Satellite photos show aftermath of strike in northern Syria

A suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility used by Turkey-backed opposition forces in northern Syria appears to have sparked fires across a large area where oil tankers are normally parked, satellite images show. Syrian opposition groups and at least one war monitor blamed Russia for the strike Friday night near the towns of Jarablus […]

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Antony Blinken calls China biggest ‘test’, vows US strength

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the United States was ready to confront China where need be, calling the Asian power the “biggest geopolitical test” of the century. In his first major speech, Blinken vowed that President Joe Biden’s administration will emphasise diplomacy over military action and build cooperation with the world […]

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Pentagon: US contractor dies in rocket attack at Iraq base

A US contractor died Wednesday when at least 10 rockets slammed into an air base housing US and other coalition troops in western Iraq, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the contractor “suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering” and died shortly afterward. He said there were no service members injured and all are […]

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Turkey not necessarily seeking return to F-35 project: Defence industry chief

Turkey is not necessarily aiming to return to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme from which it was removed over its purchase of Russian defence systems, the Turkish defence industry chief said on Wednesday. He said the primary goal was for Turkey to get compensated for its losses. Ankara had ordered more than 100 F-35s […]

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German ‘Islamic State leader’ handed lengthy prison sentence

A notorious Iraqi preacher said to be the Islamic State jihadist group’s de facto leader in Germany was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison by a German court on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah Abdullah, better known as Abu Walaa, was accused of directing a jihadist network which radicalised young people […]

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Russian air assault kills 21 Islamic State jihadists in Syria: Monitor

A wave of air strikes by government ally Russia killed at least 21 Islamic State group jihadists in the Syrian desert over the past 24 hours, a monitor said Saturday. The 21 were killed in at least 130 air strikes “carried out over the past 24 hours by the Russian air force targeting the ‘Islamic […]

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Israeli strikes on Syria kill nine militia fighters: Monitor

BEIRUT: Israeli missile strikes against several targets near Syria‘s capital Damascus killed at least nine pro-regime militia fighters early Monday, a Britain-based war monitor said. “Nine Iran-backed militia fighters were killed” in Israeli strikes targeting arms depots, including missile stores, around Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said all the fighters […]

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