Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Friday, July 13, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

ISIS Weekly Claims Attack On U.S. Troops In Syria
A report in Issue 137 of ISIS’s weekly Al-Naba’, circulated online on June 29, 2018, claims that on June 20 ISIS fighters targeted a U.S. military Humvee on a main road in the town of Al-Hasakah with a large IED, killing three U.S. troops.
Taliban Reports Killing Five U.S. Soldiers With Car Bomb In Afghanistan
On July 2, 2018, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a VBIED attack on a convoy of U.S. troops near the Khadar military base in Logar province, Afghanistan.
Veteran Al-Qaeda Figures In Syria To Its Operatives In Daraa: Fight To The Death
As tough battles raged in late June 2018, between the regime forces and its allies and the rebel factions in the Daraa area in southern Syria, two veteran Al-Qaeda (AQ) figures in Syria – Iyad Al-Tubassi aka Abu Julaybib and Bilal Kharissat aka Abu Khadija – published a letter to the organization’s operatives in which they urged them to fight to the death and not to sign any agreements to surrender to the regime.
Al-Qaeda In Mali (GSIM) Claims Responsibility For Two Attacks: One On International And One On French Troops
On June 30, 2018, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (The Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM) released a statement claiming responsibility for an attack on the headquarters of the G5 Sahel Group in the central Malian city of Sevare (by memri org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Friday, July 13, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Afghan Taliban: ‘The Remarks Of NATO Secretary General Prove That This Jihad Is Not An Intra-Afghan War’
On June 23, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) released on its English-language website a statement in response to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s argument that peace in Afghanistan can only be achieved in the presence of foreign troops. This position contradicts the Taliban position that peace cannot be established in Afghanistan so long as foreign troops are based there.
Afghan Taliban Dismiss Reports Of Talks With Afghan Government As Propaganda
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has rejected media reports that its officials are engaged in peace negotiations with the Afghan government.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Arrests Jordanian Cleric Sa’d Al-Hunayti For Running An ISIS Cell, While Rivals Reject Allegation
On June 22, 2018, numerous Telegram channels reported that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) had arrested the Jordanian cleric Sa’d Al-Hunayti in the town of Al-Dana, accusing him of running Islamic State (ISIS) assassination cells in the Idlib area.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Appoints New Emir
On June 24, 2018, a Pakistani daily reported that after Maulana Fazlullah, emir of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also known as the Pakistani Taliban, was killed on June 14 in a U.S. drone strike in Kunar province, Afghanistan, TTP has appointed a new emir (by memri org).

German-Speaking Jihadis Call On Their ‘Siblings’ To Join Them And Wage Jihad In Syria

Author : Admin | Friday, July 13, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

On June 25, 2018, German-speaking jihadis in Syria released a five-minute video titled “A Call to Jihad” on a German-language Telegram channel. The video features two masked fighters in Syria, one of whom solicits funds for jihad in German and calls upon Muslims in the West to join them in the jihad in Syria.(by memri org)

Jumana Ghunaimat – From Editor Of ‘Al-Ghad’ Daily To Jordan’s Government Spokesperson And State Minister Of Media Affairs

Author : Admin | Friday, July 13, 2018
Posted in category Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

On June 14, 2018, the Jordanian king swore in a new government after the previous government resigned due to extensive protests over its economic policy. A notable appointment was that of Jumana Ghunaimat, formerly the editor-in-chief of Jordan’s Al-Ghad daily, as state minister of media affairs and as government spokesperson.(by memri.org)

Iraqi warplanes kill three Islamic State militants in Diyala

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted in category Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Iraqi warplanes targeted on Saturday a gathering of Islamic State militants in Diyala province, leaving three of them dead.

Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool said that “the Iraqi Air Force killed three IS terrorists and destroyed one of Read the rest of this entry »

RAF jets in Romania ‘strong deterrent to Russia’

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

imgA senior officer from the RAF has said their presence in Romania has changed the behaviour of Russia because they are a “strong deterrent”.

Around 150 British personnel are currently stationed in the Eastern European city of Constanta as part of Nato’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission alongside American and Romanian forces.

The operation was established to deter Russian aggression and the RAF is providing a large portion of the numbers through 135 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) based at RAF Leeming. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia vows to “revenge” following attack against security agents

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe Tunisian government vowed to revenge on Sunday after a “terrorist” attack on a border security station in northwest Tunisia killed at least nine members of security forces.

