Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Has Islamic State returned to Iraq?

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Has Islamic State returned to Iraq?

Iraqi security forces killed five suicide attackers northwest of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Feb. 20. A car bomb in central Mosul killed one civilian and wounded 13 others Feb. 28, just the latest in many recent incidents that have also hit the southern and western parts of the country.

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Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Iranian and Turkish media have pushed conspiracy theories about the US-led coalition and the defeat of Islamic State in Syria. As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – the main partner of the coalition in the anti-ISIS battle – defeats ISIS in Syria, both Ankara and Tehran appear to have a different narrative.

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SDF: IS Uses Suicide Attacks, Civilians to Slow Advance on Baghuz

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on SDF: IS Uses Suicide Attacks, Civilians to Slow Advance on Baghuz

In eastern Syria, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say Islamic State is trying to slow the attack on the terror group’s last scrap of territory in the town of Baghuz by using snipers, suicide bombers and civilians as human shields.

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Committed to Tel Aviv regime, US deploys THAAD to Israel for 1st time

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Committed to Tel Aviv regime, US deploys THAAD to Israel for 1st time

The Pentagon has for the first time deployed its most advanced missile system in Israel, hailing the move as Washington’s “continued commitment” to the security of the regime in Tel Aviv.

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Ten Islamic State members executed by rival jihadists in northwest Syria

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Comments Off on Ten Islamic State members executed by rival jihadists in northwest Syria

Ten members of Islamic State were summarily executed in Syria’s Idlib province on Saturday by Tahrir al-Sham, according to Ebaa News Agency, a news outlet that supports the rival jihadist alliance.

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UK bans Hezbollah, designates it as terrorist group

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Comments Off on UK bans Hezbollah, designates it as terrorist group

Being a member or inviting support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah became illegal March 1 in the United Kingdom, carrying a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.

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Report: Iran Forming All-Syrian Militia in Syria

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Iran Forming All-Syrian Militia in Syria

Iranian military advisers in Syria are reportedly forming a new militia in the country under their supervision with the aim of boosting an Iranian agenda in the region, a rights group said in a recent report.

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Russia, Turkey, and Manbij: Moscow’s move

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Comments Off on Russia, Turkey, and Manbij: Moscow’s move

On Feb. 14, Russia, Turkey, and Iran resumed their tripartite talks about the future of Syria in the Russian coastal city of Sochi. The main themes of the talks were unsurprising: the last rebel-held enclave in Idlib and Turkey’s continuing concerns about Syrian Kurdish militants – namely the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – in northern […]

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Iraqi intelligence forces arrest eight Islamic State terrorists in Anbar

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence forces arrest eight Islamic State terrorists in Anbar

The Iraqi army said on Wednesday that eight Islamic State terrorists were apprehended during a military operation in the western province of Anbar.

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Turkey rows against strong currents in northern Syria

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey rows against strong currents in northern Syria

Despite its initial pleasure upon hearing of the US withdrawal from Syria, Turkey seems to be facing difficulties in achieving its goals in its southern neighbor. Recent back-and-forth statements between the United States and Ankara have pointed to a couple of disagreements over the Syria dossier.

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Hundreds Flee Syria Jihadist Enclave Before Final Assault

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Hundreds Flee Syria Jihadist Enclave Before Final Assault

Hundreds of people boarded trucks leaving the last scrap of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria on Wednesday as U.S.-backed forces prepared to deliver the final blow to holdout jihadists.

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Peshmerga opens museum for confiscated ISIS explosive devices

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Peshmerga opens museum for confiscated ISIS explosive devices

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces have opened a small museum at one of its bases in the Kurdistan Region to exhibit some of the explosive devices it confiscated from the Islamic State which were used against them during battles.

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Thousands Evacuate Last Islamic State Hold-Out in Syria

Friday, March 1, 2019 Comments Off on Thousands Evacuate Last Islamic State Hold-Out in Syria

The United Nations says in the last three days some 9,000 people have evacuated the final piece of land still held by the Islamic State terror group in Syria.

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Syria war: Jihadist takeover in rebel-held Idlib sparks alarm

Friday, March 1, 2019 Comments Off on Syria war: Jihadist takeover in rebel-held Idlib sparks alarm

The Islamic State group may have lost all its territory in Syria but a rival jihadist group has been making gains in the last remaining opposition stronghold in the north of the country – and it has got residents nervous. In a dramatic takeover last month, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) swept through towns and villages […]

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Erdogan warns US-planned Syria safe zone must be under Turkey’s control

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan warns US-planned Syria safe zone must be under Turkey’s control

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the United States and allies operating along the Syria border that any safe zone planned for the area should be under Ankara’s control.

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ISIS militants assault village in Kirkuk, injure civilian: source

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS militants assault village in Kirkuk, injure civilian: source

Islamic State militants on Sunday attacked a village in the disputed province of Kirkuk and after an extended standoff, fled the area, a local source said.

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Mine Left by ISIS Militants Kills 20 in Syria

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Mine Left by ISIS Militants Kills 20 in Syria

A land mine left by the ISIS terrorist group struck a van packed with workers in eastern Syria on Sunday, killing more than 20 of them, Syria’s state news agency said. The agency earlier reported that 24 people were killed.

