Army of 6,000 foreign and Syrian fighters plan attack on east Aleppo

As the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on its outskirts for what they plan will be an imminent, decisive advance. Among those poised to attack are hundreds of Syrian troops who have eyed the city from distant fixed positions since it was seized by Syrian rebels in mid-2012. But in far greater numbers are an estimated 5,000 foreign fighters who will play a defining role in the battle – and…

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World Travel Awards unveils nominees for Middle East Gala Ceremony 2016

World Travel Awards has unveiled the nominees for its upcoming Middle East Gala Ceremony 2016. The second stop on the annual Grand Tour, the ceremony will this year take place at the all new luxury The St. Regis Dubai on April 24th. More than 400 senior industry figures from the region’s leading travel and tourism companies, as well as a host of international media, will be in attendance. With more than 1,300 nominations now revealed, voting is expected to be highly competitive up until the March 20th deadline. World Travel…

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