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Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

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Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran.Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his military's "major operational effort". Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011, to try to prevent Iran gaining a foothold.An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes on Saturday targeted Iran's Quds force in Aqraba, south-east of the capital, Damascus.A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy...
Britain may release tanker if Iran ‘guarantees’ oil isn’t going to Syria

Britain may release tanker if Iran ‘guarantees’ oil isn’t going to Syria

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July 13 (UPI) -- The British foreign secretary said the Iranian tanker detailed near Gibraltar could be released in exchange for a guarantee that the oil would not be taken to Syria. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted Saturday that he had a "constructive call" with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about the tanker, which was seized by Royal Marines July 4 on suspicion of breaching sanctions imposed by the European Union. Hunt said he reassured Zarif that Britain's concern is about the "destination" rather than the "origin of the oil" aboard the tanker Grace 1. He said the tanker could be released "if [Britain] received sufficient guarantees that it would not be going to Syria." Hunt said Zarif assured him "that Iran wants to resolve [the] issue and is not seeking to escalate." Gra...
Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

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Officials in the last rebel outpost in Syria have told Sky News an estimated 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes due to a recent surge in violence in Idlib province.We gained exclusive access to the last rebel outpost of Idlib and saw people sheltering in olive groves after fleeing from the renewed fighting. Three women were recovering after giving birth there. Sky News witnessed at first hand the breaching of the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey - and spoke to terrified and angry people who are now threatening to force their way out of Syria, to head to Turkey and Europe in an attempt to find a safe haven.The huge numbers of displaced people inside Syria have prompted fresh concerns about another mass migration unless the fighting is stopped. ...
Death and desperation in Syria as IS makes final stand

Death and desperation in Syria as IS makes final stand

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By Alex Rossi, Middle East correspondent, in Baghouz, Syria Islamic State is all but finished - what is left of the terror group's land tells the story of an organisation whose fall is as spectacular as its rise.We drove through deserted streets to the town of Baghouz where IS is making its last stand. The buildings have been pummelled from the air.They were once Daesh (Islamic State) positions. Image: The area is still trapped with mines and bombs, which Syrian forces have been clearing But the advance of Kurdish forces is cautious. The area is booby-trapped with mines and roadside bombs.Slowly they are being cleared but it is dangerous and unforgiving work. More from Islamic State The area ...
Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

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Civilians have been evacuated from the last village in Syria still held by the Islamic State (IS) group.A convoy on Wednesday carried hundreds of men, women and children from Baghuz, near the Iraqi border.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance have said they are waiting for their removal before launching an offensive against militants "entrenched inside".Those removed are being screened then taken to camps, the SDF say. An estimated 300 IS fighters are thought to be holed up inside a tiny pocket of land.How close is the capture?There have been conflicting reports on how close the SDF is to ridding the enclave of IS.The US-led coalition fighting IS has said the "most hardened" fighters remain within Baghuz.The SDF h...