Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Taliban Seeking Recognition of Qatar Office Ahead of Fresh Talks With US

Friday, February 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Seeking Recognition of Qatar Office Ahead of Fresh Talks With US

The Taliban says it hopes ongoing negotiations with the United States would bring a long-demanded formal recognition for the insurgent group’s “political office” in Qatar, insisting it would help accelerate consultations over the endgame in the Afghan war.

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Senior Indonesian member of Islamic State killed in Syria-police

Friday, February 15, 2019 Comments Off on Senior Indonesian member of Islamic State killed in Syria-police

An Indonesian militant who appeared on an Islamic State propaganda video showing the execution of a hostage and was said to be close to the militant group’s leader was killed in Syria last month, an Indonesian police spokesman and his brother said.

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Despite falling attacks, ISIL terrorists remain ‘global threat’: UN report

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Despite falling attacks, ISIL terrorists remain ‘global threat’: UN report

Though attacks were down last year, a new United Nations report to the Security Council on Monday shows that ISIL is still a global threat, despite evolving into a “covert” terrorism network, with countries continuing to face challenges from the growing scourge of violent extremism.

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Russia says 27 children of ISIL members arrive from Iraq

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Russia says 27 children of ISIL members arrive from Iraq

A group of 27 Russian children whose mothers are being held in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group have arrived home in Russia. The children landed at Ramenskoye Airport, near Moscow, on Sunday.

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UN takes aim at Hezbollah with warning for Lebanon to stay out of foreign conflicts

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on UN takes aim at Hezbollah with warning for Lebanon to stay out of foreign conflicts

The United Nations Security Council has taken aim at Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and its role in Syria, issuing a warning late on Friday for all Lebanese parties to dissociate themselves from any external conflicts.

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Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Coalition warplanes hit last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria

U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State’s last stronghold in eastern Syria and hundreds of civilians fled the besieged enclave on Monday as U.S.-backed fighters pressed their campaign to seize it.

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Zarif In Lebanon Meets Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah. Pledges Support

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Zarif In Lebanon Meets Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah. Pledges Support

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who arrived in Lebanon on Sunday met Hassan Nasrallah the leader of the militant group Hezbollah. In recent days, Hezbollah has been pushing the idea of Lebanon officially accepting Iranian military assistance, which Zarif earlier said Iran would be looking forward to.

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Islamic State Militants Fight to Hold Onto Final Foothold in Eastern Syria

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Militants Fight to Hold Onto Final Foothold in Eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said.

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Caught in Syria, foreign terrorist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on Caught in Syria, foreign terrorist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Their home countries don’t want them and holding trials in Syria isn’t an option: now suspected foreign terrorists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.

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U.S.-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’s area of operations.

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US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.

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Votel: “Tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Comments Off on Votel: “Tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq

The top US commander in the war against ISIS aligned himself Sunday with the US intelligence community assessment that there are “tens of thousands” of ISIS fighters spread across Syria and Iraq.

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US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have recaptured 41 positions held by Islamic State militants as they seek to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Sunday that SDF forces had destroyed fortifications in the Village of Baghuz, but that heavy fighting continued.

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Iraqi armed factions hit Daesh targets inside Syria

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi armed factions hit Daesh targets inside Syria

Iraqi armed factions said Thursday they have launched dozens of missiles targeting Daesh militants holed up in a Syrian village across the border. The state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces said they fired 50 missiles at targets in Baghouz village, in the last speck of territory held by the extremists.

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Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Kurds in Iraq say US withdrawal from Syria a mistake

Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga leaders say ISIL still a threat and US should not withdraw from Syria. A pair of armoured vehicles parked in a corner of the Peshmerga headquarters in northern Iraq form a stark reminder of the threat the region is facing by ISIL.

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Collapse of the ‘caliphate’: Daesh territory slashed by 99.5 percent

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on Collapse of the ‘caliphate’: Daesh territory slashed by 99.5 percent

The Daesh “caliphate” that was once the size of Britain has been reduced to a tiny patch of land near a village in eastern Syria, the anti-Daesh coalition said on Thursday.

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US-backed Syria force says captures foreign militants ‘daily’

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed Syria force says captures foreign militants ‘daily’

US-backed forces in Syria said Wednesday they were detaining foreign Daesh group fighters on a “daily basis,” days after confirming the capture of German militants Martin Lemke.

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HRW warns against secret transfer of militants from Syria

Monday, February 11, 2019 Comments Off on HRW warns against secret transfer of militants from Syria

Any transfers of suspected foreign militants and their relatives out of Syria should be transparent, Human Rights Watch told AFP, as camps in the northeast fill with families of different nationalities.

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Zawahiri criticizes jihadists in Syria for clinging to territory under Turkey’s protection

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Zawahiri criticizes jihadists in Syria for clinging to territory under Turkey’s protection

On Feb. 5, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, released a 45-minute video featuring the group’s global emir, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The bulk of the video, titled “The Way to Salvation,” is dedicated to explaining why the jihadists have not succeeded in countries that experienced the 2011 Arab uprisings. That is, Zawahiri seeks to explain why […]

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Analysis: The budding insurgency in southern Syria

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Analysis: The budding insurgency in southern Syria

Yesterday, a low-quality video depicting an IED attack on a regime checkpoint in southern Syria was uploaded to the internet. A relatively unknown group, the Popular Resistance, claimed credit within the video itself.

