Archive for April, 2019

Al Qaeda linked Kashmiri terror chief denounces Pakistan, calls for renewed jihad

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Al Qaeda linked Kashmiri terror chief denounces Pakistan, calls for renewed jihad

Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an al Qaeda linked terror outfit operating in the Kashmir region, released an audio message last week featuring its chief and former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Zakir Musa. Musa uses the message to paint a picture for the future of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s jihad in the Kashmir–a jihad without ties to Pakistani guidance, with fighters […]

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Taliban going for the win in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban going for the win in Afghanistan

‘AL-FATH’ MEANS ‘VICTORY’: The peace talks with the United States may have only emboldened the Taliban to believe it can cut a deal to end the 18-year war that leaves it in a position to control the country and dismiss the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.

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US to ask Syrian Kurds to let Turkish forces through the door

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on US to ask Syrian Kurds to let Turkish forces through the door

The United States is pressing its Kurdish allies in Syria to ease their resistance to allowing Turkish forces to deploy on their side of the Turkish-Syrian border, well-informed sources told Al-Monitor. The Turkish forces would be a part of the proposed safe zone in northeastern Syria.

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Interior Ministry apprehends ISIS terrorist in Tripoli

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Interior Ministry apprehends ISIS terrorist in Tripoli

The Libyan Interior Ministry of the Presidential Council said Monday it had arrested an ISIS terrorist in Tajoura, Tripoli, saying he is the second to be apprehended in ten days.

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Following Iraqi Shiite Militias, Hezbollah Shows Up In Iran ‘For Flood Relief’

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Following Iraqi Shiite Militias, Hezbollah Shows Up In Iran ‘For Flood Relief’

The representative of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Iran says a significant number of young Lebanese are currently in Iran, helping relief operations for the flood-stricken people.

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Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Turkey “expects” the Trump administration to grant it waivers from the US related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defences, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

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Iran’s parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Iran’s lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

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Sudan’s President and Chairman of Muslim Brotherhood-Linked National Congress Party Ousted by Military

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Sudan’s President and Chairman of Muslim Brotherhood-Linked National Congress Party Ousted by Military

The National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan is the successor organization to the Brotherhood-affiliated National Islamic Front (NIF). Long steeped in controversy, the NCP and its precursors have associated themselves with such notorious terrorists as Osama bin Laden and a variety of extremist groups including al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Although formally registered as a political […]

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Soleimani: Mastermind of Iran’s Mideast Expansion

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Soleimani: Mastermind of Iran’s Mideast Expansion

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week described a powerful Iranian military commander as a “terrorist,” while discussing options the U.S. government could have to further punish Iran for its destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

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ISIS brands global attacks as ‘Vengeance for Sham’

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS brands global attacks as ‘Vengeance for Sham’

On April 8, Islamic State started what it called “the Campaign of Vengeance for the blessed al-Sham Province,” claiming attacks by its affiliates around the world under this banner.

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James M. Dorsey – Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on James M. Dorsey – Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

Addressing last year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, then US defense secretary Jim Mattis dismissed fears first voiced in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of America’s greatest 20th century strategists who advised US presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, that long-term US interests would be most threatened by a “grand coalition” of China and Russia […]

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China builds world’s first armed amphibious drone boat that can lead land assault

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on China builds world’s first armed amphibious drone boat that can lead land assault

China has built the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.

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Libya’s UN-backed govt. says downed Haftar warplane

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Libya’s UN-backed govt. says downed Haftar warplane

Libya’s UN-backed government says its military has shot down a fighter jet belonging to the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), led by strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for the control of the capital Tripoli.

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Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at discussing negotiations with the Taliban.

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Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader of IS in Somalia

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader of IS in Somalia

The deputy leader of the Islamic State group in Somalia has been killed in an airstrike, a Somali regional minister told VOA.

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France reports major security operation in central Mali

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on France reports major security operation in central Mali

France reported yesterday that its forces completed a nearly three-week long security operation in central Mali’s Gourma region alongside the Malian military. The campaign targeted constituent groups of al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) and reportedly left at least 30 jihadists dead.

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Bibi again, but “uneasy lies the head …”

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Bibi again, but “uneasy lies the head …”

Benjamin Netanyahu — “Bibi” to both friends and enemies — will undoubtedly succeed himself as Israel’s prime minister after his recent electoral success and, in July, surpass David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. But, unlike most genuinely successful leaders of democracies, his first priority will have to be avoiding indictment for corruption and going […]

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Iraqi Troops Destroy ISIS Media Center in Hamreen

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi Troops Destroy ISIS Media Center in Hamreen

Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism force targeted ISIS holdouts Thursday in the northern region of Hamreen, including a media center, more than a year after the country declared ISIS vanquished, Agence France Presse reported.

