Archive for September, 2017

Middle east events and news

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS-Sinai Claims September 11, 2017 Attacks On Gaza Border, Releases Photos Of One Of The Attacks On September 13, 2017, ISIS Sinai claimed responsibility for two deadly attacks on Egyptian police and military forces near Rafah on September 11, 2017. AQAP Senior Commander Ibrahim Asiri Vows To Continue Targeting U.S. Until It Stops Supporting […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

Middle east events and news

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Comments Off

ISIS Releases Issue 13 Of ‘Rumiyah,’ Threatens To Escalate Attacks Against ‘Infidel’ Countries On September 9, 2017, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 13 of its monthly online magazine Rumiyah, in which it condemned European countries for taking part in the war against it under the leadership of the U.S. and threatened to “escalate” its […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

US, India, Japan call for intl action on N. Korea nuclear programs

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono convened the second US-India-Japan ministerial-level trilateral dialogue Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York during which they discussed topics of mutual concern. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, India, South East Asia

NATO to decide on more troops in Afghanistan

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

NATO will take another month to respond to Washington’s demands for alliance allies to send more troops to Afghanistan. During a meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Tirana in Albania on Saturday, defense chiefs from 29 member nations recognized the need to send in more troops, said the committee’s chairman General Petr Pavel.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

Iraqi forces capture area on Syria border from Daesh

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi armed forces on Saturday dislodged the Daesh terror group from a natural gas-rich border area with Syria, according to the military. Iranian-backed forces fighting with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army simultaneously announced the start of an offensive to reach the same border area from the opposite side. An Iraqi military statement said Akashat, a […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Turkey holds military drill near Iraqi border

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey launched a military drill featuring tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq’s Kurdish region will hold an independence referendum. Despite opposition from Turkey, Iran and the United States, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s leaders have said they will hold the non-binding independence vote on Sept. 25. Ankara […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

UK defence chief visits Baghdad for talks on anti-Daesh fight

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

U.K. Defense Minister Michael Fallon arrived in Baghdad on Monday morning to discuss the ongoing fight against Daesh and Iraq’s precarious political situation with Iraqi officials. Iraqi Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji received the British defense minister at Baghdad’s international airport this morning.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Egypt court upholds life sentence against Morsi

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

A top Egyptian court upheld on Saturday a life sentence for ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in a case revolving around state documents leaked to Qatar, a judicial official said. The Court of Cassation ruling, which is final, overthrew a 15-year sentence for Morsi on charges of stealing the documents, handed during the initial sentencing.

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

UN seeks more peacekeepers for Central African Republic

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is requesting about 750 more troops to help fill a “security vacuum” worsened by the withdrawal of US special forces as violence surges again, according to a confidential cable obtained by The Associated Press.

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar visited neighbouring Tunisia on Monday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions. Libya, which plunged into chaos after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, has two rival governments and parliaments, as well as several militia […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Afghanistan, Pakistan, US express commitment to eradicate Daesh

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States expressed their commitment to eliminate Daesh from the region, which could best be achieved through information sharing, complementary efforts and enhanced cooperation. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the tripartite (Pakistan, Afghanistan, United States) counter Daesh and Pak-Afghan bilateral military cooperation

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, Pakistan, South East Asia

US-Backed Syrian fighters say won’t let regime forces cross Euphrates

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed Syrian opposition factions will not let forces backing the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said. Syrian opposition commander Abu Khawla said a civilian administration would be set up to run areas of Deir al-Zor province being captured from ISIS by his […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Iraqi PM invites KRG to discuss referendum

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) planned referendum on independence was “unconstitutional” on Tuesday, hours after parliament voted against the regional plebiscite. “I call upon the Kurdish leadership to come to Baghdad and conclude the dialogue,” Abadi said in a press conference. Abadi’s remarks came after the Iraqi Parliament vote […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in southern Iraq

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks in southern Iraq and called for the perpetrators to be quickly brought to justice. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed “his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iraq.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

US and UAE to conduct joint military exercise in Abu Dhabi

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

The US and UAE’s ground forces will begin a joint military exercise in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as part of efforts to consolidate their bilateral relations and exchange training and military expertise. Code-named Iron Union 5, the drill is an extension of a series of Iron Claw exercises, which the UAE organises with friendly countries […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

US urges Iraqi Kurds to call of independence referendum

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

The United States on Friday strongly urged northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to call off a controversial referendum on independence from Baghdad. The announcement comes hours after the KRG parliament voted to hold the poll next week despite opposition from the central government and Iraq’s neighbours.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

UN promotes mediation to end Libya chaos and restore peace

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution welcoming recent efforts to bring opposing sides together in Libya – a conflict that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says is ripe for mediation to end years of chaos and restore peace.

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian, Saudi begin joint war games

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

Warplanes from allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia have begun joint war games that are coinciding with separate drills between Egypt and both the United States and Russia. Thursday’s announcement by Egypt’s official MENA news agency says the Saudi-Egyptian games are being held in Egypt and will last several days. It gave no further details.

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

India, Afghanistan discuss political, security cooperation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

The second Indo-Afghan Strategic Partnership Council meeting was held in New Delhi on Monday. At the meeting, both countries held extensive talks and discussed political relations, security issues, development and cultural cooperation, investments and reviewing challenges in mutual relations. Afghanistan minister of foreign affairs also met with Indian national security advisor and discussed counter terrorist […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, India, South East Asia

Afghan forces kill over 70 Taliban in eastern Nuristan

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

Afghan security forces have repulsed a major coordinated assault by hundreds of Taliban militants in eastern Nuristan province, killing over 70 militants, officials said Wednesday. Hundreds of militants stormed security check posts in this mountainous province bordering Pakistan a day earlier. The militants were taken on by National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) for hours.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

US-lead coalition airstrikes kill 14 IS terrorists in Kirkuk

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

At least 14 Daesh terrorists were killed Tuesday in airstrikes carried out by a U.S.-led coalition in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province, according to local security sources. “An aircraft belonging to the international coalition targeted a Daesh bomb factory in Hawija’s Riyadh district​​ southwest of Kirkuk city,” Khalid al-Numan, a Kirkuk police officer said. The airstrikes, […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Iraqi PM calls for unity in the final stages of liberation from ISIL

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

The Iraqi prime minister says the country is in its final stages of liberation from ISIL militants. As Iraqi forces battled to push the extemists out of their last remaining pockets of territory, Haider al Abadi attributed the forthcoming victory over ISIL to iraqi unity and solidarity. “Iraq was at a crossroads when ISIL entered […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Egypt cuts military ties with North Korea

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the agency’s report, but the move follows last month’s decision by the United States to cut […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

CAR: Over 25 dead in armed groups clashes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

At least 25 people in the Central African Republic have been killed in recent sectarian clashes between armed groups, while a new wave of thousands have been made homeless by the violence, the UN said on Tuesday. In the central city of Bria, preliminary estimates indicate “at least 10 bodies and about 50 wounded” after […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

6 al-Shabaab killed in Somalia by US drone strikes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

The US has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabaab extremist group, the military said on Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist organisation. A US Africa Command statement said on Wednesday morning’s strikes occurred about 260km south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Two Egypt soldiers, 6 jihadists killed in ‘foiled’ attack

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military said two soldiers and six jihadists were killed in a “foiled” suicide bombing in Sinai on Wednesday, days after the Islamic State group staged a large scale attack in the peninsula. The bomber had taken advantage of a fog to creep up on an army “installation” when troops spotted and killed him, the […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

CYBER VULNERABILITIES: THREATS FROM THE FUTURE’S PIRATES

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Comments Off

In recent years, cyber-attacks have become a significant challenge to the security of the modern state and society. With the rising frequency of malicious actions in cyberspace, followed by billion-dollar losses and damages to the credibility of the targeted entities, governments began to establish strategies, policies, agencies and procedures to defend against cyber-threats. Nevertheless, the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Special Analysis

Middle east events and news

Monday, September 11, 2017 Comments Off

ISIS Threatens To Down U.S. Jets In Video, Invites U.S. To Send Ground Troops To Raqqa, Syria On September 5, 2017, the media office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa, Syria released a video threatening to down U.S. jets and calling on the U.S. to either stop the war or send ground troops to […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

Middle east events and news

Monday, September 11, 2017 Comments Off

Intense Criticism In Iraq: The Hizbullah Deal Endangers Iraq’s Security Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-’Abadi denounced the deal between the Lebanese Hizbullah and ISIS, as part of which ISIS fighters were bused to the Syria-Iraq border, saying: “We must not give terror a chance anywhere. Transferring terrorists to the Syria-Iraq border threatens our people… The […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

Afghan FM to visit India

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will visit India next week. During his visit, he will call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will also hold bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The visit comes weeks after US President Donald Trump announced a new policy on Afghanistan and sought sought more help from […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, India, South East Asia

Afghan security forces kill over 58 insurgents

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

Over 58 anti-government militias including their senior local commander were killed and 10 others were wounded during joint military operations led by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Afghanistan Ministry of National Defense press office issued BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Afghanistan News, Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

Iraqi jets strike ISIL convoy in Diyala

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi army warplanes destroyed on Wednesday a convoy of Islamic State militants in northeastern Diyala, a security commander was quoted saying. Maher al-Ezzawi, commander of Dijlah Operations, said that army fighter jets bombarded the convoy at Wadi Thallab (80 km northeast of Baqubah), killing al militants in it. Ezzawi said the strike was carried out […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

US affirms continued support for Lebanon’s army

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

Major General George Smith, the CENTCOM Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy reiterated the United States support for the Lebanese army during a short visit he paid to Beirut, a US embassy statement said on Saturday. Smith met with General Joseph Aoun on Thursday, September 7, the press release said.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

US-backed forces, Syrian army advance separately on ISIL in Deir Ezzor

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed forces and the Syrian army advanced in separate offensives against ISIL in eastern Syria on Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed coalition, aimed to push out the jihadists from territory east of the Euphrates River, while Syrian government forces — supported by Lebanese group Hizbollah and Russian air power — seized an oilfield […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

US Secretary of State to visit London for talks on Libya, North Korea

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit London next week for UK-hosted talks on North Korea and Libya, the State Department said in a press release. “Tillerson will travel to London from September 13 through September 14 for UK-hosted meetings on DPRK [North Korea] and Libya,” the release said on Friday.

This was posted under category: Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News