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April 2017

Iraqi commander says Mosul to be liberated in May

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According to state-run newspaper al-Sabah, the Iraqi army expects to force the Islamic State out of Mosul within three weeks, despite heavy resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.

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Fierce inter-rebel fighting near Damascus as Syrian Army advances

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The fierce infighting between the rival rebel groups of the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman in alliance with members from an al-Qaida linked group has entered its second day.

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China Bans ‘Muhammad’ as Baby Name

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In response to unrest in the predominantly Muslim portions of far western China, Beijing has banned baby names that refer to the name of the prophet of Islam.
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Syrian Army Kills 300 Militants in Hama Province

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Units of the Syrian army liberated three villages in the north of Hama province on Monday, killing 300 militants, Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported.

On Sunday, the Syrian army eliminated a major terrorists’ outpost in the north of the Hama province.

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Russia prepared to deploy ground forces to Syria: Sources

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Syrian military sources say Moscow has informed Damascus of its preparedness to dispatch ground troops to the Arab country to help Syrian government forces with battles against the foreign-sponsored IS terrorists.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed on Monday that the Russian special forces were ready to be deployed in the areas where Syrian troops were engaged in serious battles against the terrorist groups.

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Al-Hashd al-Shaabi calls on Erdogan to stop meddling in Iraq

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Iraqi group Popular Mobilization Units has delivered a counterblast to the Turkish president who had called the volunteer force fighting Daesh a “terrorist organization” and part of Iran’s regional policy.

The group, known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi by its Arabic name, has joined forces with the Iraqi government against Daesh terrorists.

Last November, the Iraqi Parliament approved a law, giving legal status to the fighters and recognizing them as part of the national armed forces.

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Trump’s presidential approval rating within first 100 days in office lowest since 1945

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As President Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day benchmark in the White House, his approval rating has hit a historical low of 42 percent. Twelve of his predecessors averaged 61-percent at this point, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

An average of 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Past presidents’ ratings averaged 69 percent approval and 19 percent disapproval by their 100th day in office, the poll shows.

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Saudi king’s son who ‘bombed Yemen’ named as ambassador to US

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Prince Khaled bin Salman, as the country’s ambassador to the US, in a move said to point to strengthening ties to President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks with Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and minister of defense, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Trump’s administration may resume selling weapon guidance systems to Saudi Arabia that was halted by former President Barack Obama in December, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Pool via Bloomberg

Prince Khaled is an Air Force pilot who has taken part in operations in Yemen, AP reports. The prince, who studied military aviation in the US and briefly attended both Harvard University and Georgetown, has been working as an adviser at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington since last year.

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haled’s position will allow Trump a direct line to the Saudi monarchy, further signalling warmer relations between the two powers after a cooling following the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with regional rival Iran.

Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, and another of King Salman’s sons, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with Trump in the White House in March.
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Video: 13 injured as ferry slams into port in Canary Islands

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MADRID – Spanish authorities say 13 passengers aboard a ferry have been injured when the boat slammed into a breakwater in a port on the Canary Islands.

Manolo Vidal, spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, says that a “loss of electrical power” caused the accident as the boat was leaving the Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria Friday night.

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In Pictures: Millions mark martyrdom anniversary of 7th Shia Imam in Baghdad

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Millions of Muslims have converged on the Iraqi capital Baghdad to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the 7th Shia Imam, Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kazim (PBUH).

The ritual was commemorated on Sunday, the climax of a week-long pilgrimage where the faithful marched towards the Imam’s shrine in the capital, and largest city Baghdad.

The pilgrims were seen carrying a symbolic coffin of the Imam during the event.

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