Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Turkish warplane crashes in Central Anatolia

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

Turkish F-16 warplane on Thursday night crashed in the Central Anatolian province of Nevsehir, some 260 kilometers (161 miles) southeast of capital Ankara. The Turkish army’s General Staff said in a statement that the aircraft went down due to unknown reasons during a training flight.

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Macron, Trump discuss Syria, N. Korea

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday discussed with his US counterpart Donald Trump by phone the situations in Syria and North Korea, and the looming trade dispute over US steel and aluminium tariffs. On the ongoing Syrian conflict, the French leader highlighted “the necessity of clear action to avoid the pursuit of a humanitarian disaster” […]

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Iraq militia turns to reconstruction post-Daesh

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Comments Off

Three months ago, Ibrahim Ali was using his digger to smash down defensive embankments built by Daesh group militants in northern Iraq. But after years of digging for victory, he and his comrades have now turned their skills to civilian use: gouging out irrigation channels for farmers in the southern province of Basra. “What I’m […]

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German official calls on Turkey to withdraw from Afrin

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Jürgen Hardt, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) foreign relations spokesperson, has called on Turkey to halt its attack and withdraw its troops from the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest of Syria.

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Washington reiterates support for Baghdad in face of terrorism

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Robert Karem reiterated on Wednesday his country’s support for Iraq in the face of security challenges. This came during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today, a government statement said.

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US Central: 195 civilians killed last month in IS strikes in Syria, Iraq

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Last month coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria against so-called Islamic State terrorists killed 195 civilians, rising the total number of possible civilian deaths to 601, according to the latest figures released by US Central Command on Thursday. “In the month of January, CJTF-OIR carried over 406 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous […]

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Egypt calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry called Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, to allow delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and evacuation of critically wounded people. In a press statement, the ministry condemned the bombardment and shelling of civilian targets in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus and other parts of Syria.

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King receives delegation form US defense college

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday received a delegation of senior officers from the US Army National Defense University (Capstone Fellows), led by retired Gen. Gregory Martin…The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, King’s office director, and U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Amman.

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King receives member of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II received at Al Husseiniya Palace on Wednesday member of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed and the accompanying delegation…The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, the director of the King’s Office and the US charge d’affaires in Amman.

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Abdollahian: Iran will continue backing Syria in fighting terrorism

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

Special Advisor to the Iranian Shura Council Speaker for International Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, reiterated his country’s continued support to Syria in combating terrorism and rebuilding process.

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Iraqi security forces arrest senior IS commander in central Ramadi

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi security forces arrested on Monday night a senior Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda commander in central Ramadi, a security source was quoted as saying. Speaking to Baghdad Today news website on Tuesday, the source said, “Adnan al-Marawi, a senior leader in the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups, was arrested on Monday night by […]

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UNHCR urges support for Jordan to shoulder refugee crisis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, called on the international community to provide Jordan with the necessary funding to enable it to play its role in serving Syrian refugees.

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King visits air force command

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, on Monday visited the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) Command, where he was received by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. General Mahmoud Freihat and the RJAF commander.

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Meeting of International Coalition against Daesh kicks off in Kuwait

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

The ministerial meeting of the US-led International Coalition against Daesh on Tuesday kicked off in Kuwait with the participation of representatives from 74 countries and international organizations, including Jordan. The Jordanian delegation is headed by Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi.

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Syria rejects UN-led committee to alter constitution

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Comments Off

Syria’s government rejected efforts led by the United Nations to form a committee to rewrite Syria’s constitution, the main result of a peace congress among Syrian groups in Russia last month.

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UN considers 30-day ceasefire in Syria

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, according to the text seen by AFP on Friday. Sweden and Kuwait presented the measure that would also demand an immediate end to sieges, including in Eastern Ghouta where a bombing campaign […]

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Iraq sends army to Basra to restore security

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The Iraqi government yesterday sent hundreds of its troops, backed by armoured vehicles and tank, to the country’s southern province of Basra to restore security and law following an increase in tribal conflicts in the region.

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Iraqi forces repulse IS attack against border with Syria

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The pro-government paramilitary troops have repulsed an Islamic State attack launched against the border between Iraq and Syria, the media service announced. In a statement on Friday, the service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 29th brigade foiled, in the evening, an attack by IS members against Tal Sufuk region, on […]

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THE GAZA STRIP: FROM “SINGAPORE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN” TO A PALESTINIAN STATE?

