Turkish FM visits Qatar over Gulf crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that he will visit Qatar on Wednesday as part of Turkey’s mediation efforts to solve the recent Gulf crisis.

Speaking at a press conference with Burundi foreign minister on Tuesday, Çavuşoğlu said he might visit Saudi Arabia as well and that the Turkish side is waiting for the Saudis to respond.

Separately, the foreign ministry released a statement, detailing Çavuşoğlu’s visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraq, Syria discuss border security cooperation

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

imgIraqi and Syrian military top brass discussed in Baghdad on Tuesday ways to establish a joint coordination center and enhance cooperation in the field of border security.

The meeting between Syrian military delegation, including chief of the operations dept., and Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army Lt.-Gen. Othman Al-Ghanemi led to a consensus that the two countries constitute a single combat field against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, an Iraqi military statement said. Read the rest of this entry »

Macedonia aims NATO membership

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Posted in category Balkan News, Balkans, Eurasia, Eurasia News

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the new Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev to NATO headquarters on Monday for talks on the partnership between the Alliance and Macednia.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the NATO chief congratulated Zaev on his appointment and welcomed the formation of a new government. Read the rest of this entry »

Bulgarian General: NATO for Western Balkans would provide region stability

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Posted in category Balkan News, Balkans, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A NATO membership for Western Balkan countries would provide stability in the region, but it could materialise only after the main criteria are met, gen. Kircho Kirov, former head of the National Intelligence Service, told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning Bulgaria.

Macedonia’s attempts to join the EU and NATO should be appreciated, this would make our southwest neighbor more secure and predictable, gen. Kirov commented. “One of the main criteria for NATO and EU membership is good neighborliness. Macedonia will obviously pursue it, as after Zoran Zaev’s visit to Brussels a visit to Bulgaria was announced,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

AU calls for dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

African Union chairperson Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha.

Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he had observed with “sadness” the feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, which he described as “brother countries” of his Muslim-majority country. Read the rest of this entry »

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United Nations says a fourth peacekeeper from the West African nation of Guinea was killed in an attack by jihadists last week on a UN camp in northern Mali.

UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday the peacekeeper was missing after last Thursday’s attack on the camp east of the city of Kidal and his body was found on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Pakistan PM, Saudi King discuss middle east crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017

imgPakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, Radio Pakistan reported.

The PM ─ accompanied by General Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz ─ were greeted by the Saudi monarch at the Jeddah Royal Palace. Read the rest of this entry »

Indian President to meet Trump this month

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017

imgIn his first visit to the US after the new administration took over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with President Donald Trump on June 26 on a range of issues, including India’s concerns over possible changes in H1B visas. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey warns on Gulf crisis escalation

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017

As part of its efforts to ease tension in the Gulf region, Ankara has called on all parties to come to a common solution and overcome differences to avoid a sectarian crisis in the region, which would put all countries in danger. “With all the already existing problems in the region, and particularly at a time when there is an apparent tendency to trigger a sectarian conflict, the Gulf Read the rest of this entry »

US-backed rebels capture north-west neighbourhood in Raqqa

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017

A US-backed Syrian opposition force said yesterday it had captured a north-western neighbourhood of the Isil group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, the second district to fall into their hands in days after the rebels launched a wide offensive to gain control of the extremists’ final stronghold.

US military officials said they had no information to confirm or deny a report Isil ‘caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an air strike in the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey calls on N. Iraq to reconsider referendum bid

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Monday called on the Northern Iraq to reconsider the planned referendum bid in September.

Speaking following the cabinet meeting in Ankara, Numan Kurtulmus raised concerns regarding the independence referendum, which is supposed to be held in Read the rest of this entry »

US forces conduct strike against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgUS forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces on Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 300km southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon said the operation occurred at approximately 0600 GMT “in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Nigerian official says a top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed on Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp.

Nigerian army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said on Monday that soldiers battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. He said they killed a large number of rebels, Read the rest of this entry »

Bulgaria to support Bosnia’s EU integration

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted in category Balkan News, Balkans, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgBulgarian President Rumen Radev here on Monday said his country would advocate for the integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union (EU).

During its presidency of the EU Council in 2018, Bulgaria would support Sarajevo in the process of obtaining a candidate status for the EU membership, Radev said at a joint press conference after bilateral talks with Mladen Ivanic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east news

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 8, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia Press, Special Analysis

Marwan Kanafani, Former Advisor To Arafat: Palestine Cause No Longer The Most Serious Arab Issue, There Are More Syrian Refugees
In a recent TV interview, Marwan Kanafani, former advisor to Yasser Arafat, blamed the Palestinian leaderships and political parties for the “regression” in the Palestinian cause, saying that the negotiations to bring about reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah have been going on for ten years, while the U.S. and Iran reached understandings within less than a decade despite their differences. He was speaking on ON TV on May 27. Read the rest of this entry »

Indian minister says ready for talks with anyone to solve Kashmir issue

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that he was “ready for talks with everyone” to resolve the Kashmir issue, and will not put any conditions for the purpose.

“Those who are instigating the Kashmiri youth should look upon them as their own child,” Singh said while speaking to reporters in Mumbai about the Modi government’s achievements in three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Pakistan security committee to discuss Arab conflict

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017

imgPakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday said that the National Security Committee of the parliament would discuss in detail the situation in the Arab Peninsula in its upcoming meeting.

