Archive for February, 2018

German official calls on Turkey to withdraw from Afrin

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Jürgen Hardt, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) foreign relations spokesperson, has called on Turkey to halt its attack and withdraw its troops from the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwest of Syria.

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Washington reiterates support for Baghdad in face of terrorism

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Robert Karem reiterated on Wednesday his country’s support for Iraq in the face of security challenges. This came during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today, a government statement said.

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US Central: 195 civilians killed last month in IS strikes in Syria, Iraq

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Last month coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria against so-called Islamic State terrorists killed 195 civilians, rising the total number of possible civilian deaths to 601, according to the latest figures released by US Central Command on Thursday. “In the month of January, CJTF-OIR carried over 406 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous […]

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Egypt calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry called Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, to allow delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and evacuation of critically wounded people. In a press statement, the ministry condemned the bombardment and shelling of civilian targets in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus and other parts of Syria.

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Egypt says ready to enhance security in South Sudan

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday expressed his country’s readiness to expend all efforts aimed at enhancing security and stability in war-torn South Sudan. Al-Sisi’s assurance came during a meeting he held with the South Sudanese Minister for the Presidency, Mayiik Deng in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukri and […]

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Seven soldiers, 71 jihadists killed in Egypt Sinai

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

Seven Egyptian soldiers and 71 jihadists have been killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell an Islamic State group affiliate in Sinai earlier this month, the military said. “As a result of the heroic combat operations by our armed forces…seven heroes of the armed forces were martyred,” military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai […]

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US drone strike kills 4 extremists in Somalia

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

The United States military for the second straight day is announcing a drone strike that killed al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia. The US Africa Command says the strike on Wednesday killed four “terrorists” near Jamaame in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says the US assesses no civilians were killed.

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UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

Friday, February 23, 2018 Comments Off

A UN rights commission in South Sudan said on Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity. South Sudan’s four-year-old civil war has been characterised by extreme brutality and attacks on civilians.

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ISIS In Sinai: Election Centers Are A Target For US

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

On February 11, 2018, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai Province released a 23-minute video titled “Protectors of the Sharia,” in which it threatens terror during the elections and showcases attacks against Egyptian security forces.

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King receives delegation form US defense college

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday received a delegation of senior officers from the US Army National Defense University (Capstone Fellows), led by retired Gen. Gregory Martin…The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, King’s office director, and U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Amman.

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King receives member of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II received at Al Husseiniya Palace on Wednesday member of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed and the accompanying delegation…The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, the director of the King’s Office and the US charge d’affaires in Amman.

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Abdollahian: Iran will continue backing Syria in fighting terrorism

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

Special Advisor to the Iranian Shura Council Speaker for International Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, reiterated his country’s continued support to Syria in combating terrorism and rebuilding process.

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UN World Pact On International Migrations To Be Signed In Morocco

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

In their determination to face migratory challenges, which they believe constitute a major global concern, UN member states, excluding the US, have expressed their commitment to signing a non-binding UN World Pact on Migrations. The agreement, still to undergo six rounds of negotiations that will last until July, is expected to be finalized during a […]

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Tehran ready to share military experiences with Baku: Iranian minister

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

Iran’s visiting defense minister on Thursday voiced Tehran’s readiness to share its valuable war and anti-terrorism experiences with the neighboring country of Azerbaijan.

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Iran ready to cooperate with UN to solve Yemen crisis: Envoy

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

Iran’s UN envoy announced on Wednesday that Tehran is ready to cooperate with Martin Griffiths, the United Nations’ new Special Envoy for Yemen, to halt the three-year Yemeni crisis.

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Rouhani: Iranians rightly believe defense power is nonnegotiable

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Comments Off

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday criticized “purposeful commotion” created over Iran’s missile program by certain countries, saying the Iranian nation’s mind is fresh with the “bitter” memories of Saddam Hussein’s missile attacks on Iranian cities in the 1980s and they believe that Iran’s defense capability must not be open to negotiation. In a meeting with […]

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Iraqi security forces arrest senior IS commander in central Ramadi

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi security forces arrested on Monday night a senior Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda commander in central Ramadi, a security source was quoted as saying. Speaking to Baghdad Today news website on Tuesday, the source said, “Adnan al-Marawi, a senior leader in the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups, was arrested on Monday night by […]

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France, Egypt hold joint naval exercises

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian army on Tuesday announced the launch of joint naval exercises with France in the Red Sea. Dubbed “Cleopatra 2018”, the drill officially kicked off Tuesday and will continue until Friday, Egyptian military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement.

