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.)

Middle east events and news

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

EXCLUSIVE: In Video, Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Calls Upon ‎Mujahideen In Palestine To Export Their Jihad Globally
On June 6, 2018, Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released a 15-minute video recording by the group’s leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he calls upon Palestinians to transform their jihad from a local and constrained one to a global jihad against their enemies.
EXCLUSIVE: Editorial In Pro-ISIS Magazine Urges Followers In The West And Worldwide To Carry Out Attacks, Offers Tips On How To Donate Money For Jihad
An editorial in Issue 16 of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) magazine Al-Anfal, released online on June 4, 2018, advised ISIS supporters who are unable to join the group by immigrating to its territories on how they can support the organization and engage in jihad from wherever they are.
EXCLUSIVE: TIP Publishes Issue 23 Of Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah Magazine, Calling For Jihad Against China And Inciting Muslim Public Opinion Against It
On June 6, 2018, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) published issue 23 of its Arabic-language magazine, Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah. As usual, the magazine is dedicated to rallying Arab-Muslim public opinion to support the cause of the Uyghur Muslims in China, and to promoting TIP’s participation in global jihad on other fronts, mainly in Syria. (by memri org.)

Iran’s Rouhani to leave Tehran for China on Friday

Author : Admin | Friday, June 8, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will leave Tehran for China on Friday (June 8) to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, the Iranian envoy in Beijing said on Thursday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry: Quds Day An Opportunity for Countering Israeli Apartheid

Author : Admin | Friday, June 8, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

As Muslims around the world are going to hold pro-Palestinian demonstrations the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan known as the International Quds Day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement in support of the initiative, calling for worldwide condemnation of Israeli measures.

EU urges Mali ‘restraint’ after opposition protest crackdown

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The European Union urged Mali’s government on Monday to respect “freedom of expression” and “show restraint” after dozens of people were hurt in banned opposition protests two months ahead of presidential elections.

“The EU stresses the importance of the respect of fundamental freedoms, and in particular the freedom of expression, during election time,” the European Union said in a statement released late on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgLibyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Monday that victory was near for his forces in Derna, the eastern city held by jihadists since the 2011 armed uprising.

Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on May 7 to “liberate” the coastal city, home to about 150 000 people and held by hardline fighters since the uprising that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“Victory is near,” Haftar said in a video published on YouTube, adding that his forces had “cleaned up” suburbs of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

US says airstrike in Somalia kills 27 al-Shabaab extremists

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img2The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in northern Somalia that killed 27 al-Shabaab extremists.

The statement issued on Monday by the US Africa command said it assesses that no civilians were killed in the attack on Sunday Read the rest of this entry »

Israel intelligence minister proposes ‘military coalition’ against Iran

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran Press

Israel has proposed that “a military coalition” be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues “military-grade” uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the US, the Western states and their Arab allies.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz claimed that Iran had once been running an “unsupervised” enrichment scheme with the potential of arming the country with nuclear weapons.

EU confirms Iran enrichment plan not in nuclear deal violation

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A spokeswoman for the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that Iran’s decision did not constitute a breach of the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “However, at this particularly critical juncture, they will not contribute to build confidence in the nature of the Iranian nuclear program,” she claimed.

Ayatollah Khamenei orders Iran’s atomic organization to be ready to increase nuclear enrichment

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the AEOI to make preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity “up to a level of 190,000 SWUs (separative work units) for the time being within the framework of the JCPOA” and take other preliminary steps that President Hassan Rouhani has ordered.

