Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Two Islamic State terrorists apprehended in Mosul — interior ministry

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Two Islamic State terrorists apprehended in Mosul — interior ministry

The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that its forces captured two members of the Islamic State militant group in Mosul city.

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Heavy fighting reported as US-backed forces attack last ISIS stronghold in Syria

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Heavy fighting reported as US-backed forces attack last ISIS stronghold in Syria

Heavy fighting erupted Sunday as US-backed forces attacked the last ISIS stronghold in Syria amid a final push to clear the jihadist group from the war-torn country.

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How ISIS Is Rising in the Philippines as It Dwindles in the Middle East

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on How ISIS Is Rising in the Philippines as It Dwindles in the Middle East

Across the islands of the southern Philippines, the black flag of the Islamic State is flying over what the group considers its East Asia province. Men in the jungle, two oceans away from the arid birthplace of the Islamic State, are taking the terrorist brand name into new battles.

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Hezbollah cries for donations, considers sanctions ‘war’

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah cries for donations, considers sanctions ‘war’

The Iranian-backed Lebanon’s Hezbollah has called on its supporters to donate money as it suffers increasing pressure from Western sanctions intended to isolate it financially.

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The US Must Grow Up And Respect Iranian Independence

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on The US Must Grow Up And Respect Iranian Independence

One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as the United States and one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations with settlements dating back to 7,000 BC. It was an empire that […]

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Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?

The Trump Administration Is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran Into a Hot One Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to […]

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Senior Iranian official: foreign Shiite militias to fight in Iran if Islamic Republic in danger

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Comments Off on Senior Iranian official: foreign Shiite militias to fight in Iran if Islamic Republic in danger

On March 6, Hojjat ol-Eslam Musa Qazanfar-Abadi, the head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts, said the Islamic Republic would deploy non-Iranian Shiite militias in Iran if the system faces danger of downfall.

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Lebanon’s president says Hezbollah part of Lebanese people

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon’s president says Hezbollah part of Lebanese people

Michel Aoun tells visiting UK foreign minister that organization, considered a terror group by Britain, is represented in the cabinet and parliament.

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Iraq leader says Islamic State foreign fighters may face death penalty

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq leader says Islamic State foreign fighters may face death penalty

Iraqi President Barham Salih said foreign Islamic State fighters tried in Iraq could be handed death sentences, according to an interview published by Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National on Friday.

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Life after ISIS: Hellish public execution square in Raqqa returns to former glory

Monday, March 11, 2019 Comments Off on Life after ISIS: Hellish public execution square in Raqqa returns to former glory

Once known as the Islamic State “public square from hell,” with regular executions, crucifixions, and lashings, Raqqa’s old Paradise Square is returning to its former glory, two years after its liberation.

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The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined

Monday, March 11, 2019 Comments Off on The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined

A simple but important study by Luciano Celi shows what is the real energy return that oil companies manage to attain. Much smaller than you would have believed, in several cases it is today well below 10. Which means that renewable energies already produce a larger EROI than oil and gas. No more excuses for […]

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Syria Accuses U.S. Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold

Monday, March 11, 2019 Comments Off on Syria Accuses U.S. Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold

The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February 26th, “Gold deal between United States and Daesh” (Daesh is ISIS) and reported that, Information from local sources said that US army helicopters have already transported the gold bullions under cover of darkness on Sunday [February 24th], before transporting them to the United States.

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Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy

Monday, March 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy

Donald J. Trump’s hitherto failed ‘maximum pressure’ approach to Iran, as well as for that matter North Korea, begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should the policy ultimately fail.

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Finding a way forward in the Baghdad-Erbil oil dispute

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Finding a way forward in the Baghdad-Erbil oil dispute

Disagreements between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over oil policy have been one of Iraq’s most stubborn problems. Resolving this issue would allow for better development of natural resources, generate more revenue that’s badly needed for reconstruction, and might potentially deflate competing claims to disputed territories. There are three main considerations preventing a […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Special Analysis

US foreign policy towards the Middle East: Pumping air into a punctured tire

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on US foreign policy towards the Middle East: Pumping air into a punctured tire

Theorizing the future of the Arab Gulf states and the broader Middle East requires a proper assessment of the state of power distribution in the region. Is there a new balance of power emerging in the Middle East, or is the distribution of power heading in a more dangerous direction?

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Origins of the Libyan Conflict and Options for Its Resolution

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Origins of the Libyan Conflict and Options for Its Resolution

In the 42 years preceding the 2011 uprising, Muammar Gaddafi controlled all power in Libya. Since the uprising, Libyans, fragmented by geography, tribe, ideology, and history, have resisted having anyone, foreigner or Libyan, telling them what to do. In the process, they have frustrated efforts of outsiders to help them rebuild institutions at the national […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Magreb, Special Analysis

Idlib- Reportage From The Last Front In Syria

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Idlib- Reportage From The Last Front In Syria

For a while, all the guns have fallen silent. I am near Idlib, the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria. The area where the deadliest anti-government fighters, most of them injected into Syria from Turkey, with Saudi, Qatari and Western ‘help’, are literally holed up, ready for the final showdown.

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Pakistan PM’s political party welcomes Harakat-ul-Mujahideen emir into ranks

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM’s political party welcomes Harakat-ul-Mujahideen emir into ranks

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil and his supporters voice their support for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party in July 2018, and not today as originally reported. Paragephs 1 and 3 have been updated to reflect the change.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Pakistan, South East Asia

US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

The US Department of State added Harakat al Nujaba (HAN), or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al Kaabi (or Kabi) to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. In the recent past, Kaabi has said he takes orders from […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Russian special forces train Palestinian militia in Syria

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Russian special forces train Palestinian militia in Syria

In a video released yesterday by the Russian propaganda news channel RT, Russian special forces were shown training members of Liwa al Quds, a pro-regime Palestinian militia group in Syria.

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Jihadist leader in Mali denies reports of his death

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Jihadist leader in Mali denies reports of his death

One of the co-founders and senior leaders of al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), Amadou Kouffa, denied reports of his death in a video published by the group. The French and Malian governments claimed Kouffa was killed last November, however, JNIM has consistently denied these reports.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants on Thursday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Pakistan, South East Asia

Militants kill seven Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries in northern Iraq

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Militants kill seven Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries in northern Iraq

Militants ambushed a convoy of pro-government, Shi’ite Muslim paramilitary fighters in northern Iraq on Wednesday night, killing at least seven of them and wounding 30, Iraqi military and police said on Thursday.

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Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender in Syria’s Baghouz: SDF

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Hundreds of ISIL fighters surrender in Syria’s Baghouz: SDF

US-backed Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria captured 400 ISIL fighters who were trying to escape the armed group’s last enclave in eastern Syria.

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ISIS-backed Boko Haram faction allegedly gets new leader

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS-backed Boko Haram faction allegedly gets new leader

The leader of an Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram may have been replaced, sources say, against a backdrop of speculation as to his fate — and the group’s future direction.

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Libya’s Neighbors Say Political Solution Only Way to End its Crisis

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Libya’s Neighbors Say Political Solution Only Way to End its Crisis

The foreign ministers of Libya’s neighbors stressed on Tuesday that the political solution remains the only way to resolve the country’s crisis.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

Has Islamic State returned to Iraq?

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Has Islamic State returned to Iraq?

Iraqi security forces killed five suicide attackers northwest of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Feb. 20. A car bomb in central Mosul killed one civilian and wounded 13 others Feb. 28, just the latest in many recent incidents that have also hit the southern and western parts of the country.

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South Sudan’s President Calls for No Revenge Attacks

Friday, March 8, 2019 Comments Off on South Sudan’s President Calls for No Revenge Attacks

South Sudan’s president is calling on his people to refrain from revenge attacks, as the country tries to move on from a brutal civil war.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

India to Equip Su-30MKIs With Israeli High-Precision Bombs

Friday, March 8, 2019 Comments Off on India to Equip Su-30MKIs With Israeli High-Precision Bombs

New Delhi earlier reported that it had bombed a major terrorist camp in Pakistani territory, killing numerous militants, but did not specify the number of those killed. At the same time, Islamabad insists that no such camp ever existed and that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had bombed a largely barren hillside.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, India, South East Asia

Chinese Hackers Targeted US Universities for Maritime Military Secrets – Report

Friday, March 8, 2019 Comments Off on Chinese Hackers Targeted US Universities for Maritime Military Secrets – Report

Chinese hackers reportedly targeted nearly 30 universities around the world in an attempt to steal military maritime technology secrets.

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Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Iranian and Turkish media have pushed conspiracy theories about the US-led coalition and the defeat of Islamic State in Syria. As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – the main partner of the coalition in the anti-ISIS battle – defeats ISIS in Syria, both Ankara and Tehran appear to have a different narrative.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

SDF: IS Uses Suicide Attacks, Civilians to Slow Advance on Baghuz

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on SDF: IS Uses Suicide Attacks, Civilians to Slow Advance on Baghuz

In eastern Syria, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say Islamic State is trying to slow the attack on the terror group’s last scrap of territory in the town of Baghuz by using snipers, suicide bombers and civilians as human shields.

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Committed to Tel Aviv regime, US deploys THAAD to Israel for 1st time

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Committed to Tel Aviv regime, US deploys THAAD to Israel for 1st time

The Pentagon has for the first time deployed its most advanced missile system in Israel, hailing the move as Washington’s “continued commitment” to the security of the regime in Tel Aviv.

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Putin Officially Suspends Russia’s Participation In INF Treaty With U.S.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Putin Officially Suspends Russia’s Participation In INF Treaty With U.S.

The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in a key Cold War-era nuclear arms-control agreement with the United States.

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The caliphate is a hellscape of smoke and fire – Isis has nowhere left to go

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Comments Off on The caliphate is a hellscape of smoke and fire – Isis has nowhere left to go

There is a flash of light in the dark town as an airstrike hits an Islamic State weapons depot. A few seconds later, a ball of flame engulfs the entire neighbourhood. The sonic boom sends shockwaves through Baghuz, shaking the ground miles away, and for a second everything and everyone is stunned into silence. Then […]

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