Archive for December, 2014
The Algerian-Egyptian relations witness “substantial” and “very positive progress,” said Wednesday in Algiers, Egypt’s Ambassador Omar Ali Mohammad Ibrahim Abu Eich. In a statement to the press following the meeting he had with the President of the Republic, to whom he presented his credentials as an Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to Algeria, Abu […]
The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said. “Around 28,000 soldiers will be used to secure polling stations, while 8,000 others will be deployed in rapid reaction units,” Belhasan al-Waslati said.
The EU Thursday imposed substantial additional sanctions on investment, services and trade with Crimea and Sevastopol. “This is to reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognising their illegal annexation by Russia,” said an EU statement which came hours before EU leaders are to begin a summit in Brussels to discuss Ukraine and ties with Russia.
The prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, is set to arrive in Turkey on the night of Dec. 18, ahead of talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç has announced.
Kurdish forces backed up by US-led warplanes have recaptured a large area in Iraq near the Syrian border in an offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists, a top US commander said Dec. 18. More than 50 air strikes in recent days by coalition aircraft “have resulted in allowing those [Kurdish] […]
Algerian Minister of Interior and Local Governments Tayeb Belaiz met his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve here on Thursday to discuss security cooperation. The discussions covered “all issues relating to security and training as well as the movement of people,” Algeria Press Service (APS) quoted Belaiz as saying after the meeting. “We also broached other issues, […]
Pakistan army retaliated to the the deadly Taliban attack at Peshawar school by killing 57 militants in massive airstrikes in the Khyber tribal region where the suicide bombers were reportedly trained. The army launched 20 airstrikes yesterday on several Taliban hideouts in Tirah valley area of Khyber tribal region which is adjacent to Peshawar and […]
With the death toll in the Peshawar army school massacre rising to 148 overnight, Pakistan yesterday turned over a new leaf in its approach to terrorism. Mr. Sharif swore that politicians would bury their differences and unite to defeat terrorism. Their meeting came as a photograph of the men who attacked the school was released […]
US and European sanctions against Russia could be lifted within days if President Vladimir Putin makes the right choices in Ukraine, top US diplomat John Kerry said Tuesday. While he praised what he called “constructive moves in the last days” by Russia, he warned the future of the country’s economy lay in Putin’s hands. The […]
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conference Wednesday with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine to discuss creating a lasting peace in Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor to the west, according to the Kremlin’s official website. Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shared opinions on extending the peace […]
Egypt has valued “positive” steps taken by Iraq on internal and external arenas to successfully restoring security and peace in some parts of the country, calling the Iraqi government to continue these steps for full restoration of ties with neighboring countries. Egypt condemns all forms of terrorism committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and […]
Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulay Diop said the different Malian parties “are not far from an agreement,” calling those parties to do a “maximum” effort to bring peace process in Mali to a successful conclusion. “It is the last 100 meters and each of us should make a maximum effort to bring the (peace) process to […]
The British embassy in Cairo said on Tuesday it has resumed services to the public, nine days after they were suspended over security concerns about the mission’s main building. The Canadian embassy next to the British embassy, which also suspended services, remains shut to the public.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Wednesday, where he discussed Egyptian support for Iraq with Iraqi Vice President Usama Al-Nujayfi. Shoukry is set to meet with other top Iraqi officials to discuss stability in Iraq. According to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Al-Nujayfi asserted “his full appreciation” of the […]
A military raid in North Sinai killed five alleged militants on Wednesday. Another five were arrested in the same raid, and are currently being investigated. The raid targeted areas south of the towns of Al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, and Rafah. They added that in another raid, security forces burned two motorcycles that did not have license […]
Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation today to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border. Peshmerga forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, moved into the town, which has been under the control of the Islamic State group […]
At least 4,700 people have died in Ukraine in the nine and a half months since the start of an armed conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, a United Nations team announced Monday. That’s an average of around 16 deaths per day.
