Iraq denounces Turkish strikes on Kurdistan

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018

Iraq on Thursday denounced Turkish airstrikes on anti-Ankara, Kurdish fighters’ locations in the north of the country that left a number of civilians dead.

In a statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Mahgoub, said “The Iraqi foreign ministry denounces the continuation of aggressions and transgressions upon Iraqi borders by the Turkish Read the rest of this entry »

EU President expresses concern over Turkey arirstrikes in Kurdistan

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018

imgPresident of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani on Thursday called on Turkey to abide by international law following news of Turkish airstrikes killing four civilians in the Kurdistan Region’s border areas.

According to residents and local activists, overnight Turkish airstrikes killed four civilians camping in rural areas as part of Newroz celebrations in the Choman district of the Kurdistan Region, 160 kilometers northeast of Erbil. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkish warplane crashes in Central Anatolia

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018

Turkish F-16 warplane on Thursday night crashed in the Central Anatolian province of Nevsehir, some 260 kilometers (161 miles) southeast of capital Ankara.

The Turkish army’s General Staff said in a statement that the aircraft went down due to unknown reasons during a training flight. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday.

The government source said the task force will be in Mali for up to 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will be made Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt FM visits India

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed for India on Wednesday to lead Egypt’s delegation in the seventh round of the joint committee between the two countries.

In an official statement, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the joint committee will commence its meetings on Thursday, followed by ministerial level meetings on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

UN presses on with bid to restart Western Sahara talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 23, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN Security Council on Wednesday told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory.

Horst Koehler met with the council behind closed doors to report on his meetings with representatives from Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania as well as the Polisario Front seeking independence for Western Sahara. Read the rest of this entry »

Bucharest hosts NATO eastern-flank defence ministers meeting

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Defence Ministers of Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia held a meeting in Bucharest.

These nine NATO eastern-flank countries form a group known as the Bucharest Nine, or B9.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg recently told public broadcaster Polish Radio that there is no time limit for the presence of NATO troops on the alliance’s eastern flank. Read the rest of this entry »

Romania, Bulgaria, Greece FMs discuss regional cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

img3The meeting of foreign ministers of the Romania-Bulgaria-Greece trilateral cooperation format represented an opportunity to strengthen the European project, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Monday.

“Our meeting was an opportunity to reconfirm the shared will of the three countries regarding the boosting of political dialogue in this trilateral format and assuming the commitment regarding the strengthening of the European project,” Melescanu told a joint press conference with visiting Bulgarian and Greek counterparts Ekaterina Zaharieva and Nikos Kotzias respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan military officials discuss unity and sovereignty

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Libyan military officers representing the army of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and the Al-Sirraj government agreed on Tuesday during meetings in Cairo on the importance of preserving the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan state, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The meetings, which started on Friday, were hosted by the Egyptian committee on Libyan affairs, which has hosted previous four rounds of meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Sarkozy taken in French police custody over 2007 financing from Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img2Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the inquiry said.

Sarkozy, 63, had until now refused to respond to a summons for questioning in the case, which drew heightened scrutiny last November when a businessman admitted delivering three cash-stuffed suitcases from the Libyan leader as contributions towards the French leader’s first presidential bid. Read the rest of this entry »

AU ready to propose solutions for Western Sahara conflict

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe President of the African Union (AU) and Chadian Commission, Moussa Faki, has announced that the AU is ready to draft a proposal for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara. The announcement follows a three-day visit to Algeria, against which Morocco spoke out, where the AU is looking to lead a more active role in the resolution of the Saharawi crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

NATO’s Alvargonzález visits Algeria to increase cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález, paid an official visit to Algeria on 19 and 20 March 2018 in the framework of the Alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt: At least 36 Islamic militants killed in Sinai battle

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgEgypt’s military says four troops and 36 Islamic militants have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Monday’s statement says one officer was among the four killed army personnel. It also says that eight soldiers were wounded, including two officers. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for talks in Cairo on Monday, with the pair pledging to boost cooperation after tensions between their neighbouring countries.