Middle East events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 4, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

ISIS Supporters On Telegram Call For Attacks On A Stadium In The Netherlands
On May 29, 2018, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram users distributed messages urging potential lone attackers to target the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Infographic In ISIS Weekly Al-Naba’ Praises Recent Attacks ‎In Indonesia, Philippines
Issue 133 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba’, released online on May 25, 2018, featured an infographic that praised ISIS’s recent attacks in East Asia, namely in Indonesia and in the Philippines.
Pro-ISIS Hacker Group ‘United Cyber ‎Caliphate’ Defaces Several Websites
On May 24, 2018, an announcement was circulated on Telegram stating that the pro-ISIS hacker group “United Cyber ‎Caliphate” (UCC) was resuming its activities after a period of absence.
Islamic Emirate Urges U.S. To Adopt ‘A Peaceful Strategy Of Dialogue’ In Afghanistan
On May 27, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement saying that the U.S. strategies in Afghanistan have always met with failure and the U.S. should adopt a policy of dialogue instead. (by memri org.)

Middle East Events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 4, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Joulani Visits Men On Front Lines In Syrian Desert
On May 30, 2018, supporters of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) distributed photos of the group’s leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, visiting his men in Al-Badiyah [the Syrian desert].
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Rationalize Agreement With Syrian Regime To Withdraw From Southern Damascus
On May 21, 2018, a long period of bitter fighting between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Syrian regime forces came to an end when the two sides reached an agreement.
ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack In Liege, Belgium
On May 30, 2018, A’maq, the news agency of the Islamic State (ISIS), reported that the gunman who, on May 29, killed two police officers and a bystander in the city of Liege, Belgium, was “a soldier of the Islamic State.”
Jordanian ISIS Official Sa’d Al-Hunaiti Deserts Group, Accuses It Of Favoring Iraqis
On May 29, 2018, multiple media sources reported that Jordanian national and ISIS official Sa’d Al-Hunaiti had left the Islamic State (ISIS), which he accused of favoring Iraqis for its senior positions. (by memri.org.)

RUSSIA’S POSITION IN SYRIA

Author : Admin | Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

At the beginning of May, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his summer residence in Sochi, on the Black Sea, for talks about the Syrian conflict, a meeting which had not been announced in advance. During the meeting, Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that after the Syrian regime’s military successes, additional conditions have been created for “the renewal of a fully-fledged political process.” After the meeting, Vladimir Putin also declared that “with the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory.”
Russia’s position in Syria has been consolidating because of the development of its capabilities and its gradual involvement in the country. Russia became an important partner in the negotiations seeking to identify a political way to end the conflict, by setting new negotiation options that put a distance from the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s policy and destroy the pressure on that solution. The Syrians consider that Moscow established a new approach to a political solution in Syria at the Sochi conference, bringing into discussion aspects of the Constitution and the elections and insisting on maintaining Bashar al-Assad in power, presiding over a sovereign state.
The Syrians say that “the United States consider Sochi as an instrument to design a new map of their influence in the Middle East, firstly against Iran’s interests”, announcing the creation of the Northern Syrian Army as one of their instruments of their Syrian agenda, in order to keep the military bases they have in this country.
According to an official from Russia’s Security Council quoted by the RIA news agency, the U.S. has established 20 military bases in Syria. Recently, it was also reported that the U.S. was transforming its troop presence in Al Tabaqah near Raqqa and Al-Tanf into military bases. The U.S. presence in Al-Tanf, along with Deir az-Zour, is already blocking Iran’s Mediterranean access.
After the Putin-Assad meeting in Sochi, the Russian envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said that Putin’s request for withdrawal of the foreign armed forces in Syria included Iran, a declaration that was promptly followed by Tehran’s reaction, with foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi telling reporters: “Nobody can force Iran to do something against its will.”
In fact, according to several analysts Putin’s message was that the Syrian conflict must not evolve into a war between Iran and Israel, especially since Israel has launched a series of deadly air raids on Iranian positions in Syria. Russia does not have many options and needs to make sure that the confrontation, which is unlikely to end, does not get out of control, erasing Russia’s own gains in Syria.
While most analysts have long warned that the U.S. attempt to draw back from the Middle East would open a vacuum for other world powers to fill, the increasing tensions in Syria between Israel and Iran underscore the perils of that gambit. In fact, the recent events were also an indication of the possibility that rather than a mastermind, Russia is another superpower failing in the Middle East, deluded by illusions of grandeur, but way out of its depth. In the absence of solutions to offer, Russia winds up using the Middle East’s simmering conflicts for its own prestige and influence, without actually improving anything. In fact, soon after Putin’s Sochi declaration, Russia bolstered its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, with warships armed with armed with Kalibr cruise missiles to be permanently deployed near Syria, where rival U.S. military vessels also operate.

Romania to receive new ballistic missile defense units in support of Patriot system

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

imgRomania is set to receive new ballistic missile defense units as part of US foreign military sales.

A $395 million contract modification enables Raytheon IDS to produce a phased array tracking on radar to intercept option fire unit in support of the PATRIOT system. Phased array radar systems are used to scan, identify and track both enemy planes and incoming ballistic missiles. Read the rest of this entry »

EU condemns Syria’s decision to make ties with Georgian breakaway regions

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

imgThe European Union condemned Tuesday the decision of the Syrian regime to establish diplomatic relations with the “Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”

The move “violates international law and the principle of territorial integrity as defined by the United Nations Charter and relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan rivals agree country to hold vote Dec 10

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News

An adviser of the head of Libya’s UN-recognized government based in Tripoli has tweeted that the country’s rival leaders have reached consensus at a Paris meeting to hold both parliamentary and presidential elections in battered Libya on December 10. Read the rest of this entry »

French President welcomes Libyan rivals’ agreement

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News

imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron is lauding the agreement struck between rival Libyan leaders at a Paris meeting as a “crucial step” for the war-battered country.

Macron said at a press conference after the gathering concluded in the French capital that this was “the first time these Libyan leaders accepted to work together and approved a joint declaration.” Read the rest of this entry »

China to host Iran president in June

Author : Admin | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News

Iran’s president will attend a summit with his Chinese and Russian counterparts next month, officials in Beijing said Monday, as they try to salvage the nuclear deal thrown into upheaval by Donald Trump.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

ISIS Supporters Threaten FIFA President And Putin
As part of the Islamic State (ISIS) campaign of daily threats against the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia from mid-June to mid-July, pro-ISIS media outlets have released several new digitally-created posters.
Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (HSM) Leader Accuses Parliament Of ‘Handing Over’ Somalia’s Wealth To Kenya And Ethiopia, Condemns Presence Of UAE, Turkey In Somalia, Calls On Mujahideen To ‘Extend Flames’ To Invading countries
On May 21, 2018, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) posted an English translation of a speech delivered by Abu Ubeydah Ahmad Omar, leader of the Somalia-based jihadi group Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, on the occasion of the month of Ramadan.
Former Pakistan Army General Killed Supervising Taliban Activities In Afghanistan
There are conflicting reports in the Pakistani media that retired Lt.-Gen. Shahid Aziz was killed in Afghanistan. Aziz, who served as the director general military operations (DGMO) in the Pakistani army, is believed to have been supervising the Taliban’s operations in Afghanistan. He had served for 37 years (by memri org.).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Reports Of Infighting Between Local And Foreign ISIS ‎Fighters In Deir Al-Zour, Syria, Including Calls To Appoint ‎New ‘Caliph’ Amid Unknown Fate Of Al-Baghdadi
In recent weeks, a number of Syrian news websites reported deadly clashes in eastern Deir Al-Zour province, Syria, between Iraqi and Syrian Islamic State (ISIS) fighters loyal to the group’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and foreign ISIS fighters predominantly from North Africa.
EXCLUSIVE: Article In Pakistani Daily Says ISIS ‘Has A Huge Potential To Spread Its Tentacles In Afghanistan And Beyond In Pakistan, India, And Bangladesh’
In recent months, many terror attacks have taken place across Afghanistan. Most of these attacks have been carried out by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization which ruled the country from 1996 to 2001). However, many big attacks have also been carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS),(by memri org.)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Senior Iranian Official: ‘The Palestinian Resistance Will Not Permit The Survival Of The U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem’
On May 18, 2018, senior Iranian official Hossein Amir Abdullahian, special assistant to Iranian Majlis speaker Ali Larijani, issued a veiled threat to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
EXCLUSIVE: Supporters Of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Announce Launch Of Al-Badr Media Foundation
On May 23, 2018, a group describing itself as “supporters” of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement announcing the launch of Al-Badr Media Foundation to “support the mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsula in particular and those who are oppressed in general.”
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Kirkuk Province Video Reaffirms Group’s Resilience ‎And Operational Prowess Despite Territorial Losses
On May 22, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) Kirkuk Province in Iraq released a video reaffirming the group’s resilience and continued ability to damage targets in the province despite its territorial losses(by memri.org).

SITUATION ASSESSMENT: EGYPT

Author : Admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Egypt’s battle against DAESH is in full swing with Operation Sinai 2018, begun February 9. An attack on April 14 against an army camp in central Sinai, in which eight Egyptian soldiers were killed, demonstrated that DAESH retains operational capabilities in the Sinai Peninsula. However, the death, on April 18, of Nasser Abu Zaqoul, the head of “Sinai Province”, the DAESH affiliate in central Sinai, represented a major blow to the group.
Operation Sinai 2018 began in order to fulfill a pledge from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to eradicate DAESH from the Sinai Peninsula and target terrorist groups across the country. Almost all army units are participating in the operation, which includes aerial bombardments and ground attacks on DAESH hideouts, mostly in North Sinai.
DAESH’s actions in Egypt intensified since the beginning of 2018, especially in the context of the difficult economic situation and the inter-sectarian conflicts in the country. DAESH’s modus operandi consists of either direct, assumed actions in the Sinai Peninsula, or through independent cells that are formed including among the Muslim Brotherhood.
To counter DAESH’s actions, the Egyptian authorities are using direct military campaigns, as well as cooperating with local Sinai Peninsula tribes (al-Turabin, al-Sawaraka, al-Massaed, al-Qaliat, al-Bayadiya).
In the military context, Operation Sinai was to have been completed by the end of February, but on February 26, Army Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid Hegazi requested an extension of the campaign, given the complexity of the mission and the difficulty of rooting out DAESH from the mountainous Sinai Peninsula.
While previous DAESH operations were limited to North Sinai – with Central Sinai being considered a buffer zone between ISIS elements in the North and South Sinai, which contains the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and billions of dollars of tourist investments – Egypt’s fear is that military operations in North Sinai could push DAESH and other militant groups to seek targets in central and south Sinai.
As for the Sinai tribal leaders, they have denied supporting DAESH and its “Sinai Province”, even though the militants operate in tribal territory and many active fighters and supporters come from Sinai’s tribes. In 2015, the Sinai Tribal Union recommended that tribes should deny protection to their members involved in militancy. The tribal leaders also pledged to cooperate with the Egyptian armed forces and to recruit youths from among the Sinai clans to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to the army in advance of and during military operations. However, the authorities are also aware of the risk of tribal and clan rivalries, as well as independent interests of their collaborators, that may, for example, lead to identified targets being not militant threats but a competitor smuggling ring.

Iran attends St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia

Author : Admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

The 22nd St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) started work on Thursday in the Russian port city with Iranian representatives in attendance.

EU moves to use euro in dealings with Iran: Salehi

Author : Admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, announced on Saturday that the European Union had made proposals and also taken initial steps to use euro in transactions with Iran.

Iran not looking for anyone’s smile to boost defense power: military chief

Author : Admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran’s military chief said on Wednesday that the Armed Forces are prepared more than any other time to defend the country against foreign threats, asserting that Iran doesn’t need anyone’s “smile” or go-ahead with its plans to boost defense power.

Russia: U.S. demands to Iran ‘totally unacceptable’

Author : Admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday the U.S. has put forward totally unacceptable demands to Iran, criticizing the U.S. government for its policy of “ultimatums” and “threats” towards Iran.