Washington says committed to rebuilding Iraq’s Fallujah

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017

The US has pledged to provide further assistance for the reconstruction of the city of Fallujah and other areas of Al-Anbar province, roughly 70 kilometers west of Baghdad.

In a press conference with Al-Anbar governor Suhaib Al-Rawi on Monday, the US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman that Washington is committed to helping in the reconstruction of Fallujah after the devastation afflicted on the city at the hands of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Read the rest of this entry »

UN, NATO condem attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017

Office of The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the suicide attack by the Daesh militant group on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul that left two Afghan civilians dead.

“The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours and involved several armed men who killed two Afghan civilian employees inside the embassy and injured a police officer before being killed by Afghan security forces. Islamic State-Khorasan Province (Daesh) claimed responsibility,” UNAMA said in a statement on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

US drone strike kills 12 IS terrorists east of Tal Afar

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017

A drone guided by the U.S.-led coalition killed 12 Islamic State militants near the group’s last stronghold west of Nineveh, an air force officer said in a statement.

Maj. Abbas al-Khozami said in a press state,ent that the drone fired two rockets at an Islamic State residence in Alawliya, east of Tal Afar, the town held by militants since 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian army kills six armed Islamists

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Algerian army on Monday killed six armed Islamists during an ongoing security operation west of Algiers, the defence ministry said.

Weapons and ammunition were also recovered, it said. Read the rest of this entry »

Al-Shabaab commander thought killed in Somalia airstrike

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 31, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The US military said on Monday it carried out a drone strike in Somalia that killed a member of the al-Shabaab extremist group, while Somalia’s government said it believes the strike killed a high-level al-Shabaab commander responsible for several deadly bombings in the capital.

A US Africa Command statement said the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Tortoroow, an al-Shabaab stronghold in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. Read the rest of this entry »

NATO jet intercepts Russian Tu-22 close to Romanian air space

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017

imgBritish Royal Air Force fighter scrambled to intercept the Russian bomber that approached the air space of Romania over the Black Sea. The RAF’s press service reported that on Tuesday evening.

‘Operating from the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta on the Black Sea coast, the RAF Typhoon responded to Russian Federation Air Force Tu-22 Backfire strategic bombers Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq PM pledges to liberate last ISIL haven in Nineveh

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi is ready to liberate ISIL’s last haven in Nineveh amid rising concerns that Shiite militias who were accused of torture and killings in Sunni-majority cities, might enter the city along with the Iraqi army.

Speaking during a weekly conference in Baghdad, Mr Al Abadi said a plan had been formulated to liberate the town of Tal Afar and stressed that foreign militants arrested by security forces would be held equally as accountable as home-grown extremists.

“We will not exclude foreign terrorists detained by our security forces from the law,” Mr Al Abadi said. Read the rest of this entry »

US assists Iraq with $685m to enhance its navy

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Untied States is to donate USD 685 million to assist Iraq in enhancing its naval forces, US Consul General in Basra Win Dayton announced Wednesday.

The donation will be in the form of equipment, maintenance services for the country’s infrastructure, and joint military exercise with other countries on protecting Iraqi regional borders, Read the rest of this entry »

US coalition carries on strikes against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017

img2U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria conducting 27 strikes, consisting of 32 engagements, inflicting major damage to radical Islamic forces and tactical units.

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds, according to a document released by the French presidency.

The meetings at a chateau in La Celle Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, brought together Fayez Serraj, prime minister of the UN-backed unity government, and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the Egyptian-backed commander of Libya’s self-styled national army. Read the rest of this entry »

10 military killed by Boko Haram ambush in Nigeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAuthorities in northern Nigeria say roughly 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked their convoy.

The secretary of the Hunters Association in Borno State, Bunu Bukar, says members of the self-defence group saw the bodies of military personnel after the ambush on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

UN chief warns CAR could plunge back into full-blown conflict

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A new bout of violence in the Central African Republic that has killed nine peacekeepers this year risks derailing years of efforts to restore a fragile stability, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday.

