Archive for May, 2019

Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria’s Aleppo international airport, local media reported.

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Hezbollah paying the price of Iranian obstinance

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah paying the price of Iranian obstinance

Analysis: U.S. sanctions on Iran are taking toll on its Lebanon-based proxy: fighters’ salaries are sliced, assets sold off and even prized Al-Manar TV station is laying off staff; meanwhile, the group itself has not escaped American scrutiny

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WHAT IS U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on WHAT IS U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

The only consistency in the Trump administration’s Middle East policy has been to support autocratic regimes and strongmen, as it has in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The Trump administration’s top national security officials met with Congress multiple times in May to discuss how the President interprets the threat posed by Iran. U.S. policy on Syria […]

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Israel Fires Missile on Syrian Military Site

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Fires Missile on Syrian Military Site

An Israeli airstrike on a Syrian anti-aircraft position near the Golan Heights Monday killed one soldier and wounded three, Syria said. Israel called the rocket strike on Tal al-Shaar retaliation for a Syrian missile fired at an Israeli military jet it said was a routine flight.

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Surge in US military presence in Mideast creates new risks: Russia FM

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Surge in US military presence in Mideast creates new risks: Russia FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that any increase in the US military presence in the Middle East would result in new risks. “As for [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to send 1,500 troops in addition to those deployed in the Middle East and North Africa region, well, you know, always when the military […]

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Japan Agrees to Buy 105 US F-35 Fighter Jets – Trump

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Agrees to Buy 105 US F-35 Fighter Jets – Trump

US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are currently paying a four-day state visit to Japan. Donald Trump announced on Monday that Japan plans to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes; this would make it home to the largest F35 fleet of any US ally.

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Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington.

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Iraqi intelligence arrest senior Islamic State leader in Anbar

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence arrest senior Islamic State leader in Anbar

Iraqi military intelligence services arrested on Wednesday a senior Islamic State leader in the western province of Anbar. The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in a statement, said that its troops “arrested Abu Anas al-Samarei, the military adviser of an Islamic State commander, who was responsible for collecting weapons from citizens, who serve in the Iraqi […]

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Syria group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda legacy

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Syria group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda legacy

Who are Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful group in the last province held by rebels in Syria? The ongoing government offensive against the last rebel-held areas in northern Syria has once again put the spotlight on the jihadist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the dominant faction in Idlib Province.

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Al Qaeda’s Resurgence In Syria: A New Caliphate? – Analysis

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Al Qaeda’s Resurgence In Syria: A New Caliphate? – Analysis

Even as the so-called Islamic State (IS) embarks on a new phase of global expansion, as evidenced by the recent Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, its jihadist rival Al Qaeda is enjoying a resurgence in the Syrian conflict theatre.

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Indian forces kill leader of al Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir: police

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Indian forces kill leader of al Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir: police

Indian forces have killed the leader of an al Qaeda affiliated militant group in Kashmir, police said on Friday, triggering protests in parts of the disputed region.

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Islamic State group emerges as a political force in western Africa

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State group emerges as a political force in western Africa

Islamic State militants in West Africa are gaining the upper hand, carving out a “proto-state” in northern Nigeria where government forces have been overwhelmed by attacks, U.S. military officials and security analysts say.

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Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

According to a second source, Iran and Syria already signed a protocol for the training of naval forces in Syria. Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located.

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Gaza’s Islamic Jihad re-emerges, looking to Iran

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Gaza’s Islamic Jihad re-emerges, looking to Iran

As Hamas fails to improve the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, despite negotiations with Netanyahu, a forgotten jihadist group seeks financial backing

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Assad’s forces battle jihadists for key terrain in Latakia

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Assad’s forces battle jihadists for key terrain in Latakia

For more than a week, forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad have attempted to capture Kabani, a key location in the coastal Latakia province. Assad’s men have met stiff resistance from jihadists in the area, including groups linked to al Qaeda.

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Hizballah operative convicted of terror charges after surveilling targets in New York City

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Hizballah operative convicted of terror charges after surveilling targets in New York City

On May 16, a jury in Manhattan found Ali Kourani guilty of committing various crimes on behalf of Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO), which plans terrorist operations around the world. The Department of Justice announced the jury’s verdict the following day.

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Smaller Pro-EU Parties Surge in European Elections; Centrists Lose Seats

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Smaller Pro-EU Parties Surge in European Elections; Centrists Lose Seats

Smaller European parties saw a surge of support in continent-wide elections for the European Parliament in what politicians and analysts agree will likely be seen as the most consequential since 1979, when European Union voters first began casting ballots for the bloc’s legislature.

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Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council

The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.

