‘A number of police’ killed in shootout with militants in Egypt’s Western Desert – Ministry

Egypt21/10/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s interior ministry has said “a number of policemen” were killed during a shootout following a raid on “a terrorist elements’ hideout” in Egypt’s Western Desert on Friday. The raid took place after the police national security unit was informed of the hideout, located in Bahariya Oasis, a large area of 135 square kilometres, approximately 370 km from the capital. According to the statement, the shootout took place when the forces were attempting to raid the hideout, leading to an exchange of fire initiated by the militants. The police said a number of militants were also killed during the shootout, but didn’t release any figures about the deaths either of militants or of police. However, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website earlier on Friday that at least 14 policemen were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured…




Egypt’s army thwarts attack in North Sinai’s Al-Arish

 Tamer El-Refaie14/10/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s army said Saturday that it thwarted an attack Friday on a security checkpoint in North Sinai’s Al-Arish. In an official statement, military spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said the army was able to foil an attack by “extremist elements wearing army uniforms and carrying improvised explosive devices (IEDs), hand grenades, and firearms.” According to the statement, the militants were killed after their IEDs detonated as armed forces were combating them. The number of the militants killed was not provided, with El-Refaie posting pictures of the militants’ corpses on the official page of the Egyptian armed forces…



120 Daesh terrorists, over 60 ‘foreign mercenaries’ killed in Russian strikes in Syria

emReuters Photo/em07/09/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Some 120 Daesh terrorist and 60 foreign mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, the defense ministry in Moscow said on Saturday. “A command post of the terrorists and up to 80 (Daesh) terrorists including nine natives of the Northern Caucasus were destroyed in the area of Mayadeen,” the ministry said, adding some 40 Daesh terrorists were killed around the town of Albu Kamal. As a result of an air strike more than 60 foreign mercenaries from the former Soviet Union, Tunisia, and Egypt were killed south of Deir el-Zour…



Egypt’s population reaches 104.2 million

CAPMAS30/09/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): One in 10 Egyptians live abroad, the head of Egypt’s statistics body CAPMAS said Saturday, announcing the result of the latest census at an official ceremony. Abu Bakr El-Gendy said Egypt’s population had reached 104.2 million. Some 94.98 million live within Egypt while 9.4 million live abroad. The figures announced took four years to collate, El-Gendy stated. “Unprecedented mechanisms were utilized in the census to reach its goals,” he added. Census data revealed that youth aged 15 to 24 years constitute 18.2 percent of the total population, meaning one in five Egyptians is within that age group…



Turkish jets hit PKK positions in northern Iraq

Turkish jets hit PKK positions in northern Iraq23/09/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Airstrikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq on Friday destroyed arms dumps and shelters, the military said in a statement. The airstrikes targeted the northern Iraq’s Avasin-Basyan and Hakurk regions, according to Saturday’s statement on the Turkish Armed Forces’ website. No further detail was given about the timing of the operation but all aircraft returned safely. Military sources also said two PKK terrorists were killed in Gurpinar, a large district that lies to the south of Lake Van, during an operation backed by the Turkish Air Force, late Friday night. Airstrikes on PKK targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Qandil region near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed campaign…



Syrian Soldiers Keep Marching on ISIL’s Positons in Eastern Hama

Syrian Soldiers Keep Marching on ISIL's Positons in Eastern Hama16/09/2017 (Fars News – Iran): TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops drove ISIL terrorists out of more hills and villages and managed to tighten their circle of forces around the remaining terrorist-held regions in the Central part of the country on Saturday. The army men engaged in intense battle with the ISIL in Eastern Hama and imposed control over al-Nubeh hill and the villages of al-Khalaya, al-Moshrefeh and Khalid Hilal. ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the clashes.   Relevant reports said earlier today that the army troops stormed ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Hama and forced the terrorists to retreat from a small but key town, tightening noose on the militants in the Central part of the country…

174 Turkish ISIL militants surrendered in Iraq after liberation of Mosul, Tal Afar

AFP photo09/09/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): A total of 174 Turkish militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have surrendered to the Iraqi army, Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and Peshmerga forces in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul and Tal Afar from the jihadist group. The situation of the militants, who surrendered with their families, are under close surveillance by Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT), while security precautions on the border have been stepped up as a measure against ISIL militants crossing into Turkey. The jihadist group reportedly has started seeking new strategies after losing territories in Syria’s Raqqa and the entire control over the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar in Iraq. After operations in Iraq, many of the jihadists in the area fled to Syria, while half of them surrendered to different Iraqi groups and authorities…



Turkish forces neutralize 34 PKK terrorists in 7 days

Turkish forces neutralize 34 PKK terrorists in 7 days28/08/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Turkish security forces have neutralized 34 PKK terrorists in a week of operations, according to the country’s Interior Ministry on Monday. During the operations, 22 terrorists were killed, two were captured and 10 surrendered, a statement issued by the ministry said. According to the statement, more than 2,849 arrests were made in 1,094 operations between Aug. 21-28. They include the arrest of 127 suspects for aiding the PKK, 44 for alleged ties to Daesh, 400 for potential links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), and 14 who allegedly joined leftist terrorist organizations, the statement added.Also last week, security forces destroyed nine shelters used by terrorists, and 27 mines and explosives in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir as well as in the eastern Bingol…




36 dead, 109 injured after trains collide in Egypt’s Alexandria

East Alexandria11/08/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The death toll in a train collision in Alexandria on Friday has risen to 36, with at least 109 injured, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told Al-Ahram Arabic. One of the trains was travelling from Cairo, and the other from Port Said. Egypt’s prosecutor-general, Nabil Sadiq, has ordered an urgent investigation into the collision. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered winches to be dispatched to the site. Megahed said that the dead were transferred to Koum El-Dekka morgue, while injured passengers are at El-Mery, El-Gomhoria, Ras El-Tin, and Mostafa Kamel hospitals. Mass-casualty train accidents in Egypt are not unknown. A train derailment in Badrashin in Giza killed at least 19 people in 2013…



850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body

850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body29/07/2017 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): A total of 850,000 children have been displaced in Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to clashes in the country, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Friday. This makes the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF said in a statement, adding that children bore the brunt of extreme violence. More than a million people have also been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the region, it said. ”The lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Greater Kasai have been turned upside down by this brutal violence,” Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF acting Representative in the DRC, said in the statement…