Guterres condemned the killing of two Moroccan peacekeepers who were ambushed in the southeast town of Bangassou on Tuesday, just two days after another soldier was killed in an attack on the same contingent. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt sets up national council to combat terror

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt has created a “national council” to combat the rise of Islamist “terrorism” which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday.

The decree, published in Egypt’s official gazette, sets up a “national council to combat terrorism and extremism” by adopting a “global national strategy”. Read the rest of this entry »

US withholds $50m military reimbursements to Pakistan

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Pentagon will withhold the remaining $50 million in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that Islamabad had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

“The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act,” Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters. Read the rest of this entry »

UN Secretary-General condemns Lahore blast

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Monday, strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Guterres’ deputy spokesman said in a statement that the secretary-general extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished those injured a full recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

China FM: India intruded Doklam

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

imgA day before NSA Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi accused India of intrusion in Doklam, dimming prospects of an early resolution of the border stand-off.

“The rights and wrongs are very clear,” Wang said, claiming that senior Indian officials have “openly stated that Chinese troops did not enter Indian territory”. “In other words, the Indian side admitted to entering Chinese territory,” Wang further said in Bangkok on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump, Lebanon PM discuss region issues

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Donald Trump labelled the juggernaut Lebanese militant group Hizbollah as “a menace to the entire region” as he stood next to Lebanon’s Prime Minister during their first official meeting.

The U.S. President made the damning comments during a joint press conference with Saad Hariri following an 85-minute meeting between the two leaders at the White House.

He said: “Hizbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq: Paramilitary troops kill 2 IS members

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Posted in category Middle Orient, Middle Orient News

Pro-government paramilitary forces killed two Islamic State members and seized their ammunition truck west of Anbar on Tuesday, a security source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that a force from “Al-Jazeera Shield”, a regiment affiliated with the “Tribal Mobilization”, ambushed three IS militants at the Kilo 160 region, west of Ramadi. A third militant was arrested and a truck laden with light and medium weapons was also seized. Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan clashes kill up to 10 in Darfur

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan’s war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people, tribal leaders told AFP on Sunday.

The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished.

The clashes between the Arab Maaliya and Rizeigat tribes came months after a similar clash left at least nine dead. Read the rest of this entry »

Rival Libyan leaders in France to hold talks on crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj holds French-brokered talks Tuesday with Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, to try to end the chaos in the conflict-ridden country.

French President Emmanuel Macron has organised the talks but his office has stressed that it has modest expectations of the meeting to be held in a chateau just outside Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

Over 40 militants killed in campaign by Egypt military

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgypt’s military said on Tuesday it has killed more than 40 extremists in a wide-ranging campaign in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group has been waging a deadly insurgency.

The announcement came a day after seven civilians were killed in a foiled attack on a checkpoint with an explosives-laden car. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Eurasia Press

Al-Wafa’ Media Organization Warns ISIS Supporters About Imposters Attempting To Spread False InformationOn July 17, 20127, the Al-Wafa’ media organization, which is identified with the Islamic State (ISIS), published an article by ISIS supporter Abi Amina titled “Methods Used By Rumormongers To Infiltrate [ISIS's] Support [System].”

Tech-Savvy Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Instructs Followers To Use TextPlus To Create Additional Telegram Accounts; Time Lock, ProtonMail And iShredder Pro 4 For Protecting Sensitive Information Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Eurasia Press

All Palestinian Factions Call For Day Of Rage To Defend Al-AqsaPalestinian elements from all the organizations called for a day of rage for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa today, July 21, 2017. This call was in protest against the Israeli police’s installation of metal detectors at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, following the July 14 shooting attack there that was carried out by three Israeli Arabs, all members of the Jabarin family, from Umm Al-Fahm. Read the rest of this entry »

PM Tudose says visit to Chisinau highly symbolic, asserting firm support to Republic of Moldova’s pro-European track

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Romania, Romania News, Romania Press

Premier Mihai Tudose said on Friday that his visit to Chisinau on the same day is a “symbolic visit”, pledging Romania’s firm commitment to supporting the pro-European track of the Republic of Moldova. (agerpres)

PM Tudose: A 3.2pct H1 deficit means below 3pct at year-end; August revision, mostly positive

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Romania, Romania News, Romania Press

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose says the government deficit of 3.2 percent of the of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in mid-2017 means one below 3 percent at the end of the year, noting that opposition voices claiming there is no money to pay the pensions and wages show irresponsibility as far as the national interest is concerned.(agerpres)

Romania Trade Deficit Widens to EUR4.46B in January-May

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Romania, Romania News, Romania Press

Romania’s trade balance posted a deficit of EUR4.46 billion in January-May, EUR680 million higher than in the same period in 2016, the country’s statistics board said Monday. (mediafax)

Eurostat: Romania Posts Third Lowest Inflation In EU In June 2017

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia News

Romania posted the third lowest annual inflation rate in the European Union in June, of 0.7%, after Denmark (0.4%), according to data published Monday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. (mediafax)

Japanese Companies In Great Britain May Relocate Their Businesses To Romania

Author : Admin | Monday, July 24, 2017
Posted in category Romania, Romania News

Japanese companies in Great Britain want to move their businesses to Romania, in the context of Brexit and due to the economic growth registered by Romania, but are calling on the government to ensure a predictable economic environment, government sources told MEDIAFAX on Wednesday. (mediafax)

US confirms CIA is ending support for Syria rebels

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

The head of the U.S. military’s special operations confirmed Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Gen. Tony Thomas denied that the 4-year-old operation was brought to an end as a way to placate Russia and earn its support for a cease-fire in southwestern Syria.

It was a “tough, tough decision” but “absolutely not a sop to the Russians,” Thomas said at a forum in Aspen, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Syria: Recent air raids kill 11 terrorists

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

Up to 11 Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters were killed during recent air attacks in eastern Nangarhar province.

The ISIS fighters targeted in their hideouts this morning in Acheen, Roudat and Koot districts of the province. Read the rest of this entry »

US to deploy 2,100 troops to Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

imgThe U.S. Army announced Thursday that 2,100 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) will deploy to Iraq this fall.

The soldiers from 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in at Fort Polk in Louisiana will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Army press release. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi FM to visit India

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

India is likely to seek from Baghdad the latest information on the fate of 39 Indians missing in Iraq for the last three years when Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari pays his first official visit to India from 24 July.

These Indians, mostly from Punjab, were abducted by ISIS militants in June 2014 when they were leaving the strife-torn Iraqi city. The Iraqi authorities had recently claimed that they had retaken the city from ISIS, raising hopes in New Delhi that the missing Indians might now return home safely. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq paramilitary troops kill three senior IS leaders

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

imgThree senior Islamic State leaders were killed in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul, the Shia-led paramilitary troops said on Friday.

A statement by Saraya al-Jihad militia, affiliated to al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said troops “identified the bodies of IS members, who were killed on Thursday while infiltrating behind the troops in Tal al-Zalat region, west of Mosul.” Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt launches largest military base in Middle East

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated on Saturday the largest military base of the Middle East in the coastal city of Alexandria.

The president raised the Armed Forces flag on the new base in el Hammam city, west of Alexandria.

The military base was named after late president Mohamed Naguib, who orchestrated 1952 revolution which ended the royal regime in Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »

US warns South Sudan regional plan is last chance for peace

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, July 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United States warned on Thursday that a new regional plan to shore up South Sudan’s failing peace agreement was the last chance for Juba’s leaders to end the war, now in its fourth year.

US Deputy Ambassador Michele Sison told the UN Security Council that Washington will reconsider its support for the deal signed two years ago by President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar, if the latest effort fails. Read the rest of this entry »