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Lebanese Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General says resistance will continue

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanese Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General says resistance will continue

Deputy Secretary-General of Lebanese Hezbollah Sheikh Naeem Ghassem stressed on Sunday that the path of the resistance will continue with more strength.

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Netanyahu says Arab states to normalize ties with Israel soon

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Comments Off on Netanyahu says Arab states to normalize ties with Israel soon

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will soon have normal ties and formal peace agreements with a number of Arab countries.

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Iran condemns Soleimani assassination

Saturday, January 4, 2020 Comments Off on Iran condemns Soleimani assassination

President Hassan Rouhani once again condemned the US terroristic measure of assassinating IRGC Quds Force Commander, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, saying Washington will definitely face the consequences of its action.

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U.S. Kills Top Iranian Military Leader In Airstrike

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Kills Top Iranian Military Leader In Airstrike

U.S. forces assassinated Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike early Friday near the Baghdad International Airport, an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran that is prompting concerns of further violence in the region.

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Erupt in Iraq

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on U.S.-Iran Tensions Erupt in Iraq

The December 29 U.S. strike on the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (KAH) militia in Iraq represented the first kinetic U.S. response to Iranian provocations that began in May.

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Iranian-Backed Militia Supporters End Siege of U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian-Backed Militia Supporters End Siege of U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Protesters—including members and supporters of Iranian proxy Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH)—ended their efforts to storm the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday, after a spokesman for the U.S.-designated terrorist group ordered the demonstrators to disperse. The withdrawal was reportedly conditioned on Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, agreeing to move ahead with legislation to force American troops […]

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U.S. Kills Qassem Soleimani in Major Escalation of Conflict with Iran

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Kills Qassem Soleimani in Major Escalation of Conflict with Iran

A U.S. strike that killed the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force, IRGC Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the founder of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah, represents a major escalation of U.S. conflict with Iran.

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Iran Says ‘Not Afraid Of War’ After Trump ‘Threat’

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Says ‘Not Afraid Of War’ After Trump ‘Threat’

Iranian military leaders have warned Washington against threatening military action after U.S. President Donald Trump said Tehran would be held responsible for anti-U.S. protests in Iraq.

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Esper: US Prepared to Take ‘Preemptive’ Action on Iran

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Esper: US Prepared to Take ‘Preemptive’ Action on Iran

The U.S. is prepared to take “preemptive” military action to prevent future attacks on U.S. forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday.

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Statement by the Department of Defense

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Statement by the Department of Defense

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the […]

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Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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IRAN PREVAILING IN IRAQ AND LEBANON

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on IRAN PREVAILING IN IRAQ AND LEBANON

Iran is pursuing a variety of methods in an effort to preserve its influence in Iraq and Lebanon in the face of protests against existing power structures.

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U.S. Conducts Air Strikes On Iran-Linked Paramilitary Group In Iraq, Syria

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Conducts Air Strikes On Iran-Linked Paramilitary Group In Iraq, Syria

The United States said on December 29 that it had bombed five targets in Iraq and Syria controlled by an Iraqi Shi’a paramilitary group with suspected ties to Iran’s elite Quds Force.

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Hezbollah Brigades threatens retaliation after U.S. airstrikes

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah Brigades threatens retaliation after U.S. airstrikes

Following deadly U.S. airstrikes on five locations in Iraq and Syria belonging to the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (commonly referred to as the Hezbollah Brigades, or KH), the Shia jihadist militia has threatened more attacks on U.S. troops in the region.

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Injuries Reported After Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy Compound In Iraq Following Strikes

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Injuries Reported After Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy Compound In Iraq Following Strikes

Protesters have stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to condemn recent U.S. air strikes that killed at least 25 members of an Iran-backed militant group, causing Iraqi security forces and compound guards to fire tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

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Pentagon deploying extra troops to Baghdad after embassy attack by protesters

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon deploying extra troops to Baghdad after embassy attack by protesters

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has announced that the United States is sending additional troops to Baghdad to provide security for the American embassy there following an attack by protesters.

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‘No war and no peace’ in Syria, analysts say

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on ‘No war and no peace’ in Syria, analysts say

As key players grapple with domestic issues, Syrian war has been left in temporary stalemate, experts tell Doha Forum.

