20 Oct 2017

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

“There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas.” Source: Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight – BBC News

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19 Oct 2017

100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

“About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk for fear of sectarian reprisals since Iraqi government forces took over the city after a Kurdish independence referendum condemned by Baghdad, regional Kurdish officials said on Thursday.” Source: 100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover – Kurdish officials

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19 Oct 2017

Four killed in clash with Togo security forces as protesters defy ban

“Four people were killed in Togo on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and demonstrators calling for an end to a half century of Gnassingbe family rule, the security minister said.” Source: Four killed in clash with Togo security forces as protesters defy ban | Africanews

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19 Oct 2017

Somalia to set up civil defense force after truck bomb

“Somalia’s president said the government is launching a civil defense force after Saturday’s deadly truck bomb attack in Mogadishu that killed over 300 people.” Source: Somalia to set up civil defense force after truck bomb

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19 Oct 2017

UN chief insists on sending extra 900 peacekeepers to CAR

“Amid a U.S. push to cut United Nations peacekeeping costs, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he hoped the U.N. Security Council would agree to send an extra 900 troops to protect civilians in Central African Republic.” Source: UN chief insists on sending extra 900 peacekeepers to CAR | Africanews

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18 Oct 2017

Raqqa win pulls US deeper into Syria conflict

“As US-backed forces take victory laps in the Islamic State’s (IS) self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, the Pentagon is considering extending its presence deeper into Syria, a move that could bring US troops into contact with pro-regime forces.” Source: Raqqa win pulls US deeper into Syria conflict

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18 Oct 2017

Timeline of events in Syrian city of Raqqa, once ISIS capital

“A timeline of events in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces from the Islamic State group on Tuesday:” Source: Timeline of events in Syrian city of Raqqa, once ISIS capital

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17 Oct 2017

US-backed fighters seize infamous Raqa roundabout from IS

“US-backed Syrian fighters on Monday said they gained complete control of an infamous Raqa roundabout used by Islamic State group jihadists for public beheadings and crucifixions.” Source: US-backed fighters seize infamous Raqa roundabout from IS

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17 Oct 2017

US-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in ‘a few days’

“A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa ‘within a few days’ after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.” Source: US-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in ‘a few days’

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16 Oct 2017

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalis

“The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home. Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the car into several pieces

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