Somalia: Al-Shabaab Claims Bomb Attack in Lower Shabelle Region

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Al-Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for an explosion near Wanlaweyn district in Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia on Sunday.

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Egypt upholds jail terms for 315 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

An Egyptian court upheld on Monday jail terms from five to 25 years against 315 defendants, mostly loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, over acts of violence and sabotage in 2013, official MENA news agency reported.

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Russian jets carry out deadly bombings in Syria’s Idlib

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Nearly half of 3 million inhabitants of northwestern Syria, a rebel stronghold, have fled due to regime bombardment.

At least 25 people have been killed in aerial bombardment carried out by Russian jet fighters in Idlib region, with schools and medical centres knocked down during a continued Syrian military offensive.

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ISIS sleeper cells burn, blow up and slaughter hundreds in uptick of attacks across Iraq and Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

It has been months since the Islamic State was expelled from its territorial control in Iraq and Syria, but the brutal terrorist outfit continues to wreak havoc in the lands it once deemed its “caliphate.”

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Muslim couple deny terror-related charges in Madrid re-trial

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia News

A Moroccan-born Spaniard and his Mexican wife are denying charges in their retrial that they helped recruit militants for the Islamic State group in Madrid.

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Report: Hezbollah planned huge, game-changing attacks on Israel targets globally

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Israeli intel official says vast ammonium nitrate cache found in 2015 in London, as reported this week, was part of terror group’s planned ‘revenge’ against Israel in case of war.

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Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada.

In recent years, Hezbollah has stepped up its activities beyond Lebanon’s borders. This uptick has been clearest in the Middle East—in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Syria—but plots have also been thwarted in South America, Asia, Europe, and now, possibly, the United States.

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Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday his country won’t bow to “ultimatums” after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system.

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Intl interest in China’s FC-31 stealth fighter jet grows

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, June 16, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

China’s made-for-export FC-31 warplane is making a big impression, as reports say international buyers are thinking of buying the stealth fighter jet, with Chinese military experts recommending on Tuesday that China try to seize these opportunities.

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Russia Plans To Deliver S-400 Missiles To Turkey In July, Says Kremlin Aide

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, June 16, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

Russia said on June 11 that it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, just days after Washington gave Ankara a deadline of July 31 to reverse the purchase or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 fighter-jet project.

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Documents Suggest Russian Contractor Key Figure for Kremlin in Africa

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, June 16, 2019
Posted in category Africa, Eurasia

A Russian military contractor indicted last year by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller for meddling in domestic American politics is emerging as a key figure in a wide-ranging Kremlin influence operation aimed at boosting Russian clout in Africa at the expense of Western powers, according to documents obtained by an investigative unit funded by an exiled critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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Congress Pushes Oversight of Saudi Arms Transfers

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, June 16, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

A growing number of U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are expressing concern about the Trump administration’s emergency certification of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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Treasury Targets IRGC-Qods Force Financial Conduit in Iraq for Trafficking Weapons Worth Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, June 16, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) financial conduit, South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), which has trafficked hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to IRGC-QF-backed Iraqi militias. SWRC and its two Iraqi associates, who are also being designated today, have covertly facilitated the IRGC-QF’s access to the Iraqi financial system to evade sanctions. This scheme also served to enrich previously sanctioned Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi advisor to IRGC-QF Commander Qasem Soleimani, who has run weapons smuggling networks and participated in bombings of Western embassies and attempted assassinations in the region. SWRC and its two associates are being designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

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L’Europe doit unir ses forces en Afrique

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Africa, Eurasia

Face à l’influence croissante de la Chine et d’autres pays émergents en Afrique, l’Europe doit parler d’une seule voix, grâce à une nouvelle Politique africaine commune (PAC), pour faire valoir son système de valeurs et trouver de nouveaux leviers de croissance.

