Tag Archives: operation

UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan to discuss possible operation in Syria with Putin – RIA

UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan to discuss possible operation in Syria with Putin - RIATurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he planned to discuss a possible Turkish military operation in Syria when he visits Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. Erdogan has vowed to crush U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters east of the Euphrates in Syria and said last year that preparations were complete for an operation. Turkey, Washington’s main Muslim ally within NATO, considers Syria’s YPG Kurdish militia an enemy and has already intervened to sweep the fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snag

Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snagThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has steadily driven the jihadists down the Euphrates, has surrounded them at Baghouz near the Iraqi border, but does not want to mount a final attack until all civilians are out. Iraqi sources said the SDF handed over more then 150 Iraqi and other foreign jihadists to Iraq on Thursday, under a deal involving a total of 502. The SDF had expected to pull the last civilians from Baghouz on Thursday, but trucks it sent in left empty.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Near Syrian border, Turkish defense minister vows operation when time is right

Near Syrian border, Turkish defense minister vows operation when time is rightTurkey’s defense minister on Friday pledged to wage a campaign against a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, sharpening focus on a potential conflict the United States has sought to prevent. The comments from Hulusi Akar, on an unannounced visit to inspect troops stationed near the Syrian border directly opposite territory held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG, appeared to be aimed at both Washington and its Kurdish allies. Turkey and the United States, although NATO allies, are deeply divided over the implementation of President Donald Trump’s plan to bring home about 2,000 troops stationed in Syria.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river – partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within days

Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within daysTurkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. “We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Israel may expand anti-tunnel operation into Lebanon, minister says

Israel may expand anti-tunnel operation into Lebanon, minister saysIsrael is prepared to take action in Lebanon against Hezbollah cross-border tunnels if necessary, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Friday. Israel’s military said earlier this week that it had found a number of passages dug across the Israel-Lebanon border to be used in carrying out attacks inside Israel. The Israeli military sent mechanical diggers, troops and anti-tunneling equipment to the border to shut them down.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Israeli forces 'kill Hamas commander during operation in Gaza'

Israeli forces 'kill Hamas commander during operation in Gaza'Israeli commandos and Hamas fighters engaged in a deadly gun battle inside Gaza late on Sunday, straining hopes that the two sides were close to reaching a ceasefire agreement. One Israeli officer and seven Palestinians were killed in the fighting near Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip. The initial gun fight was followed by heavy Israeli air strikes and a volley of Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza. Hamas, the Islamist militant group which controls Gaza, said the shooting broke out when an Israeli “undercover force” infiltrated the strip and assassinated Nour Baraka, a 37-year-old senior Hamas commander.        The Israeli raiding party entered Gaza in a civilian vehicle and was attacked by Palestinian fighters after carrying out the killing, Hamas said. Israeli aircraft began launching strikes to cover the commandos’ retreat out of Gaza, according to Hamas.  The Israeli military did not give details of the operation but denied  that the commandos were in Gaza to kill or kidnap a Hamas commander. Israeli media reported it was more likely a botched intelligence gathering operation.   Israel launched heavy air strikes after the shooting began Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo “During an Israeli Defence Forces special forces operational activity in the Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire evolved. At this incident an IDF officer was killed and an additional officer was moderately wounded,” the military said in a statement.  Residents of southern Gaza reported heavy Israeli airstrikes at around 9pm on Sunday. The Israeli military said at least 17 rockets were fired from Gaza in the hours that followed. By Monday morning the situation appeared quiet.  The spasm of serious violence was surprising because Israel and Hamas appeared to be nearing an agreement, in which Israel would ease its decade-long blockade of Gaza in return for Hamas keeping the situation quiet. In recent weeks, Gaza’s dire electricity shortages have eased after Israel allowed Qatar to begin paying for power plant fuel. Israel also allowed Qatar to deliver a suitcase with $ 15 million (£11.6 million) in cash to help pay salaries to civil servants inside Gaza.    Just hours before the fighting broke out, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, defended the Qatari deal and said it had been endorsed by the Israeli cabinet as a way of easing Gaza’s humanitarian crisis and lowering the chances of conflict.   “I am doing everything I can to avoid an unnecessary war,” he said.  The fighting appeared to take the Israeli government by surprise and led Mr Netanyahu to cut short a trip to France, where he had been marking the centenary of the end of the First World War alongside fellow world leaders.  Both Israel and Hamas have said they do not want another war and the UN will be hoping that the fighting on Sunday night will not derail what appeared to be promising steps toward a longterm ceasefire.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris  Credit: AFP Israel cancelled school for children living near the Gaza border on Monday and shut down the train line between Ashkelon and Sderot as a precaution. Some of the Palestinian rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system.  Tal Russo, a retired Israeli general, said Israeli forces were likely carrying out an intelligence-gathering operation inside Gaza and were caught, rather than trying to assassinate Hamas leaders.  “Activities that most civilians aren’t aware of happen all the time, every night and in every region. This action – an operation that was apparently exposed – wasn’t an assassination attempt. We have other ways of assassinating people and we know how to do it much more elegantly,” he said, according to the Times of Israel. The Israeli officer killed was identified by the military only as Lieutenant Colonel M, in line with Israel’s practice of not naming its special forces troops.  "I am shocked and saddened at the loss of Lt Col M, the IDF officer killed last night, and praying with all citizens of Israel for the swift recovery of the injured soldier," said Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli president. The Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza said seven Palestinians had been killed. One of them was Nour Baraka, a commander in the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.  Several of the dead were also Hamas fighters, according to Palestinian media. It was not clear if any civilians had been killed.    Hamas rarely inflicts casualties on Israeli forces and by Monday morning the group was hailing the gun battle as a victory for its side. “Qassam fighters stopped the Israeli aggression east of Khan Younes in a legendary and heroic way,” a spokesman said.  



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump Rips Harley-Davidson For Overseas Operation — Just Like His Own

Trump Rips Harley-Davidson For Overseas Operation — Just Like His OwnDonald Trump is continuing to hammer Harley-Davidson over the motorcycle



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears… but vet didn't realise until midway through operation 

Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit:  Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now – it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys – my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Syria's Assad says Ghouta operation will continue

Syria's Assad says Ghouta operation will continueSyrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that a military operation against the eastern Ghouta area near Damascus would continue and in parallel civilians would be allowed to leave the rebel-held area. The progress achieved yesterday and the day before in Ghouta by the Syrian Arab Army was made during this truce,” Assad said in broadcast comments to journalists. “Therefore we must continue with the operation in parallel with opening the way for civilians to leave.” He was referring to a daily humanitarian ceasefire called by Russia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (0700 GMT to 1200 GMT), which the United States has dismissed as “a joke”.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines