IS MEN SHAVE BEARDS TO ESCAPE RAMADI
#Cosmoread: The Iraqi army has arrested a group of IS fighters when they tried to escape from the fallen city of Ra
madi after shaving their beards and dressing up as women. “The terrorists had shaved their beards and dressed as women in a bid to fool our forces and escape the liberated city of Ramadi. However, they were all arrested before escaping the city,” the Iraqi security command was quoted as saying by ARA News. The Iraqi army announced Tuesday the “full liberation” of Ramadi city, capital of Anbar province, from IS militants. Dozens of IS jihadis are believed to be stranded in Ramadi after the Iraqi troops imposed their control over the city, the report said.
The Iraqi forces raided several neighborhoods across the city looking for IS militants, a local source was quoted as saying.
“The militants who remained in the city are now trying to escape at any cost in order to avoid falling in the hands of the government forces,” the source said. “At least nine IS jihadis were detained Wednesday while
trying to flee the security checkpoints of the Iraqi forces in Ramadi suburb. They were all dressed as women,” the source added. Meanwhile, a top court in the United Arab Emirates Sunday sentenced for Emiratis to death after convicting them of joining the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Syria, local media reported.
Putin, Obama discusses Syria
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Barack Obama held frank talks in Syria over the phone amid US concerns over Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria days before a ceasefire deal is due to take hold. Putin took the call from Obama and both sides “gave a positive evaluation” of the results of talks in the Munich lash week, according to a Kremlin statement, which called the
exchange “frank and business-like”. The Russian leader reiterated that a united anti-terrorist coalition was needed in Syria, where Moscow has led an aerial campaign to support the regime’s ground operation since September.
Heavily armed suspects held
Greek authorities say they have arrested two heavily armed suspects near the border with Turkey. A high-ranking security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on an ongoing investigation, said the suspects were both Iraqi-born British subjects in their 20s. The two were arrested Saturday night by coast guard officers near the port of the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupolis. They were driving a trailer.