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Turkish FM visits Qatar over Gulf crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that he will visit Qatar on Wednesday as part of Turkey’s mediation efforts to solve the recent Gulf crisis. Speaking at a press conference with Burundi foreign minister on Tuesday, Çavuşoğlu said he might visit Saudi Arabia as well and that the Turkish side is waiting for the Saudis […]

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Iraq, Syria discuss border security cooperation

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi and Syrian military top brass discussed in Baghdad on Tuesday ways to establish a joint coordination center and enhance cooperation in the field of border security. The meeting between Syrian military delegation, including chief of the operations dept., and Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army Lt.-Gen. Othman Al-Ghanemi led to a consensus that […]

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Macedonia aims NATO membership

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the new Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev to NATO headquarters on Monday for talks on the partnership between the Alliance and Macednia. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the NATO chief congratulated Zaev on his appointment and welcomed the formation of a new government.

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Bulgarian General: NATO for Western Balkans would provide region stability

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

A NATO membership for Western Balkan countries would provide stability in the region, but it could materialise only after the main criteria are met, gen. Kircho Kirov, former head of the National Intelligence Service, told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning Bulgaria. Macedonia’s attempts to join the EU and NATO should be appreciated, this would make our […]

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AU calls for dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

African Union chairperson Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he […]

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UN peacekeeper killed in Mali

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations says a fourth peacekeeper from the West African nation of Guinea was killed in an attack by jihadists last week on a UN camp in northern Mali. UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday the peacekeeper was missing after last Thursday’s attack on the camp east of the city of Kidal […]

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Pakistan PM, Saudi King discuss middle east crisis

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, Radio Pakistan reported. The PM ─ accompanied by General Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Adviser to the PM […]

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Indian President to meet Trump this month

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

In his first visit to the US after the new administration took over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with President Donald Trump on June 26 on a range of issues, including India’s concerns over possible changes in H1B visas.

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Turkey warns on Gulf crisis escalation

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

As part of its efforts to ease tension in the Gulf region, Ankara has called on all parties to come to a common solution and overcome differences to avoid a sectarian crisis in the region, which would put all countries in danger. “With all the already existing problems in the region, and particularly at a […]

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US-backed rebels capture north-west neighbourhood in Raqqa

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

A US-backed Syrian opposition force said yesterday it had captured a north-western neighbourhood of the Isil group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, the second district to fall into their hands in days after the rebels launched a wide offensive to gain control of the extremists’ final stronghold. US military officials said they had no information to […]

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Turkey calls on N. Iraq to reconsider referendum bid

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Monday called on the Northern Iraq to reconsider the planned referendum bid in September. Speaking following the cabinet meeting in Ankara, Numan Kurtulmus raised concerns regarding the independence referendum, which is supposed to be held in

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US forces conduct strike against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

US forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces on Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 300km southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon said the operation occurred at approximately 0600 GMT “in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.”

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Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

A Nigerian official says a top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed on Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp. Nigerian army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said on Monday that soldiers battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. He said they killed […]

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Bulgaria to support Bosnia’s EU integration

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev here on Monday said his country would advocate for the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union (EU). During its presidency of the EU Council in 2018, Bulgaria would support Sarajevo in the process of obtaining a candidate status for the EU membership, Radev said at a joint press […]

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Indian minister says ready for talks with anyone to solve Kashmir issue

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that he was “ready for talks with everyone” to resolve the Kashmir issue, and will not put any conditions for the purpose. “Those who are instigating the Kashmiri youth should look upon them as their own child,” Singh said while speaking to reporters in Mumbai about the Modi […]

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Pakistan security committee to discuss Arab conflict

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday said that the National Security Committee of the parliament would discuss in detail the situation in the Arab Peninsula in its upcoming meeting. During the National Assembly session when the issues of attack on the Iranian parliament and Gulf crisis came under discussion, the speaker proposed that […]

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Turkey to train Syrian imams

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, also known as the Diyanet, will train 467 Syrian imams in northern Syria, the state body said Thursday. The efforts are directed to provide appropriate religious services to Syrian residents in various cities, including Al-Bab, Jarabulus, Azaz, Mare and Al-Rai, where terrorists were eliminated following the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield.

