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Al-Qaida Leader Claims Group Fought Alongside US-Backed Forces in Yemen

Voice of America - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:17
The leader of al-Qaida' branch in Yemen says his militants have often fought alongside Yemeni government factions - remarks that could embarrass the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the impoverished Arab country's Shiite rebels.  Qasim al-Rimi leads the group known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. He says al-Qaida militants have on occasion fought alongside Yemeni government...
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Israel Marks Somber Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers

Voice of America - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:52
Israelis have come to a two-minute standstill to remember fallen soldiers and victims of terror as the country marked Memorial Day, one of the most somber days on its calendar. Motorists pulled over on the sides of highways and roads and pedestrians stopped in their tracks as a siren rang out at 11 a.m. on Monday. Israelis are also visiting cemeteries and attending remembrance ceremonies across the country. Radio and television networks broadcast programs about battle and loss. The...
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Turkey's Erdogan Questions US Support for Kurdish Militia in Syria

Voice of America - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:10
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will ask President Trump about images showing flags of the Syrian Kurdish militia, People's Protection Units or YPG, flying on an American convoy in northern Syria. The U.S. deployed armored vehicles along the Syrian border with Turkey last week in an effort to deter clashes between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Pentagon: 45 Civilians Killed by Anti-IS Coalition Strikes in March

Voice of America - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 20:46
Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a Pentagon statement released Sunday. In each incident, the Pentagon said "all feasible precautions were taken," but the strikes still resulted in "unintentional" loss of civilian life.   The report did not include findings from an ongoing...
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Iranian Filmmaker Jailed Over His Work Released Early

Voice of America - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 19:16
An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his yearlong sentence, though he doesn't know whether he'll make movies again in the Islamic Republic.   Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early release, as well as escaping the 223 lashes that were part of his sentence. Others, however, remain imprisoned in the Islamic Republic as part of a hard-line...
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Wary of Trump, EU Courts Iran to Boost Moderates Before Polls

Voice of America - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 18:07
Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it is committed to a nuclear deal and they stand to benefit, EU diplomats say. Europe's energy commissioner is leading more than 50 European firms in a business forum in Tehran over the weekend — the latest bid to foster new ties in the 16 months since Iran curbed its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions...
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