Archive for May, 2017

Algeria calls for joint action on counterterrorism

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off on Algeria calls for joint action on counterterrorism

Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday stressed the fight against terrorism and various forms of criminality require joint action between international security services and strong commitment of the international community. “The world is witnessing considerable upsurge of terrorism and its new forms while allying with drug, arms and human traffickers, as well as with […]

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UN forces retake strategic areas of CAR city

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off on UN forces retake strategic areas of CAR city

The United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby UN base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said on Monday. More than 1 000 residents had fled their homes and had taken refuge in a […]

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Al-Shabaab kill chief in Kenya’s north

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off on Al-Shabaab kill chief in Kenya’s north

A Kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-Shabaab Islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya’s north that left two Kenya police reservists missing Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Tuesday the attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera County Monday night.

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off on Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month

Tunisia’s president has decided to prolong a state of emergency enacted because of a terrorism threat for another month. A statement from President Beji Caid Essebsi office issued on Tuesday said he consulted the prime minister and the head of parliament about the extension. It takes effect immediately. The state of emergency was put in […]

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UN highly worried about CAR violence

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off on UN highly worried about CAR violence

A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15 000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said on Tuesday. Among the victims are six UN peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in […]

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HIZB UT-TAHRIR: HIDDEN DANGERS OF POLITICAL ISLAM

Saturday, May 13, 2017 Comments Off on HIZB UT-TAHRIR: HIDDEN DANGERS OF POLITICAL ISLAM

Several recent terrorist attacks, such as those in Istanbul (1st of January 2017), St. Petersburg (3 April 2017) and Stockholm (4 April 2017) reflected, according to counterterrorism experts and analysts, the intensifying process of radicalization in the Muslim communities in Europe and Asia. In this process an important part is played by the organizations that […]

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Egypt army destroys large quantity of explosives in N. Sinai

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt army destroys large quantity of explosives in N. Sinai

Egypt’s armed forces said on Wednesday that it was able to destroy a large amount of explosive material used by militants in North Sinai. In an official statement, army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said that the military’s second field army discovered and were able to dispose of explosive material used by the militants to manufacture improvised […]

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Shoukry to visit Ghana for regional talks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Shoukry to visit Ghana for regional talks

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday. He is scheduled to deliver a message from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo that focuses on the two countries’ bilateral relations. Shoukry will meet with high officials that include the foreign affairs minister and the parliament’s speaker.

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UN chief slams deadly attack on blue helmets in CAR

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on UN chief slams deadly attack on blue helmets in CAR

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack which killed four blue helmets in the southeastern part of the Central African Republic, calling for efforts to “swiftly bring those responsible to justice.” Eight other peacekeepers were wounded in the attack perpetrated on Monday by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations […]

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German, Algerian FMs discuss Libyan crisis

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on German, Algerian FMs discuss Libyan crisis

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel alongside with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed hope Tuesday that a political solution would prevail in Libya. In a joint press conference, Gabriel said finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya is key to addressing the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Gabriel underlined that setting up refugee […]

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Libyan leader arrives in Algeria following peace talks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Libyan leader arrives in Algeria following peace talks

Libyan presidency council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj flew in to Algiers on Wednesday to be briefed on a conference held by Tripoli’s neighbours on Tuesday about the ongoing war in Libya. Sarraj was briefed by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and its Maghreb, African and Arab affairs minister, Abdelkader Messahel about a meeting between ministers from […]

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South Sudan says divisive army chief of staff removed

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on South Sudan says divisive army chief of staff removed

South Sudan’s army chief of staff, who had been proposed for UN sanctions and accused of directing last year’s fighting in the capital that left hundreds dead, has been removed from his post, a presidential spokesperson said on Tuesday.

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Libyan general’s forces lose 17 in push to take Benghazi

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Libyan general’s forces lose 17 in push to take Benghazi

Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan general say they have lost 17 fighters in their two-day push to clear central parts of Benghazi from Islamists and their allies. Riyadh al-Shahiebi, of the special forces media office, said Tuesday that troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter have entered the Souq al-Hout and Sabri areas, but […]

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4 UN peacekeepers killed in CAR

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off on 4 UN peacekeepers killed in CAR

A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a UN convoy sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday. The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the firefight on Monday night. […]

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Tunisia’s forces, militants clash in Sidi Bouzid city

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on Tunisia’s forces, militants clash in Sidi Bouzid city

Tunisian police killed one hardliner militant and another died when he detonated his suicide explosive belt during an exchange of gunfire in the central city of Sidi Bouzid, a government official said on Sunday. Tunisia’s armed forces have been cracking down on militants allied to Daesh and Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch, especially since the […]

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British FM visits Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on British FM visits Libya

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently (Friday) visited Libya to support renewed efforts to break the political deadlock. The Foreign Secretary met Agila Saleh and Ahmied Homa, the President & second vice-President of Libya’s Parliament – the House of Representatives. In this meeting, Mr Johnson emphasised the importance of Libya’s legitimate political institutions working together […]

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UN delegate to Libya proposes road map for peace in Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on UN delegate to Libya proposes road map for peace in Libya

The UN delegate to Libya and Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has announced a new road map for peace to end Libya’s current political deadlock and to strike comprehensive accord among all Libyan conflicting parties. On his Twitter page, Kobler wrote Monday that the “road map for peace in Libya” has six items to […]

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Egyptian PM to attend London conference on Somalia

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on Egyptian PM to attend London conference on Somalia

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is set to fly to the UK on Wednesday to participate in the London Somalia Conference 2017, at which senior government officials from various nations will discuss ways of supporting the African country. According to an Egyptian cabinet statement, Ismail is to represent Egypt at the international conference, which runs […]

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Egypt says kills 8 Brotherhood members before carrying attacks

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt says kills 8 Brotherhood members before carrying attacks

Egypt’s interior ministry says its forces have killed eight members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group “before carrying out terrorist acts”. Is says in a Monday statement that the Brotherhood members fired on security forces when they were approached at an undisclosed date or location in the desert near the country’s southern border, drawing return […]

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Somalia says regional al-Shabaab leader is killed in raid

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on Somalia says regional al-Shabaab leader is killed in raid

Somalia’s government says a regional leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group has been killed in a raid by Somali forces. The statement on Sunday by Somalia’s information minister says Lower Shabelle regional leader Moalin Osman Abdi Badil and three associates were killed Friday in Bariire village.

