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Palestine cemetery houses graves of Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers

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JENIN, Palestine – Haji Mukhlis often visits the Iraqi military cemetery in the Palestinian city of Jenin, where he prays for the souls of the Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers who died fighting alongside the Palestinians against Zionist forces in 1948.

“It was a crucial fight against the Jewish force that entered the city,” he said.

The Iraqi army came from Tol Karam and took control of the city overnight.

Some 278 Iraqi soldiers were killed in Palestine; 67 died in Jenin alone. Out of those 56 were Iraqis and 11 Kurds, all buried at the cemetery where Mukhlis comes to pray for the dead.


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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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