Archive for February, 2018

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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Moscow, Tehran in talks to use national currencies: Russian ambassador

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Comments Off

The Russian Ambassador to Tehran has said that Russia hopes to achieve progress in talks with Iran on using national currencies in settlements in 2018.

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Syria rejects UN-led committee to alter constitution

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Comments Off

Syria’s government rejected efforts led by the United Nations to form a committee to rewrite Syria’s constitution, the main result of a peace congress among Syrian groups in Russia last month.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 12, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Al-Nujaba: If The U.S. Doesn’t Withdraw From Iraq, We Will Respond With Guns Abu Wareth Al-Musawi, spokesman for the Iraqi Al-Nujaba movement [Harakat Hezbollah Al-Nujaba], threatened that if the Americans don’t withdraw from Iraq, it will oppose them with arms. EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Dutch Language Media Group Encourages Terror In The West Since January 2018, […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 12, 2018 Comments Off

Article On Bitcoin In Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine ‘Al-Haqiqa’: ‘We See Lots of Potential For The Use Of Cryptocurrencies For Our Purposes, But We Also See A Lot Of Obstacles’ On February 1, 2018, the third issue of Al-Haqiqa, a pro-Al-Qaeda English language magazine, was published on a new official Al-Haqiqa Telegram channel. An article titled “TechTalk: […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 12, 2018 Comments Off

Afghan Taliban Statement Favors Peace Talks, States: ‘Islamic Emirate Does Not Consider War As The Only Solution’ The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization which is considered by Afghan affairs experts to be working on behalf of Pakistan) has issued a statement that underlines the need for peace talks – a Pakistani dual position […]

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Middle east events and news

Monday, February 12, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Gazan Salafi Group Jaish Al-Ummah Calls on Palestinians In The West Bank and Israel To Attack Jews In Their Cities – Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, and Everywhere Else The media arm of the Gaza-based Salafi group Jaish Al-Ummah released an audio message on January 25, 2018, with the title, “Message to Our People in […]

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Moldova to join Platinum Eagle maneuvers in Romania

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The Moldovan Defense Ministry says its troops will participate in military exercises in Romania along with troops from the United States, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the host country. The announcement on February 9 said some 60 service members and 12 vehicles from Moldova will join the Platinum Eagle exercises on February 12-16 in Romania’s Babadag […]

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UN considers 30-day ceasefire in Syria

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, according to the text seen by AFP on Friday. Sweden and Kuwait presented the measure that would also demand an immediate end to sieges, including in Eastern Ghouta where a bombing campaign […]

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Iraq sends army to Basra to restore security

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The Iraqi government yesterday sent hundreds of its troops, backed by armoured vehicles and tank, to the country’s southern province of Basra to restore security and law following an increase in tribal conflicts in the region.

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Iraqi forces repulse IS attack against border with Syria

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The pro-government paramilitary troops have repulsed an Islamic State attack launched against the border between Iraq and Syria, the media service announced. In a statement on Friday, the service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 29th brigade foiled, in the evening, an attack by IS members against Tal Sufuk region, on […]

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Algeria calls on Tunisia to strengthen cooperation on security threats

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday called on his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries to meet security challenges targeting the region. “Our region is going through delicate stage in the midst of difficult challenges and critical security-related threats to our security and stability, which requires us today, […]

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Algeria army arrests 5 terrorist suspects

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

Algerian army forces on Wednesday arrested five individuals charged of providing support to terrorist groups in the province of Bouira, 120 km eastern Algiers, Defense Ministry said on Thursday. “As part of the fight against terrorism and thanks to efficient use of intelligence, army troops arrested five individuals suspected of providing support terrorist groups in […]

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EU calls on Cameroon security forces to use ‘proportional force’

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union has called on Cameroon to ensure its security forces use “proportional force” in the country’s restive English-speaking west. “Resorting to violence cannot be a means of achieving political ends,” said EU foreign affairs spokesperson Catherine Ray in a statement on Wednesday. “It remains crucial for the security forces to be proportionate in […]

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Egypt announces launch of major security operation in north Sinai

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt on Friday announced a major security operation involving the military and police forces in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. The operation, announced in a televised statement by army spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifaai, began early Friday and […]

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THE GAZA STRIP: FROM “SINGAPORE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN” TO A PALESTINIAN STATE?

Monday, February 5, 2018 Comments Off

The recent developments that brought to the attention the Palestinian question[1] also made the analysts consider the geopolitical shifts and the new issues confronting the Gaza Strip, the small parcel of land near the Mediterranean that has increasing chances of becoming, if not the “Singapore of the Mediterranean”[2], the core of a new Palestinian State. […]

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President Rouhani to visit India in February

Friday, February 2, 2018 Comments Off

Rouhani’s visit is scheduled to take place after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from another trip to West Asia, including Palestine, the UAE and Oman. India and Iran have started development of Chahbahar port, giving Afghanistan a route to the sea bypassing Pakistan. On Dec. 25, Rouhani signed into force the Chabahr international transport and […]

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Tehran, Beijing hold sideline Syria talks in Sochi

Friday, February 2, 2018 Comments Off

In the meeting, held on the sidelines of the Syria peace congress, Iranian foreign minister’s special assistant for political affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and China’s special envoy to Syria Xie Xiaoyuan reviewed the most recent developments in Syria and explored ways to establish peace in the country, according to ILNA.

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Tehran has plans for US’ quitting Iran deal: parliament spokesman

Friday, February 2, 2018 Comments Off

Iran has a scenario for the US’ quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), said the spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission…The Iranian lawmaker also said that Trump should know that Iran will not make the same mistake it made before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Russian experts to visit Fordow enrichment facility: Iranian official

Friday, February 2, 2018 Comments Off

An Iranian nuclear official says a team of Russian specialists will visit the Fordow enrichment facility on Sunday as part of a project on stable isotopes. Behrouz Kamalvandi, who is the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Thursday that Tehran and Moscow reached a deal on stable isotopes about a […]

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US condemns Benghazi attacks

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom have condemned in the strongest terms Benghazi twin car bomb explosions, describing them as “horrific terrorist attacks.” In a joint statement by their ambassadors and chargés d’affaires on Thursday, the four countries said they will continue their efforts with their international partners to combat “terrorism” in Libya, […]

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Libya air force strikes terrorist stronghold in eastern city

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan eastern-based army air force on Saturday attacked terrorist sites in the eastern city of Derna. “The air force targeted sites and observatories of terrorist groups in Bukhtal farms in southern Derna.” Media office of the Libyan army’s Omar al-Mukhtar unit said in a statement.

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US renews support for peace in Sudan

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, on Tuesday has stressed his country’s support for peace efforts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The U.S. diplomat discussed with Sudan’s Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid ways to enhance peace and stability in the country ahead of a new round of the Two Areas talks […]

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Algeria rules out to get involved in military conflicts beyond its border

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria will never send troops to neighboring countries such as Libya and Mali to help fight terrorism, Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Monday. “Algeria will never get involved in military conflicts beyond its border, and everyone knows this,” Messahel told the Algerian Channel III radio.

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French President visits Tunisia

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has made numerous trips to Africa, is in Tunisia for two days to further boost the close partnership between France and the North African country, a budding democracy struggling economically while contending with Islamic extremists. It is Macron’s first state visit — the highest-level trip — since taking office last […]

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Algeria army kills Al-Qaeda propagandist

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Comments Off

The Algerian army has killed a senior official of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in the northeast of the country, officials said on Wednesday. Adel Seghiri – also known as Abu Ruwaha al-Qasantini – was among those running the group’s Al-Andalus media wing responsible for putting out videos and statements.

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