Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

US to ask Syrian Kurds to let Turkish forces through the door

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on US to ask Syrian Kurds to let Turkish forces through the door

The United States is pressing its Kurdish allies in Syria to ease their resistance to allowing Turkish forces to deploy on their side of the Turkish-Syrian border, well-informed sources told Al-Monitor. The Turkish forces would be a part of the proposed safe zone in northeastern Syria.

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Following Iraqi Shiite Militias, Hezbollah Shows Up In Iran ‘For Flood Relief’

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Following Iraqi Shiite Militias, Hezbollah Shows Up In Iran ‘For Flood Relief’

The representative of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Iran says a significant number of young Lebanese are currently in Iran, helping relief operations for the flood-stricken people.

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Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Turkey “expects” the Trump administration to grant it waivers from the US related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defences, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

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Iran’s parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Iran’s lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

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Soleimani: Mastermind of Iran’s Mideast Expansion

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Soleimani: Mastermind of Iran’s Mideast Expansion

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week described a powerful Iranian military commander as a “terrorist,” while discussing options the U.S. government could have to further punish Iran for its destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

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Libya’s UN-backed govt. says downed Haftar warplane

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Libya’s UN-backed govt. says downed Haftar warplane

Libya’s UN-backed government says its military has shot down a fighter jet belonging to the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), led by strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for the control of the capital Tripoli.

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Bibi again, but “uneasy lies the head …”

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Bibi again, but “uneasy lies the head …”

Benjamin Netanyahu — “Bibi” to both friends and enemies — will undoubtedly succeed himself as Israel’s prime minister after his recent electoral success and, in July, surpass David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. But, unlike most genuinely successful leaders of democracies, his first priority will have to be avoiding indictment for corruption and going […]

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Iraqi Troops Destroy ISIS Media Center in Hamreen

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi Troops Destroy ISIS Media Center in Hamreen

Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism force targeted ISIS holdouts Thursday in the northern region of Hamreen, including a media center, more than a year after the country declared ISIS vanquished, Agence France Presse reported.

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L’Irak propose de juger les étrangers de Daesh contre 1,8 milliard d’euros

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on L’Irak propose de juger les étrangers de Daesh contre 1,8 milliard d’euros

L’Irak a proposé aux pays membres de la coalition internationale antijihadistes de juger leurs ressortissants soupçonnés d’avoir rejoint le groupe État islamique (EI), en échange d’au moins deux milliards de dollars.

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Morocco busts terror cell led by former fighter in Iraq, Syria

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Morocco busts terror cell led by former fighter in Iraq, Syria

The Moroccan Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the busting of terror cell made up of four suspects and led by a former fighter in Syria and Iraq.

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Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Lebanon’s Hezbollah raised the prospect of retaliation by Iran and its allies over U.S. sanctions, saying on Wednesday that all options were on the table were Washington to take steps that “threaten our nation”.

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Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Iran’s leaders have responded angrily to US President Donald Trump’s designation of its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: The Supreme Leader’s Military-Industrial Complex

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: The Supreme Leader’s Military-Industrial Complex

President Trump’s declaration that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization is the first time the United States government has designated a part of another country’s military as that type of threat. In doing so, Mr. Trump took broad aim at a pillar of the Iranian state, which exerts enormous influence in […]

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Will al-Qaeda capitalize on IS losses at Iraqi-Syrian border?

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Will al-Qaeda capitalize on IS losses at Iraqi-Syrian border?

The Islamic State (IS) might have lost all its territory in Iraq and Syria, but its ideology has not been defeated. Al-Qaeda may be able to exploit this situation and stage a comeback, taking advantage of its local roots along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

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Iran Labels US as Real Leader of World Terrorism

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Labels US as Real Leader of World Terrorism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced the United States Tuesday as the actual “head of global terrorism,” one day after the U.S. designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.

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Hezbollah ally says US sanctions would be ‘crazy’

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah ally says US sanctions would be ‘crazy’

Any US plan to sanction allies of Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri over his longstanding ties with Hezbollah and Iran would backfire, sources close to the veteran politician have said, reacting to The National’s report that Washington was considering such a move.

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US to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on US to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization

The US State Department announced today that it intends to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

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Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, warning that Washington is plotting to remove the Iraqi government.

