Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada. In recent years, Hezbollah has stepped up its activities beyond Lebanon’s borders. This uptick has been clearest in the Middle East—in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Syria—but plots have also been thwarted in South America, Asia, […]

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Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey won’t bow to US ‘ultimatums’ on Russia missile system

Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday his country won’t bow to “ultimatums” after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system.

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Le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite dans le trio de tête des importateurs d’armes françaises

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite dans le trio de tête des importateurs d’armes françaises

Les contrats de ventes d’armes françaises à l’étranger ont augmenté de 30% entre 2017 et 2018, et plus de la moitié des commandes proviennent du Moyen-Orient, où le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite – qui dirige actuellement la coalition qui mène la guerre au Yémen depuis 2015 – tiennent le haut du pavé.

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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Iran’s president says his country has ‘no intentions to have conflicts’ with world powers and those in the region.

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Report: Syrian general with ties to Hezbollah and Iran assassinated

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Syrian general with ties to Hezbollah and Iran assassinated

Brig. Gen. Jamal al-Ahmad, one of a group of Syrian officers tasked with maintaining ties with Hezbollah and its Golan Heights commander, was gunned down by unknown assailants in the Sweida area in southwest Syria.

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ISIS leader killed in western Iraq by US-led coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS leader killed in western Iraq by US-led coalition

A prominent ISIS leader was killed by the US-led coalition air strike on Wednesday night in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as Special Forces ramped up efforts to fight the insurgent’s remaining sleeper cells.

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Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

US President Donald Trump launched yet another broadside against Iran on Thursday, accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East.

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Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

EVEN THE Eid al-Fitr holiday did not bring a respite for the almost 3m Syrians bottled up in Idlib. Warplanes buzzed overhead, as they have for more than a month, dropping ordnance on this scrubby province in north-western Syria, the last significant pocket of rebel-held territory. The offensive has already killed more than 300 people. […]

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RUSSIA AND IRAN SEEK THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SYRIA

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on RUSSIA AND IRAN SEEK THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SYRIA

Although they are on the same side in the conflict in Syria, Russia and Iran each maintain their own priorities beyond propping up the Assad regime. Russia and Iran have expended massive resources to carve out their own long-term spheres of influence in Syria and throughout the broader region.

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Hezbollah’s chief says a US strike against Iran will spur regional conflict, leading American forces to be ‘annihilated’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s chief says a US strike against Iran will spur regional conflict, leading American forces to be ‘annihilated’

Hezbollah’s leader warned the United States against striking Iran, saying if it does “the entire region will burn.” US President Donald Trump “knows that when the region is on fire, a barrel of oil will be $200 or $300,” Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, said Friday during a televised speech.

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Ten killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria in reply to rocket attack

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Ten killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria in reply to rocket attack

Israel has carried out airstrikes in Syria in response to rare rocket fire from the neighbouring country. A war monitor reported that 10 people were killed, including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.

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Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country’s northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found.

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Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 Islamic State terrorists at refugee camp

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 Islamic State terrorists at refugee camp

Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Monday three Islamic State terrorists at al-Salamiya refugee camp in Mosul city.

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Saudi King Slams Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ at Islamic Summit

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi King Slams Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ at Islamic Summit

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as “terrorist acts” that threaten global energy supplies.

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US-Iranian escalation tests Tehran’s militias in Iraq

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on US-Iranian escalation tests Tehran’s militias in Iraq

Rising tensions in the Gulf threaten to undercut the political dominance of Iraq’s Shiite militias as they tone down their anti-American rhetoric to avoid being targeted by the US but also seek to maintain close ties with Tehran.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

While European powers still claim Iran’s regime is in compliance with the nuclear deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to build weapons of mass destruction.

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Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

As we mourn the loss of Maronite Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, we are reminded of his legacy of being a courageous defender of the sovereignty of Lebanon in the face of Syrian occupation. It is striking that he passed at a moment when tensions between Iran and the United States are running high and […]

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Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Iran may not like it, but the deal will transform a former fishing village in Oman into a key Middle East industry. The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman last week which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships […]

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Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria’s Aleppo international airport, local media reported.

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Hezbollah paying the price of Iranian obstinance

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah paying the price of Iranian obstinance

Analysis: U.S. sanctions on Iran are taking toll on its Lebanon-based proxy: fighters’ salaries are sliced, assets sold off and even prized Al-Manar TV station is laying off staff; meanwhile, the group itself has not escaped American scrutiny

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WHAT IS U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on WHAT IS U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

The only consistency in the Trump administration’s Middle East policy has been to support autocratic regimes and strongmen, as it has in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The Trump administration’s top national security officials met with Congress multiple times in May to discuss how the President interprets the threat posed by Iran. U.S. policy on Syria […]

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Israel Fires Missile on Syrian Military Site

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Fires Missile on Syrian Military Site

An Israeli airstrike on a Syrian anti-aircraft position near the Golan Heights Monday killed one soldier and wounded three, Syria said. Israel called the rocket strike on Tal al-Shaar retaliation for a Syrian missile fired at an Israeli military jet it said was a routine flight.

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Iraqi intelligence arrest senior Islamic State leader in Anbar

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence arrest senior Islamic State leader in Anbar

Iraqi military intelligence services arrested on Wednesday a senior Islamic State leader in the western province of Anbar. The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in a statement, said that its troops “arrested Abu Anas al-Samarei, the military adviser of an Islamic State commander, who was responsible for collecting weapons from citizens, who serve in the Iraqi […]

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Syria group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda legacy

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Syria group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda legacy

Who are Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful group in the last province held by rebels in Syria? The ongoing government offensive against the last rebel-held areas in northern Syria has once again put the spotlight on the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the dominant faction in Idlib Province.

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Al Qaeda’s Resurgence In Syria: A New Caliphate? – Analysis

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Al Qaeda’s Resurgence In Syria: A New Caliphate? – Analysis

Even as the so-called Islamic State (IS) embarks on a new phase of global expansion, as evidenced by the recent Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, its jihadist rival Al Qaeda is enjoying a resurgence in the Syrian conflict theatre.

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Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

According to a second source, Iran and Syria already signed a protocol for the training of naval forces in Syria. Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located.

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US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group.

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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks.

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Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Terrorist Organizations and Should be Treated as Such

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Terrorist Organizations and Should be Treated as Such

The leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) walked away from the negotiating table a long time ago and show no interest in returning. They have continually refused to do what the Trump administration has asked: stop funding terrorism. They have shown again and again that they do not want a state living peacefully alongside Israel; […]

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Qatar not invited to emergency summits in Saudi Arabia: Official

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar not invited to emergency summits in Saudi Arabia: Official

Qatar has not received an invitation to take part in two regional summits called to discuss attacks on Saudi oil assets inside the Arab kingdom and off the coasts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Qatari Foreign Ministry official says.

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Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Iran said Monday it has quadrupled its uranium enrichment capacity as the war of words between Tehran and Washington shows little sign of cooling off.

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Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

A senior member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday Iranian short-range missiles can “easily” reach warships in the Persian Gulf, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

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Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Over the past few weeks, northwest Syria witnessed yet another serious military escalation. Russian and Syrian regime forces unleashed a deadly campaign of bombardment on parts of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces, after two attacks by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an armed group formerly linked to al-Qaeda, killed 22 pro-regime fighters on April 27.

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