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12/7/2019 AfghanistanTimes NDS forces kill six Taliban, detained five others in Helmand At least six Taliban militants have been killed and five others captured in an operation carried out by operatives of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in southern Helmand province on Saturday. NDS in a statement said its operatives conducted a preemptive crackdown against Taliban’s fighter commander, Mullah Mir Hamza in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province, in which six Taliban militants were killed and five others arrested, including two Pakistan citizens named “Kalimullah” and “Bahawdin”. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/nds-forces-kill-six-taliban-detained-five-others-in-helmand/
12/7/2019 KP Halted US-Taliban talks resumed in Qatar “The US rejoined talks today in Doha. The focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire,” said the US source. US peace envoy Zalmai Khalilzad arrived in Doha on Wednesday after meeting Afghan leaders and politicians. Zalmai Khalilzad met President Ghani, CEO Abdullah Abdullah, Hamid Karzai and some Afghan politicians and public figures in his two-day visit to Kabul. https://www.khaama.com/halted-us-taliban-talks-resumed-in-qatar-9886/
12/7/2019 DPA Death toll in shooting attack on Baghdad protesters rises to 16 The number of deaths in an attack on a key protest site in the Iraqi capital Baghdad has risen to at least 16, witnesses said on Saturday, a day after the incident. Around 100 others were injured in the shooting, which saw unknown gunmen fire live bullets at anti-government protesters from inside four cars in al-Khilani Square in central Baghdad, the witnesses told dpa. The Interior Ministry said four civilians were killed and 80 others injured in the gunfire. https://www.gulf-times.com/story/649760/Death-toll-in-shooting-attack-on-Baghdad-protester
12/7/2019 Kurdistan24 ISIS attack kills 5 militiamen in Kirkuk as Iraqi PM orders anti-terror operations Islamic State gunmen attacked a Hashd al-Shaabi unit in the disputed province of Kirkuk amid a general uptick in terrorist attacks in the region. In response, Prime Minister of Iraq’s caretaker government, Adil Abdul Mahdi, has ordered an anti-ISIS operation in three provinces. The latest incident reportedly occurred Saturday morning in the Danadish area of Kirkuk’s Hawija district. Islamic State militants took advantage of adverse weather conditions and attacked a unit of the 56th Brigades of the Shia-majority militias, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/6874ceee-7c70-487b-801a-8405b17be9f2
12/7/2019 Middleeasteye Drone bombs home of prominent Iraqi cleric as protests death toll rises A drone dropped a bomb on the home of prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the holy city of Najaf early on Saturday, but he was not in the country, sources within his party told AFP news agency. Sadr has backed protests against corruption, unemployment and a lack of public services that have rocked Baghdad and the country's south since the beginning of October. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/drone-drops-bomb-home-iraqi-cleric-protester-death-toll-rises
12/6/2019 AP U.S. hits Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders with sanctions The Trump administration on Friday slapped sanctions on three Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders for violent suppression of protests that have wracked the country. The Treasury and the State Department also hit a wealthy Iraqi businessman with sanctions for bribery and corruption. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/u-s-hits-iran-backed-iraqi-militia-leaders-with-sanctions
12/6/2019 Time 15 Killed in Iraqi Capital as Gunmen Open Fire Amid Attacks on Protesters Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to take cover. It wasn’t immediately clear who did the shooting. The attack came as anti-government demonstrators occupied parts of Jumhuriya, Sinak and Ahar bridges in a standoff with security forces. All the bridges lead to or near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government. https://time.com/5745536/iraq-protests-baghdad-square/
12/5/2019 Reuters Mortars hit Iraq's Balad air base: military sources Two mortars landed inside Iraq’s Balad air base on Thursday, two Iraqi military sources said. No casualties have been reported in the mortar attack against the air base, said the sources. Balad base hosts U.S. forces and contractors and is located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Baghdad. On Tuesday, five rockets landed on Ain Al-Asad air base, which hosts U.S. forces in Anbar province in western Iraq without causing any casualties. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/mortars-hit-iraqs-balad-air-base-military-sources-idUSKBN1Y92LB
12/5/2019 CNN US considers sending thousands more troops to Middle East to deter Iran The Pentagon is considering sending thousands more troops to the Middle East as part of an effort to beef up air defense capabilities in the face of Iranian moves that include its recent transfer of short-range missiles into Iraq, CNN has learned from multiple defense officials. The most realistic options include potentially sending 4,000 to 7,000 additional US troops to the region, the officials said. https://us.cnn.com/2019/12/05/politics/pentagon-troop-boost-mideast-iran/index.html
12/5/2019 BasNews Car Bomb Kills Two in Northeast of Syria A car bomb explosion on Thursday left two people killed in northeast of Syria, while several others were injured, Turkey's Defense Ministry said in a statement. The incident occurred in Sari Kani, also known as Ras al-Ain, northeastern Syria, which is under the control of the Turkish forces and Ankara-backed Syrian Islamist rebels. According to the statement, at least ten more people were also wounded in the bomb attack. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/middle-east/565223?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=b5e5bb7f33e1e250974ac253a93d6ab37e96bec6-1575597028-0-Ab7VT82NoxuKj8LveXcX51diKTo0VYve04SoZYhdJgXPRE-TceptZWEBxGA3Yy1-lurfIHECTsKNoW6c_DRxeNSeJtoEBiQRQiONepcke3G2gH9iAGWFtuBqe8fdnm1WrmxOLYjB9rEAu9_8k1Ux-Nrg_9WD8RKQ0t0_1EsVid5Y1b9HxPTTLJfsrhX_rRSgf0vAOoZIGOwvD1GEZr2K_2F0qLhLdpBu9PrCrGgA1jMSVNVgmjH-GmoLqzNZZk_MuQw5THTeUxyWjx-w9LWGcxhFLzyeS9k_BrMAtwa5lx7eG3pfsH8q_2FdXYWqw-Iy0g