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Trump’s U turn: US forces to pull out of Syria soon

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was against complete withdrawal

In a major shift in his Middle East policy, US President Donald Trump has insisted that U.S. forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and argued about Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in West Asian wars.

While addressing industrial workers in Ohio on Thursday Mr. Trump said U.S. forces were close to securing all of the territory that the Islamic State group once claimed. “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” he promised. This was responded by people’s applause.

Trump was quoted saying, “Very soon — very soon we’re coming out. We’re going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it — sometimes referred to as ‘land’ —taking it all back quickly, quickly,” he said. “But we’re going to be coming out of there real soon. Going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.”

President Trump did not elaborate who the others might take care of Syria. However, Iranian advisors backed with Russian air force have been supporting Syrian forces in defeating terror groups.

Trump’s sudden announcement of US forces’ withdrawal from Syria has surprised all, friends and foes.

Trump’s announcement without taking Department of State or Pentagon on board was clearly indicated Heather Nauert, Spokesperson of State Department publicly admitted about her ignorance. Responding to a question during her official briefing as if she was aware of any decision for the U.S. to pull out of Syria, she responded, “I am not, no. No.”Trump’s U turn: US forces to pull out of Syria soon

The U.S. has more than 2,000 military personnel in Syria. Recently forces from Turkey and US were in standoff at Afrin, where Turkey captured some of the areas removing US supported separatist Kurds.

Syria, Iran and Russia believe that US forces were imparting training to the IS militants and other anti-Bashar forces. However, US claims that its forces were   working with local militia groups to defeat the Islamic State while trying to keep out of Syria’s broader civil war.

Mr. Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Syria goes against new U.S. Syria strategy announced in January by then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has since been sacked. He argued that U.S. forces must remain engaged in Syria to prevent the IS and Al-Qaeda from returning and to deny Iran a chance “to further strengthen its position in Syria”.

He had also warned that “a total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad and continue his brutal treatment against his own people.”

Donald Trump posted his words through tweet post along with video of Ohio meeting.

Marwan Kabalan, a fellow at Qatar based Arab Centre for Research and Policy Analysis and former Dean at Faculty of International Relations & Diplomacy at University of Kalamoon in Damascus told Aljazeera that withdrawal of US forces from Syria would be similar to what Americans did in 2003 by ousting Saddam regime in Iraq and gaving it to Iran in a “silver plate”.

Several western and Middle East experts believe that US committed a blunder by removing its ally Saddam Hussein in Iraq which had benefited Iran the most. Present Iraqi government is considered to be the closest ally with Iran. Similarly Syria depends more on Iran for decades. Iranian military advisors played important role in defeating Daesh (IS) terror in both the countries.

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Turbulence in Singapore Airlines flight leaves 1 dead, 30 injured, plan makes emergency landing in Bangkok

One person died and several sustained injuries after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence.

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Turbulence in Singapore Airlines flight leaves 1 dead, 30 injured, plan makes emergency landing in Bangkok

A passenger travelling in Singapore Airlines flight was found dead after the plan encountered severe turbulence caused by adverse weather. Over 30 people were also injured in turbulence. The was coming from London and was going to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines stated in a statement that flight SQ321, which was traveling to Singapore when it took off on Monday from London’s Heathrow Airport, encountered severe turbulence en route. After being diverted, the plane touched down at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. (local time).

The deceased passenger’s name has not been revealed.

There were 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board at the Boeing 777-300 ER.

The airline also said, they can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing. However, their priority is to help every passenger and member of the crew on board the aircraft as much as they can. They are sending a team to Bangkok to provide any further aid required, and they are collaborating with the Thai local authorities to provide the required medical assistance, it added.

Medical staff have boarded the aircraft to assess injuries, but the number of casualties has not been confirmed, according to Thai immigration police, and some uninjured passengers have been deplaned.

Emergency personnel from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital were on hand to help injured passengers get medical attention as soon as they landed. A line of ambulances was seen flowing to the site in videos that Suvarnabhumi Airport shared on the messaging app LINE, according to the reports.

The Singapore Airlines flight was traveling at a height of 37,000 feet, according to tracking data that was obtained by FlightRadar24 and examined by AP. The aircraft abruptly and violently dipped down to 31,000 feet over the course of around three minutes, shortly after 0800 GMT. After less than ten minutes at 31,000 feet, the plane descended quickly and touched down in Bangkok in less than thirty minutes.

Meanwhile, as per experts, these types of injuries typically occur when passengers fail to fasten their seatbelts and the pilot is unable to issue an early warning due to the weather radar data not indicating turbulence. Passengers may get injuries if they are flung around in the cockpit in such circumstances.


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PM Modi condoles Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death says India stands with Iran

PM Narendra Modi extended condolences to Ebrahim Raisi’s family and the people of Iran.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled Iran president Ebrahim Raisi’s death and said he was deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise. The PM also said contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral ties will always be remembered.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, PM Modi said deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of Iran’s president, Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi. He also said, he will never forget his contribution to the bilateral ties between Iran and India. The PM said his heartfelt condolences are his family and the people of Iran, he added. PM Modi wrote, India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.

Ebrahim Raisi was found dead a day after his helicopter went missing. He reportedly died in a chopper crash in the mountainous region of the country.

The helicopter crash claimed the lives of officials, bodyguards, and Iran’s foreign minister in addition to Raisi.

State television announced on Monday that Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, the servant of the Iranian nation, has achieved the highest level of martyrdom whilst serving the people, and Mehr news agency confirmed his death.

The missing helicopter was being looked for by Iranian authorities since Sunday afternoon.

Reportedly, the crash occurred in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran and claimed the lives of nine individuals, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

There was no proof that the passengers were still alive, according to reports from Iranian media.

Out of the three helicopters in his convoy, only two made it to their destination, including Ebrahim Raisi. He had traveled to the northwest province to join President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the inauguration of a dam project in Jolfa.

It was anticipated that Raisi, a devout conservative, would succeed the eighty-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Since 2021, Ebrahim Raisi has served as Iran’s president. He replaced Hassan Rouhani, the centrist president.

Under his leadership, the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian-Kurdish woman who had been detained for violating the Iranian dress code for women, sparked widespread public unrest throughout the nation.

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister safe after surviving multiple gunshot

The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

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Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed today that Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable, with his life no longer in immediate danger, following an alarming incident where he was shot multiple times.

The Prime Minister was shot by an assassin while he was leaving a meeting on Wednesday.The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Fico was urgently airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery that lasted several hours. Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, addressing reporters from outside the hospital where Fico was receiving treatment on Wednesday, described the Prime Minister’s condition as critical, emphasising that he was fighting for his life.

The identity of the suspect is yet unconfirmed as the police further investigate. Unconfirmed reports from local media suggest that the assailant may have been a 71-year-old writer and political activist.

A video is currently circulating in which the alleged perpetrator can be seen. In the clip, he mentions that he does not agree with government policy.

The shooting has sparked international concern. Expressing shock over the incident, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic, wishing Prime Minister Fico a speedy recovery. He strongly condemned the shooting, denouncing it as a cowardly and despicable act while emphasising the need for unity against such violent acts and reaffirming India’s support for Slovakia during these challenging times.

Earlier, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen also expressed disapproval of the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico . On X, she stated that such acts of violence have no place in society, undermining democracy, the most precious common good. Von der Leyen extended her thoughts to Prime Minister Fico and his family, highlighting the European Union’s solidarity during this challenging time. The condemnation from EU leadership underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a united stance against violence targeting political figures. As the investigation unfolds, international support for Slovakia remains steadfast, emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the safety of leaders across Europe.

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