Archive for October, 2019

Iraqi PM Sends Counter-Terror Force To Put Down Street Protests

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi PM Sends Counter-Terror Force To Put Down Street Protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has ordered the country’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) to help put down anti-government protests that have rocked the country over the past weeks, Western news agencies are reporting.

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US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

The U.S. chief peace negotiator for Afghanistan met leaders in Kabul Sunday after arriving in the country on an unannounced visit, his first since President Donald Trump halted talks with Taliban insurgents on ending the Afghan war.

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Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the […]

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RUSSIA AND TURKEY REACH A DEAL ON SYRIA

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on RUSSIA AND TURKEY REACH A DEAL ON SYRIA

Earlier in the week, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia, where the two leaders negotiated the contours of a post-American Syria.

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BFM TV s’en prend à Boris Johnson, «le manipulateur»

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on BFM TV s’en prend à Boris Johnson, «le manipulateur»

Le documentaire s’intitule « Boris Johnson : le manipulateur ». Alléchant. Je vais être honnête: je l’ai vraiment regardé en espérant apprendre qui était ce personnage que nous autres Français connaissons assez mal. J’en ai plus appris sur l’opinion de notre presse autorisée à son sujet, que sur l’homme lui-même. Autrement dit, j’ai compris ce […]

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British Special Forces in Syria beat a hasty retreat following the US withdrawal

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on British Special Forces in Syria beat a hasty retreat following the US withdrawal

British Special Forces in Syria have been forced to withdraw from their positions in the north of the country, following the sudden retreat of US forces.

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US forces transferring Daesh terrorists from Syria to Iraq: Report

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on US forces transferring Daesh terrorists from Syria to Iraq: Report

US military forces are transporting to safe sanctuaries hundreds of members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group from the desert region of al-Jazirah in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to neighboring Iraq, a report says.

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US Sending Troops Based in Syria to Iraq, Defense Chief Says

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on US Sending Troops Based in Syria to Iraq, Defense Chief Says

U.S. troops withdrew from their largest base in northern Syria Sunday, with defense chief Mark Esper saying all American forces leaving Syria would be deployed to western Iraq to carry out anti-terrorist operations against Islamic State.

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Senior Israeli official attends Bahrain security meeting focusing on Iran

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on Senior Israeli official attends Bahrain security meeting focusing on Iran

Israel, which regards Sunni Muslim Gulf states as natural allies against Shi’ite Muslim Iran, has formal diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, neighboring Egypt and Jordan, established in 1979 and 1994 respectively.

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Lebanese army stops Amal, Hezbollah convoy heading to Beirut protest site

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanese army stops Amal, Hezbollah convoy heading to Beirut protest site

The Lebanese army on Monday night moved in to break up a group of hundreds of men on mopeds driving through central Beirut with flags of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement chanting slogans against the mass demonstrations now in their sixth day.

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Jordan nabs ISIS cell plotting terror attacks – report

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on Jordan nabs ISIS cell plotting terror attacks – report

The suspects are accused of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks, including shooting at security patrols and kidnapping a Jordanian intelligence officer.

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12,000 ISIS Militants in 7 Prisons in Northeastern Syria

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on 12,000 ISIS Militants in 7 Prisons in Northeastern Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that about 12,000 suspected ISIS militants are being held in seven prisons in northeastern Syria.

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Islamic State targets Syria’s Qamishli with car bombing

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State targets Syria’s Qamishli with car bombing

As Turkey continues its offensive into territory controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Islamic State has exploited the chaos to strike in the heart of the Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.

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Turkish Invasion of Syria Upends Possibility of Peace in Region

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish Invasion of Syria Upends Possibility of Peace in Region

The Turkish invasion of neighboring Syria has resulted in widespread casualties, large numbers of refugees, widespread destruction and growing insecurity, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

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Russia Vows To Prevent Clashes Between Syrian, Turkish Armies

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Vows To Prevent Clashes Between Syrian, Turkish Armies

Russia says it won’t allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces as Turkey pressed its offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

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Erdoğan’s calamitous Syrian blunder has finally broken his spell over Turkey

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Erdoğan’s calamitous Syrian blunder has finally broken his spell over Turkey

The belligerent president has forgotten that his country is a democracy, not a dictatorship. It is time for him to go.

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Pentagon to stay in Islamic State fight from Iraq

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Pentagon to stay in Islamic State fight from Iraq

The Pentagon expects to fight the Islamic State from Iraq, a senior defense official said today, as American troops are set to leave northern Syria under pressure from a Turkish offensive probing deeper into the war-torn country than the Defense Department anticipated.

