Archive for August, 2017

Iraq, Jordan reopen Trebil border crossing

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

The Kingdom of Jordan and Iraq have reopened the Turaibil border crossing, as part of their efforts to forge closer bilateral ties. A joint statement by the Jordanian and Iraqi government said that the border crossing was reopened after the international highway was secured, adding that the measure will further boost

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Iraq PM congratulates military for ‘overwhelming victory’ in Tal Afar

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi has congratulated the military for an “overwhelming victory” against ISIL in Tal Afar, as an officer likened continuing fighting in a nearby town to opening “the gates of hell”. Mr Al Abadi is expected to announce the full liberation of Tal Afar from ISIL within days. The military says […]

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Lebanon claims ‘victory’ over terror near Syria border

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday announced his country’s “victory over terrorism” following a 10-day army campaign against Daesh terrorists holed up near the Syrian border. Earlier Wednesday, Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun (no relation) officially announced the successful completion of the Lebanese army’s Operation Fajr al-Juroud.

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Turkey, Romania, Poland discuss counterterrorism at tripartite summit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu participated on Friday in a Turkey, Romania and Poland trilateral meeting of foreign ministers in Poland along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where strengthening NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism was reportedly discussed. Çavuşoğlu visited Warsaw, Poland yesterday for talks and attended the foreign ministers’ meeting. Polish Foreign […]

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Egypt FM visits Romania

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Sameh Shoukry met with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu in Bucharest on Tuesday for wide-ranging talks, marking the final stage of the Egyptian minister’s European tour. Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Tuesday, signing three memorandums of understanding between the two […]

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UN envoy announces high-level meeting on Libya

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Ghassan Salame, the United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has announced a high level meeting chaired by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will take place next month following talks that Mr Salame is holding in the country this week.

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Egypt hosts first Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi chaired on Thursday the first meeting of the Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism. El-Sisi called on the council to adopt a comprehensive national strategy to combat both domestic and international terrorism and extremism within a framework that covers the security, cultural, economic, social and media aspects.

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Somalia peacekeeping mission gets renewed

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union’s multinational peacekeeping force in Somalia is shrinking slightly by the end of the year as it heads toward planned withdrawal from the country by 2020. The United Nations Security Council renewed the decade-old mission on Wednesday until the end of next May. The renewal makes some changes that reflect efforts to start […]

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Mali – developpements

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Comments Off

28 aout 2017 : L’Essentiel-Du Jour ________________________________________ MISE EN ŒUVRE DE L’ACCORD, PAIX ET RÉCONCILIATION, STABILISATION ET RELÈVEMENT TABITAL PULAAKU ET CMA SE CONCERTENT POUR LA PAIX AU NORD ET AU CENTRE DU PAYS. (STUDIO TAMANI) MALI: UNE CARAVANE DE LA PAIX SUR KIDAL (RFI) LE GOUVERNEUR SIDI MOHAMED ISCHRACH S’EST RENDU A KIDAL : […]

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Middle East events and news

Monday, August 28, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Media Outlets: The ISIS Flag Will Fly At The White House And At The Presidential Palace In The Philippines Recent ISIS media campaigns are shining their spotlight on the East-Asian front, where an ISIS affiliate in Marawi, Philippines has succeeded in a partial takeover of the city of Marawi and has held its […]

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Middle East events and news

Monday, August 28, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi MP Hakim Al-Zamili To The U.S.: Enough! We Won’t Allow You To Create A New ISIS For UsIraqi MP Hakim Al-Zamili, head of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, said that the Iraqis “have paid in rivers of blood in order to liberate Mosul” and that they will not tolerate the Americans “creating […]

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Middle East events and news

Monday, August 28, 2017 Comments Off

Istanbul Friday Sermon By Syrian Cleric Mohammad Basem Dahman: The U.S. Created ISIS To Distort The Image Of Islam In a Friday sermon delivered in Istanbul, Syrian cleric Sheikh Mohammad Basem Dahman said that ISIS was a purely American product, created in order to distort the image of Islam. EXCLUSIVE: Dispute Over Takfir Rocks Islamic […]

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Mattis in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis held talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara on Wednesday focusing on Washington’s arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Turkey, a move which has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis flew in for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the […]

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Iraq forces advance towards Daesh

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Wednesday recaptured several districts and advanced towards the centre of Tal Afar, one of the Daesh group’s last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. Armoured personnel carriers full of soldiers and fighters of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition moved into Al-Nur district […]

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Iraq urges Turkey to withdraw forces from Mosul

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has urged Turkey to swiftly withdraw its military forces from his country’s northern territories. Al-Abadi made his remarks Wednesday while meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Baghdad.

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French President to visit Romania

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is starting his first official visits to Central and Eastern Europe, heading on Thursday and Friday to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and to Varna, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. In Romania, on Thursday, Macron will meet President Klaus Iohannis, who he also met on the sides of the EU summit, and […]

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Tunisian FM, US Ambassador discuss relations

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, on Tuesday, discussed with United States Ambassador in Tunis Daniel Rubinstein the reality of the Tunisian-US relations and prospects for expanding them in all fields, the upcoming bilateral events and a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest. According to a Ministry press release, the two sides reviewed […]

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UK FM visits Libya

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Foreign Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson arrived in Tripoli and met with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, on Wednesday. The British ambassador to Libya, Peter Mellitt also attended the meeting. Johnson renewed UK’s support for Libya’s Presidential Council efforts to strike agreement among all parties in the country.