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Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

This February marks 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution. 1979 Iranian Revolution—having overthrown the last king of Pahlavi dynasty Mohammed Reza Shah Pehlavi—had led to religious establishment. Iran became ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’. A lot is being talked about how ‘Islamic Republic’ has survived and lived a long period of forty years. There is no doubt […]

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Putin to Join the Mullahs’ Deception Club

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on Putin to Join the Mullahs’ Deception Club

“Talk to Iran!” This is the advice some Western politicians have bandied around since 1979, when the mullahs seized power in Tehran. The 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist regime has provided fresh opportunity for that slogan to be promoted again in the European Union and the United States.

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Trump Denies Reversal of Syria Troop Decision

Monday, February 25, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Denies Reversal of Syria Troop Decision

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that his decision to leave a small number of U.S. troops in Syria did not constitute a reversal of his plan to withdraw all troops from the country. “I am not reversing course,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

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More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

Friday, February 22, 2019 Comments Off on More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation from Syria of captured militants so far.

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How many IS foreign fighters are left in Iraq and Syria?

Friday, February 22, 2019 Comments Off on How many IS foreign fighters are left in Iraq and Syria?

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals have travelled to Syria and neighbouring Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) group. With the end of the IS territorial “caliphate” imminent, the US has led calls to repatriate the hundreds of men women and children who have been detained on the battlefield. However, many countries have […]

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Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Friday, February 22, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave

Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death. More than 2,000 civilians left the village of Baghouz in a convoy of dozens of trucks. Coalition warplanes could […]

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Turkey: Uniting an “Army of Islam” to Defeat Just One Country

Friday, February 22, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Uniting an “Army of Islam” to Defeat Just One Country

Istanbul recently hosted the second “International Islamic Union Congress,” sponsored mainly by the Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice (ASSAM), which is headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief military advisor, Adnan Tanriverdi, a retired lieutenant general and an Islamist.

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Hezbollah is a dominant force in Lebanon’s new cabinet

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah is a dominant force in Lebanon’s new cabinet

In January, Lebanon agreed to a new cabinet after nine months of political stalemate. The long-awaited government restructured the balance of power in ways that did not reflect the results of parliamentary elections in May 2018.

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Trump Asks European Allies To ‘Take Back’ 800 IS Fighters From Syria

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Asks European Allies To ‘Take Back’ 800 IS Fighters From Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State (IS) “caliphate” is on the verge of collapse and he called on European allies to “take back” more than 800 militants captured in Syria.

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American Volunteers Fighting ISIS in Syria Worry About a U.S. Pullout

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on American Volunteers Fighting ISIS in Syria Worry About a U.S. Pullout

A mortar blast shook the rooftop where Hunter Pugh stood watch over the last stretch of Syria controlled by the Islamic State, and he scanned the winter dawn, trying to decide whether it had been outgoing fire or an attack zeroing in on his post. The answer came from a second mortar round hitting even […]

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Islamic State Fighters in Syria Holding On, Looking for Escape

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Fighters in Syria Holding On, Looking for Escape

The last defenders of the Islamic State terror group’s self-declared caliphate are refusing to surrender, clinging to their last sliver of land while hiding among hundreds of civilians.

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Post-Caliphate ISIS

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Post-Caliphate ISIS

The disintegration of the Islamic State’s Caliphate — which once included large portions of Iraq and Syria — may be a strategic defeat for ISIS, yet the jihadi terrorist group is very much alive. Its ideology, tactics and objectives have not altered. ISIS remains steeped in the ideology of “salafiya jihadiyah” (Salafi jihad), which requires […]

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Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of harboring what it said was “the board of directors of al-Qaida” and rejected charges Riyadh was behind last week’s suicide car bombing that killed against 27 personnel of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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IS Fighters Refusing to Leave Last Syrian Stronghold

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on IS Fighters Refusing to Leave Last Syrian Stronghold

Islamic State fighters are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed Syrian forces and are asking for a safe exit from their last stronghold in eastern Syria, local military officials told VOA Monday.

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Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

What do scoundrels do, when caught red handed in their shenanigans? According to an old proverb they wrap themselves in a flag and seek refuge in patriotism.

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You can’t have Syria safe zone without Assad’s consent, Russia tells Turkey

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on You can’t have Syria safe zone without Assad’s consent, Russia tells Turkey

Russia has reminded Turkey that it must obtain the consent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government for its plan to create a safe zone in the northeastern part of the conflict-plagued Arab country.

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Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and wounded 13 on a bus in a restive region of southeast Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. It was among the deadliest attacks in Iran in years.

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Hundreds flee as ferocious battle in Syria’s Daesh holdout enters 5th day

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Hundreds flee as ferocious battle in Syria’s Daesh holdout enters 5th day

NEAR BAGHOUZ, SYRIA: The ferocious battle for Daesh’s last bastion in eastern Syria entered its fifth day on Wednesday, as exhausted families left the ever-shrinking scrap of land where holdout militants have been boxed in by Kurdish-led forces.

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