Archive for November, 2014

NATO warns of military build-up by Russia on Ukraine border

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Comments Off

Russia has launched a “very serious” military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defence systems, Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said today. Troops, artillery and “very modern” air defence weapons could be seen “both inside of Ukraine and also on the Russian side of the border,” Stoltenberg […]

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Turkey to continue efforts for Karabakh solution

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey will continue pursuing its active policy to put an end to the conflict [Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] in South Caucasus, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Nov.17. The prime minister made the remarks during his visit to Philippines.

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EU FMs discuss Mideast, Ukraine situation

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

EU foreign ministers Monday began here their formal monthly meeting with two main topics on the agenda, Ukraine and the Middle East. The EU Foreign Affairs Council is being chaired for the first time by the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. “We will discuss Ukraine, that it the […]

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EU to extend pro-Russian separatist sanctions list

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

The EU Foreign Affairs Council Monday called on the EU foreign services, known as the European External Action Service, and the European Commission to present a proposal for decision by the end of this month on additional sanctions targeting separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

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Armed clashes broke out in Tripoli

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

Armed clashes broke out in Libya’s capital Tripoli closing down the city’s main working airport, local residents and an official said on Sunday. Tripoli has been mostly calm since the Libya Dawn force, an armed faction allied to the city of Misrata, took over the capital in the summer and set up its own government […]

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US to accerelation mission to train Iraqi forces to combat IS

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Nov. 16 the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative. Hagel, speaking to reporters while visiting the Army’s […]

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Afghanistan agree to push Pak Taliban out of its soil

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan has agreed to target militants attacking Pakistan from alleged sanctuaries on its soil, in a significant move which suggests a thaw in their frayed ties and anti-terror cooperation between them. Pakistan had demanded Afghanistan several times through official and unofficial channels to uproot the chief of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, hiding with […]

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India, China armies hold counter-terror exercise

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

With the aim of getting acquainted with each other’s operating procedures in counter-terrorism, Indian and Chinese armies began their fourth joint training exercise, Hand-in-Hand, in Pune on Monday. The objective of the training is to enhance the confidence and trust between the two armies, which may be called upon to grapple with anti-terrorism operations even […]

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Turkey supports removal of Assad regime

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey backs the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday. “We have no hesitation on the removal of Assad,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a live TV interview. CNN reported on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama was calling for a review of his nation’s Syria policy, after realizing that ISIL could not be defeated unless Syrian President […]

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NATO accuses Russia of continuing to send troops into Ukraine

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

Russia continues to deny it has sent troops and heavy artillery into rebel-held territory in Ukraine despite sightings by NATO and the OSCE. NATO has accused Russia of sending tanks, troops and military hardware to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the Minsk peace deal. Moscow denied the claims […]

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UN warns of escalation of conflict in East Ukraine

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

A United Nations political officials tells the Security Council that the fragile cease-fire between rebels and the government is under serious strain. The fragile cease-fire agreement between rebel pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces are “under continuous and serious strain,” a senior UN political official told the Security Council Wednesday. “With the Minsk agreements in question, and uncertainty over how much strain the […]

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UNSC calls on Lebanon to choose president

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Lebanon’s parliament to quickly choose a new president to bolster stability as war rages across the border in Syria. Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers. The 15-member council “expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the […]

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UN Special Envoy for Libya meets Turkish officials

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

U.N. Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Nov. 12, as Turkey’s involvement in global efforts to prevent a full-blown civil war in Libya become more visible. Leon met with Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah İşler and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, exchanging views on

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EU urges Turkey to show restraint over dispute with Cyprus

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

The European Parliament held a debate on the topic, “Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus,” stressing support for the EU member state Cyprus. Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said the EU stands firmly by the sovereign rights of its member states to enter into […]

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Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit to be held between 19-21 Nov.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

The final preparations are being made for the second Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit, which will run from Nov. 19-21 in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Around 200 business leaders and a delegation led by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will attend the summit. Leaders from many countries in Africa have also been […]

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Obama looks for review of Syria strategy

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama wants his advisers to review the administration’s Syria policy after determining it may not be possible to defeat militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) without removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama’s national security team held four meetings in the past week that were driven by how […]

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Egyptian embassy attacked in Libya

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt “strongly condemns the terrorist bombing that targeted the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli,” the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday after a car bomb exploded outside the embassy. A bomb was also discovered in front of the United Arab Emirates’ embassy, a Libyan official said.

