demanded that US streaming giant, Netflix, remove content deemed offensive to “Islamic and societal values” in the region, Saudi Arabia’s media regulator said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. It did not specify the content but mentioned that it included content aimed at children. Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya TV, in a[…]

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Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit

Iraqi forces have continued their offensive to retake the city of Tikrit, seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last June, with troops claiming “gains” in the fighting, security forces told Al Jazeera’s correspondent. Citing state media and security sources, Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf, reporting from[…]

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Iraq launches offensive to take back Tikrit from IS

Government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said on Monday: “Today, God willing, we start an important military campaign to liberate the[…]

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Israeli strikes resume after brief Gaza calm

Israel has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip six hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas. Fresh air strikes were launched on Gaza at around 12:00GMT on Tuesday after Hamas fired nearly 50 rockets at Israel[…]

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Pro-Gaza protests shake the world

Thousands of angry demonstrators turned out to the streets around the world on Friday, July 11, to protest the Israeli war on besieged Gaza Strip that has resulted in the killing of more than 120 Palestinian and injuring of hundreds. In London, several thousands of people filled the streets outside[…]

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Gaza death toll passes 100

At least 101 people have been killed as Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip enters its fourth day, with the latest attack killing five people in Rafah while rescuers were trying to free those trapped in the ruins of a building. The air raid in Rafah on Friday came as[…]

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