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7 Iraqi soldiers killed by IS attacks near Syrian border

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Islamic State stepped up attacks on Iraqi army positions near the border with Syria, killing seven soldiers and wounding 12 in two attacks staged on Sunday and Tuesday, military sources said. Islamic State has been fighting since October a U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, the largest city that fell under its control in both Syria and […]

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US-backed force battles Daesh in Raqa

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed fighters battled the Daesh group on Thursday as they tried to push further into the extremists’ Syrian bastion Raqa, two days after finally entering the northern city. The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters began the battle for the city earlier this week after seven months of fighting to surround the […]

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Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabaab attack on Somalia military base

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Heavily armed al-Shabaab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people, officials said Thursday. Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group.

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Soldiers clash with Islamists in Somalia

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

A dawn raid by jihadists on a military camp in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday left at least 10 soldiers dead, security officials said. The Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda group, claimed the attack saying it had killed 61 soldiers at the Af-Urur military base close to Golis Mountains, a well-known Islamist hideout.

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At least 15 killed in latest S Sudan road ambush

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Unknown gunmen on Thursday ambushed a convoy on the main road connecting South Sudan’s capital with the Ugandan border, killing at least 15 people, officials said. Nine others were wounded in the attack on a civilian convoy escorted by the military on the insecure Juba-Nimule highway.

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China denies violating Indian airspace

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) denied late on June 5 that one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) helicopter violated Indian airspace.

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India excludes a meeting between Modi and Sharif in Astana

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

India ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week, Indian media report. In early May, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz told reporters that if India shows interest, Pakistan would look into the possibility of a meeting […]

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US-backed force make progress against IS in Syria’s Raqqa

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

U.S.-backed fighters gained ground against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the streets of Raqqa on June 7, a day after their months-long offensive finally broke into the jihadists’ Syrian bastion. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia has spent seven months advancing on the city, with backing from the U.S.-led coalition […]

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Germany to pull its troops out of Incirlik

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

Germany will pull all of its troops and aircraft from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on June 7. Approximately 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, as well as Tornado reconnaissance jets and a refueling plane, will be moved to Jordan over the next two months. Two days earlier, German Foreign […]

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Turkey approves deploying troops in Qatar

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s parliament has approved a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, an apparent move to support the Gulf Arab country when it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers.

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Darfur peacekeeping force headed for major drawdown

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and the United Nations are proposing major cuts to their joint peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, paring down one of the world’s largest and costliest peace operations. A joint report sent to the UN Security Council last month recommends that the ceiling set for military troops be cut by 44 […]

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UN commander in CAR wants DRC peacekeepers to leave

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

The UN force commander in the Central African Republic is calling for hundreds of peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be sent home for sexual abuse, fuel trafficking and poor discipline, according to a confidential memo released Tuesday.

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Syria refugees still stuck between Morocco and Algeria

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

Dozens of Syrian refugees remained stranded in no-man’s land between Morocco and Algeria on Tuesday, non-governmental groups said, despite an Algerian offer to help. Algiers said last week it would take in the refugees after the United Nations urged both sides to help the Syrians, who include a pregnant woman and have been stranded in […]

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France Defence Minister hails Egypt efforts in fighting terrorism

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

France’s minister of defence, Sylvie Goulard, expressed praise for Al-Azhar on Monday; for his role in fighting extremist ideology, as well as Egypt’s international influence in combating terrorism. According to a press statement, the conversation occurred during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Egyptian Defence Minister Sedky Sobhy […]

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Algeria calls for common effort in tackling regional issues

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Monday that the countries of the region have to maintain continuous coordination to face together challenges when he held talks with visiting Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts. “The situation in Libya and the importance of permanent coordination at the level of Libya’s neighboring countries, particularly Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, were […]

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Algerian, Egyptian, Tunisian FMs discuss solutions to Libyan crisis

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt have held a tripartite meeting on Monday in Algeria, to discuss the situation in Libya and find a political solution for the crisis in order to tackle later security issues, especially combating ISIS. The meeting, which will end today, will be followed by a communique that presents […]

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Saudi, Egypt FMs to meet in Cairo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister is expected to meet with his Egyptian counterpart amid efforts to resolve differences on the Syrian conflict and other regional flashpoints. In October, the Saudis halted oil shipments to Cairo after it voted in favor of a UN resolution favorable to the Syrian government. They were resumed in March before an […]

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Sudan, Egypt hold talks to ease tensions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Officials from Sudan and Egypt on Saturday held “honest” and “transparent” discussions following months of tension between the two Afro-Arab neighbors, but appeared to make little headway to patch up their differences, primarily over a border region held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.

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