Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Monday, February 17, 2020 Comments Off on Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Greater Idlib and its immediate surroundings in northwest Syria—consisting of rural northern Latakia, northwestern Hama, and western Aleppo—stand out as the last segment of the country held by independent groups. These groups are primarily jihadist, Islamist, and Salafi in orientation. Other areas have returned to Syrian government control, are held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic […]

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Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Syrian anti-air defense units fired in attempt to intercept incoming projectiles launched against the Damascus area early this morning. The Israeli Defense Forces is thought to have launched the attack.

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Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

On Wednesday, the spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas stated that Israelis in their captivity were injured during airstrikes conducted by Israel’s Air Force. The message about the injury of its captives may be closer to psychological warfare than truth.

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HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

As the Assad regime and its allies advance into Idlib from two directions, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the largest jihadist force in the area, has increasingly utilized suicide bombings in defense of the province.

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Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Virtually every sector of Iran’s civilian economy is now subject to U.S. secondary sanctions, rendering additional sanctions progressively less significant.

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Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

In 2012, Hezbollah committed itself to armed conflict in defense of its Syrian ally, Bashar al Assad, against rebels and Islamic State fighters attempting to overthrow the Assad government. With the backing of Iran and Russia, they successfully supported the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in largely putting down the armed insurgency.

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Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

The warning takes on greater meaning following a call on January 28 by ISIS’s new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, to direct greater attention to attacking Israel and Jews, including using chemical weapons.

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Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

A bomb detonated on a truck containing diesel-filled barrels and killed eight civilians and wounded seven more, including children, in northwestern Syria’s Idlib region on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

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Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Syria and Turkey inched closer to all-out war Monday as their troops exchanged deadly fire for the second time in a matter of days in Idlib, a contested and ravaged northern province that is the last remaining major rebel redoubt in Syria’ s nearly nine-year war.

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Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

The Donald Trump administration is again set to slash funding for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in a new budget request unveiled today, as Iraq’s leaders have publicly demanded an end to the US-led combat mission.

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Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the Tehran-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah urgently met with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by their powerful mentor’s death, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told Reuters.

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Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Most of the rockets fired in the past two weeks were fired by PIJ. Khalil Bathani, a leader in PIJ, is considered the main possible target, according to Ynet. He has been targeted in the past.

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For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Lebanon’s protests have drawn protesters from all religious sects. But Hezbollah, the Islamist militia and political party, and its ally, the Amal Movement, have tried to smother demonstrations by Shiites.

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Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Iraq’s military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian commander.

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NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country’s last rebel enclave has caused one of the biggest waves of displacement in the nine-year-old war.

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UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Islamic State extremists are mounting increasingly bold attacks in Syria and Iraq following their loss of territory in both countries and are planning for the breakout of their fighters in detention facilities, U.N. experts said in a new report.

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US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

In October, Turkey launched an abortive invasion of northern Syria, attacking positions held by US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces that Ankara has claimed are linked to Turkish Kurdish militants waging a decades-long insurgency in south-eastern Turkey.

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Next World Hijrah From Syria to Libya and Possible Threat To Europe – 22 January 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Next World Hijrah From Syria to Libya and Possible Threat To Europe – 22 January 2020

Reporting from London, TRAC Analyst Sophia Badawy maps an interesting movement of at least 12 different groups of Syrian militants from northern Syria to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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Saudi Arabia to stop funding mosques in foreign countries

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia to stop funding mosques in foreign countries

Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa, has announced that his country will stop funding mosques in foreign countries, Arabi21.com reported on Friday.

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Palestinians Protest Trump Plan, Gaza Militants Fire Rockets

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians Protest Trump Plan, Gaza Militants Fire Rockets

Palestinians held demonstrations across the region Friday to protest President Donald Trump’s Middle East initiative, while militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, drawing retaliatory strikes.

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Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters

The Kurdish-led administration that runs much of northeastern Syria is planning to organise a local tribunal to try IS fighters held captive in the region, a representative of its foreign relations committee said on Thursday.

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Isis starting to reassert itself in Middle East heartlands, UN warns

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Isis starting to reassert itself in Middle East heartlands, UN warns

Terror group continues to seek opportunities to strike in west, says security council report Islamic State has begun to reassert itself in its heartlands in the Middle East and continues to seek opportunities to strike in the west, the United Nations has said.

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IS Vows to Attack Israel and Blasts US Mideast Plan

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on IS Vows to Attack Israel and Blasts US Mideast Plan

The Islamic State group vowed in an audio message released Monday that the extremists will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and blasted the U.S. administration’s plan to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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IS Tries to Stage Comeback Amid Rising US-Iran Tensions

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on IS Tries to Stage Comeback Amid Rising US-Iran Tensions

The Islamic State group’s self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine.

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Trump Unveils Middle East Peace Plan

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Unveils Middle East Peace Plan

Hoping to bring about a “new dawn in the Middle East,” U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his peace plan for the region on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing at his side.

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Syria | Army Command: Ma’aret al-Nu’aman city, 28 villages and towns in Idlib southern countryside liberated

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Syria | Army Command: Ma’aret al-Nu’aman city, 28 villages and towns in Idlib southern countryside liberated

The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces announced that the army units operating in Idlib countryside have liberated during the past few days the city of Ma’aret al-Nu’aman and a number of villages and towns in the southern countryside of Idlib from terrorism.

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Ansarallah forces launches new attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ansarallah forces launches new attack on Saudi Aramco facilities

The Ansarallah forces (var. Houthi) announced on Wednesday that their rocket battalion unleashed a new attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the southern region of Saudi Arabia.

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Lebanon’s new government backed by Hezbollah and allies meets for first time

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon’s new government backed by Hezbollah and allies meets for first time

Formed by Hezbollah and its allies, new government faces one of the biggest financial crises in the country’s history.

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No ISIS Surge During Pause in US Operations, General Says

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on No ISIS Surge During Pause in US Operations, General Says

Islamic State fighters did not capitalize on a recent break in U.S. operations to significantly reconstitute their ranks in Iraq, according to a top general.

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Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria’s Idlib: state news agency

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria’s Idlib: state news agency

Militants in Syria set off car bombs and used heavy gunfire to storm army positions in Idlib on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.

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Syria war: Jihadist assault ‘kills dozens of soldiers’

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Syria war: Jihadist assault ‘kills dozens of soldiers’

Up to 40 Syrian soldiers have been killed in an assault by hundreds of militants in north-western Syria, according to Russia’s defence ministry.

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U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Iraq and northeastern Syria, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad.

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Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

On January 18, 2020, ballistic missiles struck a mosque at the al-Estiqbal military camp in Marib, killing at least 116 people in what was reportedly one of the deadliest attacks in Yemen’s civil war. Although there was no immediate claim by the Houthi rebels, Yemen’s government condemned the Iran-backed extremist group for the attack.

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Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Trial of suspected jihadist recruiter opens in Paris

The trial opened in Paris on Monday of Mourad Farès, who is accused of running a group of jihadists as well as recruiting people to fight in Syria and financing terrorism.

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UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

Britain’s move comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

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