Archive for October, 2018

US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

The US military in Afghanistan has halted most face-to-face contacts with the Afghan security forces and has temporarily withdrawn troops from Afghan security facilities after recent “insider” shootings, US media reported on Thursday.

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Iraqi troops say ready to face Islamic State dangers on borders with Syria

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command has indicated readiness to face dangers of Islamic State on the borders with Syria. In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, the spokesperson for the command, said, “The Iraqi-Syrian borders are protected by the joint troops of army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) as well as the border guards.

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Boko Haram jihadists attack military base in NE Nigeria

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Boko Haram jihadists launched a large assault on a military base in Nigeria’s remote northeast region and killed one soldier, defence officials said Sunday. The attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning, said Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola. “BHTs (Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 […]

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Libya’s south falls prey to foreign armed groups

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity. “Kidnapping, theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia, commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in the Oubari area […]

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Nigerian group says troops shot, killed 27 Shiite Muslims

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Nigeria’s main Shiite Muslim movement says Nigerian troops shot and killed at least 27 of its members during a procession to the capital of Abuja. Islamic Movement of Nigeria spokesperson Ibrahim Musa said six people were killed on Saturday and another 21 on Monday.

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The ‘Saudi Affair’ in Istanbul Unveils Sunni vs Sunni Rivalry

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

 Turkey, pursuing its own Islamist agenda and trying to rival Saudi influence in the Sunni world, is just too happy to have discredited the Wahhabi royals.  Turkey’s message to the Western world was: See the difference between our peaceful Islamism and rogue-state Islamism? Stop discrediting us for our democratic deficit — also, presumably, […]

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Palestinian ‘Support’ for Saudi Arabia

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

 As Mahmoud Abbas was busy praising the Saudis for their “fairness, values and principles,” the London-based Action Group for Palestinians of Syria issued a statement in which it accused the Saudi authorities of preventing Palestinian refugees from entering the kingdom.  Many Arabs and Muslims can hardly afford to alienate a country as rich […]

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US cancels visas of Khashoggi killers, slams cover-up

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

The United States said Tuesday it was revoking visas of Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Donald Trump ridiculed the kingdom’s response as “one of the worst cover-ups” in history.

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EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

A new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of U.S. sanctions hit, but it will not be operational until early next year, three diplomats said.The mechanism, a so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV), is designed to circumvent the sanctions, under which […]

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Khashoggi: Erdogan promet la «vérité», Riyad assure ignorer où est le corps

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

La Turquie va révéler “toute la vérité” sur le meurtre du journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi à Istanbul, a promis dimanche son président Recep Tayyip Erdogan. De son côté, Ryad a assuré ignorer le “détail” des circonstances de sa mort, comme l’endroit où se trouve son corps.

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Saudi Arabia finally admits Khashoggi died in consulate

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia on Saturday, finally admitted that journalist, Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and that it fired two senior officials over his death.

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Foreigners dump Saudi stocks

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday – one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Malhama Tactical – A Jihadi Private Military Contractor Operating In Syria, Comprising Former Russian Soldiers – Trains Fighters From Al-Qaeda Affiliated HTS, TIP, Fundraises Using Bitcoin And Selling Merchandise Online, Is Active On Social Media The jihadi private military contractor Malhama Tactical (MT), which operates in Syria, has worked with Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (formerly […]

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UK: Anjem Choudary Released from Prison

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

 “I believe we are underestimating the potency and danger of the radicalizers who don’t carry knives, guns and overtly plot terrorist attacks but who pollute the minds of young Muslim men.” — Richard Walton, former head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command.  “I asked the guy who spoke to him if the de-radicalization program […]

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Saudi Arabia: Challenges for “Vision 2030″

Friday, October 19, 2018 Comments Off

 To execute the IPO of Saudi Aramco in a successful and timely way, the Saudi government needs to deal appropriately with definite issues.  These include claims that Saudi Aramco has been overvalued by Saudis; “concerns about minority shareholder rights, the transparency of oil reserves,” and “how the Saudi government will balance national interests […]

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What Multiculturalism Hides

Friday, October 19, 2018 Comments Off

 The policy of multiculturalism, which emphasizes the benefits of cultural diversity for society and the state, is an example of the exploitation of others based on a fantasy of virtue. Those at whom the sweet talk of multiculturalism is aimed, can see that it has done nothing to improve their lot, and are now […]

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Affaire Khashoggi: le ministre français de l’Économie annule son déplacement à Riyad

Friday, October 19, 2018 Comments Off

Le ministre français de l’Économie, Bruno Le Maire, a annoncé le 18 octobre qu’il ne se rendrait pas à Riyad, où il devait assister au sommet économique prévu du 23 au 25 octobre, en raison de la disparition du journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi.

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Middle east events and news

Friday, October 19, 2018 Comments Off

• Columnist ‘Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari, An Unconventional Voice In The Qatari Press: Defeating Terror Requires Not Only Military Action But A Comprehensive Ideological, Cultural, Educational And Religious Campaign • Detained ISIS Commander Abu Abd Al-Haq Al-Iraqi: Disputes Among ISIS Leaders, Unqualified Field Commanders, And Abuse Of Local Population Led To ISIS Defeat (by memri org).

