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Russia says ‘highly likely’ ISIS leader Baghdadi is killed


[6/22/2017 3:14:22 PM]

AMMONNEWS - There is a high degree that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force in Syria in late May, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “It is highly likely that ISIS leader [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi was eliminated in an airstrike of the Russian Air Force on a militant command post in a southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik News, citing data provided by the Russian Defense Ministry. Baghdadi’s death is now being verified through “various channels,” Syromolotov said. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he could not give a solid proof that Baghdadi was eliminated. The Russian Defense Minister said on June 16 that the ISIS leader might have been killed during an ISIS military council meeting by a Russian airstrike on May 28 south of the militant group’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria. Meanwhle, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that the “liberation” of the city of Mosul from ISIS will be announced in a few days. “It’s a matter of a few days and we will announce the total liberation of Mosul,” Abadi told reporters in Baghdad, according to al-Sumaria.

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Russian defense minister's plane buzzed by NATO jet


[6/21/2017 4:01:44 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was buzzed by a NATO F-16 fighter jet as it flew over the Baltic Sea, but was seen off by a Russian Sukhoi-27 military jet, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. The F-16 had tried to approach the aircraft carrying the defense minister even though it was flying over neutral waters, agencies said. Shoigu was reported to be en route to the Russian city of Kaliningrad for a meeting to discuss how well Russia's western flank was defended. One of the Russian fighter jets escorting Shoigu's plane had inserted itself between the defense minister's plane and the NATO fighter and tilted its wings from side to side to show the weapons it was carrying, Russian agencies said. *Agencies

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Saudi Royal decree names Mohammad bin Salman crown prince


[6/21/2017 7:11:55 AM]

AMMONNEWS - King Salman bin Abdulaziz early Wednesday issued a Royal decree amending chapters in the Kingdom's Basic Law and naming Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the Kingdom's crown prince, while Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved from his position, according to the Saudi state news agency ( SPA). The new decree included the following, Chapter 2 of Article 5 of the Basic Law of Government shall be amended to read as follows: "Rule passes to the sons of the founding King, Abd al-Aziz Bin Abd al-Rahman al-Faysal Al Saud, and to their children's children. The most upright among them is to receive allegiance in accordance with the principles of the Holy Quran and the Tradition of the Venerable Prophet."

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US shoots down drone close to Iraqi-Syrian border


[6/20/2017 7:28:39 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The US led coalition said on Tuesday it had shot down an armed pro-Syrian drone that had been advancing on its forces near a garrison close to the border with Iraq in southeastern Syria. In a statement, US forces said the drone was shot at after it “displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” The location was close to where another “pro-regime UAV” drone, which Western intelligence sources said was Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces, the statement said. *Reuters

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Saudi naval forces detain three Iranian revolutionary guards


[6/19/2017 7:45:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Saudi Arabia’s naval forces say they have detained and are currently questioning three men believed to be Iranian Revolutionary Guards after their armed boat attempted to breach their territorial waters on Friday. An official source stated that at 20:28 on June 16, three small boats, bearing red and white flags, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf. Saudi navy forces were able to capture one boat while the other two escaped. “They headed at speed towards platforms of Saudi oil field of Marjan. Immediately, the Saudi naval forces fired warning shots, but the boats did not respond. Consequently, one of the boats was captured which was loaded with weapons for subversive purpose, while the other two escaped,” a statement on Saudi Press Agency read. A statement released by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Informational and Culture quoted a navy source as saying that the attack was apparently carried as a terrorist operation aimed at causing serious damage to life and property. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses its determination to combat and eradicate terrorism and its sources, as a part of the country’s permanent objective to protect its national security against any external aggression,” the statement added. * Al Arabiya

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Russia suspends coordination with US after downing of Syrian jet


[6/19/2017 7:38:18 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Russia’s defense ministry says it is suspending coordination with the United States in Syria over so-called “de-confliction zones” after the Americans downed a Syrian government fighter jet. The United States and Russia, which has been providing an air cover for Syria’s President Bashar Assad since 2015 in his offensive against the ISIS, have a standing agreement that should prevent in-the-air incidents involving US and Russia jets engaged in operations in Syria. The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the US military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near US partner forces. The ministry says it views the incident as Washington’s “deliberate failure to make good on its commitments” under the de-confliction deal. *AP

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Several injuries reported in London’s Finsbury Park after van hits pedestrians


[6/18/2017 7:53:59 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Several people were reportedly injured in London after a van hit a crowd in Finsbury Park. London’s Metropolitan police have confirmed they were called to the scene after a "vehicle collision incident on Seven Sisters Road". Police have confirmed that there are a number of casualties being treated on the scene and that one person has been arrested. The Muslim Council of Britain said on Twitter they were informed that a van had run over worshippers as they left a mosque in Finsbury Park. *Staff writer,

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