Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Tunisia: Terrorist cell dismantled in Zaafrane (Douz)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Comments Off

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

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FROM SYKES-PICOT TO OBAMA-PUTIN: POWER ACTORS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Saturday, October 31, 2015 Comments Off

Case Study: The migration wave and the Schengen agreement Most of the observers of the Middle East have become used to the talk about a new Middle East. They did so after the Camp David accords, the Oslo Agreements and most recently the Arab Spring. In the end, it resulted in the same old Middle […]

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Tunisia joining US-led coalition against IS: PM

Monday, October 5, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Libyan gov’t bans the entry of Pakistani, Yemeni, Iranian nationals

Thursday, September 3, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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US, Turkey to work together to clear IS in Syria and Iraq

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

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,” […]

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NATO chief: Turkey has not asked for substantial military help

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey calls for NATO meeting on security threats

Monday, July 27, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Death toll in Suruc reaches 32 people

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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EU, NATO condemn attack in Suruc, Turkey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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India pledges support for Iraq in fight against IS

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Iraqi forces push closer to Anbar

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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UN urged to investigate chlorine gas attacks in Syria

Friday, July 10, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Turkey could send troops to Syria if its borders are threatened

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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US rules out northern Syria buffer zone

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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The battle in Syria’s Hasakeh displace over 50,000 people

Friday, June 26, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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UN chief, EU FMs discuss Yemen, Syria

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Kurdish forces take control of key base in Raqqa

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey close to 260k

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Syrian refugees return in Tal Abyad after IS defeat

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Kurdish forces take key border town from IS in Iraq

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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Over 20 thousand refugees flees northern Syrian into Turkey

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Seventeen people killed in clashed near Baiji refinery

Monday, June 15, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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US troops to focus on retaking control of Ramadi

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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US to deploy 450 more military trainers to Iraq

Thursday, June 11, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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IS attacks government office in western Iraq

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Comments Off

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).

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Syrian aistrikes kill at least 40 civillians in Idlib

Monday, June 8, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Obama, Hollande discuss Ukraine

Monday, June 8, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Kurdish forces drive IS out of Assyrian Christian villages

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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US pledges full support for Iraqi efforts to retake territories from IS

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Comments Off

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.

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Some 123 US soldiers to train moderate Syrian opposition

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Greece to start talks with Egypt, Cyprus on maritime boundaries

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Comments Off

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 […]

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Hollande calls on Lebanon to elect a new president

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Comments Off

France opposes foreign intervention in Lebanon but will do its best to encourage the election of a new president as soon as possible, French President François Hollande said Tuesday. “France is ready to take initiative in international gatherings to speed up the presidential election process,” Hollande told Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in a meeting in […]

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French Defense Minister says security of Europe and Mideast are related

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed Monday the interrelation between the security and stability of Europe, on one hand, and that of the Middle East and the Arab region on the other. The situations in the Arab region impact not only on the French nationals in the region but on the citizens inside […]

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Lebanon receives first part of French military equipment

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Lebanon received today the first batch of French armaments under a Saudi-financed deal worth US$3 billion to boost the country’s defensive capabilities. The handing over ceremony was held at Beirut Air Base and attended by Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Sameer Muqbel, French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, […]

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Thousands flee Iraqi city of Ramadi due to heavy conflict

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Over 2,000 families have been forced to flee the Iraqi city of Ramadi owing to heavy clashes between the Islamic State (IS) militants and government forces. Most of the displaced families headed to capital Baghdad and settled in predominantly Sunni districts in southern and western Baghdad, a security source said.

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