Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis In Syria Solicit Funds On Telegram In Bitcoin To Reinforce Military Facilities
On December 4, 2017, a jihadi Telegram channel circulated a graphic soliciting funds for the mujahideen in Syria.
Al-Shabab Issues Statement Following Trump Declaration On Jerusalem: ‘We Urge All Muslims To Take Up Arms’
On December 6, 2017, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem (Al-Quds in Arabic) as the capital of Israel, the spokesman of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, Ali Dhiri, issued a statement to its news agency Shahada News calling for Muslims to take up weapons and conquer Jerusalem by force.
ISIS Supporters Distribute Graphic Threatening Attack In Amsterdam On New Year’s Day
On December 1, 2017, a pro-ISIS Telegram user shared a graphic showing Kalverstraat street in Amsterdam with an ISIS flag flying over it and threatening an attack to come. The caption, which reads “Flames of War – Very Soon in Your Homes,” references a recent ISIS video which promises to bring the flames of war to the lands of the movement’s enemies.
Al-Qaeda Condemns Trump’s Statement On Jerusalem; ‘The Surest And Shortest Way To Confront The Aggression And Arrogance Of America, The Pharaoh Of This Age, Is Through Jihad’
On December 7, 2017, Al-Qaeda’s central leadership released a statement in reaction to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The statement, released in Arabic and English via Al-Qaeda’s media wing Al-Sahab, calls upon Muslims worldwide to wage in jihad against America “by targeting its vital interests and the interests of its Zionist and Crusader allies everywhere,” and to “declare a war with no respite against the nations of disbelief.” (by memri org)

Macron, Abadi agree solving dispute with Irbil must be via dialogue

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi Saturday agreed that solving differences between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdistan region should be through dialogue and respect of territorial unity.

Macron, in a phone call with Abadi, reaffirmed that France believed in unity and safety of Iraqi territories, and that the federal government should have full control over lands and crossings, a government statement said. Read the rest of this entry »

France calls for constructive national dialogue in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

France calls for a constructive national dialogue in Iraq to have a “strong and integrated” Iraq and a “respect for pluralism” in the country’s Kurdish region, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday.

The dialogue must be built around four fundamental elements, in full compliance with the 2005 Constitution of Iraq, Macron said after meeting here Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of Iraqi Kurdish regional government. Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian troops discover massive weapons bunker near Mali border

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A bunker full of war weapons has been discovered by Algerian army troops near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in statement on Wednesday.

The bunker was discovered by counterterrorism troops deployed in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, on the border strip with Mali, after a routine patrol in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, US discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts.

“Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-U.S. relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides particularly in the military field,” Egypt’s presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

1 peacekeeper killed, 3 wounded in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Mainly Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a UN police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said.

The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being held hostage by anti-Balaka forces, the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. Read the rest of this entry »

AU to help evacuate 15 000 migrants from Libya this year

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU’s deputy chairperson said on Tuesday.

Between 400 000 and 700 000 African migrants are in dozens of camps across Libya, often under inhumane conditions, AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told a summit of European and African leaders last week. The International Organisation for Migration says more than 423 000 migrants have been identified in the chaotic North African country, most of them from impoverished countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

French President Macron visits Algeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Algeria for a one-day working visit aimed at boosting the security and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Macron plans to walk the streets of Algiers city center on Wednesday before meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: After Release From Detention, Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed Addresses Friday Worshippers, Vows: ‘Kashmir Will Soon Become Free’
On November 22, 2017, a review board of the Lahore High Court ordered the release from detention of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the Pakistani jihadi organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and chairman of its charity arm, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD). Saeed is accused by India of masterminding the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He was arrested in January 2017 by Pakistan, under pressure from the U.S.
HTS Arrest Of Senior Al-Qaeda Figures Stirs Discontent In Its Ranks
On November 27, 2017, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) arrested several prominent Al-Qaeda operatives – former Jabhat Al-Nusra and Fath Al-Sham Front commanders who did not join the HTS after its establishment. According to reports, among those arrested were Sami Al-‘Uraydi, former head of Jabhat Al-Nusra’s Shar’ia Council, and Abu Julaybib Al-Urduni the former commander of Dar’a on behalf of Jabhat Al-Nusra.
Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Calls Jihadi Groups In Syria To Unite In Audio Statement
On November 28, 2017, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a new audio statement in which the group’s leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri called on jihadi groups in Syria to unite. (by memri.org)

US withdraws over 400 troops from Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017

Over 400 US Marines involved in battling the Daesh militant group in Syria are being withdrawn as part of a cut in forces after the capture of militant”capital” Raqqa, the US-led coalition said on Thursday.

