ANKARA — Turkish troops in Iraq training Sunni groups in Mosul are still in Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq, Turkish Defense Minister Yilmaz said on Friday.
“Our troops, which provide training, are still there. Reorganizing of other troops that provide guard is continuing,” Yilmaz told reporters. (Turkey-Iraq-Troops)
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DAMASCUS — Syrian rebels in Damascus’ southern countryside began handing over their heavy weaponry to the government on Friday, before evacuating to northern Syria as part of a UN-mediated deal, sources said.
A total of 18 busses escorted by two UN vehicles and a Syrian security convoy entered the rebel-held district of al-Qadam in the southern countryside of the capital Damascus to take heavy weaponry from the militants before their evacuation, a well-informed source told Xinhua on Friday. (Syria-Rebels-Evacuation)
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DAMASCUS — Zahran Alloush, the leader of the so-called Islam Army, has been killed along with a number of his comrades when strikes targeted his meeting east of the capital Damascus, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen and activists reported on Friday.
Zahran Alloush, who was born in 1971, was an active Syrian rebel leader during the Syrian nearly five-year-old conflict.(Syria-Russia-Leader)
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BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces on Friday continued their battles for the fourth consecutive day against the Islamic State (IS) militants and moved closer to the central part of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi, a provincial security source said.
Iraqi army police and anti-terrorism troops, backed by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft, engaged in heavy clashes with IS militants in Houz district which is adjacent to the government compound in central Ramadi, some 110 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS) Enditem