Four Nigerian troops killed in militant attack Jan 17, 2020 0 1701 12345 Kano: Four Nigerian soldiers have been killed in an attack by IS-affiliated jihadists in the country’s restive northeast, two security sources told AFP on Thursday.Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in trucks fitted with machine guns late Wednesday launched a “surprise attack” on troops in Auno village, 25 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, they said.“Four soldiers were killed in the attack and seven were injured,” said the first security source.Another security official confirmed the attack.“The terrorists came through the bush at the rear instead of the usual highway, taking troops by surprise,” said the source who gave the same casualty toll.The jihadists were said to have overwhelmed the troops, and went into the village, looting and burning shops before withdrawing. It was not immediately clear whether the militants suffered any casualties. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Haftar ‘agrees to abide by’ ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany Jan 17, 2020 0 1720 Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive Jan 17, 2020 0 112 Iran accuses EU of abandoning nuclear deal for fear of ‘bully’ Trump Jan 17, 2020 0 102 Iran says ‘daily enrichment’ of uranium higher than 2015 Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that his country’s “daily enrichment” of uranium was currently “higher” than before the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, who instigated the .. Lebanon detains 100 after protests turn violent Beirut: Lebanon’s security forces were holding at least 100 anti-government protesters on Thursday, lawyers told AFP, after two nights of demonstrations that turned violent in Beirut. With little change in sight, .. US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: NYT AFP Washington The US on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported. Two US military .. Iraq’s top cleric undergoes successful surgery on broken thigh Baghdad: Iraq’s most influential cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday underwent successful surgery on a broken thigh bone, an Iraqi medical source said. Al-Sistani, who is 89 and rarely seen in public, wields clout .. Netanyahu hopeful for US-Israeli’s release after Putin call Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was optimistic an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia would be released, after a phone call with President Vladimir Putin. The case of Naama .. EU’s Michel, Putin ‘hopeful’ that Berlin talks bring Libya ceasefire Brussels: European Council President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both hopeful that Sunday’s Libya conference in Berlin will deliver a ceasefire, says a statement from Michel’s office .. 5 million Syrian children displaced, says United Nations Geneva/Beirut: Warring parties in Syria have been targeting children for years, creating millions of underage victims who have been forced to flee and forfeit access to a proper education, UN rights investigators .. World ‘will not rest’ until answers on downed Iran jet: Canada London: Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday vowed to push Iran for answers about the mistaken downing of a passenger plane amid high tensions after the US killed one of Tehran’s top commanders. “In the wake of such a ..