Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Increasing demands in Iraq to bar armed militias from elections

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Increasing demands in Iraq to bar armed militias from elections

Many Iran-backed militias participated in 2018 general elections via independent lists or general lists. There are increasing demands in Iraq for political parties with armed wings to be barred from participating in general elections scheduled for next summer in order to ensure participants have an equal opportunity at the polls, which are being viewed with […]

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Riyadh pushes for new Yemeni cabinet but Qatar, Turkey block process

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Riyadh pushes for new Yemeni cabinet but Qatar, Turkey block process

The Arab coalition is very much concerned over the expansion of the Qatari and Turkish sphere of influence within the legitimate government’s institutions and its political and partisan components.

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Japan rejects China’s proposal for easing tensions over isle sovereignty

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Japan rejects China’s proposal for easing tensions over isle sovereignty

Japan will not accept China’s proposal to ease bilateral tensions over the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, the government’s top spokesman said Thursday, dismissing it as part of an attempt to advance Beijing’s claims to Tokyo’s territory.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Iran: US Is ‘Busy Occupying Syria and Plundering Its Oil and Wealth’

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iran: US Is ‘Busy Occupying Syria and Plundering Its Oil and Wealth’

Iran’s permanent representative to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said on Wednesday that the unilateral embargo measures against Syria and Iran are illegal, inhuman and doomed to failure. Ravanchi accused the US forces of being “busy occupying parts of Syria and plundering the oil and wealth of the country.”

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After cessation of aerial operations for nearly 15 days | Russian jets bombard Jabal Al-Akrad, while rebels shell regime positions in Idlib

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on After cessation of aerial operations for nearly 15 days | Russian jets bombard Jabal Al-Akrad, while rebels shell regime positions in Idlib

Russian fighter jets have executed several airstrikes targeting the hills of Kabani in Jabal Al-Akrad in the north-eastern countryside of Latakia. These airstrikes come after suspension of Russian aerial operations on the “de-escalation zone” for nearly 15 days.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Pakistan, South East Asia

Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles with increased control range

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles with increased control range

Ukrainian tactical unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2 conduct exercises together with artillery and aviation at the Shirokolanski training ground in the vicinity of Mikolaevo, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. For this purpose, the machines fly almost 500 km from their home air base in Starokostiantyniv, which confirms the information about the modification increasing the control range […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Israeli army has been instructed to prepare for a US military strike on Iran

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli army has been instructed to prepare for a US military strike on Iran

According to sources, US President Donald Trump began to seriously consider the option of attacking Iranian facilities after he was informed of the growing stocks of enriched uranium in Iran. According to the Axios portal, citing sources, the Israeli government has instructed the Defense Army to prepare for a possible United States military strike on […]

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

Turkey seen planning more active role in war-ravaged Yemen

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey seen planning more active role in war-ravaged Yemen

The Muslim Brotherhood is enthused by the arrival in Turkey of prominent leader in the Reform Party Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani from Saudi Arabia. The group is reportedly desperate to control the next government, and eventually provide political cover for a possible Turkish intervention in Yemen.

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Aliyah Minister to fly to Ethiopia to prepare new Falash Mura immigration

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Aliyah Minister to fly to Ethiopia to prepare new Falash Mura immigration

The immigration of 2,000 members of the Falash Mura community was approved by the government in September. Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata is set to travel to Ethiopia on Saturday night in preparation for the immigration to Israel of some 2,000 members of the Falash Mura community by February 2021.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

No deal between Israel & Saudi Arabia yet, but expect more weapons sales

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on No deal between Israel & Saudi Arabia yet, but expect more weapons sales

Iran is viewed as a threat by Jerusalem, Riyadh and Washington. So despite human rights violations, there will likely be more arms procurement by the Kingdom should they normalize ties with Israel. Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia’s appetite for weapons has grown and with normalization with Israel no longer being a pipe dream, […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iranian war games, Trump’s legacy and boxing in Biden – analysis

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian war games, Trump’s legacy and boxing in Biden – analysis

There will be no attack by the US on Iran in US President Donald Trump’s remaining seven weeks in office. But apparently there are many who would like to convince Iran and its proxies that the threat is real.

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

‘Turkey will take necessary steps against EU operation’

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Turkey will take necessary steps against EU operation’

Ankara will take necessary steps in every field against the EU’s Operation Irini over the illegal search of a Turkish-flagged vessel bound for Libya, Turkey’s National Security Council said on Wednesday.

