Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria

A US delegation has arrived in Turkey to set up an operation center in the country for the stated purpose of creating a “safe zone” in Syria.

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Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists

Russia’s chief nuclear official has vowed to continue developing new weapons while attending a funeral on August 12 of five Russian nuclear researchers who were killed in an explosion in what U.S. experts suspect was a mishandled test of a new nuclear-powered engine.

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Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Bahrain has agreed to buy the US-built Patriot anti-aircraft and missile interceptor system, the Raytheon Company said in a press release.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s Houthis attacked several positions belonging to southern separatists Wednesday, Arab media reported. The attacks occurred a day after a Houthi delegation met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly backed a resumption of stalled talks between rival Yemeni groups.

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes.

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Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Turkey established its first military base in Qatar in 2017, on the basis of a bilateral security agreement signed in late 2015, with the base said to be part of a broader security effort by the two countries to confront unspecified “common enemies.”

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For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Years after their parents left Belgium and France to join the Islamic State, 18 children were taken from squalid refugee camps in Syria and flown recently to new lives in Belgium and France, drawing widespread attention in those countries as examples of Europe grudgingly accepting the children of its jihadis.

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Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

IRGC chief says Lebanese proxy group honed skills fighting in Syrian civil war, claims US-led efforts to undermine Tehran’s regional influence have backfired.

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Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has criticised a US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Washington’s military build-up in the Gulf was aimed at “creating division and emptying the treasuries” of countries in the region.

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Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran over possible talks with Washington.

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked.

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ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

An enormous fire raged across several wheat fields outside this town on July 6. It was a dry summer day and dark smoke towered over the countryside as the flames spread across the farmland. Some locals watched in awe at the inferno. Others tried to fight back with shovels and rakes. They had little success. […]

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Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Tokyo is reportedly considering its own operations and has no plans to join a US-led coalition tasked with securing oil shipping routes amid tanker seizures in the region.

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Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Turkey is reportedly considering the possible purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets after Washington suspended Ankara’s membership in its F-35 program.

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Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Hamas has distanced itself from Saturday’s botched attempt to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip by arguing that the four terrorists who were killed by the IDF had acted independently.

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Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence after one tossed a hand grenade at Israeli troops on Saturday, the military said.

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A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran has seized another oil tanker in the Persian Gulf — this one, it says, was smuggling oil to Arab nations — weeks after it detained a British-flagged tanker and attacked several others.

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Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Two weeks after a visit to Tehran by representatives from HAMAS, Israeli media on Tuesday August 6 reported an eye-catching increase in Iran’s financial assistance to this Palestinian group.

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Shin Bet says it thwarted terror bombing in Jerusalem planned by Hamas

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Shin Bet says it thwarted terror bombing in Jerusalem planned by Hamas

The Shin Bet security service says it thwarted plans by Hamas members from Hebron to conduct a bombing attack in Jerusalem earlier this summer, retrieving the three-kilogram explosive device they intended to use.

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces huge financial, political challenges

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces huge financial, political challenges

Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based political party, is facing huge political and financial challenges because of the increased U.S. sanctions against Iran and the party’s military involvement in different parts of the Arab world, analysts told Xinhua.

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Islamic State wages desert-based insurgency in Iraq and Syria

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State wages desert-based insurgency in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State is far from dead in Iraq and Syria. Despite losing its physical caliphate, the group maintained enough manpower and resources to continue waging an insurgency in both countries. And America’s partners and allies may not have adequate resources to finish off or contain the jihadist menace, as they “struggle” to hold territory […]

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Military and Political Dynamics in the Gulf

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Military and Political Dynamics in the Gulf

The Persian Gulf remains a potential flashpoint as the United States and its allies increase their deployments and Iran strengthens its defense posture. Iran’s seizure of another Gulf oil tanker in early August demonstrates Tehran’s confidence in its strategic position throughout the region.

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Qatar bank accused of allowing terror financing in Syria

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar bank accused of allowing terror financing in Syria

Funds transferred from accounts in the Qatari-state controlled Doha Bank were transferred to extremist groups perpetrating atrocities in Syria, a claim issued at the UK High Court has said.

