Marawi siege: Army kills Abu Sayyaf, Maute commanders

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#Manila: Two top Philippine commanders of an armed alliance that have declared loyalty to the ISIS have been killed, according to authorities, in a major blow to an ongoing armed rebellion in the country’s south.
Isnilon Hapilon, the top commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group and Omarkhayam Maute of the Maute Group, as well as seven of their fighters, were killed on Monday, after military forces launched a major operation in the besieged city of Marawi, General Eduardo Ano, the top military commander, said in a press conference.
Ano said information provided by a female hostage, who escaped recently, led the government troops to the location of the armed fighters.
The siege of Marawi started when military and police tried to serve an arrest warrant against Hapilon in May. Instead of giving up their arms, Hapilon formed an alliance with the Maute Group and launched a bloody rampage across the university town by the picturesque Lake Lanao. That prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

 

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Kuwaitis In UK, Ireland Alerted Against Incoming Hurricane

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The State of Kuwait Embassy in the United Kingdom has urged the Citizens, namely students in Ireland and British cities and towns, to be cautious in anticipation of the forecast hurricane Ophelia The embassy in a statement called on the nationals to adhere to instructions declared by the local authorities. Both the diplomatic mission and the Kuwaiti Culture Office are contacting the Kuwaiti students in the UK and Ireland regarding procedures that must be taken for their safety.
Consulate staff are available round the clock, ready to offer any help required for the Kuwaiti Citizens.
The hurricane is reportedly barreling towards the UK with winds of up to 70 km/h. The mission is reachable on the following phone number: 00442075903400

 

Last leaders of ISIS-tied siege in Marawi killed

Philippines: Isnilon Hapilon, an FBI most-wanted terror suspect, and Omarkhayam Maute were reportedly killed in a gunbattle in the southern city of Marawi. The two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi have been killed in an offensive launched by thousands of troops to retake areas held by pro-Islamic State militants, state security officials have said.

Military Service Dodgers In Kuwait Will Be Penalized

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#Kuwait: Chairman of the National Military Service Authority Major General Ibrahim Al-Amiri said on Sunday eligible drafters in the military would receive notifications to start their service.
Those who fail to present for conscription or seek to delay their service as scheduled will face penalties reaching five years behind iron bars, he warned.
“Number of the ready citizens has reached 2,541 and the dodgers some 800,” he said, noting that libel suits were presented against many of them at the Investigation General Directorate.
The authority has started preparing for the first batch (January 6, 2018), where they will be subject to medical examination and other check-ups to determine their preparedness and fitness for the service.
A drafter will serve for the first time for a year and will be summoned ten more times, without specific timing.
The conscripts will be subjected to practical and theoretical military training, in addition to courses in medical aid and fire fighting.
Meanwhile, legal advisor at the authority, (ret. col.) Dr. Falah Al-Enezi said most cases of abstaining from the military service are classified as misdemeanors and others are felonies such as failing to show up for the service in emergencies and wars. Such a crime is punishable by five years in prison or fines reaches some KD 10,000.
However, the law exempts some cases for health, social, educational or humanitarian reasons.