WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Wednesday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death is imminent, as US-backed forces close in on the jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
“Nearly all of Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s deputies are now dead, including the mastermind behind the attacks in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere,” Tillerson told a coalition meeting in Washington.
“It is only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself meets this same fate,” he promised, as he opened discussions between the 69 members of the US-led military coalition and their Iraqi ally.
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From a secret film of a man scaling the wall between Palestine and Israel to migrant workers clinging to cranes in Mecca, an exhibition of essential Middle Eastern art at New York’s New Museum evades the regionalist trap
After the Arab spring comes a fraught, broiling summer. 2014 has not been a good year for the Arab world, as the Syrian civil war has dragged into a third ruinous year, Egypt continues to lurch through political crises, and Isis have gained control of large parts of Iraq. But the horrific new ground incursion in Gaza over the last two weeks, which has left more than 400 people dead, has sunk hopes for a better Arab future to the floor.
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The shadowy commander of Iran’s Quds Force has a roster of his top Palestinian fighters. Their divisions, and their connections, are key to understanding Gaza.
Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force who is known as the point man for Iran’s military and covert operations outside its borders, publicly pledged support for Palestinian fighters on July 30.
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In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Trump vowed to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”
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A French Canadian known for far-right views has been charged with six counts of murder over the shooting rampage at a Quebec mosque. Suspect Alexandre Bissonnette, who was also charged with five counts of attempted murder, made a brief court appearance and did not enter a plea.
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