Archive for January, 2018

Iran plans to increase gas storage capacity

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

Head of Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company (IGEDC) Hassan Montazer Torbati said Iran can bring the number of its gas storage facilities to seven from only two currently, Fars News Agency wrote.

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Amir-Abdollahian: Charges against Iran over Yemen completely baseless

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

In a meeting with the UN special representative for Iraq Ján Kubiš on Sunday, Iranian Parliament’s General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said “…The charges against Iran over Yemen are completely baseless. Tehran has never advocated a military solution to the region and Yemen. Yemen’s future belongs to all Yemeni people. We have said […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

Campaigns Using WhatsApp Launched In Syria To Recruit Fighters And Aid For The Factions Opposing The Regime While tough battles are currently being fought between the rebel factions and the Syrian regime, mainly in northern Syria, last week several of these factions launched campaigns to recruit new fighters, as well as aid, and support for […]

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Middle East events and news

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Article In Pro-ISIS Newspaper Gives Detailed Instructions On Use Of Ricin In Lone-Wolf Attacks On Restaurants, Shopping Malls On January 22, 2018, the Sunni Shield Foundation, a media company affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), published Issue 7 of its Al-Anfal newspaper featuring an article encouraging lone wolves to use the poison ricin in […]

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Iraqi army announces fresh anti-Daesh ops in Diyala

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Friday began fresh military operations aimed at finding and neutralizing Daesh terrorist cells in the eastern Diyala province, according to a local police source. “Army forces backed by Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have launched a major security operation against Daesh remnants in Diyala’s Azim sub-district 60 kilometers north of Baqubah,” Police Captain

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US reaffirms support for Iraq’s reconstruction

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan expressed during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi support for reconstruction efforts in the country. Sullivan was quoted by a government statement as saying the US support for Iraq would continue, particularly to rebuilding the country, boosting economy, attracting investment and creation of jobs.

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Algerian military kills 8 Islamic extremists

Monday, January 29, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria’s Defense Ministry say military forces have killed eight Islamic militants in the east of the country. The ministry said in a statement that the extremists were shot on Friday during a military counterterrorism operation in Chechar, 520km east of the capital, Algiers.

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Iraqi army announces fresh anti-Daesh ops in Diyala

Saturday, January 27, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Friday began fresh military operations aimed at finding and neutralizing Daesh terrorist cells in the eastern Diyala province, according to a local police source. “Army forces backed by Hashd al-Shaabi fighters have launched a major security operation against Daesh remnants in Diyala’s Azim sub-district 60 kilometers north of Baqubah,” Police Captain

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30th AU summit to focus on continent’s peace, security issues

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will brief African Union (AU) leaders on continent’s peace and security issues during the upcoming 30th AU summit, according to the pan African block. Mourad Ben Dhiab, Secretary General of the African Union Commission (AUC), while briefing members of the media on the preparations of the summit on Wednesday disclosed […]

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Egypt, French FMs discuss Syria

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Friday had a phone conversation with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, with whom he discussed political developments relating to Syria. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, the two men agreed on the need to coordinate efforts between their two countries with a view to “encouraging Syria’s political process and […]

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Algeria hosts conference on security instability in the region

Friday, January 26, 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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UN demands handover of Libya commander after new killings

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations demanded on Thursday the immediate surrender of a Benghazi commander wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges after evidence emerged suggesting he had carried out new summary executions in Libya. Mahmoud al-Werfalli commands the Al-Saiqa Brigade based in Libya’s second city and is loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar […]

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UN urges CAR mission to safeguard civilian lives

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

An internal inquiry for the United Nations recommends tactical changes to the UN mission in the Central African Republic to protect civilians, according to findings made available on Friday to AFP. “(The mission) MINUSCA should overhaul its strategy to protect civilians to ensure that its operational response is better adapted,” said a statement by the […]

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Iraqi PM meets Kurdish regional PM first time after referendum

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Saturday met with the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since the controversial independence referendum last year, Kurdish media said. Abadi received Barzani, who was accompanied by his deputy Qubad Talabani and Fuad Hussein, head of the regional presidency office, the Kurdish Rudaw Media Network […]

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Iraq, Kuwait discuss military ties

Friday, January 26, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan Al-Hayali expressed wishes yesterday to bolster military cooperation with Kuwait to enhance the security and stability of the region. Iraq is keen is cooperate with Kuwait in security and military fields and to conduct joint ground military exercises between the two nations’ armies, and to create better coordination and communication, said […]

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Range of Iran’s missiles proportionate to threats: ex-defense chief

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Comments Off

“Our missiles range are based on potential threats. This does not mean that we are not able to build missiles with longer range, but this is our policy and we do not see the need to increase range of our missiles,” Dehqan said in an interview with Mehr news agency published on Wednesday.

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Iran takes initial step to join UNTOC

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Comments Off

The Iranian parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to join the international body against organized crime, formally known as the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

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Europe strongly supports Iran’s nuclear deal: EU lawmaker

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Comments Off

A senior member of the European Parliament says the EU strongly supports the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, calling for closer ties with Tehran within the framework of the landmark accord. David McAllister, who heads the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, made the remarks in a meeting with Chairman of the Iranian […]

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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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