Italian police informed about arrest of five people as part of a major operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism around Rome.
The swoop is the latest in a series of similar raids this month, coming as Italy steps up the number of foreigners it expels.
The anti-terrorism police arrested an Italian citizen of Moroccan origin who they said was an Islamic State sympathizer planning a truck attack.
“A vast anti-terrorism operation” was being carried out by special investigation forces in Rome and the nearby town of Latina, police said in a statement on Thursday, March 29.
A police spokeswoman said five people had been arrested, but gave no further details.
The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population.
The UN Security Council demands in the resolution that “all parties cease hostilities without delay and engage immediately to ensure full and comprehensive implementation of this demand by all parties, for a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.”
The ceasefire will enable “safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded, in accordance with applicable international law.”
However the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front, which is also outlawed in Russia, and other terrorist groups. The military operations against these groups will continue, TASS news agency reports.
In the morning of 28 December, a terrorist attack hit a peaceful gathering at a cultural centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has left over 40 persons killed and injured more than 80 others, amongst them women and children.
“With journalists amongst the casualties, this act of violence is clearly also an attack against freedom of expression and democracy in Afghanistan”, – says the statement of the EU Action Service spokesperson.
“The European Union expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed in these attacks and wishes a speedy recovery to the many who were wounded.”
“The European Union will continue to stand by the Afghan authorities and people in the fight against terrorism and to support their efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous future for all Afghan citizens.”
President Macron confirmed that the fight against “Islamic terrorism” is the priority of his foreign policy, announcing the news at a conference dedicated to the fight against the financing of terrorism.
Speaking in front of 170 ambassadors of France at the meeting in Paris, the head of state considered that the security of the French citizens was the “raison d’être” of French diplomacy.
“Ensuring the safety of our fellow citizens makes the fight against Islamist terrorism the top priority of our foreign policy,” he said. “Yes, I am talking about Islamist terrorism and I assume (the responsibility-ED) using of this adjective.”
“Angelism is not a appropriate in this respect,” he added, underlining that he warned against a “general suspicion” about the “millions of Muslims who live in Europe and have nothing to do with these fanatical doctrines “.
France has been struck for two years by a series of attacks, and is currently engaged militarily in the fight against jihadist groups, in Sahel-Saharan; in Libya and on the Iraqi-Syrian front, Emmanuel Macron reminded.
“Yes, Daesh is our enemy, the establishing of peace and stabilization of Iraq and then Syria are a vital priorities for France,” he said.
Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment during the weekend.
Dozens of Iraqi soldiers celebrated amid the rubble on the banks of the Tigris river without waiting for a formal victory declaration, some dancing to music blaring out from a truck and firing machine guns into the air.
In light of recent developments, the Council discussed and adopted conclusions on Iraq. In its conclusions, the Council commends the Iraqi Government of Prime Minister al-Abadi and the Iraqi security forces for the significant advances they have made in the military campaign against Da’esh over the past months. It also reiterates its steadfast support for Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Council emphasises the importance of an inclusive process of reconciliation both at national and local level, and the need to make tangible progress on political reforms to enable full national reconciliation.
The EU has expressed its highest concern about the humanitarian situation in Iraq. The EU remains fully engaged through its humanitarian assistance, with € 159 million in 2016 and EUR 42 million in 2017 so far for humanitarian support to populations moist affected by the conflict.
Three American soldiers were killed and one wounded on 10th of July (10.06.2017), when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, according to three U.S. officials.
The shooting occurred in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, where U.S. special forces have been fighting alongside Afghan troops against Islamic State and Taliban militants, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor.