Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Iraqi troops block IS attack west of Anbar

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Security forces have repulsed an attack by Islamic State militants in western Anbar. Army troops repelled an IS attack in al-Jazeera region, located between Annah and Rawa towns. Thirteen villages were freed, while forty-five IS members and two suicide bombers were killed in three days, according to a statement issued earlier by the War Media […]

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US coalition says Daesh has lost 95% of territory

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

The Daesh militant group has lost 95 per cent of the cross-border territory it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. “Since our coalition was formed in 2014, Daesh has lost 95 per cent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria,” Washington’s envoy to […]

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Trump calls on UN to extend probe on chemical weapons in Syria

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to vote to renew a join investigative panel looking into possible chemical weapon attack by the Syrian regime, despite Russia’s veto threat. “Need all on the UN Security Council to vote to renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for Syria to ensure that Assad […]

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Libya air strikes kill dozens of IS members in Sirte

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s Air Force on Wednesday carried out air raids on Islamic State (IS) sites near the city of Sirte, killing dozens of militants and destroying all of their equipments, according to a military source. “The air force carried out four raids targeting sites near the desert road leading to the town of Harawa, east of […]

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Algeria counter-terrorism troops arrest 4 in Batna province

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian counter-terrorism troops arrested on Sunday four individuals suspected of providing support to terrorists in the province of Batna, 400 km southeast of Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The source specified that the four suspects were arrested after the exploitation of accurate intelligence by counter-terrorism troops.

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Tunisian-Algerian-Egyptian to hold meeting on Libya

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaïes Jhinaoui will participate in a tripartite consultation meeting on Libya to be attended by the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Algeria and Egypt on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will examine the steps to take to implement the initiative of […]

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French President to visit Algeria

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Algeria on Dec. 6. The visit was decided following consultations between Algerian and French competent institutions. Macron was set to visit Algeria in September, but his visit was postponed to anther date.

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Egyptian army arrets 74 militants, kills 3 in Sinai

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s armed forces said on Thursday that they have killed three “high-level” suspected militants and arrested 74 others in sweeps in the troubled northern Sinai Peninsula in recent days. Five four-wheel-drive vehicles and four bomb-making workshops were destroyed in the raids, as well as ammunition and fuel stocks, military spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said. Security […]

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE IMF – PAST AND PROSPECTS (Case studies: Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Comments Off

The recent economic and social developments in Latin America and especially the prospect of an electoral year for nearly all of the countries in the region are closely watched by analysts who see that, while currently in all of these countries pragmatic and moderate candidates are dominating the polls, there is a high risk of […]

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Iraqi paramilitary troops repulse IS attack in Diyala

Friday, November 10, 2017 Comments Off

The pro-government paramilitary troops have repulsed an Islamic State attack against a security checkpoint in Diyala, a security source said on Thursday. “Troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] managed to repel an attack launched by IS to target a checkpoint in al-Bou Eissa village, north of Udhaim, in Diyala,” the source told Baghdad Today.

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British FM calls on US to “keep pressure on Russia”

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday urged the United State to “keep the pressure on Russia” over its involvement in Syria and Ukraine ahead of possible US-Russia talks. Johnson, on an unexpected visit to Washington this week, praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s efforts in drawing Russia for talks on the Middle East and […]

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Pence, Turkish PM discuss Middle East situation

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday “to reaffirm the enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey,” the Office of the Vice President announced. The two “expressed hope that their meeting would help to usher in a new chapter in US-Turkey relations, and agreed on the need […]

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Syria announces victory over Daesh

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Syria’s army declared victory over Daesh on Thursday, saying its capture of the militants’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting Daesh in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria, near the […]

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Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to discuss Libya on Nov 15

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

The tripartite meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries (Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) will be held on November 15 in Cairo, Egypt, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said in a statement after his meeting with President Beji Caid Essebsi on Tuesday at Carthage Palace.

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UN could send 900 extra troops to CAR

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would bolster the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops to help protect civilians, according to the text obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The measure follows a request from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who has warned of a risk of ethnic […]

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France pledges to increase aid to Sahel by one third

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

France said on Wednesday it will increase its development aid to the troubled Sahel by more than a third, linking the extra funds to the fight against jihadist groups in the vast African region. The five nations in the sprawling area south of the Sahara – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – pooled […]

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Algeria, Mauritania to open first border post after 50 years

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Maghreb neighbours Algeria and Mauritania are to open their first border post more than 50 years after independence from France, the Mauritanian news agency AMI reported on Thursday. Mauritanian Interior Minister Ahmedou Ould Abdallah and Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui signed an accord Bedoui ended a visit to Nouakchott on Wednesday, according to AMI.

