Archive for January, 2018

THE WEST BANK: STATEHOOD OR STATU QUO?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

Several events that took place at the end of 2017 and the beginning of this year brought to the attention the complex situation in the West Bank and the still not solved Palestinian problem. Some of these developments indicate a significant shift in the approach of the issue by the United States of America, until […]

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Spokesman denies reports on cancellation of Zarif’s visit to Davos in last minute

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said, “Nowadays, no decision had yet been adopted for foreign trips of the foreign minister due to the enforcement of new structure of the Foreign Ministry.” Speaking on late Monday, he denied a news released by one of the western media outlets, saying that Iranian foreign minister has canceled his […]

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Enemies’ actions have empowered resistance front: general

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

The IRGC Qods Force deputy chief on Monday hailed the growing power of the anti-Israeli resistance front, saying the enemies’ actions have backfired and helped strengthen the movement. The conditions of the resistance front is improving day by day, General Esmaeil Qa’ani said in an address to a conference about Palestine and the liberation of […]

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Everything ready for liberation of Palestine: general

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

Everything is ready for the liberation of Palestine, an Iranian general said on Monday, calling the Palestinian people to unite to defeat Israel, Mehr reported. “As the Supreme Leader has said, efforts should be made to arm the West Bank, because efforts in this regard would lead to the collapse of Israel,” said Ahmad Vahidi, […]

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French foreign minister ‘absolutely wrong’: Iran

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

“The Islamic Republic of Iran would definitely not bow to pressure and would not change its stances when facing strict policies,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said at a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

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Middle east events and news

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen Claims IED Attack On Convoy Of Forces From The U.S., Kenya, And The Somali Government The official Telegram channel of the Shahada news agency of the Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen organization reported on January 17, 2018, that they “activated two roadside bombs against a military convoy of forces from the U.S., Kenya, and the Somali […]

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Middle East events and news

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Russian-Speaking ISIS Fighter Announces New ‘Battalion,’ Threatens Terrorist Attacks In Russia In New Video On January 18, 2018, supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) distributed via Telegram a three-minute video in which an armed, masked man, speaking in Russian, announced the establishment of a new force that will operate for ISIS in Russia, especially […]

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UNSC to discuss Afrin operation on Monday

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations, France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. The French Foreign Ministry said the UN Security Council had agreed to hold a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin […]

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EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Monday that she is “extremely worried” about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria, against the Kurdish YPG fighters. “We discussed this today with the ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors,” she […]

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EU welcomes destruction of Libyan chemical weapons

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union welcomed on Monday the recent announcement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the elimination of chemical weapons in Libya as “a positive step towards the complete and permanent eradication of all chemical weapons in the country.” The chemical weapons were removed from Libya and transported to Germany […]

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Algeria, Libya to jointly manage oil fields on shared border

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria’s state-run oil company Sonatrach signed an agreement, Monday, with the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) to run a number of crude oil fields located on the borders between the two countries. The agreement included updating a study that was carried out on 2006 concerning Al-Rar and Al-Wafa oilfields, which located on the shared borders […]

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5+5 Dialogue in Algiers focus on anti-terrorism and regional issues

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The Algerian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Algeria will host the 14th Foreign Ministers Conference of Western Mediterranean 5+5 Dialogue on Sunday. The conference will focus on “overall, shared and sustainable socio-economic development” in the western Mediterranean region, the statement said.

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Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded last week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country’s southeast, the government has said. “The provisional toll for the cowardly terror attack on Wednesday night in Toummour is seven dead, seventeen wounded and one soldier missing,” said […]

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Tunisia kills senior al-Qaeda member

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials said. “A terrorist wanted by Algeria since 1993 was killed in an operation carried out by the Special Unit of the National Guard,” Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani […]

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US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The United States government on Monday released $100 million in budget assistance to Afghanistan. The agreement was signed between Afghan Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass in Kabul.

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Kharrazi puts forward suggestions for Iran-Arab dialogue

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Comments Off

TEHRAN – Kamal Kharrazi, head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said on Wednesday that Iran is ready to hold talks with Arab countries in line with solving problems in the Middle East, suggesting three proposals for the purpose. Kharrazi presented his proposals in an international conference on “Iran and Arabs” in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Foreign Ministry goes under structural changes

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Comments Off

Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Iran’s ambassador to India Gholam-Reza Ansari as deputy ministers for political and economic affairs, respectively. Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, was appointed as the deputy minister for legal affairs.

