At least 50 members of the Iraqi armed forces and seven fighters have been killed in clashes in the city of Ramadi
Violence escalated in the Sunni-dominated province after anti-government fighters seized the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi earlier in January. Since then, security forces have managed to wrest back control of most of Ramadi, but a stalemate has persisted in Fallujah.
Unrest has been driven principally by complaints among the Sunni Arab minority of mistreatment by the Shia-led government and security forces, and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies have repulsed an assault by jihadist rivals on a town on the Iraqi border in fighting that killed 86 people
Sixty of the dead were fighters of Al-Nusra Front or its Islamist allies killed pushing back their Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) rivals from districts of Albu Kamal
The clashes have prompted soldiers on the Iraqi side of the border to reinforce their positions.
An amateur video released by the Observatory showed several men, including some who were handcuffed, shot in the head in a square in Bukamal. The narrator said the men were killed by Islamic State members.
The video appeared genuine and corresponded to other Associated Press reporting of the events.
The threat to the UK from returning fighters from the Syrian civil war is now the same as that from al-Qaeda terrorists in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
For the past two years, British jihadists have been able to gain access bomb and weapons training as well as further radicalisation.
As many as 500 Britons have headed to Syria to fight in the past three years – far higher than the numbers who travelled to Iraq.
“We are seeing a growing threat to the UK from terrorist groups in Syria."
“Dealing with terrorism in Syria is a very significant challenge due to the numbers of people fighting with the many Syria based terrorist groups, their proximity to the UK, ease of travel across porous borders and the ready availability of weapons, we are concerned about the threat to the UK from Syria based groups and the threat from foreign fighters returning to this country.”
Therefore the Curse will deepen
Homeowners will be limited to once-a-week watering beginning June 1 when Stage 2 drought restrictions kick in.
"The sad thing is until people turn the faucet on and there’s not water dripping or told they can’t water on certain days they take it for granted. As shocking as your report should have been, it’s still taken for granted."
The restrictions apply to both city operations and wholesale customers.
In Tarrant County, Fort Worth’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make twice-a-week watering restrictions permanent. The city has been observing the Stage 1 restrictions since June 3.
The restrictions will extend to Fort Worth’s customer cities North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills, Trophy Club and Burleson.
“As drought conditions continue to persist, the few rain events that have occurred have not significantly impacted lake levels,” Jim Parks, executive director of the NTMWD said in a press release.
In this Oct. 5, 2011 photo, a child's grave site, normally at least 20 to 30 feet underwater, has joined other remnants of old Bluffton, Texas, resurfacing on the now dry, sandy lake near Bluffton, as the Texas drought shrinks the state's largest inland lake.
As the contractions becomes more acute
Government buildings in Managua were evacuated as a precaution ahead of the multiple aftershocks following the 6.1 quake, which occurred at a far shallower depth of 6.2 miles, knocking out power and phone service in some areas of the capital, reported Reuters.