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Arab League Celebrates Arab Document Day

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Cairo, The annual celebration of the Arab Document Day, organized by the League in coordination with the Arab Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives (ARABICA), was held here today in the presence of the Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Director General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Dr. Mohamed Ould Amor and number of officials.The Kingdom's delegation to the event was headed by Dr. Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Tamimi, Director General of the National Center for Documentation and Archives.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Qaida Gaining Strength as World’s Focus Remains on IS

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Despite major setbacks in recent years, the al-Qaida terror group seems to remain resilient and is slowly rebuilding its capabilities in many conflict-ridden countries around the world, while the world's focus is on the Islamic State (IS), experts warn.Experts say the once-powerful jihadist group has been seeking to establish more ties with local extremist groups, particularly in some parts of Africa and the Middle East."For some time, al-Qaida has been working quietly in many places, forging new alliances, and re-establishing links with former affiliates," said Radwan Badini, a professor of political science at Salahaddin University in Irbil, Iraq.The ongoing political and security instability in countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen has offered yet a new opportunity for al-Qaida to st...

Turkey Deports US Citizen in Push to Repatriate IS Fighters

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Turkey has deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for Islamic State as a part of a plan to repatriate foreign jihadists held in Turkey. Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli did not identify the two fighters deported Monday but said a German would also be sent home later in the day. He said the country would also deport nine other Germans, 11 French and two Irish nationals. The move comes just weeks after the interior minister said Turkey was not a "hotel" for IS fighters. Turkish officials have criticized the West for refusing to take back their citizens who joined Islamic State as it fought to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. Ankara has not specified to which countries the fighters would be deported. Turkish media reported that a U.S. citizen...

US Troops at Syria Base Say They’ll Keep Pressure on IS

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A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA, At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons.The commander, Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, said even though Bradley armored vehicles have arrived in eastern Syria, the mission's focus has not changed. He said the "force mix," including the mechanized armored vehicles deployed in Syria for the first time since the war against IS, has an array of capabilities to deny IS the chance to regroup."The mission still continues. And Daesh is trying to resurge wherever they can," he sa...

Turkey Deports US Citizen in Push to Repatriate IS Fighters

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Turkey has deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for Islamic State as a part of a plan to repatriate foreign jihadists held in Turkey. Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli did not identify the two fighters deported Monday but said a German would also be sent home later in the day. He said the country would also deport nine other Germans, 11 French and two Irish nationals. The move comes just weeks after the interior minister said Turkey was not a "hotel" for IS fighters. Turkish officials have criticized the West for refusing to take back their citizens who joined Islamic State as it fought to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. Ankara has not specified to which countries the fighters would be deported. Turkish media reported that a U.S. citizen...

Al-Qaida Gaining Strength as World’s Focus Remains on IS

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Despite major setbacks in recent years, the al-Qaida terror group seems to remain resilient and is slowly rebuilding its capabilities in many conflict-ridden countries around the world, while the world's focus is on the Islamic State (IS), experts warn.Experts say the once-powerful jihadist group has been seeking to establish more ties with local extremist groups, particularly in some parts of Africa and the Middle East."For some time, al-Qaida has been working quietly in many places, forging new alliances, and re-establishing links with former affiliates," said Radwan Badini, a professor of political science at Salahaddin University in Irbil, Iraq.The ongoing political and security instability in countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen has offered yet a new opportunity for al-Qaida to st...

Syria strongly condemns military coup in Bolivia, expresses solidarity with President Evo Morales

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Damascus, The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemned the military coup in Bolivia.An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns the military coup in Bolivia, and it expresses solidarity with the legitimate elected President Evo Morales.The source added that the Syrian Arab Republic renews its standing by the Bolivian people in these difficult circumstances and it highly appreciates their standing by the Arab issues and their support to the struggle of the peoples of the Latin American countries against the conflicts of the US hegemony and its outrageous interference in the affairs of these states.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Lavrov: Washington’s attempt to control oil fields in Syria illegal

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Yerevan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated that the oil fields in Syria should be under the control of the Syrian state, pointing out that Washington's attempts to control them are illegal and hinder the political settlement of the crisis in Syria.US attempts to control the oil fields in Syria are illegal and hinder the settlement of the crisis there and pose an additional serious threat. Lavrov said during a press conference with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan on Monday.He pointed out that his country stresses the need for the Syrian state to extend its control over all its territory, including oil fields, as soon as possible, completely eliminate terrorism and to reach a solution to the crisis in Syria.Washington is trying to complete its colonial...

Next round of Astana talks on Syria will be held in late November or early December

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Nour Sultan, The next round of Astana talks on the crisis in Syria could be held in late November or early December in Nur Sultan, Kazakh Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Aibek Smadiyarov said.Smadiyarov told reporters on Monday that talks are underway between the parties of the Astana process to determine the date of the next round of Astana and we expect it will be in late November or early next December.Astana meetings began in the Kazakh capital since the beginning of 2017. Thirteen meetings were held, one of them held in the Russian city of Sochi. All Meetings stressed the firm commitment to preserving Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and continuing the war on the terrorist organizations in it to completely defeated.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency