Archive for December, 2019

Intense clashes rock Beirut as Hezbollah backers attack protest camps

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Intense clashes rock Beirut as Hezbollah backers attack protest camps

Lebanese capital sees some of worst violence in months of demonstrations as security forces respond to fighting between rival groups. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas while clashing with anti-government protesters and with men who tried to attack the protest camp in Beirut on Saturday, setting off street confrontations that […]

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Four German parties call for ban of Hezbollah activities

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Four German parties call for ban of Hezbollah activities

Hezbollah’s “political wing” operates in Germany by raising funds, recruiting new members and spreading antisemitic and jihadi ideologies. In a new initiative, the Bundestag political factions of four parties on Friday urged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration to ban Hezbollah’s activities.

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Iran’s IRGC: The Persian Gulf belongs to us

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s IRGC: The Persian Gulf belongs to us

“We have the right to question any vessels entering the Straits of Hormuz and Iranian territorial waters,” naval commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said.

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‘No war and no peace’ in Syria, analysts say

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on ‘No war and no peace’ in Syria, analysts say

As key players grapple with domestic issues, Syrian war has been left in temporary stalemate, experts tell Doha Forum.

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New York Times: US ‘secretly expelled’ Chinese officials who entered ‘sensitive’ military base

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on New York Times: US ‘secretly expelled’ Chinese officials who entered ‘sensitive’ military base

Two Chinese Embassy officials were “secretly expelled” by the US earlier this year after they entered a “sensitive” military base in Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing conversations with people with knowledge of the episode.

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How is the Lebanese crisis affecting Syria?

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on How is the Lebanese crisis affecting Syria?

On October 17, thousands of protestors took to the streets of Lebanon to voice their anger against corruption, financial cronyism, entrenched political sectarianism and a deteriorating economic situation.

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Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Deploys Armed Drones to Northern Cyprus as Tensions Escalate

Turkey has deployed armed drones to northern Cyprus as tensions escalate in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean over energy resources and control of their distribution. Greek- and Turkish Cypriots remain at loggerheads over the issue with the dispute now drawing in other nations.

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Lebanese army clashes with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanese army clashes with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut

Lebanese troops lobbed tear gas on Tuesday to disperse supporters of Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal who tried to storm a square in Beirut in response to a video that purportedly offended Shi’ite figures, witnesses and media reports said.

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In 3rd night of violence, Hezbollah supporters clash with security forces

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on In 3rd night of violence, Hezbollah supporters clash with security forces

Protests and skirmishes come hours after Lebanon’s president postpones talks on naming new prime minister, further prolonging turmoil and unrest Supporters of Lebanon’s two main Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed with security forces and set fires to cars in the capital early Tuesday, apparently angered by a video circulating online that showed a man […]

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Jordan Says Foiled Terrorist ISIS Plot

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Jordan Says Foiled Terrorist ISIS Plot

A Jordanian military court revealed on Sunday that authorities had foiled a terrorist attack by ISIS that had been planned for August.

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Qatar’s emir meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Doha

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar’s emir meets Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Doha

According to Qatar News Agency, Ismail Haniya briefed Sheikh Tamim on the latest developments in Palestinian affairs.

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Turkey doubles region’s troubles — first in Syria, and now in Libya

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey doubles region’s troubles — first in Syria, and now in Libya

When a country’s diplomatic style is confrontational, what do you get? Confrontations. It has become Turkey’s signature style. But winning confrontations, or giving the appearance of doing so, can be a challenge. And Ankara may have been wrong-footed in a swiftly worsening crisis, prompted by a new stage in the Libyan civil war.

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ISIS intensifies attacks in Diyala, killing and injuring 10 Iraqi security forces

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS intensifies attacks in Diyala, killing and injuring 10 Iraqi security forces

Both Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been involved in clashes with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq’s northeast Diyala province. The area lies within the territory disputed between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq’s federal government, and it has seen a resurgence in terrorist activity.

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Turkey’s East-West Carpet Trading

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey’s East-West Carpet Trading

In addition, Turkey is in talks with Russia to purchase a second batch of the S-400 system, including coproduction and technology transfer options. If the S-400 system is operated in Turkey, Moscow could find a built-in cyber backdoor to spy on NATO assets.

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Boris Johnson’s Victory Heralds a Golden Era in US-UK Relations

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Boris Johnson’s Victory Heralds a Golden Era in US-UK Relations

The US president said a future US-UK trade agreement has “the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative” than any deal that could have been made with the EU.

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Top U.S., Russian Military Leaders Meet to Improve Mutual Communication

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Top U.S., Russian Military Leaders Meet to Improve Mutual Communication

The top U.S. military officer met in Switzerland with his Russian counterpart for talks aimed at increasing communication between their nations to reduce risks in conflict areas.

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Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of Articles of Impeachment Against the President of the United States

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of Articles of Impeachment Against the President of the United States

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of two articles of impeachment against the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

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US House Impeaches President Trump

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on US House Impeaches President Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives Wednesday night, accused of abusing the power of the presidency to benefit himself politically and then obstructing congressional efforts to investigate his actions.

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Al Houthi projectiles land in Saudi hospital

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Al Houthi projectiles land in Saudi hospital

No casualties reported; attack is first on Saudi Arabia since September. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthis militia had fired projectiles that fell in a hospital in the Saudi border city of Jizan, causing no casualties, a Saudi official said Wednesday. The attack, which took place late Tuesday, was the first to be reported by Saudi authorities […]

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Iranian threat to ‘flatten Tel Aviv’ from Lebanon draws ire in Beirut

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian threat to ‘flatten Tel Aviv’ from Lebanon draws ire in Beirut

Top officials in Beirut reacted with outrage on Tuesday after comments by an adviser to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, threatening to attack Israel from Lebanese territory.

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Qatar not serious to end Gulf crisis. says Bahraini minister

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar not serious to end Gulf crisis. says Bahraini minister

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa has said that Qatar is not serious about ending a long-standing rift with a Saudi-led bloc, damping expectations for an imminent end to the crisis.

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Saudi Arabia Says Houthi Rockets Targeted Hospital in Southern City

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia Says Houthi Rockets Targeted Hospital in Southern City

The Iran-backed Houthis have claimed several rocket and drone attacks on Saudi territory in recent months.

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Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Lebanon cannot expect to receive international aid for its battered economy until a new government undertakes serious reforms, diplomats decided at a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

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France Orders Six Patrols Boats Capable of Deploying Heavy Drones and Securing Prisoners

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on France Orders Six Patrols Boats Capable of Deploying Heavy Drones and Securing Prisoners

The procurement order was given to French ship-building company Socarenam. The vessels are part of the Overseas Patroller Programme announced by Defence Minister Florence Parly this November, aimed at strengthening the protection of France’s maritime regions and replacing the old generation of patrol ships.

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Russia’s Northern Fleet to build Arctic air defense ‘dome’ with S-400

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Russia’s Northern Fleet to build Arctic air defense ‘dome’ with S-400

Moscow plans to equip all battalions of the Russian Northern Fleet with the S-400 air defense system within several years in a bid to create an air defense “dome” over the Russian Arctic, a naval commander says.

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Ukraine, Russia Agree On Full Cease-Fire, ‘All For All’ Prisoner Swap By End Of 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Ukraine, Russia Agree On Full Cease-Fire, ‘All For All’ Prisoner Swap By End Of 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on December 9 agreed to “commit to a full and comprehensive implementation” of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019, a joint communique says.

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WTO Suspending its Role as Arbiter in Global Trade Conflicts

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on WTO Suspending its Role as Arbiter in Global Trade Conflicts

In 1995, developed nations around the world came together to create a means of creating rules for international trade and settling disputes between countries without the use of damaging tariffs. The World Trade Organization, which grew out of that effort, created a consensus-based system of regulations, arbitration, and a de facto court system that gave […]

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Greece irate as Turkey, Libya enforce maritime, military accords

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Greece irate as Turkey, Libya enforce maritime, military accords

Turkey and Libya have begun implementing agreements on maritime boundaries and military cooperation, drawing an angry reaction from Greece which views the accords as a violation of its sovereign rights.

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Democrats Charge Trump with Abuse of Office, Obstruction

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Democrats Charge Trump with Abuse of Office, Obstruction

Leading House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of abusing his office for personal political gain and obstructing the congressional impeachment inquiry.

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Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Afghanistan to eliminate IS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would give all the necessary support for the eradication of the Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan.

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Gulf summit could chart new direction amid Qatar crisis

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Gulf summit could chart new direction amid Qatar crisis

Both Qatar and its adversaries are playing down a major breakthrough. A summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh is expected to pave the way to a possible thaw.

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Iraq Authorities Launch Military Operation against ISIS in 4 Provinces

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq Authorities Launch Military Operation against ISIS in 4 Provinces

Iraq launched the second phase of Will of Victory operation against ISIS in four different governorates, including Salaheddine, Kirkuk, Samarra and Diyala, announced spokesperson Joint Operations Command spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji.

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Tunnels, knives and riots: This Syrian camp holding thousands of Isis wives is at breaking point

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Tunnels, knives and riots: This Syrian camp holding thousands of Isis wives is at breaking point

The quiet of Al Hol camp in the afternoon belies the trouble that lurks beneath the surface. In an annex of this sprawling facility reserved for some 10,000 foreign wives and children of Isis fighters from around the world, a mutiny is brewing.

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As Rivals Fight for Control of Libya, Erdogan Says Turkey May Jump In

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on As Rivals Fight for Control of Libya, Erdogan Says Turkey May Jump In

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey might send troops to Libya to counter Russian-backed militia forces. The battle for control of Libya threatened to escalate further this week as Turkey said it might intervene to stop the Russian-backed forces now closing in on Tripoli, the capital.

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Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Turkey’s foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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