No concrete proof of abducted Indians’ fate, search on: Sushma

No concrete proof of abducted Indians' fate, search on: Sushma

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Amid media reports that the 39 abducted Indian workers in Iraq have been killed by Islamic State militants, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday acknowledged the government “does not have concrete proof” of the men being alive or dead and is continuing to search for them based on “six indirect […]

Assad reaffirms counter-terrorism efforts

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

  Damascus, Sep 24 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Tuesday reiterated that his administration was moving forward in battling terrorism in the region.The president made the remarks during his meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad, in which Assad said his country “was with any international effort that aims at fighting terror”, Xinhua […]

Algerian troops hunt for kidnapped French tourist

Algerian troops hunt for kidnapped French tourist

  Algiers, Sep 24 (IANS) The Algerian army has deployed more than 1,500 troops, including paratroopers, to search for a French man who was kidnapped Sunday, media reported.Herve Gourdil was hiking in a popular tourist place in the country, when he was abducted by militants in the upper hills of the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km […]

Iraq does not want foreign ground troops to fight IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

  Baghdad, Sep 22 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that Iraq rejects the presence of foreign ground troops in the country to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group.“Abadi renewed rejection of any ground intervention in Iraq,” a statement from Abadi’s office quoted him as saying during a meeting with Australian Defence Minister […]

Australia to help US in Iraq air strikes

Australia to help US in Iraq air strikes

  Canberra, Aug 28 (IANS) Australia has expressed willingness to contribute its Super Hornet fighter jets to help US-led air strikes in Iraq.Defence Minister David Johnston said Wednesday night that Australia was ready to assist the US with air strikes targeting IS terrorists in Iraq, Xinhua reported.Johnston said the Australian defence force started to develop its […]

UNHCR launches humanitarian aid programme in Iraq

Geneva, Aug 19 (IANS) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday launched a major humanitarian aid scheme for Iraq’s nearly half a million internally displaced people.Adrian Edwards, spokesman of the UNHCR, told a press conference that the air, road and sea operation, due to start Wednesday, will begin with a four-day airlift using Boeing […]

Syria hails global anti-terror cooperation

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) Syrian government Tuesday welcomed global cooperation in its fight against terrorism.Hailing the international support, deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad stressed his country’s resolve to cooperate with any country battling terrorism “except those who pretend to be fighting terrorism while at the same time continue to support and finance the terrorism”, Xinhua reported.Mekdad’s […]

US to continue targeted air strikes in Iraq

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS) US military will continue air strikes against forces of Islamic State and humanitarian efforts for Iraqi civilians, Pentagon said Tuesday.“Nothing has changed about the missions that we’re conducting inside Iraq. Airstrikes are authorised under two mission areas — humanitarian assistance and the protection of US personnel and facilities,” Xinhua quoted John Kirby, […]

‘Over 6,000 fighters joined IS in July alone’

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) A total of 6,300 rebel fighters joined the Islamic State (IS) militant group last month alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported has said.The Observatory Tuesday said 6,300 fighters had joined the training camps of that Al Qaeda breakaway group in Syria’s northern provinces of al-Raqqa and Aleppo, Xinhua reported.Among them, […]

IS claims beheading US journalist

Damascus, Aug 20 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed beheading a US journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, a media report said Wednesday.The Sunni militant group has released a video showing one of its fighters beheading James Foley, an employee of the media company GlobalPost who was kidnapped November […]