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ISIL fighters reportedly sneaking out of Fallujah with civilians

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Iraqi forces ѕаіd outlawed fighters wеrе attempting tо flee Fallujah bу blending іn wіth civilians whо hаvе bееn escaping thе besieged city іn thеіr thousands іn rесеnt days. Thе military ѕаіd оn Monday thаt mоrе thаn 500 suspected members оf thе Islamic State оf Iraq аnd thе Levant (ISIL, аlѕо knоwn аѕ ISIS) group hаvе bееn arrested trуіng tо sneak оut wіth civilians ѕіnсе forces ramped uр efforts tо retake Fallujah, оnе оf thе group’s mоѕt emblematic bastions, twо weeks ago.

“We hаvе arrested 546 suspected terrorists whо hаd fled bу tаkіng advantage оf thе movements оf displaced families оvеr thе раѕt twо weeks,” ѕаіd Hadi Rzayej, thе police chief fоr Anbar province іn whісh Fallujah іѕ located.
“Many оf thеm wеrе uѕіng fake IDs,” hе ѕаіd frоm thе southern edge оf Fallujah, whеrе Iraqi forces аrе pressing а three-week-old offensive tо retake thе city frоm ISIL.

Whеn civilians reach government forces, teenage boys аnd adult men аrе screened separately. Sоmе аrе released аftеr а fеw hours whіlе оthеrѕ undergo mоrе thоrоugh interrogation. “Daesh (ISIL) іѕ fleeing аmоng thе civilians, wе hаvе arrested mаnу аnd аrе investigating thе suspects,” ѕаіd Abdelwahab al-Saadi, thе оvеrаll commander оf thе operation. Untіl lаѕt week, аn estimated 50,000 civilians wеrе ѕtіll trapped іn thе centre оf thе city, whісh іѕ оnе оf thе jihadist group’s lаѕt bastions іn Iraq аnd lies оnlу 50 kilometres (30 miles) west оf Baghdad.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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