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How Trump’s terrorist designation of Iran’s revolutionary guard impacts its economy

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on How Trump’s terrorist designation of Iran’s revolutionary guard impacts its economy

The President Donald Trump administration announced its plan this week to officially designate Iran’s military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), effective April 15.

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L’Irak propose de juger les étrangers de Daesh contre 1,8 milliard d’euros

Monday, April 15, 2019 Comments Off on L’Irak propose de juger les étrangers de Daesh contre 1,8 milliard d’euros

L’Irak a proposé aux pays membres de la coalition internationale antijihadistes de juger leurs ressortissants soupçonnés d’avoir rejoint le groupe État islamique (EI), en échange d’au moins deux milliards de dollars.

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Morocco busts terror cell led by former fighter in Iraq, Syria

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Morocco busts terror cell led by former fighter in Iraq, Syria

The Moroccan Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the busting of terror cell made up of four suspects and led by a former fighter in Syria and Iraq.

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Could Libya be Russia’s new Syria?

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Could Libya be Russia’s new Syria?

The rumors that Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has Kremlin support are as consistent as his advance on the country’s capital. In Syria, Russia has flexed its military muscles — but it isn’t showing its cards on Libya yet.

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Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Lebanon’s Hezbollah raised the prospect of retaliation by Iran and its allies over U.S. sanctions, saying on Wednesday that all options were on the table were Washington to take steps that “threaten our nation”.

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U.S. Ready to Take on Russia, China, Iran and Other ‘Foreign Powers’ in Venezuela, John Bolton Says

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Ready to Take on Russia, China, Iran and Other ‘Foreign Powers’ in Venezuela, John Bolton Says

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton has warned nations seen as obstacles to U.S. plans for Latin America that they must leave Venezuela and stop defending the socialist government opposed by the Trump administration.

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Erdogan: Russian S-400 Delivery May Be Brought Forward

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan: Russian S-400 Delivery May Be Brought Forward

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Russian air-defense missile systems could be delivered earlier than initially planned, standing by a purchase that has put the NATO member at odds with Washington.

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Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

Iran’s leaders have responded angrily to US President Donald Trump’s designation of its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: The Supreme Leader’s Military-Industrial Complex

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: The Supreme Leader’s Military-Industrial Complex

President Trump’s declaration that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization is the first time the United States government has designated a part of another country’s military as that type of threat. In doing so, Mr. Trump took broad aim at a pillar of the Iranian state, which exerts enormous influence in […]

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Will al-Qaeda capitalize on IS losses at Iraqi-Syrian border?

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Will al-Qaeda capitalize on IS losses at Iraqi-Syrian border?

The Islamic State (IS) might have lost all its territory in Iraq and Syria, but its ideology has not been defeated. Al-Qaeda may be able to exploit this situation and stage a comeback, taking advantage of its local roots along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

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US, Britain, Norway Demand ‘Political Transition’ Plan in Sudan

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on US, Britain, Norway Demand ‘Political Transition’ Plan in Sudan

The U.S., Britain and Norway demanded Tuesday that Sudanese authorities deliver a “credible plan for political transition” as deadly demonstrations seeking the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir continued for a fourth day.

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Iran Labels US as Real Leader of World Terrorism

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Labels US as Real Leader of World Terrorism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced the United States Tuesday as the actual “head of global terrorism,” one day after the U.S. designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.

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Japan – Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Japan – Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to fifty-six (56) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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Hezbollah ally says US sanctions would be ‘crazy’

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah ally says US sanctions would be ‘crazy’

Any US plan to sanction allies of Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri over his longstanding ties with Hezbollah and Iran would backfire, sources close to the veteran politician have said, reacting to The National’s report that Washington was considering such a move.

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A U.S. Fighter Jet or a Russian Missile System. Not Both.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on A U.S. Fighter Jet or a Russian Missile System. Not Both.

By the end of the year, Turkey will have either F-35 advanced fighter aircraft on its soil or a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. It will not have both.

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US to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on US to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization

The US State Department announced today that it intends to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

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Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, warning that Washington is plotting to remove the Iraqi government.

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