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Libyan army says to sign deal to unify military establishment

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s eastern-based army spokesman Ahmad Mismari said Wednesday that an agreement will be signed soon to unify the military establishment in Libya under Egyptian auspices. “The meetings to unify the military establishment will continue tomorrow in Cairo, to complete the final consultations in particular,” Mismari said in a press conference in Benghazi, eastern Libya.

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Libyan Army holds military maneuver east of Misrata

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

The Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maitiq, attended Saturday a military exercise with live ammunition at the Military Nemwa Airbase in the district of Sadada, east of Misrata. Several officials from the Libyan Armed Forces attended the exercise including Chief of Staff of Air Force, Major General Ali Aboudia, and Brig. Gen. Abdul […]

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Two algerian soldiers killed near Tunisian border by explosion

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Two Algerian soldiers were killed and one was wounded on Monday following the explosion of a roadside bomb not far from the Tunisian border, reported local media. Citing local security sources, TSA news website reported that two soldiers were killed in the locality of Cherchar, within the province of Khenchla.

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Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaign

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt said on Monday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group. Four “extremists” were also killed, the military said in a statement. It was the first military death toll announced since the army started its campaign on February […]

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US says airstrike in Somalia kills 4 members of al-Shabaab

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabaab extremist group. A statement on Friday from the US Africa Command says the strike was carried out on Thursday about 50km northwest of the port city of Kismayo. The statement says no civilians were killed.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 19, 2018 Comments Off

ISIS-Affiliated Nasher News Announces New ISIS Internet Radio Domain On February 13, 2018, the Telegram channels of the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Nasher News published a link to the new domain of the ISIS Internet radio station Al-Bayan. Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Circulates Russian ISIS ‎Android App On January 24, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 19, 2018 Comments Off

In Part Eight Of His Message To Egyptians, Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahiri Urges Them To Use Weapons To ‘Eradicate’ Regime, End Agreements With Israel, U.S., And Establish Islamic State On February 14, 2018, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released Part Eight of the audio series “Message Of Hope And Glad Tidings To Our People In […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 19, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: German Jihadi On Telegram Claims To Be Fighting In New Al-Qaeda Group In Syria – Jund Al-Shariah On February 1, 2018, a newly created Telegram channel began operating. The few posts on the channel indicate that the group behind the channel is part of Al-Qaeda, and that they wish to use this newly created […]

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Iranian Navy to arm vessels with point-defense system

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Rear Admiral Ali Kaviani, a Navy commander, said the system has passed all tests on the ground and in the sea, and will be installed on the vessels by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20).

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In letter to American people, Taliban claims it seeks end to war

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

In an open letter to the “American people,” the Taliban militant group has claimed it is willing to enter into “peaceful dialog” to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. According to copies of the nearly 3,000-word letter, released by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in several languages on Wednesday, the group called on the American people […]

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Jordan, US sign strategic partnership MoU

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, and his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the strategic partnership between the two friendly countries. According to the agreement, the United States will provide at least $1 billion and 275 million annually to the Kingdom for a period of five […]

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King departs for working visit to Moscow

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday, left for a working visit to Moscow during which he will hold a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, the King will discuss with the Russian president relations between Jordan and Russia as well as the latest regional and international developments.

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Military Adviser for UN Peacekeeping Operation Visits Morocco

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, Military Adviser for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, is currently on a working visit in Morocco where the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of national defense administration, Abdeltif Loudyi, received him following royal instructions.

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Abdrakhmanov: Astana process guarantor states’ foreign ministers could convene next month

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that a meeting of the Russian, Iranian, and Turkish foreign ministers could be held next month, followed by the next round of Astana meetings on Syria.

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UNHCR urges support for Jordan to shoulder refugee crisis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, called on the international community to provide Jordan with the necessary funding to enable it to play its role in serving Syrian refugees.

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King visits air force command

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, on Monday visited the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) Command, where he was received by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. General Mahmoud Freihat and the RJAF commander.

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Meeting of International Coalition against Daesh kicks off in Kuwait

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Comments Off

The ministerial meeting of the US-led International Coalition against Daesh on Tuesday kicked off in Kuwait with the participation of representatives from 74 countries and international organizations, including Jordan. The Jordanian delegation is headed by Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi.

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