Top US diplomat John Kerry was to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Sunday, amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new US sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine. The meeting in Rome comes as tensions soar after US lawmakers passed a bill — dubbed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act — calling […]
The French army has “neutralised” 200 jihadist fighters in the Sahel over the last year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says in an interview to be published tomorrow. Peace talks between Mali’s government and rebels should conclude next month, he said. The French military has either killed or captured 200 Islamist fighters, 60 since the […]
Algeria is preparing for worst-case scenarios, due to the deterioration of conditions in the Sahel. Mounting concerns over border security led Algeria to toughen its stance towards illegal immigrants. But more than just refugees try to cross borders in times of conflict.
The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary Nato troop gap in the new mission to train and advice Afghan security forces, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon chief. At a news […]
Islamist fighters launched a three-pronged attack on Saturday on a key oil region in eastern Libya but were pushed back by pro-government forces, military officials said. Fighters from Fajr Libya, an anti-government Islamist coalition, staged an assault on the region of Al-Hilal from three sides but the air force repelled them, said Brigadier General Saqr […]
The EU backed UN efforts to arrange a ceasefire in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Monday as one of the few good options left in a conflict which has claimed more than 200,000 lives. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said special UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura had briefed foreign ministers Sunday on plans […]
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Sunday morning with British parliamentary delegation , called the Friends of Egypt, to discuss the final phase of Egypt’s roadmap, and other regional topics. Shoukry also met Sunday with US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth to discuss recent political developments there. According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman […]
Two Egyptian nationals have been killed in Libya on Monday, during clashes between rival factions present in the country. Clashes erupted between military forces aligned with the internationally recognised government in Tobruk and militias of Libya Dawn, the Islamist coalition holding sway in Tripoli. The clashes took place in the area of Ra’as Gadir on […]
US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to ask for a new, broadened, three-year Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) under which US can continue to fight ISIL with boots on the ground if needed. The current AUMF used by the Obama Administration to conduct airstrikes against The Islamic […]
Expansion of ties in a range of crucial sectors like nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence will be in focus when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberate at the annual summit here on Thursday with an aim to further strengthen the already close strategic partnership.
US President Barack Obama spoke by video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced late Tuesday. “The President commended President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on the timely ratification of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement […]
An air strike hit a Libyan militia post on the border with Tunisia on Friday, killing one person, as the United Nations warned a spate of bombing raids was damaging peace efforts. The Libya Shield militia accused forces loyal to the internationally recognised government of carrying out the attack close to the Ras Jedir border […]
Algeria and the United States share a convergent view on the need to reach negotiable settlement for the crisis hitting Libya, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said on Tuesday in Algiers. “There is a complete convergence of views between Algiers and the Washington regarding the Libyan crisis, which can be […]
Any delimitation of the Mediterranean between Egypt and Greece will not be acceptable if it affects Turkey’s national interests, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. Davutoğlu’s remarks were published on Dec. 7 in the Greek newspaper To Vima, in an interview given at the end of the third High-Level Cooperation Council meeting between Greece and […]
Ukrainian forces on Tuesday suspended operations against independence-seeking insurgents in the country’s eastern regions, the government said. A ceasefire initiated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was established within the “day of silence” framework in the combat area, the press service of the government’s military operation said in a statement.
Chuck Hagel is the first American defense secretary to visit Iraq since the US officially ended its long war three years ago. And his message to Iraqi leaders was plain- US military power didn’t solve Iraq’s problems last time, nor will it now.
The EU’s foreign policy chief did not raise any criticism or proposals for the alignment of Turkey’s foreign policy with the EU, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, in reply to remarks by Federica Mogherini. Despite Turkey’s “very important contributions” to the EU’s security and defense policies, the EU had not included Ankara in […]
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Baghdad today to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with US commanders about the campaign to defeat Islamic State fighters. In remarks to a group of US and Australian soldiers, Mr Hagel said the US wants to help Iraq regain the territory it lost to Islamic State militants earlier this year, […]