Two deserted helmets are seen near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Two deserted helmets are seen near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan army forces, backed by air force and artillery, on Sunday killed seven Islamic State (IS) affiliated militants and captured nine others in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to a military source.

A Libya Dawn tank fires near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
A Libya Dawn tank fires near Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

“Major General Khalifa Haftar, general commander of the Libyan army, issued direct orders on Saturday to launch a full military operation in Benghazi, involving heavy artillery, air force, and infantry. The army forces managed to progress towards Al-Sabri area,” Khalifa Al-Obaidi, head of information office of the Libyan Army, told Xinhua. (Libya-IS)
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RAMADI, Iraq — A total of 31 people were killed on Sunday in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants, including two suicide car bombings, and an air strike in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.
The deadliest attack occurred when two suicide bombers rammed their explosive-laden vehicles at a military base, housing Iraqi soldiers and allied paramilitary militias, also known as Hashd Shaabi, in east of Fallujah, an IS-held city located some 50 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving 12 soldiers and militiamen killed, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS-Airstrike)
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ISTANBUL/ANKARA — Seventeen migrants were drowned on Sunday when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea near southwestern Turkey, according to Dogan news agency.
All victims were Syrians who left the Turkish resort town of Bodrum for the Greek island of Kos, the report said. The route is considered one of the shortest by sea from Asia to EU territory. (Turkey-Migrants-Death)
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JERUSALEM — Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday morning, firing rubber-coated bullets at “rioters” amid fresh clashes at the flashpoint site, police said.
A police spokesperson said masked Palestinian youths “threw stones and firecrackers at police and Border Police forces” who responded with “riot dispersal means.” (Israel-Clashes) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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