Bashir’s visit comes two weeks after the reinstatement of Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo following his recall to Khartoum in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to support Syria in fight against terrorism

Author : Admin | Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Iran, Iran Press, Turkey

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to continue supporting Syria in the fight against terrorism and the political settlement of the crisis in the country. Lavrov made his remarks during a press conference of the foreign ministers of the guarantor states of the cessation of hostilities in Astana on Friday

Iran warns U.S. about intervention in Syria

Author : Admin | Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed the United States for its hostile policies towards the Middle East, saying Washington is not entitled to intervene in Syria.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channels Recommend Methods Of Lone Wolf Attacks: Arson, Poisoning Food, Derailing Trains
On March 4, 2018, several pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels published advice in Arabic and English for lone-wolf attackers.
EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Official: ISIS Commanders Hiding In Tunnels West Of Mosul
The London based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports, citing a member of the Nineveh Governorate Council, that ISIS commanders are hiding in tunnels in the area west of Mosul, where the terrain makes it difficult to flush them out, and are also hiding in caves, ditches, and woods along the banks of the Tigris river.
ISIS Poster Calls On Supporters To Carry Out Terror Attacks In Spain
On March 1, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channel shared a poster in English, Arabic, and Spanish bearing the caption: “Soon in Spain…” The poster called on ISIS supporters to carry out terror attacks in Spain even if they do not have a weapon.
Pro-ISIS Poster: ‘We Want Paris Before Rome’
On March 5, 2018, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media group shared a poster in French on pro-ISIS Telegram channels repeating the words of the late ISIS spokesman Mohammed Al-Adnani: “We want Paris before Rome.”
Urdu Daily: Afghan Taliban Planning To Establish Base Camp In Northern Afghanistan
After the Taliban gained control of the areas surrounding the Afghan province of Farah, half of the members of the Shura (“Governing Council”) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) have shifted to Farah, according to the Pakistani Urdu daily Roznama Ummat.
(by memri org)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Special Analysis

First Issue Of New Al-Qaeda Bulletin Dedicated To Hamas Terrorist Ahmad Jarrar
On March 14, 2018, Al-Malahem, the media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), launched a new bulletin named Madad. The first issue of this bulletin is dedicated to Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, a Hamas terrorist who murdered an Israeli in January 2018 and was killed by the Israel Army in early February.
Hizbullah Deputy Sec.-Gen. Sheikh Naim Qassem Receives A ‘Symbolic Gift From The Jewish People,’ Declares: We Will Be Victorious But Are In No Hurry
Deputy Secretary-General of Hizbullah Sheikh Naim Qassem spoke at the Fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine on March 13, saying that the only way to regain Palestine was through resistance and “first and foremost, armed resistance.”
Friday Sermon In Egypt: Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qadi Calls To Wage Jihad In Infidel Lands Until Islam Rules The World; ‘I’m Not Talking About Defensive Jihad… I’m Talking About Seeking Out The Infidels On Their Own Turf… Giving Them The Option To Convert To Islam… [If They Refuse,] They May Pay Jizya Willingly And In Submission’ (by memri org)

Macron, Trump discuss Syria, N. Korea

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday discussed with his US counterpart Donald Trump by phone the situations in Syria and North Korea, and the looming trade dispute over US steel and aluminium tariffs.

On the ongoing Syrian conflict, the French leader highlighted “the necessity of clear action to avoid the pursuit of a humanitarian disaster” in Syria, according to a statement by the Elysee Palace. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan PM urges army unification for national security

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said on Saturday that the unification of the army is crucial for the security of the country.

Serraj made the remarks during his meeting with the government’s military dialogue committee on the unification of the army.

“The unification of the military institution is absolutely necessary to secure the borders and face the challenges in the country,” he was cited by a statement by the media office of the Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan gov’t to form military force to secure southern Libya

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday announced formation of a military force to secure southern Libya, which is witnessing tribal clashes for days.

Serraj made his announcement during a meeting with military officials to discuss the situation in southern Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

Mogherini, Grandi discuss Syria, Rohingya in Brussels meeting

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met in Brussels Monday with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and discussed the situation in Syria, including Ghouta, Libya and of the Rohingya refugees.

A press release by Mogherini’s office said she discussed in the meeting the second Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region” that the European Union and the United Nations will co-chair on 24-25 April.