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Pompeo’s warnings to Lebanon about Hezbollah will be the last straw

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo’s warnings to Lebanon about Hezbollah will be the last straw

Over the last week, Lebanon was immersed in Mike Pompeo’s visit to Beirut, where he concluded his recent trip to the Middle East. The Lebanese government’s warm welcome to the US Secretary of State was soon replaced with pessimism. Pompeo conveyed during meetings with top officials that Lebanon’s economy depends on its ability to ensure […]

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Airstrikes in Baghouz kill at least 50 ISIS fighters hiding in caves, bunkers: monitor

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Airstrikes in Baghouz kill at least 50 ISIS fighters hiding in caves, bunkers: monitor

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – US-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 50 Islamic State militants who were hiding in caves in Syria’s Baghouz, a monitoring group said on Thursday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the coalition air raids targeted members of the extremist group who were hiding in caves as well as bunkers […]

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Iran’s Rouhani, Hezbollah’s Nasrallah urge regional unity after US move on Golan Heights

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani, Hezbollah’s Nasrallah urge regional unity after US move on Golan Heights

Iranian president: ‘The excessive demands of the Zionist regime and the wrong decisions of Washington necessitate closer cooperation among regional countries;’ Nasrallah: ‘Trump emboldened by Arab silence after US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that regional countries must unite to fight against US President Donald Trump’s decision to […]

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Tunnels, Foreign Fighters, Suicide Bombers Complicate Baghouz Battle

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Tunnels, Foreign Fighters, Suicide Bombers Complicate Baghouz Battle

Fighters recall the last moments of the battle that lasted for weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced last Saturday seizing ISIS’ last bastion in Baghouz following six months of a wide attack that started in Sep. in 2018 in Deir Ezzor. Judy Kubani, a Kurdish fighter from Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) along the border […]

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Islamic State claims deadly attack on Kurdish forces in north Syria

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State claims deadly attack on Kurdish forces in north Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State said on Tuesday it had launched a deadly attack on Kurdish forces in northern Syria overnight, the first such claim by the group since U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of its last territory in Syria last week. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed militia that controls Manbij said a terrorist attack […]

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The caliphate is over, but Isis will be back in another form

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Comments Off on The caliphate is over, but Isis will be back in another form

nited States-backed fighters retook the final enclave of the Islamic State “caliphate” on Saturday in Baghuz, eastern Syria. With thick beards and wearing kaftans, Isis militants continued to emerge from underground tunnels over the weekend, surrendering to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Unlike Donald Trump, who has already announced the downfall or imminent destruction […]

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Trump signs US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Trump signs US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Breaking with decades of international consensus, US President Donald Trump has formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a border area the Tel Aviv regime seized from Syria in 1967.

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THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Comments Off on THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Iran is pursuing a strategy in Iraq similar to that which it employed in Lebanon, where it built Lebanese Hezbollah into a major military and political force. Hezbollah has become a ‘kingmaker,’ determining who occupies key leadership positions in the Lebanese government. Similarly, with Iran’s extensive assistance, several Iraqi militias and their commanders are emerging […]

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On terrorism and Iran’s targets

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on On terrorism and Iran’s targets

The Islamic Republic is gathering “target packages”, according to several former US intelligence officials. The objective of such acts is to conduct assassinations or carry out terrorist attacks against those who are listed in such a checklist.

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Brian Hook to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sanctions Curbed Iran’s Ability to Finance Terrorism

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Brian Hook to Asharq Al-Awsat: Sanctions Curbed Iran’s Ability to Finance Terrorism

Since the announcement of its withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal in May last year, the United States has sought to tighten the grip on Tehran’s sources of income to prevent it from spending on its hostile activities and financing terrorism in the region.

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Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

A seven-minute media address by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday was dominated by his country’s preoccupation with Hezbollah and, in effect, its patron Iran.

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Wary of Iran’s missiles, US strikes port deal with Oman

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Wary of Iran’s missiles, US strikes port deal with Oman

The United States has struck a strategic port deal with Oman in an attempt to get better access to the Persian Gulf region and avoid sending ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point that Iran could easily block using its advanced missile arsenal.

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Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat

A Hezbollah commander who allegedly headed a 2007 raid on an American base in Iraq, which ended with the slaying of kidnapped American soldiers, is now building a secret force that could attack Israel from Syria, according to an Israeli military intelligence report.

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Iran Denies Joint Military Operation With Turkey, Again

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Denies Joint Military Operation With Turkey, Again

For a third time in three days Iran has denied repeated Turkish statements that the two countries are cooperating in a military operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Anatomy of a ‘caliphate’: The rise and fall of ISIL

Samer recalls the gruesome shock of seeing his friend’s headless corpse strung up above Raqqa’s main square.

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Trump: US Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: US Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States is recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the Syrian territory it captured in 1967’s Six-Day War and has controlled since then. Trump, in a Twitter comment, said the Golan Heights “is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

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Manifestations anti-Bouteflika : Ziri Gunfood Oulmane, l’artiste qui exprime l’humour algérien

Monday, March 25, 2019 Comments Off on Manifestations anti-Bouteflika : Ziri Gunfood Oulmane, l’artiste qui exprime l’humour algérien

Ses pancartes et ses slogans à la dérision aussi ravageuse que désopilante sont brandies chaque vendredi par des centaines de manifestants qui défilent dans les rues d’Alger et même de Paris. Pour la marche du vendredi 22 mars, il a mis en ligne sur son compte Facebook 111 affiches et pancartes à télécharger gratuitement. Sa […]

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