“We promise a quick and effective response and we will get our revenge,” Tunisian Interior Minister Ghazi Jeribi said. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Parliament chief begins visit to Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEuropean Parliament President Antonio Tajani Monday stressed that the European Union (EU) must speak with one voice on Libya and that all efforts should support the reconstruction of Tripoli so that it becomes a strong partner.

“The European Parliament stands by the Libyan people, who deserve peace, stability, democracy and prosperity,” said Tajani at the beginning of his official visit to Tripoli, where he will be Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria condemns terrorist attack in Tunisia

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algeria on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack that killed at least nine Tunisian security officers, and expressed its solidarity with Tunisian authorities in their fight against the scourge of terrorism.

“Algeria strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted Sunday a patrol of the Tunisian National Guard in the province of Jendouba,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said. Read the rest of this entry »

Al-Jaafari: Syria determined to fight international terrorism on all its territory

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Middle Orient

Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that Syria is determined to fight international terrorism on all its territories with its commitment to the political solution through Syrian-Syrian talks without any foreign intervention or preconditions.

Iran, Russia rap UN for failing to mentions US violations in report on JCPOA

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iran and Russia have sharply criticized the UN Secretariat for failing to address the US’s brazen violations of international law and bringing up, instead, irrelevant issues in its latest assessment of the situation surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal following Washington’s withdrawal.

Iran to create secondary currency market by next week

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran will set up a secondary currency market by the next week, Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Valiollah Seif announced on Monday. The decision was made as the Iranian rial plunged to a record low against the U.S. dollar in the unofficial market on Sunday.

Iran’s top judge vows severe punishment for economic disruption

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

The Judiciary chief on Tuesday lashed out at those who are “disrupting the economy” by funneling their huge assets into foreign currency and gold market, threatening that they will face “severe punishment” if their acts is recognized as “corruption on the earth”. Asking police to identify these persons, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said these moves which agitate the market is a “treason against the system and the nation”.

Ayatollah Khamenei says Iran keeps ‘demanding stance’ from the West about human rights violations

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Leader of the Islamic Revolution says despite Western powers’ attempts to shun responsibility for human rights violations, Iran keeps its “demanding” stance to pose questions regarding their behavior in North Africa and the Middle East.

BACK TO FOUR FLAGS … AND MORE?

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Kurds: POST-DAESH and beyond

 

Not long ago, developments in the Middle East seemed to bring closer to reality the idea of a Kurdish state entity, with Kurdish influence increasing due to their military successes against Daesh and in the context of the prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Syria. However, the Middle East is showing again its volatility, and the Kurds are now not only far from statehood but fighting to survive among the opposing interests of more powerful international and regional actors.

 

Recent developments

a) The 25 September 2017 independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan – that resulted in approximately 93.25 percent of votes in favor of independence – was held without taking into account not only the regional and international opposition, but also the lack of unity among the Iraqi Kurdish political groups.

Most local observers and analysts blamed the referendum failure on Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, who decided to hold it despite Iraqi and regional objections, including those of the United States. According to his critics, he needed to bolster his popularity by playing the independence card.

The Washington administration attempted to give the Kurdish leadership a face-saving way to postpone the referendum, reportedly promising that the Kurds would receive letters from the United States and Britain offering to facilitate and support their negotiations with Baghdad. The U.S. offer said that if negotiations with Baghdad had not progressed after two years, the United States would recognize the need for a referendum.

Iranian efforts to intervene also failed. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Quds Force and Iran’s military point man in Iraq, travelled to the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil before the referendum to persuade Barzani to stand down.

Turkey, Iran and Syria were deeply concerned that the vote would fan secessionist sentiment among their own Kurdish populations. Along with Baghdad, they have the power to completely besiege the landlocked region economically.

While the region united in its desire to curtail Kurdish ambitions, the Kurds themselves were divided, first over whether to hold the vote and later on how to deal with the fallout. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) started making plans for state building and negotiations with Iraq before a formal declaration of independence would be issued, and KRG leader Massoud Barzani even created a new “political leadership” body to prepare for independence, but three Kurdish parties refused to join it.