The event will be an opportunity to further mobilise the international community in support of the Syrian people and of the neighbouring countries affected by the conflict, it said. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian army says 105 terrorists killed in major anti-terror operation

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe Egyptian military announced on Thursday that 16 army personnel and 105 terrorists were killed since the country’s anti-terror military operation began a month ago in Sinai Peninsula.

The military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay told reporters that 19 army men have been injured and receiving medical treatment during the comprehensive military operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan proposes joint-military force with Egypt to protect borders

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim, revealed on Thursday that Sudan has various agreements to be implemented with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, pointing out that his country proposed to Egypt to establish a joint force to protect the border between the two countries.

The Sudanese ambassador’s statements came during a press conference at the Sudanese embassy in Cairo. He added that the Egyptian side raised a number of issues with the Sudanese delegation during a quarterly meeting held between the foreign ministers and heads of the intelligence services of the two countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria calls for combined Arab action to defeat terrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday urged Arab countries to combine their efforts to eradicate terrorism amid critical circumstances that the region is going through.

“The challenges are obvious, and Arab security cooperation must be strengthened,” he said in a message at the opening ceremony of the 35th Arab Interior Ministers Council (AIMC) in Algiers, read on his behalf by Minister of Interior Noureddine Bedoui. Read the rest of this entry »

Arab states discuss security threats in Algeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe 35th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior kicked off in Algiers on Wednesday, as participants are tackling security threats and the fight against crimes, in addition to illegal migration.

Arab interior ministers are focusing on cooperation to deal with challenges threatening the region, including terrorism, trans-border criminality, violent extremism, illegal migration, as well as cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »

US pushes UN to consider arms embargo on South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft UN Security Council resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to take “all appropriate measures” against those blocking peace efforts.

The draft text obtained by AFP demands an end to four years of fighting in South Sudan and urges the warring sides to uphold three ceasefire deals agreed since July 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt says 16 troops killed in month-old offensive

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, March 9, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt’s military says 16 troops have been killed and 19 wounded since a wide-scale operation against Islamic militants was launched a month ago.

Army spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said on Thursday that 105 militants have been killed and that more than 2 800 people have been arrested, with many later released. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq militia turns to reconstruction post-Daesh

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Three months ago, Ibrahim Ali was using his digger to smash down defensive embankments built by Daesh group militants in northern Iraq.

But after years of digging for victory, he and his comrades have now turned their skills to civilian use: gouging out irrigation channels for farmers in the southern province of Basra.

“What I’m doing makes me happy,” he said, gelled hair glimmering above his sun-browned face.

In 2014, Ali and tens of thousands of others mobilised against Daesh, in response to a call by Iraq’s top Shiite authority, Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Read the rest of this entry »

Tillerson says China ‘encourages dependency’ in Africa

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China’s approach to development in Africa “encourages dependency” that undermines its sovereignty and risks its stability.

Tillerson is speaking about US -Africa relations at George Mason University before departing on his first official trip to the continent. He says Chinese investment can help Africa solve Read the rest of this entry »

Morocco military cooperation deal with Czech Republic

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Following royal instructions, Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister-Delegate for National Defense, received the Czech Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Martin Tlapa, on Monday, March 5. According to the National Defense Administration, the two officials exchanged views on methods for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of national defense.

FATCA: Morocco Joins Others in a Fiscal Agreement with the United States

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, Magreb, Magreb Press

On february 21st, the Minister of Communications and Spokesman of the Government, Mustapha El-Khalfi, announced Morocco’s decision to sign on to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Abdrakhmanov: Guarantor states’ foreign ministers will adopt joint statement on future of solving Syrian crisis

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov announced that the guarantor states of the cessation of hostilities agreement, namely Iran, Russia and Turkey, are about to adopt a joint statement during the meeting of their foreign ministers to be held on March 16th that would include the future of solving the crisis in Syria.

Iran rejects French FM’s calls for curbing its missile program

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Iran has rejected French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s request for curbing its missile program after a day of tense discussions in Tehran on Monday aimed at salvaging the historic nuclear deal.

Iran, Russia talk on Sukhoi passenger planes purchase

Author : Admin | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Iranian and Russian officials during a recent joint economic commission meeting in Moscow, have discussed joining the Russian-made Sukhoi Super Jet 100 passenger planes into Iran’s air fleet, said a Russian minister.