“The Marines supported Coalition partner forces with precise artillery strikes in the fight against Daesh,” the coalition said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

France, US agree that dialogue is solution for Erbil, Baghdad issues

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017

imgThe US and French Presidents in a phone call agree on resolving the issues between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government through dialogue.

On Monday, the White House, in a statement said that the US President Donald Trump and the French President Emmanuel Macron made a phone call discussed Erbil and Baghdad relations and he path to peace in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

Tillerson, Libya’s PM discuss need to back UN Action Plan

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Friday to discuss the need for all Libyan and international parties to work together for stabilizing Libya.

They urged backing the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame’s Action Plan “to advance the national political reconciliation process and lay the groundwork for Libya to hold successful national elections,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

EU, African leaders call for political solution in Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017

African and European leaders said Friday that a lasting resolution of the issue of African migrants is closely linked to addressing the root causes of the phenomenon and requires a political solution to the persistent crisis in Libya.

“In this respect, they stressed the imperative need for coordinated action involving all the stakeholders concerned, especially the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the Read the rest of this entry »

US pledges to support Libya unity regime under UN plan

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017

The United States renewed its support for Libya’s UN-backed government on Friday and urged all parties in the country to get behind efforts to organise elections.

President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Read the rest of this entry »

US defense secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met on Saturday with Egyptian officials to discuss cooperation between the two countries, the first stop on a trip that will also take him to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait.

Mattis’ visit came just over a week after the worst-ever Islamic militant attack in Egypt’s modern history took place in the troubled northern Sinai where over two dozen extremists descended on a mosque and killed more than 300 worshippers. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt’s police say 5 militants killed near Cairo

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says security forces have killed five suspected militants in a shootout in a province about 150km east of Cairo.

It says in a statement on Monday police have arrested another six militants in follow up raids on a desert area in the Sharqiya province. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Calls For Assassination Of Barron Trump, Shares Name, Address Of His SchoolOn November 21, 2017, a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Telegram called for the assassination of Barron Trump, and shared the name of the school that Barron attends along with a Google map pinpointing its location.
EXCLUSIVE: Militants In An African Jihadi Group Active In The Congo Calls On Supporters To Come To ‘The Land Of Jihad’
On October 16, the African jihadi group Madinaat Tauweed Waimuwahedeen (“City of Monotheism and Monotheists”) released a video calling to immigrate to the “Islamic State in Central Africa,” possibly referring to the Congo.
Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri: Our First Priority Is To Attack America, Head Of The ‘Satanic Alliance’
On November 17, 2017, the Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released a video by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri calling upon Muslims to form a “jihad-based alliance” that consists of Muslims from all over the world in order to counter the American-Russian “satanic alliance.” Al-Zawahiri also urges Muslims to focus on striking the U.S., which he calls “the head of unbelief,” and says: “We should focus on attacking the U.S. in particular and make it a top priority.”
ISIS Claims Its First Attack In Indian Kashmir
On November 18, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS), via its A’maq News Agency, claimed responsibility for an attack in Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir state, India. The message read: “An officer of the Pakistani police was killed and another wounded in an inghimasi [commando] attack in the area of Zakura in the city of Srinagar.”
(by memri.org)

Iraqi forces open new front in final push against Daesh

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

imgIraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert on Saturday, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out fugitive Daesh militants, a commander said.

Daesh has already been driven from all the towns it once held, but Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has said he will not proclaim victory until the group has been cleared from the western desert bordering Syria. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi troops destroy Islamic State camp in Anbar

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Iraqi army destroyed on Tuesday an Islamic State camp south of Ar-Rutbah town in Anbar, a military commander said.

“The army’s 1st brigade destroyed an IS camp at a desert area near Ar-Rutbah town in Anbar,” Commander of Anbar Operations Major General Mahmoud al-Falahi told DijlahTv on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Syria to join Geneva peace talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria restarted on Tuesday with the Damascus regime enforcing its will, warning the United Nations it would not tolerate any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster from power.

Assad’s negotiators did not travel to Geneva for the opening of the UN-backed talks, delivering another blow to the negotiations that have achieved little through seven previous rounds.

Opposition representatives, united in one delegation for the first time, were scheduled to meet UN mediator Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

France allows new Rafale contract for Egypt to progress

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France looks to be going ahead, allaying Cairo’s fears that the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (Bercy) would block the deal.