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Turkey could scrap plan to buy defense systems from China

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China, which alarmed the U.S. and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said Wednesday. Key NATO member Turkey said in September 2013 that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. […]

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Biden, Poroshenko discuss Ukraine situation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

US Vice President Joe Biden spoke Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the situation in eastern Ukraine, the formation of a new government, and Ukraineآ’s commitment to reforms. “Poroshenko informed the Vice President about Russiaآ’s blatant escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine, including increased shelling of Ukrainian government positions and the transfer of […]

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Biden to visit Turkey on November 21

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will have talks in Turkey on Nov. 21 as part of his trip including Morocco and Ukraine, according to diplomatic sources. The vice president will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu and a number of nongovernmental representatives.

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France, Tunisia to cooperate against jihadists

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Both countries’ interior ministers discuss joint counter-terror measures against citizens joining thousands of their nationals fighting alongside jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria. France and Tunisia will cooperate in attempts to prevent citizens joining thousands of their nationals fighting alongside jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria, Paris’ interior minister said Monday.

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Kurds block an ISIL supply route to Kobane

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Kurdish forces blocked a road Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants use to resupply their forces in a Syrian town on the Turkish border, a town official and a monitoring group said on Nov. 12, the first major gain against the jihadists after weeks of violence. Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga forces crossed into Kobani […]

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Egypt, US army officials discuss bilateral relations

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy and deputy commander of US Central Command Mark Fox met on Wednesday. The army officials discussed military relations between the two countries.

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Baghdad hit by series of attacks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Suspected Sunni militants struck in and around Baghdad today, killing 17 people including 11 soldiers and policemen, and injuring about 40 in three separate attacks, including two suicide bombings, according to police and hospital officials. The largest of today’s attacks was in the turbulent Youssifiyah district south of Baghdad where a suicide car bomber hit […]

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Pakistani military jets carry aerial strikes in northwest region

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

19 militants including some top commanders were killed today and five of their hideouts were destroyed in aerial strikes by Pakistani military jets in volatile Khyber Agency

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Heavy artillery fire today rocked Donetsk bastion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Comments Off

Heavy artillery fire today rocked east Ukraine’s main rebel bastion of Donetsk in the fiercest fighting around the city in days. The explosion of outgoing mortars being fired from near the centre towards government positions at the ruined airport could be heard from early in the morning, setting off car alarms. Donetsk’s city hall said […]

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24 jihadists killed in Mali during French military operation

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

The French military says 24 jihadists were killed in a recent operation carried out in northern Mali that left one French soldier dead. A news release from Operation Barkhane said Saturday, Nov 8, that two other extremists had been captured during the offensive carried out in the region of Kidal.

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France calls for cease-fire in Ukraine

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Amid increased violence in eastern Ukraine and allegations of Russian reinforcements moving into the area, France on Monday urged full respect for agreements between Russia and Ukraine, including a cease-fire in the region. “We are concerned about information from the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the situation in East Ukraine,” the Foreign […]

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US conducts airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

U.S and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria from Friday through Monday using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 23 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 18 airstrikes in Iraq during the same period using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely […]

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Libya’s parliament reconvenes, sacks Muslim cleric

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Libya’s internationally recognised parliament, declared invalid by the country’s top court, reconvened on Sunday and sacked the key state Muslim cleric, Libyan media reported, fuelling a major power struggle in the country. The House of Representatives met in the eastern city of Tobruk and voted to remove Sheikh al-Sadeq al-Ghariani, the Grand Mufti, Libya’s top […]

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US to consider sanctions on Libya factions

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

The United States is considering imposing sanctions on Libya’s combative factions to try to prevent a proxy conflict fuelled by regional powers from erupting into full-blown civil war and force militant leaders to negotiate, US officials said. Three years after Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall, outside intervention has exacerbated the fighting, with Qatar and, to some degree, […]

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UN envoy to meet armed militants delegation in Homs

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Visiting United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura headed Monday to Syria’s central city of Homs to meet with a delegation of armed militants in a rebel-held area there, sources and media reports said. The pro-government al-Watan daily said the envoy, who arrived in Syria on Saturday, will be holding meetings with a number […]

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Egypt, Greece, Greek Cyprus create a new regional energy cooperation

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted a meeting in Cairo with the attendance of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday and announced a new regional energy cooperation deal among Egypt, Greece and Greek Cyprus. Speaking at a joint press conference in Cairo, Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades said the […]

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Assad says he’ll analyze UN ceasefire offer

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Syrian President Bashar Assad says a ceasefire proposal for the embattled northern city of Aleppo, which has been raised by the U.N. envoy to the country, is “worth studying.” The official SANA news agency reported Assad’s remarks, saying they came during a meeting on Monday with the envoy, Staffan de Mistura.

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Egypt FM meets UN envoy to Iraq

Monday, November 10, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with United Nations special envoy to Iraq Nikolay Mladenov to discuss the current political and security situation in Iraq and efforts made to confront the extremist ‘Islamic State’ group, known as ISIS. During the meeting, Shoukry and Mladenov also discussed the steps done by the Iraqi government to integrate […]

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