The Baghdad government declared the referendum as illegal, and on 15 October 2017, Iraqi forces took control over Kirkuk, which gave impetus to capitulation across northern Iraq, with Baghdad-backed forces facing no resistance.On 25 October 2017, to avoid the escalation of the conflict, the KRG offered to “freeze” the result of the referendum and begin dialogue with Baghdad, and on 29 October 2017, Barzani announced his intention to step down as President of the KRG, after being in power for 12 years. His gamble of pushing through with the unofficial referendum ended with the disputed territories being recaptured by Iraq and the Kurdish state-building project was abandoned.

b) In Syria, Kurds have been lauded internationally for their struggle with Islamist militants, sometimes as the only viable force to counter them on the ground[1]. However, Kurdish autonomy ambitions have not always sat well with the Assad regime, as well as for its regional backer Iran.

The Assad regime seeks to recapture the territories that it lost in the post-2011 revolution phase. It also has economic interests linked to the presence of two-thirds of Syrian oil in the area, which is also rich in gas resources and has important trade routes such as the highway linking Baghdad to Damascus. The Assad regime views the persistence of a Kurdish autonomous area under U.S. protection as a direct threat.

For Tehran, the region is an essential land corridor stretching from Iran through Iraq and leading into Lebanon.

Both Iran and the Assad regime favor limited confrontation and indirect military operations against the Kurds and their U.S. backers, given the large resources spent in the area by Washington. For Iran and Assad, subversive techniques range from triggering unrest against the SDF, exploiting Arab Kurdish differences and working on an underground network that can be more effective in the war with the United States, even more with Washington’s escalating strikes on Syria.

Local observers noted that the Assad regime is also exploiting Kurdish-Arab rivalries and creating undercover networks, with much of the covert and overt activity targeting Deir ez-Zor, Bukamal, al-Mayadeen, Raqqa, Manbij and Hasakah.

c) In northern Syria, as well as in northern Iraq, the Kurds are facing significant attacks of the Turkish military forces, motivated by Ankara’s position that the Kurdish militias – notably the People’s Protection Units (YPG), supported by the U.S. led anti-Daesh coalition – are connected to the Workers’ Party of Kurdistan (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization.

Earlier this year, the Turkish government launched the “Olive Branch” offensive against the purported positions of the YPG Kurdish militia in Syria’s western enclave of Afrin, and at the beginning of June, Ankara and Washington said they have agreed on details of a withdrawal of the YPG from northern Syria, during a meeting between visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department confirmedthe agreement on a “road map” for the city of Manbij, but the Turkish foreign minister declared that further U.S. support for the YPG was “unacceptable.” He also said that the city of Manbij would be secured by both Turkish and U.S. forces, and the roadmap will also be implemented in other parts of Syria.

In this context, on June 11 2018 the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council – the political arm of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – announced that it is ready for unconditional talks with the Syrian government and welcomed the prospect of a “summit for Syrians”, a proposal put forward by a delegation dispatched by Damascus to mediate between the Assad government and the Kurds.

As for northern Iraq, in an interview with CNN Turk on June 7, 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey was ready to attack northern Iraq if the Iraqi central government does not take action against Kurdish militant groups there, and may strike the Iraqi city of Qandil, “at any moment one evening.” A military action would go on to include Sinjar and Makhmur as well, he added. Earlier in the week, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey had established 11 regional bases in northern Iraq and doubled its troops across the region.

d) The Turkish actions triggered a reaction in Israel, where Yoav Kisch (Likud member of the Knesset) recently proposed to include on the Knesset’s agenda that Israel should back Kurdish statehood. “Facing Iran’s strengthening in the region, Turkey’s extremism and the dissolution of Syria, Israel must lead and support the Kurdish effort to establish an independent state” is the title of Kisch’s motion.

According to Kisch, Turkey is “distancing itself from the West and calling out against Israel, supporting terrorism and continuing to oppress the Kurds in its territory.” As such, “recognizing an independent Kurdistan can be good for Israel’s interests,” Kisch said, adding: “There is a reason that Israel was the first to publicly congratulate moves toward Kurdish independence in northern Iraq.” Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan army to hand over oil crescent region to eastern interim government

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The eastern-based Libyan army said Monday that it will hand over the oil crescent region to the National Oil Corporation of the eastern-based interim government.

