Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

Two separate explosions, possibly caused by missile attacks, have hit an Iranian oil tanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) near the Saudi port city of Jeddah, in what Tehran calls a “dangerous adventure”.

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Residents Flee as Turkish, Kurdish Forces Battle for Border Towns

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Residents Flee as Turkish, Kurdish Forces Battle for Border Towns

NATO is urging Turkey to exercise restraint in its incursion into northeastern Syria. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged Turkey’s legitimate security concerns about the Syrian Kurdish fighters, but warned that the offensive could “jeopardize” progress made against the Islamic State terror group.

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U.S. Forces Come Under Turkish Fire As Ankara Presses On In Syria

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Forces Come Under Turkish Fire As Ankara Presses On In Syria

U.S. troops at a military outpost in northeast Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions, as Ankara’s forces pressed on with their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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Mattis: Daesh will surge back after Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Mattis: Daesh will surge back after Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that Daesh “will resurge” in Syria, following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of troops from the region.

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Kurds Strike Deal with Syrian Army to Counter Turkey

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Kurds Strike Deal with Syrian Army to Counter Turkey

Syrian government forces will deploy along the Turkish border to help repel the Turkish military incursion against Syrian Kurds, Kurdish officials announced Sunday.

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Western threats won’t stop Turkey’s operation in Syria: Erdogan

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Western threats won’t stop Turkey’s operation in Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says threats of sanctions and arms embargoes by Western powers will not halt his country’s cross-border military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria’s northeast.

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Trump Pulls out Remaining Troops from N. Syria; Warns of ‘Powerful Sanctions’ on Turkey

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Pulls out Remaining Troops from N. Syria; Warns of ‘Powerful Sanctions’ on Turkey

The U.S. is withdrawing all remaining troops from northern Syria, as President Donald Trump said Sunday it was “very smart… for a change” to not be involved in the fighting sparked by Turkey’s onslaught against the U.S.’s long-time battlefield ally, Kurdish fighters.

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Islamic State sleeper cells target Raqqa

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State sleeper cells target Raqqa

Tuesday night, two small Islamic State sleeper cells inside Syria’s Raqqa governorate, which is held by the largely Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), targeted two separate SDF positions in region.

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Turkish invasion of Syria would be ‘godsend’ for ISIS, experts warn

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish invasion of Syria would be ‘godsend’ for ISIS, experts warn

“We have more work to do to keep ISIS from coming back,” the spokesperson for the Kurdish-led forces said. “If America leaves, all will be erased.”

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Hezbollah threatens to flood Europe with refugees

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah threatens to flood Europe with refugees

In an attempt to draw European support for Lebanon as it grapples with financial unease, Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raed threatened the bloc with the sensitive issue of Syrian refugees.

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US Criticizes Lebanese Government for Tolerating Hezbollah

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on US Criticizes Lebanese Government for Tolerating Hezbollah

The United States is unhappy with the Lebanese government for tolerating Hezbollah, a western diplomatic source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday.

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Turkish offensive in Syria could reinvigorate Islamic State – Germany

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish offensive in Syria could reinvigorate Islamic State – Germany

Germany on Wednesday urged Turkey to halt a military operation in northern Syria, saying the incursion would destabilise the country and risked helping a resurgence of the Islamic State militant group.

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‘Huge concerns’ thousands of ISIS prisoners may escape as Turkey invades Syria

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on ‘Huge concerns’ thousands of ISIS prisoners may escape as Turkey invades Syria

Fears are growing among American officials that thousands of ISIS fighters may escape from prisons in Syria as the Kurdish personnel guarding them gear up for a fight with Turkey, which launched a military offensive in northeastern Syria on Wednesday.

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The United States Betrays Its True Allies in Syria

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on The United States Betrays Its True Allies in Syria

On Sunday evening, the Trump administration released a statement from the White House press secretary that signals a major shift in U.S. policy toward Syria.

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Pompeo Inks New Defense Pact With Greece, Criticizes Russia, Iran, China

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo Inks New Defense Pact With Greece, Criticizes Russia, Iran, China

The United States and Greece have signed an updated defense-cooperation pact, a move Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said was not aimed against any one nation in the region, including Turkey.

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U.S. pulling troops from northern Syria posts, leaving Kurdish allies to face Turkey

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. pulling troops from northern Syria posts, leaving Kurdish allies to face Turkey

American troops have begun pulling back from positions in northern Syria in line with an order from the White House. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the action hours after the White House said U.S. forces in northeast Syria would move aside and clear the path for an expected Turkish incursion.

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Israel should focus more on Iran’s nuclear weapons than on Hezbollah’s missiles

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on Israel should focus more on Iran’s nuclear weapons than on Hezbollah’s missiles

A senior Israeli official recently said that Israel’s top priorities are to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon and to thwart Hezbollah’s precision missile project.

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Israeli citizen indicted for trying to join ISIS, produce explosives

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli citizen indicted for trying to join ISIS, produce explosives

A resident of the southern Israeli town of Tel Sheva was indicted on Sunday for attempting to join the ISIS terrorist organization and produce explosives.

