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Iraq violence is spillover from Syrian civil war

CBS News Friday, 14 August 2020
Two years after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, Islamic extremists affiliated with al Qaeda have taken the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi. Militants in neighboring Syria have exported their cause and their men across the border. Elizabeth Palmer reports.

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Syrian robot doubles as IT tutor [Video]

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Might Al Harrah desert drawings reveal the Middle East’s forgotten past? [Video]

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In this vast plain of the Al Harrah desert, stretching from Syria across north-eastern Jordan and into Saudi Arabia, ancient drawings are carved into volcanic basalt rock.View on euronews

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Al Qaeda terrorists nabbed from Kerala, Bengal; were targeting navy base: NIA [Video]

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National Investigative Agency (NIA) arrested nine Al Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal and Kerala. They are accused of being radicalised by a Pakistan-based Al Qaeda module. The men were radicalised on social media, motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places. They were arrested in raids carried out in Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala's Ernakulam. NIA nabbed Leu Yean Ahmed and Abu Sufiyan from West Bengal among others. From Kerala, the agency arrested three including Mosaraf Hossen and Murshid Hasan. Six of them were arrested in West Bengal while three were nabbed in Kerala. NIA informed that the Al Qaeda module was actively indulged in fundraising. A few gang members were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. NIA added that the arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in the country.

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Baghdad's biggest amusement park reopens [Video]

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Carrying footballs, bags of food and cotton candy, Baghdad residents can finally return to their city's largest amusement park, al-Zawraa, that reopened last week following months of closure to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Visitors enjoyed the park's fun rides, green picnic lanes and shaded walking paths after a summer mostly spent at home. Saleh Daoud said he drove all the way to Fallujah to spend a day with his family who suffered from isolation over the past months, as both the children's school and his work place were shut down. Park authorities installed a disinfection gate and a temperature scanner at the entrance of the park and visitors were required to wear face masks. In mid-September, restaurants and hotels were allowed to reopen in the capital under certain conditions. The coronavirus continues to spread in Iraq, with about 3,400 to 5,000 new cases recorded on a daily basis over the past week. Families remain scared of the pandemic, Baghdad resident Randa Mohammed told Reuters, adding that hers did feel better after finally going out. On September 27, Iraqi health authorities recorded 3,481 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 349,450, including 8,990 deaths.

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