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Syria slams US-Turkish safe zone deal as ‘blatant aggression’ against its sovereignty

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Syria slams US-Turkish safe zone deal as ‘blatant aggression’ against its sovereignty

Damascus has rejected as “blatant aggression” a recent deal between the US and Turkey on the creation of a so-called safe zone in the northern part of Syria, where Washington-sponsored Kurdish militants have been active to Ankara’s dismay.

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Al-Qaeda launches deadly attack on army base in southern Yemen

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Al-Qaeda launches deadly attack on army base in southern Yemen

Officials say at least 19 killed in assault on the camp in Abyan province, a day after dozens die in attacks in Aden. An al-Qaeda attack on a military camp in war-torn Yemen has killed at least 19 soldiers, security officials said, a day after dozens of people were killed in separate assaults by Houthi […]

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Al-Qaeda Is as Strong as Ever After Rebuilding Itself, U.S. Says

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Al-Qaeda Is as Strong as Ever After Rebuilding Itself, U.S. Says

Al-Qaeda and its affiliates remain as much of a threat to the U.S. as “it has ever been” after the terrorist group rebuilt itself while the U.S. and other nations focused on destroying Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a State Department official said.

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Hezbollah is the Real Government in Lebanon

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah is the Real Government in Lebanon

The Lebanese government has been disabled for a while due to a concocted crisis, the intentions behind which go much further exploiting the deaths of two young men in the village of Qabr Shmoun, in Mount Lebanon’s Aley District.

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IS Stepping Up Attacks in Iraq’s North

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on IS Stepping Up Attacks in Iraq’s North

Islamic State (IS) militants killed four security officials late Wednesday near the northern city of Kirkuk, local officials said. The attack, which was carried out on a checkpoint manned by local Kurdish security forces, also left at least eight people wounded, local sources said.

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Hezbollah Turning Syria Villages on Israel Border Into Fortresses

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah Turning Syria Villages on Israel Border Into Fortresses

A year ago, Russia promised to keep Iran away from border. We agreed on Iran, not on its proxies, Moscow tells a concerned Israel Compared to Gaza, the Iranian front – which to Israeli eyes stretches from the Persian Gulf through Iraq and into Syria and Lebanon – is bustling with action. Throughout July, reports […]

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Turkish Security Council Mulls Syrian Operation, Despite Washington’s Warnings

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish Security Council Mulls Syrian Operation, Despite Washington’s Warnings

Turkey’s National Security Council met Tuesday to decide whether to launch a military offensive into Syria against the YPG Kurdish militia. With Washington backing the YPG and warning against any unilateral action, the two NATO allies could be on a collision course.

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UN: Islamic Jihad Union operates in Syria

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Comments Off on UN: Islamic Jihad Union operates in Syria

The Afghanistan-based Uzbek jihadist group Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) is also operating inside Syria, according to a new report released by the United Nations Security Council.

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In siding with Iran, Hezbollah could put Lebanon’s future at serious risk

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on In siding with Iran, Hezbollah could put Lebanon’s future at serious risk

While Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been quick to use the Gulf’s escalating tensions to rattle sabres, analysts downplayed the likelihood that the exchange of threats would develop into full-scale conflict in the immediate future.

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Even as Tensions With Iran Rise Over Seized Ship, U.K. Stays ‘Committed’ to Nuclear Deal

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on Even as Tensions With Iran Rise Over Seized Ship, U.K. Stays ‘Committed’ to Nuclear Deal

Britain took new steps on Monday to distance itself from the Trump administration’s escalating confrontation with Iran, even while pushing for the release of an oil tanker seized by Tehran three days earlier.

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Exclusive – Turkey, Qatar and the Return of ISIS to Libya

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on Exclusive – Turkey, Qatar and the Return of ISIS to Libya

Are Turkey and Qatar openly backing terrorists in Libya? And if so, why has the international community remained silent over the issue? Why hasn’t it taken serious action to address the situation and resolve the Libyan crisis once and for all?

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American citizen accused of becoming ISIS sniper and weapons trainer

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on American citizen accused of becoming ISIS sniper and weapons trainer

An American citizen was arrested in Syria after becoming a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), federal authorities in New York said Friday. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 42, was transferred to FBI custody Wednesday and brought to the United States after his detention overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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