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Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia was ill-timed and premature

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia was ill-timed and premature

On Sept. 14, the news that Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities had been attacked and damaged came as a shock. While there had been a gradual escalation in Iranian-led hostilities following the U.S. dismantling of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran nuclear deal), the general expectation was that this standoff would still be […]

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The war in Syria is far from over, but its nature is changing

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on The war in Syria is far from over, but its nature is changing

Since the beginning of 2018, the Syrian regime has expanded its control of territory across the country from approximately 52 percent to 62 percent. That 10 percent of territory gained was a crucially important 10 percent, encompassing opposition-held areas in Syria’s southwest, rural Homs, and eastern Ghouta, as well as a small pocket of northern […]

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Hezbollah dominance starts to drag on Lebanon

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah dominance starts to drag on Lebanon

Relying on the legacy of his supremely connected late father, Prime Minister Saad Hariri used to repeatedly conjure solutions for Lebanon to survive economic trouble.

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Nasrallah: Hezbollah will ‘enter occupied Palestine’ with improved intelligence

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Comments Off on Nasrallah: Hezbollah will ‘enter occupied Palestine’ with improved intelligence

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday issued further threats against Israel, saying the Lebanese terror organization’s “unprecedented levels of intelligence” would soon lead to its fighters “entering occupied Palestine.”

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Syria Demands Immediate Withdrawal of U.S. and Turkish Forces, Again

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Comments Off on Syria Demands Immediate Withdrawal of U.S. and Turkish Forces, Again

Syria’s foreign minister demanded on Saturday that American and Turkish forces evacuate the war-ravaged country immediately or face “any and all countermeasures authorized under international law.”

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U.S. Sees Rising Threat in the West From Qaeda Branch in Syria

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sees Rising Threat in the West From Qaeda Branch in Syria

American counterterrorism officials are voicing increased alarm about a Qaeda affiliate in Syria that they say is plotting attacks against the West by exploiting the chaotic security situation in the country’s northwest and the protection inadvertently afforded by Russian air defenses shielding Syrian government forces allied with Moscow.

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Iran’s Rouhani calls US the ‘supporter of terrorism’ in the Middle East and downplays role in Saudi oil attacks

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani calls US the ‘supporter of terrorism’ in the Middle East and downplays role in Saudi oil attacks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the United States the “supporter of terrorism” in the Middle East and downplayed Tehran’s role in the recent Saudi oil facility attacks in a Tuesday interview with Fox News.

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Is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Iran’s Most Dangerous Weapon of War?

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Iran’s Most Dangerous Weapon of War?

Key point: The IRGC is a fanatical and elite unit. No other branch of the Iranian military can claim the notoriety that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has earned for itself over the last several decades.

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Senior US official says Hezbollah sanctions could hit benefactors

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Senior US official says Hezbollah sanctions could hit benefactors

Senior United States Treasury official Marshall Billingslea has delivered a stern message to Lebanese officials during a two-day visit to Beirut, warning that those who co-operate with Hezbollah will be targeted by sanctions.

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposes ‘safe zone’ for refugees in Syria

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposes ‘safe zone’ for refugees in Syria

An expanded “safe zone” in northern Syria could include as many as 3 million people and stretch for 50 miles as far as Raqqa, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, proposed at the UN general assembly as he pressed his case to speed up the resettlement of Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

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New Report to Congress Warns Against Syria Pullout

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on New Report to Congress Warns Against Syria Pullout

A panel of former national security officials and other experts is calling for the White House and lawmakers to “halt the U.S. military withdrawal” from Syria or face potentially dire consequences.

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U.S. exit from Syria could bolster ISIS threat, strengthen Iran, bipartisan report says

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. exit from Syria could bolster ISIS threat, strengthen Iran, bipartisan report says

A bipartisan report Tuesday urged the Trump administration to halt a planned troop drawdown from Syria and to step up diplomatic efforts to counter Iran’s influence and stave off a resurgence of the Islamic State militant group.

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Israel Blames Iran for Explosives-laden Drone Captured by Syria Near Israeli Border

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Blames Iran for Explosives-laden Drone Captured by Syria Near Israeli Border

An explosives-laden drone captured by Syrian authorities was not Israeli and was likely Iranian, the Israeli military’s Arabic-language spokesman said Saturday.

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U.S. hoping its security gamble with Turkey in Syria will pay off

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. hoping its security gamble with Turkey in Syria will pay off

Two months after Ankara threatened to launch an operation into northern Syria, where US forces are present, the US and Turkey seem to be working closely on a “security mechanism” that supposedly seeks to fulfill Turkey’s concerns about Syria.

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Bus Bomb Kills 12 Iraqis Near Major Pilgrimage Site

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Bus Bomb Kills 12 Iraqis Near Major Pilgrimage Site

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the bombing of a minibus that killed 12 people near the entrance to a major Iraqi pilgrimage center.

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Operation Cobra Warrior: Israeli F-15s Join RAF for First Ever Joint Drills on British Soil

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on Operation Cobra Warrior: Israeli F-15s Join RAF for First Ever Joint Drills on British Soil

The Israeli and British fighter jets conducted military exercise together over the eastern Mediterranean several months ago, and the drills also involved the US Air Force at the time.

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Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund

Action targets major sources of funding for the regime’s proxies and terrorist arms, including the IRGC, the Qods Force, Hizballah and the Houthis

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