UN peacekeeping chief visits Mali, South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, on Friday kicked off his visit to Mali and South Sudan with his successor, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who was appointed to replace Ladsous next month, a UN spokesman told reporters here. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya’s major ports get ready to resume crude shipments after clashes

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libya’s major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf are resuming operations and preparing to export crude after a two-week halt in shipments due to armed clashes in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves.

Libya’s total production rose on Monday to 646,000 barrels a day from 621,000, mostly due to an increase from Waha Oil Co, Jadalla Alaokali, a National Oil Corp board member, said by phone the Read the rest of this entry »

Lebanon and Egypt discuss bilateral ties

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in Egypt where he is scheduled to meet with President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sharif Ismail with the view of strengthening ties between the two countries. Hariri will also meet with Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Church and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar. Read the rest of this entry »

US defense chief discusses defense partnership with Egyptian counterpart

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Sedki Sobhy on Tuesday during which Mattis expressed his “commitment to advancing the US-Egyptian defense partnership.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia’s PM arrives in Sudan for talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday arrived in Khartoum for an official two-day visit to Sudan during which he is to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that the two countries’ prime ministers would hold joint talks which “would review a number of files, while a number of agreements would be signed Read the rest of this entry »

France warns against cuts to UN mission in DRC

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

France’s ambassador to the United Nations warned on Tuesday that drastic cuts to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be tantamount to “playing with fire” as the country faces election turmoil.

France has circulated a draft resolution to renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission, but is facing scrutiny from the United States which is seeking cuts to UN peace operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Key forces battling for control in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Dozens of armed factions have battled for control of oil-rich Libya since the 2011 fall of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

This week, four days of intense fighting saw pro-unity government armed forces expand their control in the capital Tripoli, where dozens of militias operate.

Further east, troops commanded by military strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Tuesday they had recaptured two important oil installations seized by a rival Islamist-led force in early March. Read the rest of this entry »

US tells allies to do more to pressure ISIS

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United States on Wednesday urged coalition partners to step up efforts to defeat Islamic State militants as top officials from 68 nations gathered to assess the fight to retake Iraq’s second largest city and advance on the extremists’ self-declared Syrian capital.

“I recognise there are many pressing challenges in the Middle East, but defeating ISIS is the United States’ number one goal in the region,” Secretary of State Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian FM will visit Washington to discuss fight against IS

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry welcomed the invitation by his US counterpart Rex Tillerson—during a phone call on Saturday—to participate in a ministerial conference titled “Coalition Against ISIS.” The conference will take place in Washington on 22 March. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt’s Chief of Staff, UN special envoy to Libya discuss political status

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

As part of the efforts to achieve a political concord in Libya, the Chief of Staff of the armed forces, Mahmoud Hegazy, met on Sunday with UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler, who is currently visiting Egypt, the army spokesperson said in a statement on Facebook.

The meeting discussed the new updates in Libya following several previous ones that took place between the Libyan National Committee and a number of Libyan political entities to reach a political settlement, according to the statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa, EU 5+5 Defense Initiative discuss cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Senior army chiefs from the 5+5 Defense Initiative have agreed on the necessity to further enhance cooperation and better share experiences mainly on how to combat terrorism, the French Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The 5+5 Defense Initiative includes five Maghreb countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania, and five EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta. Read the rest of this entry »

UN: Humanitarian situation continues to worsen in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned Thursday that the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to deteriorate, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.

With the upsurge in violence and the spread of hot spots since September 2016, more than 100,000 newly displaced people have been registered, Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here. Read the rest of this entry »

UN air operation disperses CAR militia

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgA United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) air operation dispersed heavily armed militiamen in the remote Central African Republic town of Bambari town on Sunday.

According to a statement on Monday by MINUSCA, about 40 fighters from the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central African Republic (FPRC) armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades had gathered in the town, but UN forces intervened to prevent them carrying out an attack. Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian army destroys four terrorist bunkers

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Four terrorist bunkers were destroyed Sunday by an Army detachment while seven members of terrorist supporting groups were arrested in Boumerdes and Sid Bel Abbes, the ministry of National Defence said in a statement.

