Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

UK ‘likely to reject’ Russia coronavirus vaccine set for mass rollout in October

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on UK ‘likely to reject’ Russia coronavirus vaccine set for mass rollout in October

Russia has boasted it will start a mass vaccination program of its citizens against coronavirus in October – but Britain is reportedly set to reject the jab if offered it.

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Bin Salman targets family of former intelligence chief after bribes fail

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Bin Salman targets family of former intelligence chief after bribes fail

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has targeted the family of a former intelligence official and tried to have him extradited through Interpol when efforts to bribe him failed, it has been alleged in media reports over the weekend, including Al Jazeera and the New York Times.

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Al Qaeda gaining strength as terror fight focuses on ISIS

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Al Qaeda gaining strength as terror fight focuses on ISIS

Tackling extremist online terrorist messages must remain a priority for security services as ISIS continues to pose a threat, according to an EU crime report.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Pompeo says ending Sudan terror listing a ‘good thing’

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Pompeo says ending Sudan terror listing a ‘good thing’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he wants to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, seeing a historic opportunity in its civilian transition.

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Turkey arrests nine suspected Daesh terrorists

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey arrests nine suspected Daesh terrorists

Suspects arrested in southeastern Diyarbakir province were plotting attack in Turkey on Eid al-Adha, authorities say

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US reveals key Daesh money provider based in Turkey

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on US reveals key Daesh money provider based in Turkey

Washington has identified a critical financial facilitator for Daesh based in Turkey in a move to unsettle the remaining global financial networks of the terrorist group.

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Iran And Israel Spar Over Cyber Warfare

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iran And Israel Spar Over Cyber Warfare

There is a whole lot of churning going on in Iran, which has been at loggerheads with US, for around more than five-decades, as it traces its modern tussle with US to the way Muhammed Musaddiq government was over thrown by US in 1953 1, which later was followed by setting of a new nationalist […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers

China has become the new polarizing factor in Iranian politics. The latest issue is the 25-year deal between Iran and China, which, according to Abbas Milani of Stanford University, will make Iran a “colony” of China — a treaty even worse than the 1872 Reuter Concession, which gave a British businessman control over Iran’s roads, […]

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Are Turkey and Russia bracing for conflict in the South Caucasus?

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Are Turkey and Russia bracing for conflict in the South Caucasus?

On July 12, the Armenian and the Azerbaijani armed forces started a border skirmish. Fighting went on for several days, leaving at least 16 dead in its wake. Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities have been trading accusations ever since, rallying their respective publics behind the flag. Remarkably enough, the two sides are facing off outside the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East

With allies and direct lines to Beijing, Washington must do more to keep China’s presence in the region from becoming a threat.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

IDF troops did not kill Hezbollah operatives in order to reduce tensions

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on IDF troops did not kill Hezbollah operatives in order to reduce tensions

Military has footage of failed attack ‘from numerous angles,’ will likely release in coming days

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Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east

With 1,006 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in its eastern Tunceli province, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

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Rouhani slams US ‘aerial terrorism’ after Iran plane interception

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Rouhani slams US ‘aerial terrorism’ after Iran plane interception

The US interception of an Iranian civilian aircraft over Syrian skies has set off yet another escalatory episode in the rivalry between Tehran and Washington over influence in the Middle East.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

German far-right buys land for military training

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on German far-right buys land for military training

Right-wing extremists are moving into property to set up bases for their activities and anchor themselves in local communities, German intelligence services have warned.

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Terror accused Hisham Muhammad ‘was planning lone-wolf attack’

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Terror accused Hisham Muhammad ‘was planning lone-wolf attack’

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group planned a “lone-wolf” drone attack, possibly targeting the British Army or police, a court has heard.

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Lebanon Calls for Caution After Israel-Hezbollah Clashes

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon Calls for Caution After Israel-Hezbollah Clashes

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Tuesday that Israel had violated his country’s sovereignty with what he called a “dangerous military escalation” after Israeli and Hezbollah forces traded cross-border fire Monday.

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60 pro-Iranian militants killed in Syria since May

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on 60 pro-Iranian militants killed in Syria since May

Over the past several months, Israel has been accused of dozens of strikes. In June, a series of airstrikes were reported on almost a weekly basis.

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UK ambassador to Iraq targeted with threatening messages after speaking out against militia groups

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on UK ambassador to Iraq targeted with threatening messages after speaking out against militia groups

Britain’s ambassador to Iraq has been targeted by a graphic propaganda campaign featuring an image of his bloodied face after he spoke out against militia groups which are strengthening their grip on the war-torn country.