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Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Turkey has deployed armed drones to northern Cyprus as tensions escalate in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean over energy resources and control of their distribution. Greek- and Turkish Cypriots remain at loggerheads over the issue with the dispute now drawing in other nations.

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Lebanese army clashes with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanese army clashes with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Lebanese troops lobbed tear gas on Tuesday to disperse supporters of Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal who tried to storm a square in Beirut in response to a video that purportedly offended Shi’ite figures, witnesses and media reports said.

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In 3rd night of violence, Hezbollah supporters clash with security forces

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on In 3rd night of violence, Hezbollah supporters clash with security forces

Protests and skirmishes come hours after Lebanon’s president postpones talks on naming new prime minister, further prolonging turmoil and unrest Supporters of Lebanon’s two main Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed with security forces and set fires to cars in the capital early Tuesday, apparently angered by a video circulating online that showed a man […]

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Qatar’s emir meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Doha

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar’s emir meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Doha

According to Qatar News Agency, Ismail Haniya briefed Sheikh Tamim on the latest developments in Palestinian affairs.

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Turkey doubles region’s troubles — first in Syria, and now in Libya

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey doubles region’s troubles — first in Syria, and now in Libya

When a country’s diplomatic style is confrontational, what do you get? Confrontations. It has become Turkey’s signature style. But winning confrontations, or giving the appearance of doing so, can be a challenge. And Ankara may have been wrong-footed in a swiftly worsening crisis, prompted by a new stage in the Libyan civil war.

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ISIS intensifies attacks in Diyala, killing and injuring 10 Iraqi security forces

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS intensifies attacks in Diyala, killing and injuring 10 Iraqi security forces

Both Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been involved in clashes with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq’s northeast Diyala province. The area lies within the territory disputed between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq’s federal government, and it has seen a resurgence in terrorist activity.

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Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Lebanon cannot expect to receive international aid for its battered economy until a new government undertakes serious reforms, diplomats decided at a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

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Iraq Authorities Launch Military Operation against ISIS in 4 Provinces

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq Authorities Launch Military Operation against ISIS in 4 Provinces

Iraq launched the second phase of Will of Victory operation against ISIS in four different governorates, including Salaheddine, Kirkuk, Samarra and Diyala, announced spokesperson Joint Operations Command spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji.

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Tunnels, knives and riots: This Syrian camp holding thousands of Isis wives is at breaking point

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Tunnels, knives and riots: This Syrian camp holding thousands of Isis wives is at breaking point

The quiet of Al Hol camp in the afternoon belies the trouble that lurks beneath the surface. In an annex of this sprawling facility reserved for some 10,000 foreign wives and children of Isis fighters from around the world, a mutiny is brewing.

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Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey and Russia Judged Bigger Risk Than ISIS for U.S. Troops in Syria

American commanders have requested guidance on dealing with an attack from those armed groups and others from Iran and the Syrian government, but officials say they have received muddled direction.

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ISIS and the false dawn of Kurdish statehood

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS and the false dawn of Kurdish statehood

History is often full of strange ironies. Decades from now, the rise and fall of ISIS will probably be remembered in the same breath as the rise and fall of Kurdish hopes of statehood. That Kurdish aspirations of independence in Syria and Iraq should have suffered the same fate as ISIS is, of course, an […]

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah Joins Search for New Iraq PM as UN Slams Protest Violence

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon’s Hezbollah Joins Search for New Iraq PM as UN Slams Protest Violence

Lebanon’s Hezbollah party has joined the search for a new Iraqi prime minister following the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi last week.

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Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

There is fresh intelligence of a potential Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East, according to several US defense and administration officials.

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ISIS attack kills 3 Peshmerga forces in disputed Iraqi town

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS attack kills 3 Peshmerga forces in disputed Iraqi town

Three Kurdish Peshmerga forces were killed repelling an Islamic State attack late Wednesday night in a disputed town in the Iraqi province of Diyala.

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Graham knocks Macron’s ‘cavalier’ comments about European ISIS fighters

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Graham knocks Macron’s ‘cavalier’ comments about European ISIS fighters

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) knocked French President Emmanuel Macron for “cavalier” comments about ISIS fighters who traveled from Europe to join the terrorist group.

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The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning

A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.

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Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a “significant cache” of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.

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Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime.

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