Archive for January, 2019

Turkey deploys tanks at border with Syria

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

The Turkish military deployed tanks and armored vehicles to the border province of Hatay on Jan. 13, as Turkey continues its preparations for a planned military operation in the east of River Euphrates in Syria against ISIL and the YPG, which it sees as the Syrian branch of the PKK.

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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria over phone

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

In their third phone call to discuss the Syria situation and impending plans for US withdrawal, US president Donald Trump discussed with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday a framework that would protect Syrian Kurds while preserving Turkey’s security.

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Canada ends NATO deployment for 2018 in Romania

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

Canada’s Air Task Force (ATF) has completed its four-month deployment with NATO’s enhanced Air Policing in Romania, according to the Canadian Ministry of National Defense Thursday. ATF-Romania is composed of approximately 135 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and five CF-18 Hornets.

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Moldova expects support from Romania during its presidency of the Council of the EU

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip hopes that Romania within its presidency of the Council of the EU will support the European integration processes of the Eastern Partnership countries, including Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.

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Pompeo says US committed to fighting Daesh

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure Iraqi officials on Wednesday that Washington remained committed to fighting the Daesh group, as he tours regional allies troubled by US plans to withdraw from Syria. Pompeo’s unannounced visit comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump drew criticism for failing to meet a single […]

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Iraqi troops seize three Islamic State hideouts in Anbar

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

Iraqi security forces seized on Monday three hotbeds of Islamic State group during a security campaign in Anbar province, a security source said. “A security force from al-Jazeera Operations Command, backed by fighters of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, carried out a security campaign in northwestern Anbar, during

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Iraqi FM meets senior NATO official on developing bilateral relations

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed al-Hakim has reiterated his country’s keenness on maintaining relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) over the coming period. The top Iraqi diplomat made the remarks Sunday during a meeting with NATO Assistant Secretary General John Manza at the ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad, his media office said in […]

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UK Defense Secretary praises Syria’s Kurds, wants them included in peace talks

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

The United Kingdom owes its gratitude to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who should be included in a long-lasting peace effort in Syria, UK Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

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France to loan 1 billion euro to Iraq for reconstruction

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made a statement to reporters after meeting his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Hakim in Baghdad. France has agreed to loan Iraq 1 billion euros to help reconstruction of areas devastated by conflict in recent years, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday. Le Drian made a statement to reporters […]

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US officially begins withdrawal process from Syria

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off

U.S. President Donald Trump stated that the process of the withdrawal of the American military contingent from Syria has officially begun, as he reported on Twitter. “Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little

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French President Macron to visit Egypt

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Egypt “in the coming weeks,” French ambassador to Cairo Stephane Roumtier said on Tuesday. The upcoming visit is expected to boost the number of French tourists in the country, Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted Roumtier as saying.

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Iraqi troops kill senior Islamic State leader, arrest 17 others in Mosul

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Iraqi security forces killed on Sunday a senior Islamic State leader and arrested 17 others during a security campaign in Nineveh province. “Troops of the Nineveh Operations Command launched a wide-scale security campaign in Badush district, northeast of Mosul, managing to kill a senior Islamic State leader,” Major Azad Fouad told

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Mali premier pledges to curb militancy

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The Malian prime minister on Sunday announced a boost to anti-militant operations alongside a programme to disarm and reintegrate militias in the centre of the troubled country. Without specifying the amount of investment, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said defence and security forces in the region would be “strengthened,” including the development of river patrols.

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Egyptian ambassador to Algeria says Libya developments are important for region security

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Egyptian ambassador to Algeria, Iman Mishrfa considered developments in Libya very much relevant to Egypt and Algeria security. In an interview with Asharq Alawsat newspaper, he explained that

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Head of UN Support in Libya visits Algeria

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghasan Salama is visiting Algeria on Monday. Algerian Foreign Ministry said the 2 day visit was part of consultations between the UN and Algeria over the situation in Libya. Salama was expected to meet Algerian Foreign Minister Abdul Gader Msahel, the Ministry said in a statement, […]

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US warship visits Romania’s Constanta port

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Amphibious warship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) pulled into Romanian port Constanta on Monday, in the first Black Sea visit by a U.S. Navy ship since Russian forces seized a trio of Ukrainian naval vessels in the region.

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US airstrike in Somalia kills 10 al-Shabaab extremists

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 10 members of the al-Shaabab extremist group. The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Wednesday near Dheerow Sanle to “diminish al-Shabab’s freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network.”

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Egypt police ‘kill 40 militants’ in crackdown after tourist bus blast

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Egyptian police killed 40 suspects in a crackdown on Saturday after a roadside bomb hit a tour bus claiming the lives of three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide. Thirty alleged “terrorists” were killed in separate raids in Giza governorate, home to Egypt’s famed

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Iraqi forces capture Islamic State cell operating in Kirkuk

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

The Iraqi military announced that its forces arrested a cell of Islamic State (IS) militants following raids in multiple different locations in the disputed province of Kirkuk. “Field detachments of the Directorate General of Intelligence and Security, in coordination with the 1st Special Forces Regiment, Operations Department, managed to arrest a group belonging to terrorist […]

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UK hit ISIS with 10 airstrikes during Christmas period

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Comments Off

Over the Christmas period the UK attacked ISIS with ten airstrikes in south east Syria and Iraq in an effort to crush the crush the terrorist group in the slithers of territory it controls. The assaults were carried out by a mixture of fighter jets and drones.

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