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Russia to Retaliate if US Deploys Radar Facility in Norway’s Vardo – FM

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Russia to Retaliate if US Deploys Radar Facility in Norway’s Vardo – FM

The town of Vardo in the Norwegian Arctic near the Russian border is home to a US surveillance radar station dubbed Globus II.

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Taiwan launches construction of missile corvettes, mine-laying ships

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Taiwan launches construction of missile corvettes, mine-laying ships

The construction of three Tuo Jiang-class missile corvettes and four rapid mine-laying ships began Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced during a ceremony at a wharf in the northeastern county of Yilan.

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Emergency Notification of Arms Sales to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Emergency Notification of Arms Sales to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia

Today, I made a determination pursuant to section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act and directed the Department to complete immediately the formal notification of 22 pending arms transfers to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia totaling approximately $8.1 billion to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity. These sales will […]

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Finland: Will the Social Democrats Retain a Pro-Iran Anti-Semitic MP in Its Ranks?

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Finland: Will the Social Democrats Retain a Pro-Iran Anti-Semitic MP in Its Ranks?

A few days after the Finnish elections, Hussein Al-Taee, the son of the governor of Najaf in Iraq and a pro-Iranian regime advocate, was exposed for having spent eight years posting anti-Semitic, anti-American and homophobic comments on Facebook… For four of these years, Al-Taee served as an adviser on Middle Eastern affairs to the Crisis […]

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Mali: Gestion de la crise malienne : Le Peuple malien peut-il assurer sa révolte contre la France ? Seydou Diarra Gestion de la crise malienne : Le Peuple malien peut-il assurer sa révolte contre la France ?

Monday, May 27, 2019 Comments Off on Mali: Gestion de la crise malienne : Le Peuple malien peut-il assurer sa révolte contre la France ? Seydou Diarra Gestion de la crise malienne : Le Peuple malien peut-il assurer sa révolte contre la France ?

Le Mali est un pays souverain et indépendant grâce aux pères fondateurs de la République à savoir l’ancien président Modibo Keïta le père de l’indépendance, les détenteurs des médailles d’or de l’indépendance, le député Mamadou Konaté père de la nation malienne et tous ces anciens militaires qui ont créé l’armée malienne en 1961.

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India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

The 2.5-ton air-launched version of the BrahMos (BrahMos-A) missile, named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River, has an operational range of around 300 km. It can be dropped from 500 to 14,000 metres.

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US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US Tells Syrian Kurds Only Future Is Part of Peaceful Syrian State

The United States is reminding its Syrian Kurdish allies not to get overly ambitious while at the same time trying to allay concerns Washington will abandon them to Turkey or a possibly resurgent Islamic State terror group.

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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks.

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Russia holds Baltic drills amid rising tensions with NATO

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Russia holds Baltic drills amid rising tensions with NATO

Russian troops serving in the Baltic fleet in Kaliningrad have staged military drills as the strategic region is becoming an increasingly contested space between Russia and NATO.

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Erdogan Insists Russian Missile Deal Will Go Through, Plans Additional Work With Moscow

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan Insists Russian Missile Deal Will Go Through, Plans Additional Work With Moscow

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again insisted he will go through with the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia and will also cooperate with Moscow on producing S-500 systems in the future, despite U.S. pressure against the deals.

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US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Taliban and American military officials have taken to social media to accuse each other of acting against peace building efforts in conflict-torn Afghanistan.

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Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

President Donald Trump has given a strong warning to Iran, threatening its destruction if it attacks the United States or U.S. interests.

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Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Terrorist Organizations and Should be Treated as Such

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Terrorist Organizations and Should be Treated as Such

The leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) walked away from the negotiating table a long time ago and show no interest in returning. They have continually refused to do what the Trump administration has asked: stop funding terrorism. They have shown again and again that they do not want a state living peacefully alongside Israel; […]

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Qatar not invited to emergency summits in Saudi Arabia: Official

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar not invited to emergency summits in Saudi Arabia: Official

Qatar has not received an invitation to take part in two regional summits called to discuss attacks on Saudi oil assets inside the Arab kingdom and off the coasts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Qatari Foreign Ministry official says.

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Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Iran said Monday it has quadrupled its uranium enrichment capacity as the war of words between Tehran and Washington shows little sign of cooling off.

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Russian nuclear submarine “Kazan” will not be handed over to the fleet in 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Russian nuclear submarine “Kazan” will not be handed over to the fleet in 2019

The interlocutor of the agency said that a number of auxiliary units and components of the ship does not meet the requirements of the Ministry of Defense

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Hungarian PM Orban Confirms Plans to Buy US Mid-Range Missiles

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Hungarian PM Orban Confirms Plans to Buy US Mid-Range Missiles

In addition to bolstering his country’s defence capabilities with US weapons, Orban is understood to have asked Trump for assistance regarding the supply of an alternative to Russian gas.

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