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NATO defence ministers meeting starts in Brussels

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

NATO’s defense ministers’ introductory meeting began in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on Wednesday, as the allies are expected to confer on a range of issues including sending more troops to Afghanistan. The defense ministers are to address a wide range of issues, including new commands to improve the movement of troops across the Atlantic […]

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NATO to deploy RAF Typhoons to Romania in response to Russian air activity

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

NATO has stepped up its air policing mission in response to increased Russian air activity around Eastern Europe in recent years. Former chief whip Gavin Williamson will commit four RAF Typhoons as part of the Nato southern air policing mission, while speaking at the Nato defence ministerial meeting in Brussels. They will be redeployed to […]

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NATO hopes Erbil, Baghdad to solve differences through peaceful dialogue

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The North Atlantic Alliance Organization (NATO) supports constructive and peaceful dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve their differences, said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “We would like very much to see constructive negotiations between the Peshmerga forces and the government of Baghdad,” Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, urging the sides not to return to violence. “Any use […]

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US Defence Secretary to discuss IS with NATO counterparts

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday. NATO defence ministers are meeting over two days at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters. The talks will also look at efforts to revamp NATO’s command structure to help it better combat the rising threat from Russia.

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EU to reopen border assistance mission’s bureau in Tripoli

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya Bettina Muscheidt has revealed in a meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister of the Government of National Accord Mohammed Sayala that they will reopen the border assistance mission’s bureau in Libya’s capital Tripoli soon, not specifying a date for the comeback.

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Mali: PM cancels visit to central town after at least 10 killed

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

At least 10 people died in attacks in Mali on Monday, as the prime minister cancelled a visit to a central town after a vehicle sent to protect his team hit a landmine. A bus travelling in the restive north was blown up by a mine on Monday, killing at least four people, police and […]

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AU force begins troop withdrawal from Somalia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union says it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia and will cut 1 000 troops by the end of this year as security responsibilities start to shift to the local military. The continental body said on Tuesday that the move comes at a critical time, less than a month after the country’s worst […]

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French envoys meet Mali govt over raid deaths

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

France has sent high-level representatives to talk to the Malian government after a French anti-terror raid killed Malian troops held by the jihadists. Defence Minister Tiena Coulibaly met on October 31 with the French ambassador and the commander of France’s military force in Mali, according to a ministry communique received by AFP on Monday.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Claims Responsibility For New York Terror Attack In the November 3, 2017 issue of its weekly news bulletin Al-Naba’, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the October 31, 2017 truck ramming in lower Manhattan. EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Group Publishes Article Questioning Authenticity Of Bin Laden Abbottabad Files On November 2, 2017, a […]

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Iraqi forces to resume ops if handing over control of borders delayed

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq’s borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday declared a pause in an offensive that began on Oct. 16 to take over areas […]

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Iraqi forces liberate al-Qaim

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday announced the full liberation of the city of al-Qaim near the border with Syria from the Islamic State (IS) militants. A statement by the premier’s office said Abadi, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Iraqi forces, “congratulated the people of Iraq for the liberation of al-Qaim by the […]

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US calls for dialogue between Erbil, Baghdad

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had a phone conversation Friday in which they stressed the need for political negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad.

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UN Chief calls on Security Concil to support Sahel Anti-Terror Force

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Stressing the urgent need to help Mali and other countries the Sahel address cross-border terrorism and organized crime, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday invited the United Nations Security Council to “be ambitious” in deciding how the UN supports the region’s newly-established joint force.

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Libyan factions split over army leadership

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan factions involved in UN-brokered peace talks are still far apart on the issue of the leadership of a future national army, the head of one of two rival parliaments said on Monday. Abdulrahman Swehli said delegations from both the Tripoli State Council that he leads and from a parliament based in eastern Libya were […]

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UN could increase peacekeepers in CAR

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at today’s meeting in New York.

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Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said on Saturday. The decision comes a month after jihadists ambushed a joint US-Niger patrol in a volatile area near the border with Mali, killing four American […]

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Afghanistan security forces kill 54 rebels in operations

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

At least 54 rebels were killed and several others sustained injuries during clashes with Afghan security forces in the past 24-hours across Afghanistan, said Ministry of Defense on Friday. The casualties inflicted on the insurgents in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Kunduz, Baghlan, and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan, a statement by […]

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NATO backs intra-Afghan dialogue

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann has stressed timely holding of upcoming election, saying, “With transparent polls, people’s trust in the democratic process increases.” Zimmermann made the remarks during a meeting with a number of Afghan journalists at his office. He said the new US strategy on Afghanistan encouraged NATO member countries to […]

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