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Aid group calls on Libya to end detention of refugees

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Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, said in a statement Friday that medical conditions in detention centers in Tripoli, where the United Nations-backed government is based, are either caused or aggravated by ‘squalid detention conditions and ill treatment. The European Union earmarked tens of millions of euros to improve conditions for migrants inside Libyan detention centers. But the group says international funding to Libya is not the solution.

IS terrorists seize areas on the road to their old stronghold, Sirte

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Terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) controlled Saturday evening the district of Wadi Al-Hamar – 90 km away from Sirte – and according to eyewitnesses, they set up checkpoints and kidnapped at least three people.The member of the House of Representatives (HoR) Amer Nasser, confirmed that IS militants had seized the district near Sirte. Meanwhile, Haftar’s forces have been besieging Al-Noufiliya area for two days and have kidnapped a number of men from there.Al-Noufiliya is an area so close to the Wadi Al-Hamar district, where IS militants made their fresh return. Dignity Operation sources said there is clear mobilization of forces in the aim to have control on the area from Ras Lanuf to Al-Arbaeen town in eastern Sirte, where IS militants are building up their return, according to Afrigate news website on Sunday.

LNA in fresh clashes east of Sirte

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Units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) clashed yesterday with an armed group some 90 kilometres east of Sirte, near Harawa. Air force jets were brought in to attack the force and claim to have destroyed three vehicles and killed a number of fighters. According to one LNA source, the clashes involved fighters from the so-called Islamic State (IS).Both the LNA and the rival Bunyan Marsous operations room says that IS is increasingly active in the area again.According to another LNA report, however, the group involved in yesterday’s fighting belonged to the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB).In fact, the LNA now regularly conflates the BDB and IS. However, although separate, there are suggestions that they collaborate and overlap.

 

PM Zaev calls referendums on refugee settlments ‘political manipulation’

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In the course of the day from Veles the Macedonian Prime Minister Zaev told to the reporters that the referendums on construction of apartment blocks to house of refugees, convened by several municipalities in Macedonia in the same day of local elections on October 15, are a manipulation to divert the public attention from the local elections. If the municipalities were to hold a refendum on refugees transfer in Macedonia , the party of  the Prime Minister Zaev ( SDSM ) would take part to prove that 100% of electors say would not to build refugee camps.

BRSC spokesman Mohamed Bakr arrested in Misrata

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Sources in Misrata have confirmed the arrest of the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shura Council (BRSC) spokesman, Mohamed Bakr, known as The Bee (Al-Nahla). He is being interrogated by the city’s counter crime agency, they said. The BRSC and its offshoot the Benghazi Defence Brigades, which consists of mainly BRSC members who had managed to flee Libya’s second city and regroup in Tripoli, had previously been allied to Misratan forces and were operating out of Jufra airbase. Prior to his arrest, Bakr was last seen in Jufra with a number of Chadian fighters said to be collaborating both with the BDB and the so-called Islamic State. According to the sources in Misrata, a number of other BRSC and BDB members have also been arrest.

 

Suicide attack kills 7 north of Baghdad, UN says ISIS seeks Revenge

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Suicide bombers have killed seven and wounded another 12 when they attacked a power plant in Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad on Saturday, officials say. An Iraqi security official said that there were three attackers, while a statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said there were four. The attackers, armed with grenades also died during clashes with the security forces. The attack happened at 2:00 a.m. local time. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but ISIS has carried out similar attacks in the past. Most Iraqi Shiite Muslims marked the first day of Eid al-Adha on Saturday, a day after the country’s Sunni Muslims. Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with 45 deaths and 135 injuries followed by Ninewa Governorate where Mosul and Tal Afar are located with 36 killed and 18 injured. The remaining casualty figures reported by the UN came from other areas of Iraq which were not named in the press release. Additionally, the numbers do not include figures from the Anbar province, where fighting still continues.

Coalition warplanes kill 22 Islamic State fighters in Anbar

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Warplanes from the United States-led coalition killed 22 Islamic State militants in western Anbar on Saturday, a senior paramilitary leader was quoted saying. Qatari al-Obaidi, a commander at the tribal forces in Anbar, told Alsumaria News that coalition fighter jets killed 22 members of the extremist group who were in a convoy heading to the town of Annah (210 west of Ramadi) coming from Qaim. He said seven vehicles driven by the militants were destroyed in the raid. The Iraqi government declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul, the group’s former capital in Iraq, in July, and said it was going to proceed towards other group holdouts, including Anbar. Government troops are currently preparing to expel the group from Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk. Late July, Iraqi army warplanes reportedly dropped millions of messages on western Anbar telling locals that liberation offensives for the province were nearing, and advising them to stay away from militants’ deployments.

Air Defense Top Priority of Iran’s Armed Forces

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Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces described plans to boost the country’s air defense capabilities as the number one priority, saying the significant progress in that sphere has turned Iran’s airspace into one of the safest in the turbulent Middle East region. Building up air defense capabilities has been the main priority for the Iranian Armed Forces since a couple of years ago, given the fact that aerial and missile offensives still seem a probability, though pretty low, in case of any military action against Iran, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Saturday. Iran has carried out extensive work on the research into and production of advanced air defense systems to counter the threats, the top commander told reporters on the sidelines of a military exhibition in Tehran. Last week, Iran’s Air Defense unveiled four homegrown systems for civil and military applications. The four systems, dubbed Sama, Samee’, Baseer, and Samet-1, are used for detecting aerial targets, controlling air traffic, and transferring data.

Iran Has Marginalized US in Region: IRGC Commander

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Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami highlighted Iran’s growing power in the Middle East and said the balance of power in the region has changed in favor of the Islamic Republic.The commander further pointed to the return of the body of an Iranian military adviser who was recently decapitated by the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group in Syria, saying that it indicated Iran’s power over hegemonic states and their mercenaries in the region. Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement on Thursday received the body of Martyr Hojaji from Daesh based on a ceasefire deal between the two sides. The transfer of Lebanon’s captured soldiers and two martyrs, as well as the body of Martyr Hojaji, took place after the buses carrying Daesh militants and their families arrived in the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Province. In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh that are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

Brexit consequences raise doubts over future defense industrial collaboration

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According to a report from Ares, a network of European think tanks, brexit could put pressure on missile-maker MBDA. British companies will no longer benefit from Community credits outside the EU, and this could have a negative effect on the company’s integration process. This issue is particularly acute with regards to MBDA because this European consortium of missile maker is going to have problem with his Britain unit, which since 2006 have seen highly cooperations between France and Britain. The report underline this strong cross-English Channel in MBDA, pointing out that London and Paris ratified the One Complex Weapons strategy in 2016 even after the U.K. referendum returned a vote in favore of leaving the EU. This project is a convincing model of industrial consolidation in the field of European armament, and so it’s no one’s interest to rule out future cooperation. The U.K. also pursues bilateral cooperations with other EU states, including Germany, Italy and Sweden, the report said, and so those companies that have many activities based in Britain will encounter similar problem. “We are leaving the EU but we are not turning our backs on Europe” said British Prime Minister Theresa May, the report noted, and this gives hope for future collaborations in this field.

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