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Egypt’s leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns. Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was in Cairo as part of a Middle East tour aimed […]

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US delays nearly $200 million in military aid to Egypt

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Trump administration is delaying nearly $200 million in military aid payments to Egypt pending human rights improvements. Under US law, the secretary of state must certify that Egypt is meeting human rights conditions or determine that it is in the US national interest to release the money.

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Lebanese army continues anti-IS operation

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

The Lebanese army continued for a third consecutive day to target ISIS group positions on the country’s eastern border with Syria after capturing a third of the territory held by militants in the area. The army had begun its operation in the Arsal, Baalbek and Jurud al Qaa region early on Saturday.

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US Defence Secretary visits Jordan

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

US Defence Secretary James Mattis arrived Monday in the Jordanian capital Amman, state-run news agency Petra reported, part of a tour that also includes stops in Turkey and Ukraine. Mattis met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, where they discussed Syrian safe zones, the refugee crisis the war has produced, and the fight against the Islamic […]

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US forces shell Daesh positions in Iraq’s Tal Afar

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

U.S. forces are taking part in an ongoing military operation to dislodge the Daesh terrorist group from Iraq’s northwestern Tal Afar district, according to an Iraqi military source. “U.S. forces stationed at the Kahrez base are pounding Daesh positions inside the city,” Army Captain Ihab al-Yasseri said on Monday.

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Iraqi troops retake 5 villages in Tal Afar

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi troops have retaken five villages in Tal Afar town, located northwest of Iraq, from Islamic State, Tal Afar Operations Command announced on Monday. In a statement by the Joint Operations Command and the War Media Cell, Lt.Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah said the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service managed to free Tal Rihal, Jabbara, Hussein Idris, […]

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Turkey condemns recent Mali terror attacks

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the UN mission in Mali over the past two days, Foreign Ministry said in a statement. In the statement issued Tuesday, the ministry conveyed condolences to “the families who lost their loved ones, the brotherly people of Mali and staff of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission […]

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Egypt, Somalia discuss bilateral relations

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s support for Somalia at a meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Sunday in Cairo, a presidential statement read. This is the first time El-Sisi has received his Somali counterpart since he was elected in February 2017 El-Sisi hailed the “distinguished and historical relations between Egypt and Somalia, […]

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Sudan’s defence minister in Cairo for talks on regional security

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf and his Egyptian counterpart Sobhi Sedki Sunday held talks on threats to the regional security and stability, according to the official news agency. The meeting comes after the capture of Egyptian armoured vehicles used by Sudanese armed groups in a joint attack on the government forces by two rebel […]

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Nigerian president vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will reinvigorate its campaign against the Islamic extremist insurgency in the country’s northeast as he spoke to the nation for the first time on Monday after returning from London where he spent more than three months for medical treatment. “Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly […]

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Sudan receives invitation to join U.S.-Egypt military exercises

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan has received an invitation to take part in a joint U.S.-Egyptian military training exercise this October in Egypt, a first for the country in almost thirty years according to the Sudanese Defense Ministry. General Emad al-Din Adawi announced the invitation to join the Bright Star exercises that will take place in Egypt after he […]

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US approves $1.25 billion HIMARS sale to Romania

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

The US State Department has cleared a $1.25 billion High Mobility Artillery Rocket System sale to Romania, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement Friday. The department notified Congress Thursday and the deal is now pending congressional approval.

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UN Libya envoy in Cairo for meetings with Egypt leadership

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Newly-installed United Nations Libya envoy Ghassan Salame was in Cairo on Monday for the latest round of high-level discussions with the Egyptian leadership on resolving the Libyan crisis. Mr Salame, a former Lebanese political sciences professor based in Paris, joins a long line of previous successors hoping to stem the country’s political gridlock, which has […]

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EU steps up assistance to Mali and the CAR

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

With the crises in Mali and the Central African Republic worsening, the EU has released fresh humanitarian funding of €9 million to respond to the most pressing needs. This brings the EU’s overall humanitarian support to West and Central Africa in 2017 to nearly €254 million since the beginning of the year. The lifesaving aid […]

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US airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has killed seven al-Shabaab fighters in a series of airstrikes in Somalia as the Trump administration steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

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US Defense Secretary to visit Turkey, Jordan, Ukraine

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday will begin a five-day trip to Jordan, Turkey and the Ukraine, Pentagon officials announced Friday. The trip is intended “to reaffirm the enduring US commitment to strategic partnerships,” the officials said. Mattis will begin his engagements Monday in Jordan by meeting with King Abdullah II and Chairman of […]

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Iraq: Popular Mobilization to field 20.000 fighters for Tal Afar battle

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq: The pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces will field 20.000 fighters for the anticipated offensive to retake the town of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s last bastion i Nineveh province, a spokesperson said. PMF spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi said Friday that 20.000 fighters will take part in the imminent battle, saying that the recapture of the enclave “will […]

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