Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Anti-Government Protesters End Islamabad Sit-In To Block Roads

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Anti-Government Protesters End Islamabad Sit-In To Block Roads

A radical Pakistani cleric has called off a two-week sit-in on the capital’s main highway, but told his supporters to start blocking roads across the country.

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British Refusal to Publish Russia Report Fuels Suspicions of Kremlin Links

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on British Refusal to Publish Russia Report Fuels Suspicions of Kremlin Links

The British government is refusing to publish a report examining Russian interference in its democratic process, despite widespread calls for its release before the December general election. The move is fueling suspicions that the details could be damaging for the ruling Conservative party.

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Trump, Erdogan Discuss Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Trump, Erdogan Discuss Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missile Defense System

There was no indication of any breakthrough following talks Wednesday between the leaders of Turkey and United States at a time when their relationship is at a low ebb.

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Turkey removes four more Kurdish mayors over alleged terror links

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey removes four more Kurdish mayors over alleged terror links

Turkey removed four more mayors on Wednesday as part of a widening government crackdown on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), bringing to 20 the number of mayors who have been dismissed after being elected earlier this year.

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Jordan says it thwarted terror plot against US, Israeli diplomats

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Jordan says it thwarted terror plot against US, Israeli diplomats

Two followers of Islamic State accused of planning to use cars, guns and knives in attacks on embassy staff and service personnel stationed in Jafr.

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Turkey hosts Iranian tied to Jewish center bombing in Argentina

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey hosts Iranian tied to Jewish center bombing in Argentina

Dershowitz said that “ while serving as Tehran’s ambassador to Spain from 1985–1989, he reportedly oversaw a sleeper cell there and maintained contact with Hezbollah activists.”

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Hamas Claims It Has ‘Thousands of Missiles,’ Miles of Underground Terror Tunnels

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas Claims It Has ‘Thousands of Missiles,’ Miles of Underground Terror Tunnels

Top Hamas officials are claiming to have thousands of missiles pointed at Israel and miles of underground tunnels running into the Jewish state, offering these new disclosures amid a wave of renewed violence by the Palestinian terror group.

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Iran: Europeans hypocrites for condemning steps away from deal

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Europeans hypocrites for condemning steps away from deal

Iran accused European nations trying to salvage the moribund 2015 nuclear deal of hypocrisy for criticising and threatening to reimpose sanctions after Tehran took a major step away from the historic agreement.

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Israel targets Islamic Jihad leadership, sending message to Iran

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Israel targets Islamic Jihad leadership, sending message to Iran

Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region.

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Cease-fire reached with Israel to end Gaza fighting, Islamic Jihad says

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Cease-fire reached with Israel to end Gaza fighting, Islamic Jihad says

The Islamic Jihad militant group early Thursday announced it had reached a cease-fire with Israel. The deal, brokered by Egyptian mediaries, took effect at 5:30 a.m. local time, Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said.

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As Islamic Jihad and Israel Battled, Hamas, in a Twist, Sat on the Sidelines

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on As Islamic Jihad and Israel Battled, Hamas, in a Twist, Sat on the Sidelines

With Israel exchanging blows with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas faced a stark choice: Join the fight or redouble efforts to keep the Gaza border quiet.

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Hezbollah could be hastening the demise of the system it is trying so hard to preserve

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah could be hastening the demise of the system it is trying so hard to preserve

On Tuesday, Lebanese president Michel Aoun sat down with two journalists to speak about the worst crisis his country has seen since the end of the civil war in 1990. For nearly a month, nationwide protests have taken place because of deteriorating economic conditions and the pervasive corruption of the ruling class. The protesters have […]

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Lebanon slides deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon slides deeper into turmoil, no sign of new government

A new wave of protests paralyzed Lebanon on Wednesday after President Michel Aoun enraged demonstrators by urging them to end their revolt against corruption and cronyism in the political establishment.

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£2.8bn armoured vehicle contract secured for British Army

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on £2.8bn armoured vehicle contract secured for British Army

A contract worth £2.8 billion has been signed to provide state-of-the-art armoured fighting vehicles to the British Army. The Defence Secretary has announced that the army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8×8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline.

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Middle East: The Anti-Iran Revolution is Well Underway

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Middle East: The Anti-Iran Revolution is Well Underway

The nationwide protests taking place in both Arab states [Lebanon and Iraq] are also driven by a burning desire to end Iran’s blatant attempts to turn them into de facto fiefdoms of Tehran.

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India Reportedly Wants Russia to Expedite S-400 Missile Delivery Schedule

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on India Reportedly Wants Russia to Expedite S-400 Missile Delivery Schedule

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, leading an official delegation which includes over 50 businessmen, is expected to hold discussions with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, on all areas of bilateral military and military-technical cooperation.

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Tehran Begins Uranium Enrichment at Fordow Facility – Iran Atomic Energy Organisation

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Tehran Begins Uranium Enrichment at Fordow Facility – Iran Atomic Energy Organisation

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Wednesday that preparations for the fourth stage of a reduction in Iran’s commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal, have begun.

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Serbia To Receive Russian Antiaircraft Missiles Despite U.S. Sanctions Risk

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Serbia To Receive Russian Antiaircraft Missiles Despite U.S. Sanctions Risk

Russia will deliver a sophisticated short-range air-defense missile system to Serbia despite U.S. warnings of possible sanctions against the Balkan country if the transaction goes through.

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Iran’s enrichment capacity to hit pre-JCPOA level: AEOI spokesman

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s enrichment capacity to hit pre-JCPOA level: AEOI spokesman

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says with the new centrifuges installed following the third step that Iran took to reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s enrichment capacity is to reach the level it was before signing the agreement.

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France’s Macron Says NATO ‘Brain-Dead,’ Russia Says Comment ‘Golden’

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on France’s Macron Says NATO ‘Brain-Dead,’ Russia Says Comment ‘Golden’

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned fellow European countries that NATO is dying because of Washington’s lack of predictability under President Donald Trump, a view quickly rejected by Germany but hailed by Russia.

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US Says It’s Guarding Oil Fields for Syrian Kurds

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on US Says It’s Guarding Oil Fields for Syrian Kurds

U.S. troops tasked with protecting oil fields in northeastern Syria are helping ensure any profits flow to the mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, a key partner in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

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US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah-Iran network

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah-Iran network

The United States and six Gulf allies announced sanctions Wednesday on 25 entities associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in a move to tighten controls on both group’s finances.

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Qatar invests millions in US lobbying, but PR problems remain

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar invests millions in US lobbying, but PR problems remain

Qatar’s PR campaign has done little to fundamentally alter the state’s image problems. More than two years after Qatar was boycotted by its Arab neighbours for its alleged support for extremism, the tiny Gulf state is spending millions to repair its image in Washington, only to see new perception issues crop up. According to the […]

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U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

As welcome as was the U.S. raid that lead to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend, it can’t erase the damage done to U.S. interests in the Middle East over the past few months. Whatever explanations U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters put forward to justify his impulsive […]

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Hezbollah’s road to power in Lebanon just got harder

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s road to power in Lebanon just got harder

The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was a victory for anti-government protesters flooding the country’s streets by the millions. It also was a wake-up call for Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim organization that wields substantial power in the region and is regarded as a terrorist organization by the United States.

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After Baghdadi, Terrorism Without Ideology

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on After Baghdadi, Terrorism Without Ideology

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, a few weeks after Europe was racked by four separate incidents classified as terrorism: a truck-ramming in Limburg, Germany; a series of stabbings at a police station in Paris; a shooting at a synagogue in Halle, Germany; and another set of stabbings at a shopping mall in Manchester, England. While […]

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U.S., Gulf Nations Sanction Iranian Financial Network in Joint Action

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on U.S., Gulf Nations Sanction Iranian Financial Network in Joint Action

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and four other Gulf nations joined the U.S. in imposing sanctions on a financing network controlled by Iran’s military and several men linked to the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

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Turkey begins joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria, hands over 18 captured Syrian troops

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey begins joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria, hands over 18 captured Syrian troops

Turkey has begun joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria after Kurdish militants met a 150-hour deadline to leave border areas near Turkey as part of a deal struck between Ankara and Moscow in Sochi late last month.

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US Withholding $105Mln in Military Aid for Lebanon – Reports

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on US Withholding $105Mln in Military Aid for Lebanon – Reports

The United States is withholding $105 million in security assistance to Lebanon, media reported on Thursday citing two US officials.

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US envoy: Iran has spent $16 billion on militias in Iraq, Syria

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on US envoy: Iran has spent $16 billion on militias in Iraq, Syria

Remarks by Brian Hook come amid growing concern in Israel over potential attack by Tehran in retaliation for efforts to thwart arming of Iranian proxies.

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Troops, armored vehicles enter Syria to protect oil fields from ISIS

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Troops, armored vehicles enter Syria to protect oil fields from ISIS

U.S. troops and armored vehicles entered Syria Thursday on a mission to protect oil fields from falling into the hands of Islamic State terrorists, according to a U.S. official.

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Iranian Generals in Iraq, Hezbollah Thugs in Lebanon: Tehran Demonstrates How to Snuff Out Dissent

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Generals in Iraq, Hezbollah Thugs in Lebanon: Tehran Demonstrates How to Snuff Out Dissent

A month ago, a little after the mass protests began in Iraq against the government, Iranian general Qasem Soleimani arrived on a night flight at the Baghdad airport. Soleimani continued on in a helicopter from the airport to the heart of the Green Zone in Baghdad, the area where the Iraqi government ministries and defense […]

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Iran and Hezbollah financers listed by Gulf anti-terrorism coalition

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Iran and Hezbollah financers listed by Gulf anti-terrorism coalition

The seven-member Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre in Riyadh on Wednesday designated 25 targets affiliated with Iran and Hezbollah, in the largest single designation to date.

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Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Wants Refugees to Move to a ‘Safe Zone.’ It’s a Tough Sell.

With forces from the Assad regime deploying in their old lands, Syrians are afraid to go back home.

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Syria’s Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Syria’s Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually.

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