Monday, February 5, 2018 Comments Off

The recent developments that brought to the attention the Palestinian question[1] also made the analysts consider the geopolitical shifts and the new issues confronting the Gaza Strip, the small parcel of land near the Mediterranean that has increasing chances of becoming, if not the “Singapore of the Mediterranean”[2], the core of a new Palestinian State. […]

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Iraqi army announces fresh anti-Daesh ops in Diyala

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Friday began fresh military operations aimed at finding and neutralizing Daesh terrorist cells in the eastern Diyala province, according to a local police source. “Army forces backed by Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have launched a major security operation against Daesh remnants in Diyala’s Azim sub-district 60 kilometers north of Baqubah,” Police Captain

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US reaffirms support for Iraq’s reconstruction

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan expressed during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi support for reconstruction efforts in the country. Sullivan was quoted by a government statement as saying the US support for Iraq would continue, particularly to rebuilding the country, boosting economy, attracting investment and creation of jobs.

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Iraqi army announces fresh anti-Daesh ops in Diyala

Saturday, January 27, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Friday began fresh military operations aimed at finding and neutralizing Daesh terrorist cells in the eastern Diyala province, according to a local police source. “Army forces backed by Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have launched a major security operation against Daesh remnants in Diyala’s Azim sub-district 60 kilometers north of Baqubah,” Police Captain

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Egypt, French FMs discuss Syria

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Friday had a phone conversation with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, with whom he discussed political developments relating to Syria. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, the two men agreed on the need to coordinate efforts between their two countries with a view to “encouraging Syria’s political process and […]

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Iraqi PM meets Kurdish regional PM first time after referendum

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Saturday met with the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since the controversial independence referendum last year, Kurdish media said. Abadi received Barzani, who was accompanied by his deputy Qubad Talabani and Fuad Hussein, head of the regional presidency office, the Kurdish Rudaw Media Network […]

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Iraq, Kuwait discuss military ties

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan Al-Hayali expressed wishes yesterday to bolster military cooperation with Kuwait to enhance the security and stability of the region. Iraq is keen is cooperate with Kuwait in security and military fields and to conduct joint ground military exercises between the two nations’ armies, and to create better coordination and communication, said […]

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UNSC to discuss Afrin operation on Monday

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations, France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. The French Foreign Ministry said the UN Security Council had agreed to hold a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin […]

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EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Monday that she is “extremely worried” about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria, against the Kurdish YPG fighters. “We discussed this today with the ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors,” she […]

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US to keep military presence in Syria

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

In the most comprehensive outlining of US policy stance on Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed the US military will remain to counter threats posed by the so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. “The US will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring IS cannot reemerge. Our military presence will remain conditions […]

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US welcomes constructive talks between Baghdad, Erbil

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani that the US welcomes signs of development in talks between Erbil and Baghdad. He said that the US pays attention to its relations with the Kurdistan Region, according to Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website. Tillerson expressed happiness over what he called constructive meetings […]

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EU condemns Baghdad terror attacks

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The EU condemned on Monday the terror attacks in Baghdad earlier today in which a large number of innocent people were killed and injured. “Showing mutual solidarity and unity against violence is the best way to defeat terrorism fully and construct a brighter future for the country,” Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High

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US to have leading role in Iraq reconstruction

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States will play a leading role in the February 12 Iraqi reconstruction conference hosted by Kuwait, US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman revealed on Wednesday. In a press statement, the ambassador said that his country is currently planning to carry out some key investment projects in Iraq that include the rehabilitation of the […]

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US Urges Kurdish Political Parties on Remaining United

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States has expressed concern over the relations between various Kurdish political parties, urging the sides to maintain unity and help find a solution to the political deadlock between Erbil and Baghdad. Speaking to reporters in the embassy on Wednesday, Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, urged the Kurdish factions to stay unified at the […]

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EU to make strategy for supporting Iraq recovery

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of the ISIS terrorist group. “Iraq is at a crossroads in its history following the […]

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US Vice President to visit Middle East

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Mideast from January 20 to 23, the White House said on Monday. The White House explained, in a statement, that Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

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Iran: Saudi Arabia, US, Israel fanning flames of regional tensions

Monday, January 8, 2018 Comments Off

Iran says Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel are fanning the flames of regional crises through their interventionist policies and invasive actions. Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif made the remarks in an address to Tehran Security Conference on Monday.

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