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Egypt jets destroy vehicles with arms from Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on Egypt jets destroy vehicles with arms from Libya

The Egyptian air force has destroyed 15 vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition after they illegally crossed into the country from Libya, a military official said on Monday. In a separate announcement, Egypt said its security forces had killed eight militants who were being trained to attack government and Christian targets, in a shootout in the […]

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UN peacekeeper killed in CAR

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off on UN peacekeeper killed in CAR

Attackers in Central African Republic ambushed a convoy of the UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and Morocco, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding six other peacekeepers, Cambodian officials said on Tuesday. Three Cambodian soldiers and one Moroccan peacekeeper were also reported missing after Monday’s surprise assault and may have been kidnapped, the officials said.

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THE KURDS: ONE PEOPLE, FOUR FLAGS

Sunday, May 7, 2017 Comments Off on THE KURDS: ONE PEOPLE, FOUR FLAGS

REGIONAL AND GEOPOLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF A KURDISH STATE   Professor Marvin Mikesell of the University of Chicago described Kurdistan as “a cultural-geographic reality that happens coincidentally to be a political-geographic impossibility.” His words are particularly accurate when considering the “greater” Kurdistan, the lands inhabited by a Kurdish-majority population across south-eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, north-eastern Syria […]

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French soldiers launch operation in northern Mali

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on French soldiers launch operation in northern Mali

French soldiers killed or captured about 20 terrorists in Mali’s restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5, the French chief of staff said Sunday. Troops from Operation Barkhane, a French counter-terror operation whose mission is to target militant groups operating in the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert, launched the […]

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UN condemns attack of MINUSMA camp

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on UN condemns attack of MINUSMA camp

UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the camp of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Timbuktu, Mali. The attack which caused the death of a Liberian peacekeeper and injured others and which was claimed by Jama’at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (Group for the Support of Islam and […]

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US Congress approves military aid to Egypt

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on US Congress approves military aid to Egypt

The United States Congress has approved a bill on government spending under the Trump administration, part of which is dedicated to securing borders in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon. The Town Hall website reported that the bill allocated $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt under the section dubbed “Global War on Terror”.

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British FM meets with Al-Sweihli in Tripoli

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on British FM meets with Al-Sweihli in Tripoli

The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, arrived Thursday morning in Tripoli to meet with Libyan Government of National Accord’s officials. The UK Foreign Minister met with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdel Rahman Al-Sweihli, in the HCS’s headquarters in Tripoli.

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Libya rivals call for efforts to end crisis

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on Libya rivals call for efforts to end crisis

The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government and a rival military commander said Wednesday they have agreed to work to end the country’s crisis. Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya including key oil ports, held rare talks Tuesday in the United […]

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Shelling at UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on Shelling at UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9

Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in the troubled Malian city of Timbuktu killed one person and wounded nine peacekeepers, the United Nations mission in the country said on Wednesday.

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At least 5 dead in suicide attack in northeast Nigeria

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on At least 5 dead in suicide attack in northeast Nigeria

Five people were killed in two suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria, police said on Friday, in the latest attacks blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. Borno state police spokesman Murtala Ibrahim said two women with explosives strapped to their bodies blew themselves up in the Konduga area on Thursday night, “killing themselves and five others”.

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US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

Friday, May 5, 2017 Comments Off on US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

An American soldier was shot dead and two others wounded in Somalia during a joint operation with Somali forces against Shabaab militants, the US military said on Friday. “On May 4, one US service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab near Barii, Somalia, approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu,” said a statement from […]

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UN delegate says Sundanese rebel groups are active in Libya

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off on UN delegate says Sundanese rebel groups are active in Libya

The UN delegate to Libya, Martin Kobler, said on Sunday that Sudanese rebel groups are present in Libya. After his meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, Kobler called for putting an end to operations by all rebel or foreign groups in Libya.

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NATO pledges to assist Libya to rebuild defense departments

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off on NATO pledges to assist Libya to rebuild defense departments

NATO has said it would assist Libya’s Presidential Council to rebuild the country’s defense departments. The announcement was made by Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s Secretary General at a press conference with Italian Premier Paulo Gentiloni, last week in Rome. The organization will send a team to help the Libyan Presidency Council build a modern ministry […]

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Dozens of civilians killed in Central African Republic

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Dozens of civilians killed in Central African Republic

Armed groups in Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday. The violence pitted armed groups against one another in the central province of Ouaka, which is at the border of the mainly Muslim north […]

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Advance team of UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Advance team of UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

An advance party of peacekeepers with a bolstered mandate to use force have arrived in South Sudan, the United Nations said on Monday, the first blue helmets with a greater authority to protect civilians in the troubled East African nation. At least 13 peacekeepers from a regional protection force mandated by the Security Council have […]

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