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Rebuilding Syria: The Responsibility Principle

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Comments Off

 One is amazed by the audacity wherewith those foreign interveners who have caused the most destruction in Syria call upon the rest of the world to foot the bill for rebuilding what they themselves have demolished. So the First Clause of the Responsibility Principle is that those foreign countries which intervened in Syria to […]

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Middle east events and news

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Pakistani Cleric Samiul Haq: America Is Backing ISIS In Afghanistan; ‘Only Solution To The Problem Is An American Exit [From Afghanistan]‘ Maulana Samiul Haq, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) party in Pakistan, has offered to mediate peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, according to an Urdu daily. Haq is also the chairman of […]

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Middle east events and news

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi ‘Charity’ Group On Telegram Fundraises For Mujahideen And Foreign Fighters In Syria – Including Australians, Swedes, Other Europeans – And For Purchasing Drones And Other Equipment, Via Telegram And WhatsApp And Using Bitcoin Address A jihadi “charity organization” maintains a Telegram channel that it uses primarily for raising funds for the mujahideen in […]

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Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off

An Italian appeal court has rejected a lawsuit by the U.S. that called for the seizure of $5 billion worth of Iranian assets in Italy, in a second win for Tehran in its legal battle against the U.S. this month, IFP news reported.

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Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, said on Tuesday the U.S. unilateralism is a “serious threat” to the world and suggested that a “swift” and “robust” reaction is needed by the international community to counter this policy.

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New York City’s Islamist Grant

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

 Alarmingly, three of New York City’s grant recipients are linked to Islamic extremism — the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).  It seems that ICNA, in particular, plans to use the money not for civic improvement but for religious proselytizing. […]

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How Iran Plans to Take Gaza

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

 The situation in the Gaza Strip is unlikely to witness any positive changes. Even if Hamas were to be removed from power, the Palestinians would continue to suffer under other radical groups such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).  Even if Hamas were to wake up tomorrow morning and have an about-face, striking a […]

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Germany Seeks Skilled Migrants

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

 The new immigration law is a tacit admission that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy, which has allowed into Germany more than a million mostly unskilled migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has failed to resolve the country’s most pressing demographic challenges and labor shortages.  “We are creating the framework for […]

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Middle east events and news

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

Al-Qaeda-Affiliated ‘Group For Supporting Islam And ‎Muslims’ (GSIM) Video Shows Fighters Vowing To Continue Fighting Against France And Its ‘Tails’ On September 30, 2018, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group For Supporting Islam And Muslims, released a video featuring fighters accusing France of waging war on Islam to prevent the implementation of shari’a […]

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Middle east events and news

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Strategy Document Lays Out Group’s Rules On Targets, Spies, Captives, Loot, And Other Subjects The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (“Movement of the Pakistani Taliban,” TTP) has released a strategy document written in September 2018. The 13-page Urdu-language document was published on the website of the TTP and has an introduction and nine chapters. […]

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France Raids, Freezes Assets Of Pro-Iran Pro-Hizbullah Zahra Center In Northern France; MEMRI Drew Attention To Center Beginning In 2010

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Comments Off

On October 2, 2018, French police raided the pro-Iran pro-Hizbullah Centre Zahra France located in a suburb of the port city of Dunkerque. The center’s assets were frozen by Paris; also frozen were the assets of Iranian Intelligence Ministry’s Directorate of Internal Security, Iranian Deputy Intelligence Minister in charge of operations Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, and […]

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s International Juggling Circus

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chinese President Xi Jinping are discussing more trade — and in their local currencies, rebuffing the dollar.  As of now, Turkey sees the United States as an ungrateful ally and Russia is Turkey’s new love affair. For Erdoğan, it is still “Russia time.”  Germany needs Turkey’s […]

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Barham Salih elected new president of Iraq

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off

Iraq’s parliament elected a veteran politician as the country’s new president on Tuesday, a step toward forming a new government nearly five months after national elections.

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UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nation’s top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on “humanitarian” goods to Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Daily Start reported.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

EU: Politicizing the Internet

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

 Even before such EU-wide legislation, similar ostensible “anti-terror legislation” in France, for example, is being used as a political tool against political opponents and to limit unwanted free speech.  In France, simply spreading information about ISIS atrocities is now considered “incitement to terrorism”. It is this kind of legislation, it seems, that the […]

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Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Serica Energy said on Monday that the US Treasury had given temporary approval for certain US businesses to work on a British North Sea oil and gas field owned in part by Iran, which is targeted by US sanctions.

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‘Putin’s India visit will test Modi’s idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ for India’

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Russian President Vladmir Putin will be visiting India next week (October 4-5) to attend the 19th India-Russia summit with focus on advancing bilateral ties between the two countries. New Delhi is hoping to build on the momentum of the successful summit held in Sochi in May this year and follow up on the ambitious defence […]

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