In a counterterrorism operation “a detachment of the People’s National Army destroyed four terrorist bunkers in Bejaia (5th military district) on 19 March 2017, while other detachments and Read the rest of this entry »

UN: Security in Mali ‘worrying’

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The security situation in Mali “remains worrying” despite recent troop deployments and some progress on the country’s peace accord, the head of the UN’s peacekeeping force said on Saturday in Bamako.

“The overall security situation remains worrying. We are all too frequently attacked by armed groups,” Herve Ladsous said at a press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet for reconciliation talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian and Palestinian leaders are holding talks in Cairo in what Egyptian media reports are branding a “reconciliation” meeting.

Relations between Egypt and President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration have been tense over a range of issues, including Cairo’s contacts with factions in the Gaza Strip that did not involve Abbas’ Palestinian Authority. Read the rest of this entry »

Sisi to visit Washington in April

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will visit Washington in April for talks with US President Donald Trump that will include the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace process, his office said on Monday.

A statement by the presidency said “the Palestinian issue will be discussed” with Trump during Sisi’s “visit to Washington early in April”. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Justice Department Announces Charges Against Hamas Terrorist In Connection With 2001 Jerusalem Bombing

Author : Admin | Friday, March 17, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia

On March 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Jordanian national Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, was being charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. nationals outside the U.S., resulting in death. The charge is related to her participation in the August 2001 suicide bomb attack at the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including two U.S. nationals.

Kuwaiti Daily: Missile, Arms Factories Built By IRGC In Lebanon Have Recently Been Handed Over To Hizbullah

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran

The Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida reported on March 11, 2017, citing an aid to Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), that Iran established facilities for manufacturing missiles and other weapons in Lebanon and has recently handed them over to the management and oversight of Hizbullah. According to the daily’s source, the facilities are more than 50 meters underground and heavily shielded against aerial attacks. He also clarified that various parts of the missiles are manufactured in different factories and then assembled together.

Egypt condemns recent Mali attacks

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s government condemned on Monday the militant attack that killed 12 soldiers earlier this week, which took place in a town in central Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso.

Another five soldiers were injured in the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya’s PM to visit Sudan to discuss bilateral relations

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libyan prime minister is to start a two-day visit to Sudan on Wednesday to boost bilateral ties, said Sudan’s foreign minister in a statement on Tuesday.

Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, is to meet Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh. Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian FM meets NATO secretary General

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra held discussions Monday, with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg at the headquarters of the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

During this meeting, the two officials hailed the regularity of political consultations” and “reviewed the ways to strengthen them” particularly as part of the NATO’s Mediterranean dialogue to which Algeria participates since March 2000 alongside six other South Mediterranean countries, according to a diplomatic source.

Lamamra calls for “influential groups to fully fulfill” their role to settle crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Algerian minister of State, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra said Monday, in Brussels, that the responsibility of the international community towards Libya is “collective,” calling for all the “influential groups” to “fully” fulfill their role in favour of a peaceful settlement to the crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

Mubarak to be released from jail

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An Egyptian prosecutor allowed on Monday for Hosni Mubarak to be released, his lawyer said, after an appeals court acquitted the ex-president of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising.

“He can go home now when the doctors decide he is able to,” Farid al-Deeb said, adding that Mubarak is banned from leaving Egypt pending an ongoing graft investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Forces loyal to Libyan general retake oil installations

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Libyan military spokesperson says hundreds of forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter have seized major oil facilities at Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra from Islamist-allied militias.

Faisal al-Zwei, the spokesperson for the 101st Brigade, told The Associated Press that the assault started early on Tuesday and that the fighting is still ongoing. Read the rest of this entry »

UN expert warns of South Sudan ‘population engineering’

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A United Nations expert says South Sudan’s government has begun a campaign of “population engineering” to relocate people over their ethnicity as civil war continues under warnings of genocide.