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Le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite dans le trio de tête des importateurs d’armes françaises

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Les contrats de ventes d’armes françaises à l’étranger ont augmenté de 30% entre 2017 et 2018, et plus de la moitié des commandes proviennent du Moyen-Orient, où le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite – qui dirige actuellement la coalition qui mène la guerre au Yémen depuis 2015 – tiennent le haut du pavé.

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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iran’s president says his country has ‘no intentions to have conflicts’ with world powers and those in the region.

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Russia And China Voice Support For Iran After Xi Visit To Kremlin

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two countries that were communist rivals during the Cold War.

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Report: Syrian general with ties to Hezbollah and Iran assassinated

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Brig. Gen. Jamal al-Ahmad, one of a group of Syrian officers tasked with maintaining ties with Hezbollah and its Golan Heights commander, was gunned down by unknown assailants in the Sweida area in southwest Syria.

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Libyan Army Accuses Turkey of Providing Military Support to Brotherhood

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Africa, Eurasia

Karama operations media center of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has said ‘Turkish drones’ had targeted several regions in the south of the capital Tripoli.

The center accused Turkey of making a “blatant intervention in support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and its militias despite a UN Security Council arms embargo on Libya.”

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Lebanon arrests 5 suspects in Tripoli’s terror attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Lebanon’s state security arrested on Thursday five suspects in a terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday.

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ISIS leader killed in western Iraq by US-led coalition

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

A prominent ISIS leader was killed by the US-led coalition air strike on Wednesday night in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as Special Forces ramped up efforts to fight the insurgent’s remaining sleeper cells.

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Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

US President Donald Trump launched yet another broadside against Iran on Thursday, accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East.

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Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

EVEN THE Eid al-Fitr holiday did not bring a respite for the almost 3m Syrians bottled up in Idlib. Warplanes buzzed overhead, as they have for more than a month, dropping ordnance on this scrubby province in north-western Syria, the last significant pocket of rebel-held territory. The offensive has already killed more than 300 people. Russian and Syrian jets have repeatedly bombed hospitals despite promises that they would be protected. Some 250,000 people have been displaced.

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RUSSIA AND IRAN SEEK THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SYRIA

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 10, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Although they are on the same side in the conflict in Syria, Russia and Iran each maintain their own priorities beyond propping up the Assad regime.

Russia and Iran have expended massive resources to carve out their own long-term spheres of influence in Syria and throughout the broader region.

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Hezbollah’s chief says a US strike against Iran will spur regional conflict, leading American forces to be ‘annihilated’

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Hezbollah’s leader warned the United States against striking Iran, saying if it does “the entire region will burn.”

US President Donald Trump “knows that when the region is on fire, a barrel of oil will be $200 or $300,” Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, said Friday during a televised speech.

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Ten killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria in reply to rocket attack

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Israel has carried out airstrikes in Syria in response to rare rocket fire from the neighbouring country. A war monitor reported that 10 people were killed, including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.

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Moroccan police arrest three for planning terrorist attacks

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Three ISIS-linked extremists were arrested in Morocco on Monday after planning to “execute terrorist attacks,” according to the counterterrorism office in the North African country.

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Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country’s northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found.

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Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 Islamic State terrorists at refugee camp

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Monday three Islamic State terrorists at al-Salamiya refugee camp in Mosul city.

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Russia halts UN Security Council statement on Syria’s Idlib

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 6, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia

Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council on Monday from issuing a statement sounding alarm about the increasing fighting in and around Syria’s Idlib province and the possibility of a humanitarian disaster, a council diplomat said.

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Saudi King Slams Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ at Islamic Summit

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as “terrorist acts” that threaten global energy supplies.

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US-Iranian escalation tests Tehran’s militias in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Rising tensions in the Gulf threaten to undercut the political dominance of Iraq’s Shiite militias as they tone down their anti-American rhetoric to avoid being targeted by the US but also seek to maintain close ties with Tehran.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, June 1, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, June 1, 2019
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

While European powers still claim Iran’s regime is in compliance with the nuclear deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to build weapons of mass destruction.

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