Archive for May, 2019

Hezbollah blasts US over new Iran mining sanctions

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah blasts US over new Iran mining sanctions

Lebanese terror group says US ignores international law, follows ‘law of the jungle,’ amid escalating row between Washington and Tehran.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

China Launches Two New Missile Destroyers Amid US Show of Force in S China Sea

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on China Launches Two New Missile Destroyers Amid US Show of Force in S China Sea

Over the past two weeks, the US and its regional allies demonstratively sailed through the disputed maritime territory, with six vessels including two US guided missile destroyers taking part in ‘enhanced interoperatibility’ drills last week.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Pompeo to Meet With Putin, Lavrov Amid Tensions

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo to Meet With Putin, Lavrov Amid Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week, as the two countries clash over a number of issues including Venezuela, Iran, and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on two aid organizations last week, the deadliest episode in a recent surge of violence against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, is a signal to many that as peace talks falter, the insurgents are lashing out against so-called soft targets.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday of possible direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel should the stand-off between Tehran and Washington escalate.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Libye : Fayez al-Sarraj va rencontrer Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel et Giuseppe Conte

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Libye : Fayez al-Sarraj va rencontrer Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel et Giuseppe Conte

Le chef du gouvernement libyen d’union nationale (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, va entamer mardi une tournée des principales capitales européennes pour y “réunir des soutiens contre l’agression” du maréchal Khalifa Haftar, a annoncé lundi le ministère des Affaires étrangères.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Turkey kills 28 Kurdish militants in retaliation to attacks

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey kills 28 Kurdish militants in retaliation to attacks

Turkey killed 28 Kurdish militants on Saturday in retaliation to an attack which left three Turkish soldiers dead, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify

The escalation has raised fears that a truce that lasted almost eight months in Idlib will be declared over. Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have intensified their air offensive on the country’s rebel-held northwest for a fifth consecutive day in a widening campaign, killing and wounding dozens and forcing thousands to flee their […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Syrian rebels say goal of Russia’s Idlib assault is to take highways

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Syrian rebels say goal of Russia’s Idlib assault is to take highways

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its Syrian government ally were trying to wrest control of two major highways in their last enclave in the northwest of the country in a bid to shore up Syria’s sanction-hit economy.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Hezbollah Sleeper Agent Busted for Black Ops in America

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on The Hezbollah Sleeper Agent Busted for Black Ops in America

Ali Kourani allegedly helped a global terrorist network plot revenge against the U.S. from a home in the Bronx. He was undone after running a stop sign with 190 pairs of Uggs.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces

The United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to “clear indications” Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, U.S. officials said.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Bahrain’s highest court slapped 19 people with jail terms after they were convicted of maintaining links with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, as reported on Anadolu Agency.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel

A new programme aimed at improving the tracking of suspected terrorists, using state-of-the-art software, was launched by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) on Tuesday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Pompeo Visits Iraq Amid Reports of Iranian Missile Threat

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo Visits Iraq Amid Reports of Iranian Missile Threat

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unscheduled visit to Iraq, amid growing tensions with Iran after intelligence reports indicated that Iran moved short-range ballistic missiles by boat in waters off its shores.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, has unveiled its latest domestic missile by firing it at targets in the Israeli occupied territories. The resistance group released a video on Sunday which showcased the new missile, dubbed Badr 3, before cutting to footage of it being launched at positions in […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

The United States is speeding up the arrival of a naval aircraft carrier strike group to the Arabian Sea after concerns Iran may be planning an attack against American or allied targets.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Aimed at countering China and Russia’s expansion in the Arctic, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the United States will increase its military presence in the polar region.

This was posted under category: Eurasia News

Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Thousands of Afghans taking part in a rare grand assembly to discuss a possible peace deal with Taliban militants are demanding a ceasefire on both sides as a first step, officials said on Thursday.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Fighting in northwestern Syria has displaced nearly 140,000 people since February, the UN said on Wednesday, as the regime and its ally Russia have stepped up their bombardment.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released a new resource detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s established ties to more than 40 radical extremists, including terrorist groups, foreign fighters and extremism propagandists. The Brotherhood officially maintains a platform of non-violence, but has supported violent terrorism across the Middle East. The Brotherhood’s long-standing aims are to use its […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

As both a candidate and commander-in-chief, President Trump put an emphasis on ending America’s involvement in conflicts overseas, especially in Syria and Afghanistan. But the reality has been more complicated; following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate, there are fears the terror group will spread instability to other areas, including Africa. And those fears have […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

The U.S. military and NATO have stopped producing an assessment that was considered key for measuring progress against the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a report released on April 30 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The metric, which tracked district stability, was one of the “most widely cited Afghan security […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

“We need this war to end and to go back to civilian life,” says Mohammed, a 27-year-old soldier at a base in the suburbs of Tripoli. Less than a month ago, peace talks were planned and the reunification of Libya was back on the table. Now, fighters are in their fourth week of battle as […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tries New Tactic to Topple Maduro

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tries New Tactic to Topple Maduro

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president, says a staggered industrial action would start Thursday, leading to a general strike. The strike is the latest strategy in his effort to force President Nicolas Maduro out of power through a popular uprising. Two days of rallies in the streets of Caracas have led to violent clashes between Guaido’s […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Pompeo: US Prepared for Military Intervention in Venezuela

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo: US Prepared for Military Intervention in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is prepared to intervene militarily to stem the ongoing unrest in Venezuela. “Military action is possible,” the top U.S. diplomat told the Fox Business Network. “If that is what is required, that is what the United States will do.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Report: The return of ISIS fighters threatens European security

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Report: The return of ISIS fighters threatens European security

A new study explores how Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia are dealing with hundreds of returnees, and what effect this could have on the European Union

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Unraveling the Rawi Terrorist Financing Network

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Unraveling the Rawi Terrorist Financing Network

Bottom Line Up Front:

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Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban’s chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement’s chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.

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$360 Million U.S. Lawsuit Against Iran And Syria For Funding Hamas Killers In Israel

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on $360 Million U.S. Lawsuit Against Iran And Syria For Funding Hamas Killers In Israel

“When I shot the woman,” Yahya Haj Hamed told investigators, “I saw there were three or four children in the car, but I didn’t fire in their direction. We got back into our car and drove off.” Yahya, a member of a Hamas terror cell, had already “fired in the direction” of the woman’s husband, […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Iran’s foreign minister offered publicly on Wednesday to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the United States, saying he had been authorized to conduct such talks.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran

U.S. called on to boycott German cars until Hezbollah banned from Germany

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. called on to boycott German cars until Hezbollah banned from Germany

The newly formed Committee to Ban Hezbollah in Germany called on US consumers to boycott German automobiles in an advertisement in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected outlawing Hezbollah.

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ISIS’s Newest Recruiting Tool: Regional Languages

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS’s Newest Recruiting Tool: Regional Languages

When ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people, it did so, as one would expect, in Arabic and English. But it also issued statements in other languages—including Tamil.

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Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Bottom Line Up Front:

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient