Syria war: Turkish forces ‘push into IS-held al-Bab’

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports say. They have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from IS since late 2016. Ten Turkish soldiers have been killed since Wednesday in the fighting. It is part of a broader offensive by Turkey to push IS and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border. Syrian forces meanwhile have closed in on al-Bab from the south, where there is reported to be…

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Desire to maintain lavish lifestyle forces students to take up crime’

HYDERABAD: Students and their greed for affluent lifstyle drives them to commit crimes, say police and psychologists. As many as 20 city-based students have been caught in different offences last year. Many of them hailed from well-to-do families. While interrogating the students apprehended for chain snatching, robberies, extortion and drug peddling, the police identified similar answers from them. They either want to spend money to live a luxurious life without telling their parents or think they can get away easily as they are over-pampered by their parents. Radhika Acharya, a…

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Mosul battle: Iraqi special forces enter city limits

Iraqi forces have for the first time entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul, as they attempt to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from the northern city. A BBC correspondent travelling with the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops says they are facing fierce resistance as they push into the Kukjali area. Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine-guns are being fired at them. Units of the army’s ninth division are meanwhile said to be bearing down on south-eastern districts of the city. On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the 3,000 to 5,000…

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BJP hails armed forces, Modi’s leadership

The BJP on Thursday hailed the armed forces for the surgical strikes against terror launch pads across the Line of Control and lauded the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his government believed in action and not words. “A salute to the armed forces and to the leadership of the Prime Minister for securing our borders and defending from Pakistan sponsored terrorism. A responsible government acts and talks less. And that has been the practice of this government under Modi’s leadership,” party national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said. Union…

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Russia to build a ‘tactical city’ for special anti-terror forces

Russia is to build a special complex dedicated entirely to preparing special forces that will be able to take decisive action in the event of a terrorist attack. According to Yulia Plavinskaya, communications director at the future International Training Center for the Special Forces, the private center will be built in Gudermes, in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya (1,150 miles south of Moscow), in 2018. In the words of the region’s president Ramzan Kadyrov, construction is being financed by Russian investments. However, he has not said exactly which companies…

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Home Ministry To Deploy Extra Forces In Jammu And Kashmir, Says Jitendra Singh

JAMMU:  Expressing concern over spillover of unrest to certain parts of Jammu region, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the Home Ministry will deploy additional forces to contain the situation. “This is a matter of concern. There is unrest in the Valley for the last four weeks with the last 2-3 days we saw disturbance happening in this part of the state, including Kishtwar, which has remain sensitive all along,” Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said. “We have brought it to the notice of Home Minister…

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Gun-Toting Terrorists At Kashmir Rallies Worry Forces

SRINAGAR:The sight of gun-toting terrorists at public rallies have become the fresh cause of concern in Kashmir Valley, which had been witnessing unrest for almost a month, since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. So far, the terrorists have been spotted at large public gatherings at three different places — Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam districts. On Wednesday, the terrorists addressed public meetings at Arwani in south Kashmir, asking people to follow the protest and strike calendar issued by the separatist leaders of the Hurriyat. Government and security forces…

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In France, McDonalds Robbery Foiled By Special Forces Eating Inside

When the two armed men entered the McDonald’s in Besancon, a city in eastern France near the Switzerland border, they found about 40 people dining on fried, fast food. Here’s what they didn’t know: among the customers were 11 off-duty members of the French paramilitary special forces, reported The Telegraph, soldiers who specialize in hostage situations. As the men burst into the restaurant late Sunday night, firing a warning shot and allegedly ransacking the cash register, the special forces just waited. They wanted to avoid drawing their guns, officials told…

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