The army spokesman Ahmed Mismari told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi that the army commander Khalifa Haftar made the decision to hand over the oil ports and fields secured by the armed forces to the oil company of the interim government. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus hold joint military drill along Mediterranean coast

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

imgNaval and air forces of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus began a joint military drill on Monday along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, the Egyptian army said.

The exercise, dubbed “Medusa 6,” came as part of the effort to boost the “distinguished relations” among the three countries, the army said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt Supports Efforts to Form Strong National Iraqi Government

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has affirmed that Egypt supports efforts to form a strong national Iraqi government that represents all Iraqis.

During his meeting with Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi, Sisi welcomed political talks carried out by Iraqi blocs and stressed that Egypt backs any outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa is home to over 10k jihadists, Morocco FM says

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAfrica is home to more than 10 000 jihadists from the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Morocco’s foreign minister told a meeting of the US-led coalition on Tuesday.
“Within the framework of the evolution of the strategy of Daesh (ISIS), Africa is among the most targeted zones” whose vulnerabilities are “exploited by the terrorists”, Nasser Bourita said.
Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Al-Arabiya: Libyan Army Arrests Leading Al-Qaeda Member Abu Sufyan Bin Qumu, Suspected of Involvement In The Attack On U.S. Consulate In Benghazi
On June 17, 2018, the Al-Arabiya website reported that according to “a senior military source” Libyan armed forces arrested a leading member of Al-Qaeda (AQ), Abu Sufyan Bin Qumu, on June 16, 2018, during a raid on one of the last strongholds of the extremist groups in Derna.
Article In The Al-Akhbar Lebanese Daily: Indications Of A Priority Shift In TIP – From Jihad In Syria To Jihad Against The Buddhists In East Asia
On June 20, 2018, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hizbullah and the Syrian regime, published an article about the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) reporting that the party is changing its priorities from jihad in Syria to jihad in other arenas, particularly in East Asia.(by memri org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Users Advocate Using Social Media To Encourage Lone Wolf Attacks On The World Cup
As part of ISIS supporters’ ongoing incitement to target the World Cup games that open today (June 14, 2018) in Russia, the pro-ISIS Telegram channel “Ready-Made Tweet Lovers” posted a message calling to perpetrate lone wolf attacks at the games.
New Pro-ISIS Poster Calls For Vehicle Attacks During The World Cup
On June 20, 2018, a pro-Islamic state (ISIS) Telegram channel released an English-language poster encouraging ISIS supporters to “kill the citizens of Crusader nations wherever you find them.”
Jihadi Sheikh: Watching World Cup Is Impermissible Because Of Russia’s Role In Syria; Participating Muslim Nations Are ‘Traitors’
On June 16, 2018, Syrian jihadi sheikh Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Mahdi issued a fatwa saying that watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup on television is impermissible because of the role the host nation of Russia is playing in Syria.(by memri.org)

Top Iranian Official Mohammad-Javad Larijani On Claims In U.S. 9/11 Report: In Some Cases, We Allowed Al-Qaeda Members To Pass Through Iran Without Stamping Their Passport

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Afghanistan, Iran

Senior Iranian official Mohammad-Javad Larijani referred to the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report, and said that in some cases, Al-Qaeda members travelling from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan and elsewhere were allowed to pass through Iran without having their passports stamped. Larijani, who heads Iran’s Human Rights Council and is a top adviser to Supreme Leader Khamenei, said that the Iranian government had agreed to this request, because they were in transit and would be in Iran “for only two hours.” The interview, aired on Iran’s Channel 2 TV on May 30, was posted on YouTube.(by memri org.)

Zarif: Europe has guaranteed Iran’s oil sale

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iran’s top diplomat said on Sunday Europe has guaranteed that the country will be able to sell its crude following US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran.

India preparing to pay in rupees for Iran oil

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category India, Iran, Iran Press

The Indian government is reportedly moving closer to a scheme to make some oil payments to Iran in rupees in a bid meant to avoid US economic sanctions.