During the National Assembly session when the issues of attack on the Iranian parliament and Gulf crisis came under discussion, the speaker proposed that the matters could be better discussed at the Parliamentary Committee on National Security. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey to train Syrian imams

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, also known as the Diyanet, will train 467 Syrian imams in northern Syria, the state body said Thursday.

The efforts are directed to provide appropriate religious services to Syrian residents in various cities, including Al-Bab, Jarabulus, Azaz, Mare and Al-Rai, where terrorists were eliminated following the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Iraqi soldiers killed by IS attacks near Syrian border

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017

Islamic State stepped up attacks on Iraqi army positions near the border with Syria, killing seven soldiers and wounding 12 in two attacks staged on Sunday and Tuesday, military sources said.

Islamic State has been fighting since October a U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, the largest city that fell under its control in both Syria and Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

US-backed force battles Daesh in Raqa

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017

imgUS-backed fighters battled the Daesh group on Thursday as they tried to push further into the extremists’ Syrian bastion Raqa, two days after finally entering the northern city.

The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters began the battle for the city earlier this week after seven months of fighting to surround the extremist stronghold.

On Wednesday, an AFP journalist entered the city with SDF fighters and witnessed heavy clashes in the Al-Meshleb neighbourhood, with Daesh firing multiple mortar rounds towards the advancing forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabaab attack on Somalia military base

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Heavily armed al-Shabaab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people, officials said Thursday.

Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group. Read the rest of this entry »

Soldiers clash with Islamists in Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A dawn raid by jihadists on a military camp in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday left at least 10 soldiers dead, security officials said.

The Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda group, claimed the attack saying it had killed 61 soldiers at the Af-Urur military base close to Golis Mountains, a well-known Islamist hideout. Read the rest of this entry »

At least 15 killed in latest S Sudan road ambush

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 8, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Unknown gunmen on Thursday ambushed a convoy on the main road connecting South Sudan’s capital with the Ugandan border, killing at least 15 people, officials said.

Nine others were wounded in the attack on a civilian convoy escorted by the military on the insecure Juba-Nimule highway. Read the rest of this entry »

China denies violating Indian airspace

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) denied late on June 5 that one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) helicopter violated Indian airspace. Read the rest of this entry »

India excludes a meeting between Modi and Sharif in Astana

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News, South East Asia

India ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week, Indian media report.

In early May, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz told reporters that if India shows interest, Pakistan would look into the possibility of a meeting between Sharif and Modi in Astana. Read the rest of this entry »

US-backed force make progress against IS in Syria’s Raqqa

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

U.S.-backed fighters gained ground against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the streets of Raqqa on June 7, a day after their months-long offensive finally broke into the jihadists’ Syrian bastion.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia has spent seven months advancing on the city, with backing from the U.S.-led coalition bombing ISIL in Syria and neighbouring Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Germany to pull its troops out of Incirlik

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Germany will pull all of its troops and aircraft from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on June 7.

Approximately 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, as well as Tornado reconnaissance jets and a refueling plane, will be moved to Jordan over the next two months.

Two days earlier, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany would pull its forces, despite negotiations in the Turkish capital with Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey approves deploying troops in Qatar

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

imgTurkey’s parliament has approved a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, an apparent move to support the Gulf Arab country when it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers. Read the rest of this entry »

Darfur peacekeeping force headed for major drawdown

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe African Union and the United Nations are proposing major cuts to their joint peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, paring down one of the world’s largest and costliest peace operations.

A joint report sent to the UN Security Council last month recommends that the ceiling set for military troops be cut by 44 percent and the maximum number of police reduced by 30 percent in the UNAMID force. Read the rest of this entry »

UN commander in CAR wants DRC peacekeepers to leave

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN force commander in the Central African Republic is calling for hundreds of peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be sent home for sexual abuse, fuel trafficking and poor discipline, according to a confidential memo released Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Syria refugees still stuck between Morocco and Algeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dozens of Syrian refugees remained stranded in no-man’s land between Morocco and Algeria on Tuesday, non-governmental groups said, despite an Algerian offer to help.

Algiers said last week it would take in the refugees after the United Nations urged both sides to help the Syrians, who include a pregnant woman and have been stranded in the desert area since April 17. Read the rest of this entry »

France Defence Minister hails Egypt efforts in fighting terrorism

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgFrance’s minister of defence, Sylvie Goulard, expressed praise for Al-Azhar on Monday; for his role in fighting extremist ideology, as well as Egypt’s international influence in combating terrorism. According to a press statement, the conversation occurred during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Egyptian Defence Minister Sedky Sobhy received Goulard to discuss bilateral relations and efforts to fight terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria calls for common effort in tackling regional issues

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Monday that the countries of the region have to maintain continuous coordination to face together challenges when he held talks with visiting Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts.

“The situation in Libya and the importance of permanent coordination at the level of Libya’s neighboring countries, particularly Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, were on the agenda of the talks,” Read the rest of this entry »

Algerian, Egyptian, Tunisian FMs discuss solutions to Libyan crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt have held a tripartite meeting on Monday in Algeria, to discuss the situation in Libya and find a political solution for the crisis in order to tackle later security issues, especially combating ISIS.

The meeting, which will end today, will be followed by a communique that presents the results of the three neighboring countries’ efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

Saudi, Egypt FMs to meet in Cairo

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister is expected to meet with his Egyptian counterpart amid efforts to resolve differences on the Syrian conflict and other regional flashpoints.

In October, the Saudis halted oil shipments to Cairo after it voted in favor of a UN resolution favorable to the Syrian government. They were resumed in March before an Arab summit intended to Read the rest of this entry »