During a three-day visit made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Paris in October, French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he wanted to continue to develop the relationship between Egypt and France. As a result, the Élysée — the president’s office — reportedly asked Bercy to stop blocking negotiations for the sale of a dozen more fighters to Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya, EU discuss border security cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libyan UN-backed government and EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) on Sunday discussed Libya’s border security.

According to the media office of the Prime Minister, Serraj met with EUBAM delegation in the capital Tripoli and discussed cooperation between Libya and EU against terrorism and illegal immigration.

The prime minister stressed that Libya’s border security is very important, given the current challenges of terrorism, illegal immigration and smuggling facing Libya, the office said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron landed in Burkina Faso on Monday evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France’s regional influence and stemming the continent’s migrant exodus.

Macron’s first African tour takes him to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, two former French colonies that deposed strongmen leaders in recent years, as well as to Ghana. Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan forces arrest top Darfur militia chief

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Sudan’s counter-insurgency forces have arrested a powerful militia chief from Darfur accused by the United Nations of human rights abuses in the war-torn region, officials said on Monday.

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) arrested Musa Hilal, a former aide to President Omar al-Bashir, near his home town of Mustariaha in the state of North Darfur, State Minister of Defence Lieutenant General Ali Mohamed Salem told parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt troops killed 14 militants after Sinai massacre

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian authorities say security forces have killed at least 14 Islamic militants in Sinai and an adjacent Suez Canal province following the massacre at a village mosque in the northern part of the peninsula last week that killed 305 people. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump, Macron discuss Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke Monday with President Emmanuel Macron of France to discuss the Syrian issue, the White House announced.

“The presidents agreed on the importance of the United Nations-based Geneva Process as the only legitimate forum for achieving a political solution in Syria,” the announcement said. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi troops uncover Islamic State arms depot in Anbar

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017

Iraqi troops found on Monday an Islamic State arms depot in Hit city in Anbar Province, Al-Ghad Press quoted military media saying.

“Military intelligence officers from the 39th brigade have found an underground IS arms depot at al- Bakr district in Hit city in Anbar,” the Directorate of General Military Intelligence said in a statement on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi forces clear ISIS hideouts in Northern Nineveh

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017

imgIraqi forces have cleared roughly five square kilometers of territory in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province of ISIS, an Iraqi police source said Monday.

“For the fourth day in a row, joint forces from the army, police and Hashd al-Shaabi are carrying out military operations in Nineveh’s desert region,” Police Brigadier-General Jawad al-Alusi said. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait in 2018

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017

Iraq is to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait at the start of 2018, in UN-endorsed compensation for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of the emirate, the president’s office announced Friday.

It said the two countries had agreed during a visit to Kuwait City by President Fuad Masum on Monday for Iraq “to resume payment of the five-percent tax on oil sales and to try to settle border disputes”. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt vows ‘brutal’ response to mosque attackers

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAn angry Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged to respond with “brutal force” against militants who massacred at least 235 people at a mosque during weekly prayers on Friday.

“The army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period,” he also said in a televised speech.

Egypt mosque attack death toll rises to 305

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

he death toll from an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai rose to 305 including 27 children, the state prosecution said Saturday in a statement detailing the gruesome massacre.

It said there were between 25 and 30 attackers with long hair and beards, dressed in camouflage and flying a black banner with the Muslim profession of faith on it, which could be a description Read the rest of this entry »

US airstrikes IS group in northeastern Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe US military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in northeastern Somalia that killed one extremist.

The statement from the US Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out on Monday afternoon in coordination with Somalia’s government. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali delays December regional election until April 2018

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, November 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Mali has delayed regional elections due next month until April 2018 in order to address dissatisfaction with the timing from powerful armed groups, the government said on Monday.

Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, minister for territorial administration, met former rebel groups and pro-government factions who registered “concerns” over the vote’s timing, a government statement said. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq to declare final victory over Daesh after desert campaign

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Tuesday the Daesh extremist group had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after Daesh militants were routed in the desert.

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Daesh control, signalling the collapse of the group’s “caliphate” proclaimed after it overran much of Iraq’s north and west in 2014.

Securing desert and border areas is what remains in the campaign against Daesh, military commanders say. Read the rest of this entry »

US sees no need to appoint special envoy on Iraq-Kurdistan crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The United States has said there was no need to appoint a special envoy to resolve the crisis between Iraq and Kurdistan Region, saying that such a dispute could be resolved “internally”.

“We certainly heard about that idea to appoint a special envoy. We believe at this point that this is an issue that can be worked out internally, that it can be worked out between Baghdad and Read the rest of this entry »