Yasmin Sooka on Tuesday told the UN Human Rights Council that a government redrawing of state borders has depopulated ethnic Shilluk and Nuer inhabitants of the Upper Nile region. Read the rest of this entry »

Chad’s Faki assumes African Union leadership

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Chad’s former foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat assumed office as head of the African Union Commission on Tuesday, pledging to reform the institution and tackle the continent’s many crises.

Faki takes over leadership of the 54-country continental bloc days after the United Nations announced that the food emergencies in four countries, including Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, constituted the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

Syrian Revolution Command Council Spokesman: The Ceasefire An ‘Illusion’, We Must Rekindle The Fighting

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

Dr. Abdelmoneim Zeineddine, spokesman and coordinator of the Syrian Revolution Command Council, said that “on the ground, there is no ceasefire” and that “all this is an illusion and a fantasy.” Zeineddine, speaking on Halab Today TV on February 15, said that he foresaw “further escalation” and that “it is the duty of the revolution to rekindle the fighting on the fronts, because this is the only language that the enemy understands.”

Lebanese Security Forces Raid Beirut Money Transfer Offices Suspected Of Funneling Money To The Islamic State

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

On March 9, 2017, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, reported that the previous day, Lebanese General Security forces raided nine money transfer offices in Beirut, which were suspected of transferring huge sums of money to ISIS fighters. According to the report, some of the offices had removed money from the premises and erased data from their computers prior to the raid. 21 people were detained in these raids.

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Leader Qasim Al-Rimi Eulogizes Blind Sheikh In Audio Statement, Urges Muslims To Avenge His Death

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

On March 6, 2017, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released an audio statement featuring the group’s leader Qasim Al-Rimi eulogizing the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar ‘Abd Al-Rahman, who died February 18, 2017 in a U.S. prison. In the statement, which was posted on AQAP’s official Telegram channel, Al-Rimi accused the “Jews and Christians” of being behind the death of the sheikh and called on the mujahideen to avenge his death.

Al-Shabab Eulogizes Al-Qaeda Deputy Leader Abu Khayr Al-Masri, Threatens To ‘Make The Americans And The Infidel Nations Pay Their Due’

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

A March 4, 2017 communiqué by the central command of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in east Africa, eulogized Ahmad Hassan, aka Abu Khayr Al-Masri, Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week.

Issue 20 Of Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Magazine Incites Muslims To Attacks Against China And Russia In Africa And Central Asia

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

Issue 20 of the Uyghur jihad group Turkestan Islamic Party’s (TIP) Arabic-language magazine featured an article that called for attacks against Russian and Chinese targets, especially in North and Central Africa and Central Asia, for their crimes against Muslims in Syria.

Issue 20 Of Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Magazine Urges Jihadis Worldwide To Attack Chinese Targets In Their Countries

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

On March 6, 2017, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released the issue 20 of its Arabic-language magazine Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah (Islamic Turkestan). The magazine seeks to raise awareness among Arabic speakers for TIP’s struggle against the Chinese government and to recruit jihadis for this struggle by calling upon jihadis throughout the world to attack Chinese targets. Like previous issues, the current one highlights TIP’s role in fighting jihad in Syria and contains texts by Al-Qaeda leaders and clerics concerning TIP’s jihad in China, Syria, and elsewhere in the arena of global jihad.

ISIS Weekly Newsletter Calls On Muslims Everywhere To Target The Economic Interest of The U.S., Europe, Russia, And Their Allies

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

The opening article in the latest issue of the ISIS weekly newsletter Al-Naba’, published March 3, 2017, discusses the concept of the “war of attrition” and the importance of draining the enemy economically in order to shift its focus from fighting the ISIS and cause it to spread out its forces and efforts.

Montreal Sheikh Sayyed Al-Ghitwai Calls In Friday Sermons For Allah To Annihilate Jews: Kill Them One By One, Do Not Leave A Single One Of Them (Archival)

Author : Admin | Monday, March 13, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

In two Friday sermons delivered at the Al-Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, Canada, in August 2014, Sheikh Sayyed Al-Ghitawi prayed to Allah to “destroy the accursed Jews” and to “kill them one by one.” “Oh Allah, turn their children into orphans and their women into widows,” he said in the sermons, which were posted on the Alrahma Qanat on YouTube.