Archive for December, 2017

Middle east events and news

Friday, December 29, 2017 Comments Off

Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen: Claim Of Responsibility For Attack On Joint Patrol Of U.S., Puntland Soldiers, Carries Out Attack On U.S.-Trained Somali Government Special Forces On December 20, 2017, Shahada News Agency, the news agency of Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, posted on its Telegram channel an Al-Shabab claim of responsibility for an IED attack on a joint U.S. […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Special Analysis

Middle east events and news

Friday, December 29, 2017 Comments Off

Pro-ISIS Media Operative Releases Graphic On Telegram With Hanukkah Threat To Berlin On December 15, 2017, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media operative Almani released a graphic on Telegram featuring an armed militant in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and a large menorah that is in flames. HTS Appeals To Military, Medical Personnel To Join ‎Mujahideen, Provides […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Special Analysis

Middle east events and news

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Following Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement, Group In Al-Salt, Jordan Warns Americans Not To Enter The Town Amid protests against U.S. President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. recognizes of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a group in Al-Salt, Jordan posted, on Facebook, a message to the U.S. Embassy in Amman warning Americans not to enter the town. […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

Iraqi army says border with Syria “totally secured”

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi-Syrian borders are totally secured by the Iraqi Army after the liberation of Iraq from Islamic State, said the head of Anbar Council. “The security situation in Anbar province is reassuring,” Ahmed al-Alwani was quoted by IKH News as saying on Sunday.

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

Iraqi troops continues pursuit against IS

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi troops killed eight terrorists and destroyed four Islamic State hotbeds during a military operation to pursuit IS militants in a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a municipal official said. In an exclusive interview to Baghdad Today on Sunday, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of Diyala council’s security committee, said, “Joint troops from the […]

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

Germany calls for Baghdad-Erbil dialogue

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called on Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq to resume dialogue. Speaking at a joint news conference with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Berlin, Gabriel underlined Germany’s financial support for Iraq in future would depend on resolution of internal conflicts.

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

US to spend $200 million on Eastern European air bases flanking Russia

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

The U.S. is planning to spend more than $200 million to repair and build U.S. military structures and installations on air bases that dot much of Eastern Europe, part of an ongoing initiative to deter Russian aggression.

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

Egyptian forces kill five terrorists

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian security forces killed five terrorists and arrested 11 others in operations in Qalyubia, Alexandria and New Valley Governorates, the Ministry of Interior said Monday. National Security forces detected a number of terrorists in the three governorates who were planning for “hostile operations” against vital facilities and Christian worshipping places, the ministry added in a […]

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

Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria support Libyan Political Agreement

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria renewed their support for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) as a framework for a political solution in Libya.

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

Germany to fund more surveillance along Tunisia-Libya border

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Germany is pouring money into the creation of electronic surveillance systems along Tunisia’s eastern border, designed to prevent extremists and migrants from slipping across into the country from neighbouring Libya, a government spokesperson said on Friday. Tunisia stepped up security measures along the 300-mile frontier in 2015 following attacks by Islamic extremists believed to have […]

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

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children. The two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months in northeast Nigeria, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said. The operation […]

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

US, Britain, France seek details on Russian arms to CAR

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

The United States, Britain and France on Wednesday asked that a Russian request to send light arms to the Central African Republic be put on hold as they seek more information on the shipments, diplomats said. Russia has asked the UN Security Council for an exemption to an arms embargo on the Central African Republic […]

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

Iraqi army takes control of border crossing from KRG forces

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Control of the Ibrahim Khalil border gate between Turkey and northern Iraq has been handed over to Baghdad, Turkey’s prime minister announced on Tuesday. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group meeting, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkish officials will remain in control of the Habur border gate on the Turkish […]

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

Turkish, US, Iraqi discuss security challenges

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Senior Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss regional developments and security challenges. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, his Iraqi counterpart Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of US European Command (EUCOM) Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Joseph Votel attended the meeting.

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

Africa, Europe discuss Sahel anti-terror force

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

France’s Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel. Two years in the planning, the force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in a desert region the size of Europe.

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

US condemns deadly Ethiopia clashes

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

The United States on Wednesday said it was “troubled and saddened” by clashes in Ethiopia that local reports said has left at least 18 people dead. The violence was reported to be most intense in the eastern town of Chelenko, near the volatile border between the Somali and Oromia regions, home to two of the […]

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

S Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates put forward $130m on Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa’s Sahel region, as France’s Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders to an effort to boost a fledgling five-nation military force. The force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – some of the poorest countries […]

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

Nigeria approves $1bn to support fight against Boko Haram

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said on Thursday the money from the Excess Crude Account will be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics. The

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

Iraq holds military parade over victory against IS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s military Sunday paraded in Baghdad Green Zone to celebrate the full liberation of Iraqi lands from the Islamic State (IS) group. The parade was held in the morning at the Celebrations Square in the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the main government offices and foreign embassies, and was attended by the Iraqi Prime […]

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

France to keep working with Iraq on security challenges

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

After Iraq’s announcement of victory over so-called Islamic State (IS), France is continuing to work with Baghdad to help it with security challenges, but also to achieve national reconciliation and reconstruction, the French Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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

Turkish, US, Iraqi military officials to discuss security issues in Akara

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Ankara would host on Thursday a trilateral meeting for top Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials, the Turkish General Staff said Monday. The meeting would be attended by Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Iraqi counterpart Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of the US European Command Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander

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

EU welcomes Iraq victory against IS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

The EU congratulated Monday the Iraqi people and government following the holding of a victory celebration on Sunday in Iraq to mark the defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

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

Germany extends military mission against IS in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Lawmakers in Germany on Tuesday extended the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali until March 2018. Germany has not formed a new government following an election in September, but it is expected that the next administration will further extend the mission.

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

Clashes in northern C Africa threaten security plan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Plans by Central African Republic’s beleaguered government to reassert control in the north of the country were in difficulties on Monday after clashes marred the return of the state’s top representative to a key city. Colonel Augustin Tombou was formally installed on Saturday as prefect in the town of Kaga-Bandoro – a politically important step […]

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

US drone strikes al-Shabaab near Somali capital

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed “an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu” by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command said on Tuesday. The airstrike was carried out early on Tuesday morning about 65km southwest of Somalia’s capital, the US statement said, adding that […]

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

Middle east events and news

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadis In Syria Solicit Funds On Telegram In Bitcoin To Reinforce Military Facilities On December 4, 2017, a jihadi Telegram channel circulated a graphic soliciting funds for the mujahideen in Syria. Al-Shabab Issues Statement Following Trump Declaration On Jerusalem: ‘We Urge All Muslims To Take Up Arms’ On December 6, 2017, shortly after U.S. […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

Macron, Abadi agree solving dispute with Irbil must be via dialogue

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi Saturday agreed that solving differences between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdistan region should be through dialogue and respect of territorial unity. Macron, in a phone call with Abadi, reaffirmed that France believed in unity and safety of Iraqi territories, and that the federal government should have […]

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

France calls for constructive national dialogue in Iraq

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

France calls for a constructive national dialogue in Iraq to have a “strong and integrated” Iraq and a “respect for pluralism” in the country’s Kurdish region, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday. The dialogue must be built around four fundamental elements, in full compliance with the 2005 Constitution of Iraq, Macron said after meeting […]

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

Algerian troops discover massive weapons bunker near Mali border

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

A bunker full of war weapons has been discovered by Algerian army troops near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in statement on Wednesday. The bunker was discovered by counterterrorism troops deployed in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, on the border strip with Mali, after a routine patrol in the area.

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

Egypt, US discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts. “Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-U.S. relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides particularly in the military field,” […]

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

1 peacekeeper killed, 3 wounded in CAR

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Mainly Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a UN police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said. The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being […]

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

AU to help evacuate 15 000 migrants from Libya this year

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU’s deputy chairperson said on Tuesday. Between 400 000 and 700 000 African migrants are in dozens of camps […]

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

French President Macron visits Algeria

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Algeria for a one-day working visit aimed at boosting the security and economic cooperation between the two countries. Macron plans to walk the streets of Algiers city center on Wednesday before meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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

Middle east events and news

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: After Release From Detention, Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed Addresses Friday Worshippers, Vows: ‘Kashmir Will Soon Become Free’ On November 22, 2017, a review board of the Lahore High Court ordered the release from detention of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of the Pakistani jihadi organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and chairman of its charity arm, […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

US withdraws over 400 troops from Syria

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

Over 400 US Marines involved in battling the Daesh militant group in Syria are being withdrawn as part of a cut in forces after the capture of militant”capital” Raqqa, the US-led coalition said on Thursday. “The Marines supported Coalition partner forces with precise artillery strikes in the fight against Daesh,” the coalition said in a […]

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