Archive for the ‘Middle Orient News’ Category
Algeria has strongly condemned, through the spokesman of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, the terrorist attacks in Iraq, including that perpetrated Monday morning in Sadr City, a district in the northeast of the capital, Baghdad. “We condemn in the strongest terms the frequent terrorist attacks in Iraq and the escalation of bloody […]
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has affirmed Egypt’s full support for Iraq in its war against terrorism, while Iraqi President Fuad Masum has revealed Iraq’s intention to improve relations between the two countries. Media office of Masum, in a statement, said, “Iraqi President Fuad Masum received a phone call from his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah […]
An initiative to revitalise the Arab League’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis and urging stakeholders to settle disputes and iron out difficulties that impede the implementation of the political agreement was tabled Thursday by Tunisia as part of its presidency of the 146th Ordinary Session of the Arab Foreign Ministers’ Council.
Egypt and the Arab League (AL) welcomed on Saturday the ceasefire recently reached in conflict-stricken Syria after mediation efforts of the United States and Russia. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry hailed the truce that was reached Friday evening and will take effect on Sept. 12, the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, calling on […]
Eleven people including seven policemen and four civilians were killed and 36 others wounded in a car bomb attack on police bus this morning in Istanbul. Tunisia, on Tuesday, condemned the terrorist attack that targeted this morning Beyazit Square district in the Turkish city of Istanbul and claimed the lives of several police officers and […]
A terrorist cell was discovered in the locality of Zaafrane (delegation of Douz), the Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday. This cell was dismantled as part of the investigation conducted by security units in the region after individuals hoisted on Friday night the black flag of Daesh on top of the Agricultural
Tunisia’s prime minister said on Saturday (Oct 3) that his country is joining the US-led military coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq mainly to “exchange information”. IS claimed an attack that killed 38 foreign tourists at a seaside resort near Sousse in June, and authorities also blame the extremist group […]
Libya’s internationally recognized government has decided to ban the entry of Pakistani, Yemeni and Iranian nationals to the country, according to Libyan official news agency LANA reported on Wednesday. The decision is based on suspicion of nationals of these countries joining extremist groups, including Islamic State (IS), the report said.
The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from northern Syria by forming an “ISIL-free zone,” a U.S. official said on July 27. “The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria,” […]
Turkey has not asked for substantial military help from NATO in its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish militants, the alliance’s chief said on July 27, a day before it meets to discuss the fighting. Jens Stoltenberg also warned Turkey that its bombing campaign could endanger the progress […]
Turkey has called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, as Turkey boosts international efforts to gain support for the strikes. NATO’s secretary general said […]
The death toll in the Suruc terrorist attack went up to 32 people after a number of the injured succumbed to their injuries, said a Turkish official Tuesday. Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told the press that investigation in the matter did not yield any evidences regarding the perpetrators of the attack. The Turkish […]
The EU and NATO condemned Monday the terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Suruc, which has led to the loss of many innocent lives and left many injured. “My thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones affected by this heinous act. There can be no justification for terrorism. We stand in […]
India strongly supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and its government’s efforts to “overcome the current crisis”, President Pranab Mukherjee said amid a war that country is engaged in against ISIS terror group. In a message to his counterpart Fuad Masum on the eve of National Day of Iraq, Mukherjee said India deeply values its close and […]
Iraqi forces tightened the noose on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in its stronghold of Anbar on July 13 with a ground operation teed up by a record number of coalition air strikes. Iraqi security forces, Shiite paramilitaries and Sunni tribal fighters advanced towards Ramadi and Fallujah, the two main cities […]
The United States on July 9 asked the UN Security Council to set up an investigative panel to identify those behind deadly chlorine gas attacks in Syria. The panel comprised of experts from the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) chemical watchdog could be able to establish whether President […]
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that his nation has no intentions of seizing any other lands, neither is it interested in going to war without a reason, adding that the parliament has sanctioned action in the event of threats to its borders.
The U.S. has ruled out support for a buffer zone in northern Syria amid renewed fighting just across Turkey’s southern border, according to a U.S. State Department official. John Kirby, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said on June 30 the challenges facing Turkey on its southern borders are understandable but neither Washington nor […]
Clashes between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and government troops in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh have displaced an estimated 60,000 people, a UN agency said on June 25. The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said at least 50,000 people had been displaced within Hasakeh […]
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon held “an important meeting” for the first time with all the 28 EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg Monday which also covered development sin Syria , Libya and Yemen. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini noted that this is crucial year for the UN […]
Syrian Kurdish fighters and rebel allies overnight seized a key base held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) north of its Raqqa stronghold, in a new blow for the jihadists. The capture of the Brigade 93 base comes just a week after ISIL was expelled from Tal Abyad, a town on […]
The number of Syrian refugees living in shelters in Turkey reached 259,533, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) announced in a statement Wednesday. The number of Syrians living in tents and prefabricated homes provided by the Turkish government reached 14.585 in Hatay, 51.507 in Gaziantep, 103.001 in Sanliurfa, 36.017 in Kilis, 14.879 […]
Syrian refugees in Turkey have begun returning to their homes in Tal Abyad after Kurdish forces seized the border town in a major blow to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Some 200 men, women and children carrying their meagre possessions crossed back into Syria through the Turkish border post of Akçakale, a […]
Kurdish forces have seized control of a key border town from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria, as the Turkish government clearly voiced its unease over the perceived efforts to unify Kurdish cantons in its southern neighbor.
More than 23,000 refugees fleeing fighting in northern Syria have crossed into Turkey, the United Nations refugee agency said on June 16, quoting Turkish authorities. Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured a town at the Turkish border from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 15, driving it away from the […]
Seventeen people were killed in Iraq on June 15 in clashes between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and pro-government forces in a town close to the country’s biggest refinery, a focal point in efforts to counter the ultra-hardline Sunni group.
US President Barack Obama is sending 450 additional US troops to help Iraqi forces seize back control of the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists. Of the 450 troops heading to Anbar province within six to eight weeks, less than 100 will be advisers who will […]
US President Barack Obama on June 10 approved the deployment of 450 more US military trainers to Iraq, a cautious bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. The White House said the forces will join an already 3,100-strong mission to “train, advise and assist” the Iraqi army […]
Three militants disguised in military uniform killed at least eight people in a local government office in Amiriyat al-Falluja in western Iraq on June 9, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
At least 49 civilians, including children, were killed by warplanes of the Syrian regime at an area in Idlib in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the regime aircraft committed a “massacre” by bombarding a public yard in Al-Janodia village in Jesr Al-Shughour countryside. Many civilians […]
The White House says President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande are in agreement on some of the world’s vexing problems, including Russia’s actions in Ukraine and keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The two leaders met June 8 on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of Seven leading democracies being held […]
Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said May 27. “Following a 10-day offensive, Kurdish fighters took control early this week of 14 Assyrian villages that ISIL had controlled since […]
US Vice President Joseph Biden has pledged “full support” for Iraqi efforts to retake territories lost to the Islamic State, as Baghdad bristled at the Pentagon chief’s criticism of Iraqi forces over the battle against the extremist group.
Some 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey for training of moderate Syrian opposition, along with weapons that are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase for equipping part of the program. Syrians, who will be trained in Hirfanlı military base in Kırşehir, will be transferred to southern Hatay where they will be equipped with necessary briefing for […]
Greece will launch consultations with Egypt and Greek Cyprus to establish maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on April 29. Tsipras, who was visiting Greek Cyprus, said those boundaries – which are normally a precursor to a state licensing for offshore oil and gas exploration – would be defined in […]