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Europe warned of ISIS radicalisation threat in prisons

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Europe warned of ISIS radicalisation threat in prisons

European countries could face a major radicalisation threat within their prison systems from returning ISIS fighters, reports on terrorism reveal.

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Islamic Relief to contest Israeli ‘terrorism’ allegations in court

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic Relief to contest Israeli ‘terrorism’ allegations in court

A Tel Aviv court is to hear a petition from the charity Islamic Relief to restart its aid work in the occupied West Bank, six years after the Israeli government labelled it a “terrorist organisation”.

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Israel Says It Thwarted a Hezbollah Raid at Lebanon Border

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Israel Says It Thwarted a Hezbollah Raid at Lebanon Border

The Israeli military says it repelled a raid by Hezbollah in a disputed area along its northern border. Hezbollah denied carrying out an operation. No casualties were reported.

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3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on 3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever

The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

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Palestinians: Accept Western Funds, Vote for Jihad

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians: Accept Western Funds, Vote for Jihad

The Palestinians were extremely happy to accept the billions of dollars from Western donors. Yet when the Palestinians headed to the ballot boxes to cast their votes in the 2006 election, they did not choose Palestinian candidates who talked about peace with Israel. Instead, the majority of the Palestinians knowingly and proudly voted for the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraq in the Vortex

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq in the Vortex

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s July visits to and engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States demonstrate his attempts to balance those countries’ competing interests in Iraq.

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Palestinians: The Priorities of Muslim ‘Scholars’ During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians: The Priorities of Muslim ‘Scholars’ During COVID-19

These religious leaders say they are also worried about other “epidemics” that post a threat to Arabs and Muslims, such as peace with Israel and women’s rights.

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Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Two Czech nationals jailed in Turkey three years ago for belonging to a Kurdish militant group flew back to Prague Friday after being granted early release following months-long negotiations between Turkish and Czech officials.

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Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

The deputy leader of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed the prospect of an escalation of violence between the Iran-backed movement and Israel despite increased tensions in the last week.

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Killing of Iraqi government confidant exposes perils of showdown with Iranian-backed militias

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Killing of Iraqi government confidant exposes perils of showdown with Iranian-backed militias

The killing of a prominent researcher in Baghdad has sent shock waves through Iraq’s government, underscoring the high stakes of its fight with powerful Iranian-backed militias and exposing the potential limits of the prime minister in taking them on.

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Prominent Germans received neo-Nazi death threats. Police are under suspicion.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Prominent Germans received neo-Nazi death threats. Police are under suspicion.

When German comedian Idil Baydar heard that investigators suspect police may have been involved in sending her neo-Nazi death threats, she was aghast.

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The number of prisoners jailed in Europe on terrorism charges at 20-year high, says report

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on The number of prisoners jailed in Europe on terrorism charges at 20-year high, says report

More people are in jail on terrorism-related offences in Europe than at any point in the last two decades, a study has found.

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The Growing China – Israel Conflict

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Growing China – Israel Conflict

The ‘annexation deal’ which is referred as ‘deal of the century’ under which Israel is to annex West Bank of Palestine and for which Donald Trump is being heavily coerced to make ‘it possible’ in exchange of Jewish and Christian Zionists votes in America does now surely stands debunked as China, for the first time […]

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IntelBrief: Tensions Escalate Between the United Kingdom and China

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Tensions Escalate Between the United Kingdom and China

Diplomatic tensions continue to escalate between the United Kingdom and China over recent events in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

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Russia trying to hack coronavirus vaccine research is part of Kremlin’s ‘playbook’: Experts

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Russia trying to hack coronavirus vaccine research is part of Kremlin’s ‘playbook’: Experts

Russian hackers accused of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research from the U.S. is straight out of the Kremlin’s cyber playbook and shows how they’re “willing to hack just about anything,” especially during a global pandemic, security experts told the Herald.

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IntelBrief: How to Lose Friends & Energize Adversaries: The Myopia of a Transactional Approach to U.S. Alliances

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: How to Lose Friends & Energize Adversaries: The Myopia of a Transactional Approach to U.S. Alliances

Since the beginning of the Trump administration in January 2017, there has been a focus on scaling back the number of U.S. troops based overseas, not just in Afghanistan, but also in Germany and South Korea.

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IntelBrief: Gulf Rift Defies Resolution

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Gulf Rift Defies Resolution

The Trump administration is pushing to resolve the three-year old rift between Qatar and several of its Gulf neighbors before the November U.S. election.

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