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Experts Say It’s Time for EU to Blacklist Iran-Tied Hizballah in Its Entirety

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Experts Say It’s Time for EU to Blacklist Iran-Tied Hizballah in Its Entirety

Both the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council have already classified the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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France, Britain try to revive fight against Islamic State; decry Turkey, U.S

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on France, Britain try to revive fight against Islamic State; decry Turkey, U.S

France and Britain on Tuesday accused Turkey and the United States of undoing five years worth of work in fighting Islamic State and scrambled to define how to react should militants escape prisons and camps in Syria.

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Pence and Pompeo to Push Erdogan for Pullback From Syria

Monday, October 21, 2019 Comments Off on Pence and Pompeo to Push Erdogan for Pullback From Syria

In meeting the Turkish leader, the vice president is expected to reiterate President Trump’s demand for a negotiated cease-fire.

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ISIS’s Turkish Homecoming

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS’s Turkish Homecoming

It is, therefore, the epitome of hypocrisy for Mr Erdogan to offer to take responsibility for the ISIS fighters being held in Kurdish-run detention camps… If that really were to happen, and the ISIS captives were repatriated to Turkey, it would, for some, be more like a homecoming.

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Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian oil tanker hit by two blasts in Red Sea

Two separate explosions, possibly caused by missile attacks, have hit an Iranian oil tanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) near the Saudi port city of Jeddah, in what Tehran calls a “dangerous adventure”.

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Residents Flee as Turkish, Kurdish Forces Battle for Border Towns

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Residents Flee as Turkish, Kurdish Forces Battle for Border Towns

NATO is urging Turkey to exercise restraint in its incursion into northeastern Syria. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged Turkey’s legitimate security concerns about the Syrian Kurdish fighters, but warned that the offensive could “jeopardize” progress made against the Islamic State terror group.

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U.S. Forces Come Under Turkish Fire As Ankara Presses On In Syria

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Forces Come Under Turkish Fire As Ankara Presses On In Syria

U.S. troops at a military outpost in northeast Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions, as Ankara’s forces pressed on with their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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U.S. Sends Additional Capabilities to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sends Additional Capabilities to Saudi Arabia

In the wake of an Iranian attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities last month, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper announced that more capabilities have been authorized to deploy in support of the long-time U.S. partner.

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Mattis: Daesh will surge back after Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Mattis: Daesh will surge back after Trump’s Syria withdrawal

Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that Daesh “will resurge” in Syria, following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of troops from the region.

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Pakistan PM Says Ready to Host Iran-Saudi Peace Talks

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM Says Ready to Host Iran-Saudi Peace Talks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks Sunday with leaders in Iran to formally begin a diplomatic offensive he said was aimed at defusing the neighboring country’s escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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Kurds Strike Deal with Syrian Army to Counter Turkey

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Kurds Strike Deal with Syrian Army to Counter Turkey

Syrian government forces will deploy along the Turkish border to help repel the Turkish military incursion against Syrian Kurds, Kurdish officials announced Sunday.

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Western threats won’t stop Turkey’s operation in Syria: Erdogan

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Western threats won’t stop Turkey’s operation in Syria: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says threats of sanctions and arms embargoes by Western powers will not halt his country’s cross-border military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria’s northeast.

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Trump Pulls out Remaining Troops from N. Syria; Warns of ‘Powerful Sanctions’ on Turkey

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Pulls out Remaining Troops from N. Syria; Warns of ‘Powerful Sanctions’ on Turkey

The U.S. is withdrawing all remaining troops from northern Syria, as President Donald Trump said Sunday it was “very smart… for a change” to not be involved in the fighting sparked by Turkey’s onslaught against the U.S.’s long-time battlefield ally, Kurdish fighters.

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Islamic State sleeper cells target Raqqa

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State sleeper cells target Raqqa

Tuesday night, two small Islamic State sleeper cells inside Syria’s Raqqa governorate, which is held by the largely Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), targeted two separate SDF positions in region.

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Turkish invasion of Syria would be ‘godsend’ for ISIS, experts warn

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkish invasion of Syria would be ‘godsend’ for ISIS, experts warn

“We have more work to do to keep ISIS from coming back,” the spokesperson for the Kurdish-led forces said. “If America leaves, all will be erased.”

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Hezbollah threatens to flood Europe with refugees

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah threatens to flood Europe with refugees

In an attempt to draw European support for Lebanon as it grapples with financial unease, Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raed threatened the bloc with the sensitive issue of Syrian refugees.

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STL Asks Lebanese Public for Info on Accused from Hezbollah

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on STL Asks Lebanese Public for Info on Accused from Hezbollah

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has invited the Lebanese public to submit any information on the whereabouts of Hezbollah member Salim Ayyash to the court through an audio-visual and audio public service announcement, and as a poster with info on the accused in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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US Criticizes Lebanese Government for Tolerating Hezbollah

Monday, October 14, 2019 Comments Off on US Criticizes Lebanese Government for Tolerating Hezbollah

The United States is unhappy with the Lebanese government for tolerating Hezbollah, a western diplomatic source told Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday.

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