Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

The United States is speeding up the arrival of a naval aircraft carrier strike group to the Arabian Sea after concerns Iran may be planning an attack against American or allied targets.

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

US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Aimed at countering China and Russia’s expansion in the Arctic, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the United States will increase its military presence in the polar region.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Thousands of Afghans taking part in a rare grand assembly to discuss a possible peace deal with Taliban militants are demanding a ceasefire on both sides as a first step, officials said on Thursday.

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

Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Fighting in northwestern Syria has displaced nearly 140,000 people since February, the UN said on Wednesday, as the regime and its ally Russia have stepped up their bombardment.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released a new resource detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s established ties to more than 40 radical extremists, including terrorist groups, foreign fighters and extremism propagandists. The Brotherhood officially maintains a platform of non-violence, but has supported violent terrorism across the Middle East. The Brotherhood’s long-standing aims are to use its […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

As both a candidate and commander-in-chief, President Trump put an emphasis on ending America’s involvement in conflicts overseas, especially in Syria and Afghanistan. But the reality has been more complicated; following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate, there are fears the terror group will spread instability to other areas, including Africa. And those fears have […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

The U.S. military and NATO have stopped producing an assessment that was considered key for measuring progress against the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a report released on April 30 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The metric, which tracked district stability, was one of the “most widely cited Afghan security […]

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

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

“We need this war to end and to go back to civilian life,” says Mohammed, a 27-year-old soldier at a base in the suburbs of Tripoli. Less than a month ago, peace talks were planned and the reunification of Libya was back on the table. Now, fighters are in their fourth week of battle as […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tries New Tactic to Topple Maduro

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tries New Tactic to Topple Maduro

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president, says a staggered industrial action would start Thursday, leading to a general strike. The strike is the latest strategy in his effort to force President Nicolas Maduro out of power through a popular uprising. Two days of rallies in the streets of Caracas have led to violent clashes between Guaido’s […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Pompeo: US Prepared for Military Intervention in Venezuela

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo: US Prepared for Military Intervention in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is prepared to intervene militarily to stem the ongoing unrest in Venezuela. “Military action is possible,” the top U.S. diplomat told the Fox Business Network. “If that is what is required, that is what the United States will do.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Report: The return of ISIS fighters threatens European security

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Report: The return of ISIS fighters threatens European security

A new study explores how Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia are dealing with hundreds of returnees, and what effect this could have on the European Union

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Unraveling the Rawi Terrorist Financing Network

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Unraveling the Rawi Terrorist Financing Network

Bottom Line Up Front:

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Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban’s chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement’s chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.

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$360 Million U.S. Lawsuit Against Iran And Syria For Funding Hamas Killers In Israel

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on $360 Million U.S. Lawsuit Against Iran And Syria For Funding Hamas Killers In Israel

“When I shot the woman,” Yahya Haj Hamed told investigators, “I saw there were three or four children in the car, but I didn’t fire in their direction. We got back into our car and drove off.” Yahya, a member of a Hamas terror cell, had already “fired in the direction” of the woman’s husband, […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Iran’s foreign minister offered publicly on Wednesday to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the United States, saying he had been authorized to conduct such talks.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran

U.S. called on to boycott German cars until Hezbollah banned from Germany

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. called on to boycott German cars until Hezbollah banned from Germany

The newly formed Committee to Ban Hezbollah in Germany called on US consumers to boycott German automobiles in an advertisement in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected outlawing Hezbollah.

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ISIS’s Newest Recruiting Tool: Regional Languages

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS’s Newest Recruiting Tool: Regional Languages

When ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people, it did so, as one would expect, in Arabic and English. But it also issued statements in other languages—including Tamil.

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Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Bottom Line Up Front:

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

“Two Hadramawts” emerge in a fractured Yemen

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on “Two Hadramawts” emerge in a fractured Yemen

Yemen’s strategic and oil-rich eastern governorate of Hadramawt stands at a critical turning point, as feuds between competing political and military groups are coming to a head. Forces supporting the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi have gained prominence in the north of the region (Sayoun and Wadi Hadramawt), while the Hadrami […]

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The Syrian Civil War: A New Stage, but Is It the Final One?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on The Syrian Civil War: A New Stage, but Is It the Final One?

Eight years on, the Syrian civil war is finally winding down. The government of Bashar al-Assad has largely won, but the cost has been steep. The economy is shattered, there are more than 5 million Syrian refugees abroad, and the government lacks the resources to rebuild. Any chance that the Syrian opposition could compel the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Joe Biden Officially Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Joe Biden Officially Announces 2020 Presidential Run

After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020.

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Egyptian Journalist Ibrahim Eissa: Islamic Terrorism Will End Only When Muslims Stop Trying To Restore Their Past

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Egyptian Journalist Ibrahim Eissa: Islamic Terrorism Will End Only When Muslims Stop Trying To Restore Their Past

On April 14, 2019, Ibrahim Issa discussed Islamic terrorism in a monologue on his talk show, which is aired on the American Al-Hurra TV. Ibrahim Issa said that ISIS, Al-Qaeda, terrorism, and extremism will only come to an end if Muslims get rid of the “black triangle.” This “black triangle,” described by Issa, is comprised […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Articles In Egyptian Media Respond To Egypt’s Reported Withdrawal From ‘Arab NATO’: Al-Sisi Thwarted A Plan By ‘The Satan And Gang Leader Of The World’ To Embroil The Arab World And Egypt In A Confrontation With Iran

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Articles In Egyptian Media Respond To Egypt’s Reported Withdrawal From ‘Arab NATO’: Al-Sisi Thwarted A Plan By ‘The Satan And Gang Leader Of The World’ To Embroil The Arab World And Egypt In A Confrontation With Iran

On April 8, 2019, officials from eight countries – Saudi Arabia, the U.S., the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Jordan – convened in Riyadh to discuss the U.S. initiative to form the “Middle East Strategic Alliance,” also known as the “Arab NATO,” aimed at confronting Iran’s growing influence in the region.[1] Egypt did not […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Le Sri Lanka traque les responsables des attentats de Pâques

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Le Sri Lanka traque les responsables des attentats de Pâques

Le Sri Lanka traquait lundi les responsables de la vague d’attentats suicides qui ont fait 290 morts la veille dans l’île d’Asie du Sud, dans un déchaînement de violence imputé par les autorités à un mouvement islamiste local.

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Destabilising Iran

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Destabilising Iran

Alarm bells went off in September in Washington’s corridors of power when John Bolton’s National Security Council (NSC) asked the Pentagon for options for military strikes against Iran.[1] The council was responding to three missiles fired by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia that landed in an empty lot close to the United States embassy in Baghdad […]

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

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens to close Hormuz Strait

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens to close Hormuz Strait

The Strait of Hormuz, a key strategic waterway situated between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, is now tense. In reaction to the U.S. plan of interference, Iran has threatened to close the shipping lane vital for the world trade.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Iran Guard’s Former General Says They Were In Bosnia Disguised As Aid Workers

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Guard’s Former General Says They Were In Bosnia Disguised As Aid Workers

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on April 17 denied the veracity of remarks by one of its former generals who has claimed to have worn Iran’s Red Crescent Society’s (IRCS) uniform for “military purposes” during the civil war in Bosnia.

This was posted under category: Bosnia Hertegovina, Eurasia

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on countries across the Middle East to unite against the United States during an address at an Army Day parade in Tehran.

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US officials say more than 2,000 suspected foreign ISIS fighters being held in Syria

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on US officials say more than 2,000 suspected foreign ISIS fighters being held in Syria

The number of suspected foreign ISIS fighters being detained by US-backed forces in Syria has now surpassed 2,000, with a small number claiming to be US citizens, three US officials told CNN.

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Bosnia brings back, detains Islamic fighter from Syria

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Bosnia brings back, detains Islamic fighter from Syria

A Bosnian national suspected of fighting for Islamic State in Syria has been transferred to Bosnia and put in detention, the Balkan country’s prosecutor’s office said on Saturday.

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

Kosovo Flies Home Jihadists’ Families From Syria

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Kosovo Flies Home Jihadists’ Families From Syria

The authorities in Kosovo said on Saturday that more than 100 of their citizens, mostly women and children who were relatives of jihadists, had been flown home from Syria under heavy security with the assistance of the United States.

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

Nasrallah warns of war this summer, worries he could be killed – report

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Nasrallah warns of war this summer, worries he could be killed – report

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned top military commanders in a private meeting this week that there will be a war with Israel this summer and that he may not be around to support them, according to Elijah J. Magnier, a writer for the Kuwaiti Al Rai news.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Pakistan Says Iran-Based Group Behind Deadly Attack

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan Says Iran-Based Group Behind Deadly Attack

Pakistan has urged Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 soldiers earlier this week.

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

Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

At least 12 Taliban and six Islamic State fighters have been killed in bloody clashes that erupted in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan military.

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