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Renouncing al-Qaeda and the prospects for engagement

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Renouncing al-Qaeda and the prospects for engagement

The seizure of the northern Syrian province of Idlib by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) from other armed opposition groups in early January once again brings to the fore the debate over its ties to al-Qaeda (AQ). HTS grew out of the Nusra Front (NF) in 2017, when it was required to renounce AQ as part […]

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Islamic State’s Chief Al-Baghdadi Survived a ‘Coup’ by his Fighters

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State’s Chief Al-Baghdadi Survived a ‘Coup’ by his Fighters

Martin Chulov reported [1] for The Guardian yesterday, February 7, the Islamic State’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had survived a coup attempt last month by foreign fighters within the ranks of the terrorist organization in its holdout in Hajin in eastern Syria near the town of Al-Bukamal on the border between Syria and Iraq, and […]

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Has Turkish President Erdoğan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood?

Friday, February 8, 2019 Comments Off on Has Turkish President Erdoğan Distanced Himself from the Muslim Brotherhood?

The picture sent shockwaves through Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grassroots: A poor Egyptian member of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan in Arabic) handcuffed by the Turkish police, put aboard a Turkish Airlines plane to fly back to Cairo, to be tortured and eventually executed. Is President Erdoğan not a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood? […]

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Why Tehran Crosses Only ‘Pink Lines’

Monday, February 4, 2019 Comments Off on Why Tehran Crosses Only ‘Pink Lines’

Talk to any senior European Union official and you are sure to hear the Islamic Republic in Iran designated as “a threat to regional stability.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorses Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment of Iranian behavior as “unacceptable.”

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Lifting the veil: Israel’s new military strategy in Syria

Monday, February 4, 2019 Comments Off on Lifting the veil: Israel’s new military strategy in Syria

After years of ambiguity, Israel is increasingly going public with its strikes on Syria. Retaliatory attacks carried out last week were conducted in broad daylight, a rare occurrence. In contrast to prior strikes, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) immediately took responsibility for the attacks and announced them in real time on twitter. This change in […]

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Turkey to set up safe zones in Syria: President Erdogan

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey to set up safe zones in Syria: President Erdogan

Turkey says it will form safe zones in northern Syria so that millions of Syrian refugees hosted by the Ankara government could return to their home country, which is now recovering from nearly eight years of foreign-sponsored militancy.

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Jordan Will Not Take Over or Monitor al-Tanf Base After US Withdrawal – FM

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Comments Off on Jordan Will Not Take Over or Monitor al-Tanf Base After US Withdrawal – FM

Jordan is not going to take over or monitor the US military base in the eastern Syrian al-Tanf area, located on the country’s border with Jordan, after Washington withdraws troops from Syria, since the facility is situated outside Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Sputnik in an interview.

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Iranian Army Rejects Israel’s Claims About Attack on Iranian Bases in Syria

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Army Rejects Israel’s Claims About Attack on Iranian Bases in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims about airstrikes on Iranian bases in Syria are baseless, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) spokesman said on Monday.

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New Astana talks on Syria due in mid-February: Russia

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Comments Off on New Astana talks on Syria due in mid-February: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the next round of peace negotiations for Syria in the Astana format will be held in the Kazakh capital in mid-February.

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Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Turkey claims its military preparations for a cross-border operation into Syria against a Kurdish militia are complete. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made the announcement Tuesday. “When the time comes, the necessary actions will be taken both in Manbij and east of the Euphrates,” Akar said during a visit to a military facility in Turkey’s […]

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Some 600 US Soldiers Arrived at Syria Military Bases Amid Pullout – Reports

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Some 600 US Soldiers Arrived at Syria Military Bases Amid Pullout – Reports

In December, US President Donald Trump declared victory over the Daesh* terrorist group and said he would withdraw some 2,000 US troops who are currently deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

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Turkey: Imprisoning Dissidents while Bidding for EU Membership

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Imprisoning Dissidents while Bidding for EU Membership

At a rally in Ankara over the summer, held by the women’s branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced:

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OPINION / LIBAN – Une république bananière en état de décomposition avancée

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on OPINION / LIBAN – Une république bananière en état de décomposition avancée

Le Liban, où aucune réforme sérieuse n’a été entreprise depuis la présidence du général Fouad Chéhab, fait figure de pays irréformable et gangrené par la corruption.

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LIBAN – Le communautarisme, un virus prolifique

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on LIBAN – Le communautarisme, un virus prolifique

La mondialisation, le retour du religieux et l’accroissement des flux migratoires ont favorisé les crispations identitaires, le populisme et le virus du communautarisme.

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IRAQ – Baghdad, Erbil… and Basra, new internal politic flashpoint

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on IRAQ – Baghdad, Erbil… and Basra, new internal politic flashpoint

When one thinks of the recent chaos that has been unfolding in Iraq since the Parliamentary Elections most thoughts generally focus on the process that has been unfolding to name not only a new Speaker for Parliament but potentially decide who will run Iraq as well.

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