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Iran, Armenia call for boosting Parliamentary ties

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Comments Off

Iran’s envoy to Armenia and a senior Armenian lawmaker urged the need to boost the parliamentary ties between the two countries. Kazem Sajjadi in a meeting with head of Iran-Armenia friendship group in Armenia’s parliament Vahram Baghdasarian discussed ways to boost parliamentary relations, including a visit by the Iranian parliament speaker to Armenia to lay […]

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US to keep military presence in Syria

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

In the most comprehensive outlining of US policy stance on Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed the US military will remain to counter threats posed by the so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. “The US will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring IS cannot reemerge. Our military presence will remain conditions […]

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US welcomes constructive talks between Baghdad, Erbil

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani that the US welcomes signs of development in talks between Erbil and Baghdad. He said that the US pays attention to its relations with the Kurdistan Region, according to Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website. Tillerson expressed happiness over what he called constructive meetings […]

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Tunisia deploys army as violent unrest persists

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes raged on nationwide.

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UNSC meeting condemns Tripoli clashes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on Wednesday in which a briefing by the Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, was heard on the Libyan issues, in addition to the statements of the countries’ representatives. Salame said the UNSMIL is doubling up its efforts to carry on with the action plan, condemning the […]

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Mali praises Algeria’s support for stability

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Visiting Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, on Saturday said Algeria has always played a major role in stabilizing Mali. “Algeria has always played a major role in Mali’s stability and has intervened at least twice to help establishing inter-Malian peace talks, in 1992 and 2015,” Maiga told reporters as he started a two day […]

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Egypt seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them. In televised comments on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt’s strategic choice is not to go to war. “I am saying this as a […]

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South Sudan’s cease-fire broken by both sides, say monitors

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, say monitors. Both government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on December 24, according to four separate investigations released on Tuesday by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent […]

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Delegation of Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa Arrives in Libya

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

A delegation representing the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa has arrived at Mi’tiga Inter. Airport on a visit to Libya. The delegation will hold a series of meetings with officials concerned with illegal migration, and is expected to call at detentions centres to get a firsthand account of the resources available to […]

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Iran won’t accept restrictions on uranium enrichment permanent: Nephew

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

TEHRAN – Richard Nephew, who served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, is of the opinion that I do not believe the EU will accept to make restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment permanent. He adds that “I certainly do not think that Iran will accept it, as presented.”

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Rouhani: Nuclear deal will never vanish

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

”By reaching the JCPOA, we told the world that regional and even complicated international problems can be resolved at the negotiating table and this will go down in history,” he said during his speech at the closing ceremony of the 9th Farabi International Award. “We proved that an international tight knot can be undone at […]

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Moniz: Iran nuclear deal have no expiration date

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The Former US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said that despite the claims made by some US politicians, the commitments made by Iran in the nuclear deal are permanent and have no expiration date.Moniz made remarks in his Twitter account, defending Iran’s nuclear deal.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Official ISIS Sources: We Are Temporarily Changing Tactics, Opting For Guerilla Warfare Such As Raids And Targeted Assassinations In light of the defeats suffered by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq over the past year, there has been a change in its military doctrine on the battlefield. In recent weeks, the organization has […]

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EU condemns Baghdad terror attacks

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The EU condemned on Monday the terror attacks in Baghdad earlier today in which a large number of innocent people were killed and injured. “Showing mutual solidarity and unity against violence is the best way to defeat terrorism fully and construct a brighter future for the country,” Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High

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Clashes in Libyan capital kill 9, close airport

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan officials say heavy clashes among rival militias in Tripoli left at least nine people dead and forced the capital’s only functioning airport to shut down. Health Ministry spokesperson Omar Matouq said the death toll from Monday’s fighting is expected to rise.

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Trump to extend Iran sanctions waivers: Officials

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump is expected to extend sanctions relief for Iran as part of a 2015 nuclear deal while his administration works out a “fix” to the multi-nation accord, American officials have revealed.

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US, Israel, Saudi triangle after creating crisis in region

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Chairman of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi met with the head of Arab-African Relations of Hezbollah political Council Sheikh Hassan Ezzedin and his delegation where he condemned the recent bombardment of parts of Syria by the Zionist Regime and added “The US, Zionist Regime and the Saudi Arabia lost hope […]

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Treasury source: Italy, Iran to sign €5b investment agreement

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Italy and Iran will on Thursday sign a framework credit agreement worth 5.0 billion euros ($6 billion)whereby Rome will help Italian companies invest in Iran, an Italian Treasury source said on Wednesday. The accord foresees the opening of lines of credit to two Iranian banks by Invitalia, an Italian state-owned holding, in order to finance […]

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