President Rouhani congratulates Turkish counterpart on re-election

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election as president of Turkey.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Sheikhs Killed In Airstrike In Libya
On June 10, 2018, several sources reported the deaths of three prominent Al-Qaeda-affiliated sheikhs – in a Libyan military airstrike on their homes in Derna, Libya.
Afghan Taliban Urge U.S. ‘To Directly Negotiate’ With Them
On June 3, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement on the departure of Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, urging the U.S. to directly negotiate with the Taliban.
Taliban Spokesman Rejects NATO Official’s Remark That Peace Talks Are Taking Place
On June 12, 2018, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), issued a statement rejecting a statement by a NATO official saying that unofficial talks with the mujahideen are taking place.(by memri.org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Scholar Issues Fatwa Granting Uyghurs Permission To Wage Jihad In Syria Instead Of Fighting Locally In ChinaOn June 6, 2018, Sawt Al-Islam, the media arm of the Syria-based and pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi group the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), released a new issue of its Islamic Turkestan magazine, which included a fatwa granting the Uyghur population permission to give precedence to waging jihad against the “farther” enemy in Syria over the “near” one, the Chinese government.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani: We Oppose The Astana Talks; The Concentration In Idlib Of The Fighting Factions From Across Syria Will Strengthen The Rebels
In recent days, media outlets belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) have been publishing video clips and photographs of the organization’s leader, Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani. (by memri org.)

Mogherini: EU would guarantee nuclear deal implementation

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the European Union will continue supporting the 2015 nuclear deal… In her speech at the European Parliament, she said that …it is essential for the EU’s security and for the security in the region to continue implementing the agreement, and the EU would guarantee this, regardless of the U.S. withdrawal.

Syria, Iraq discuss efforts to reopen border crossing

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Middle Orient

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday sent a letter to Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on increasing the efforts for reopening the border crossing between Syria and Iraq that connects the Syrian city of al-Boukamal and the Iraqi city of al-Qa’im.

President al-Assad to Iranian Al-ALAM TV: Syrian-Iranian relation is strategic… the strongest response to Israel is to strike its terrorists in Syria

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran Press, Middle Orient

President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the Syrian south is in front of two options; reconciliation or liberation by force, indicating that at this point, there are no concrete results for a simple reason which is Israeli and American interference, for they put pressure on the terrorists in that area in order to prevent reaching any compromise or peaceful resolution.

Libyan army calls on displaced people to return Darna

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Libyan eastern-based army on Sunday urged the displaced people of the eastern city of Darna to return after their homes have been secured.

“The commander of the army’s operations chamber, General Abdussalam al-Hassi, called upon all the residents of Darna who were displaced during the military operations to return to their homes after being secured by armed forces,” army spokesman Ahmad Mismari said. Read the rest of this entry »

US issues new sanctions on Russian entities over cyberattacks

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe United States has issued fresh sanctions against Russian entities over malicious cyber activities including providing material and technological support to Russia’s intelligence service, the U.S. Treasury announced Monday.

The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives under legislation passed last year and an executive order aimed at punishing efforts to hack into U.S. computer systems. The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. Read the rest of this entry »

US urges regional governments to block South Sudan war money

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A US Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals.

Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda on Monday that authorities in countries like neighbouring Uganda must make it clear that “corrupt money is not wanted here.” Read the rest of this entry »

NATO eastern allies call for increased naval, air presence on eastern flank

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018

imgThe nine member countries on NATO’s eastern flank, the so-called ‘Bucharest Nine’, want the increased presence of that alliance in their region, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced after the group met in Warsaw yesterday, Friday.

The Group, which comprises the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Visegrád countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia plus the eastern Balkan nations of Romania and Bulgaria, believes it necessary to augment NATO’s current ground troops with “aerial and naval components in order to achieve the full spectrum,” Duda told reporters alongside his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia News

New Pro-ISIS Posters Threaten Trump And New York City
On June 4, 2018, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters on Telegram released two new digitally created posters threatening the U.S and President Donald Trump. ISIS supporters and media operatives release threatening posters daily as part of their media war efforts.
ISIS Weekly Praises Liege Attack, Says Attacker Killed Five ‎People: Two Police Officers And ‘Three Belligerent ‎Christians’ ‎
Issue 138 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba’, released online on May 31, 2018, praised the May 29 terror attack in Liege, Belgium, for which the group had claimed responsibility.
Afghan Taliban Reject Gen. Nicholson’s Claim That They Are In Talks With Afghan Government
On May 31, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement rejecting U.S. Gen. John Nicholson’s claim that the Taliban are in talks with the Afghan government. (by memri.org.)