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Russia sends drones tested in Syria to Karabakh

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Russia sends drones tested in Syria to Karabakh

Russia has strengthened its peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). A special medical detachment was transferred Thursday to Artsakh.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Former Turkish military officer reveals details of Turkey’s illegal arms shipments to Syria

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Former Turkish military officer reveals details of Turkey’s illegal arms shipments to Syria

Nuri Gökhan Bozkır, a former major who served in an elite force attached to the Special Forces Command (ÖKK) in the Turkish military before he was dishonorably discharged in 2007, on Tuesday explained in an interview with Ukrainian news website Strana the details of Turkey’s illegal arms deliveries to Syria, in which he was a […]

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Expert says Russia would not tolerate Turkey’s actions to populate NK territories with Syrians

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Expert says Russia would not tolerate Turkey’s actions to populate NK territories with Syrians

Turkey’s plans to populate the territories of Nagorno Karabakh, which have come under the Azerbaijani control, with Syrians will not be accepted by both Russia and Iran. Russia would not allow it or will take anti-terrorist measures later, Expert on Turkish studies Ruben Melkonyan told Armenpress, commenting on the foreign and local media reports according […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz, Turkey

Twenty one pro-Turkish fighters killed in northern Syria

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Twenty one pro-Turkish fighters killed in northern Syria

Twenty-nine people were killed Tuesday by explosives in three separate incidents in parts of north Syria along the border with Turkey, a war monitor said. There was no immediate link between the two car bombings near Al-Bab and in Afrin that killed a total of eight people, or the incident that claimed 21 lives in […]

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Azerbaijani army occupies another region of Nagorno-Karabakh

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Azerbaijani army occupies another region of Nagorno-Karabakh

The Azerbaijani army has entered the Kelbecer area, another territory lost by Armenian forces under a truce that ended bloody fighting over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said on Wednesday.

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Belgian MP proposes Hezbollah ban

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Belgian MP proposes Hezbollah ban

Brussels, like many other countries in Europe, follows the EU’s policy of banning Hezbollah’s military arm and not its political branch. Belgium must act to ban Hezbollah in its entirety, lawmaker Michael Freilich said, submitting a bill to that effect this week.

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Hamas: Security coordination with Israel foiled unity talks

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas: Security coordination with Israel foiled unity talks

Hamas is strongly opposed to security coordination with Israel and considers it a form of “collaboration with the Zionist enemy.” The Palestinian Authority’s recent decision to restore its relations with Israel has scuttled efforts to end the long-standing dispute between the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction and Hamas.

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Ramming attack foiled by Border Police at checkpoint near Jerusalem

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ramming attack foiled by Border Police at checkpoint near Jerusalem

The suspect was evacuated to Hadassah-University Medical Center and died from his injuries after failed resuscitation efforts. A ramming attack was foiled on Wednesday afternoon at the az-Za’ayyem checkpoint near Jerusalem. The attacker died a couple of hours later, following failed resuscitation efforts at Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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COVID Economy: A Deliberate Disaster

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on COVID Economy: A Deliberate Disaster

With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918.

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Keep Calm and Just Die

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Keep Calm and Just Die

The government in England has ordered schools not to use resources and materials from organizations that have expressed any desire to end capitalism. There are several different ways one can think about this, but I believe the best may be to envision a government ordering its teachers to never inform someone on fire that they […]

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Trump Leaves Biden a Quarantine…But Against China

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Leaves Biden a Quarantine…But Against China

Donald Trump is making sure that President-elect Joe Biden has great difficulty getting out of the starting gate in January. On the domestic front, the chief of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, is refusing to allow the start of the transition in the short period between the election in November and the inauguration in […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Israel again strikes targets in southern Syria

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Israel again strikes targets in southern Syria

Syria’s state news media reported material damage from an Israeli strike on Syrian air defenses and Iranian militias in the country yesterday. Israel reportedly bombed targets in southern Syria again late Tuesday evening.

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The Netherlands to send new troops to Iraq as coalition shifts to advisory role

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on The Netherlands to send new troops to Iraq as coalition shifts to advisory role

The Dutch now take the helm of a training mission that focuses on “expert specialized capabilities.” The Netherlands is preparing to bolster its mission in Iraq by sending up to 150 additional troops to Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a vote by the Dutch Council of Ministers on Friday. The troops will be responsible for security […]

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Biden will face matrix of conflicting influence campaigns in Africa, Mideast

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Biden will face matrix of conflicting influence campaigns in Africa, Mideast

Egypt seeks to check Turkish influence in North Africa and the Horn, while its priority remains Nile Dam talks with Ethiopia. The incoming Joe Biden administration will find that key Middle East fault lines are increasingly present in Africa. On one side is Egypt, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. On the […]

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Is Turkey gearing up for military move against Syrian Kurds?

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Is Turkey gearing up for military move against Syrian Kurds?

A marked increase in Turkish military activity in the area between Ain Issa and Tall Tamer in northern Syria has raised the specter of a fresh Turkish military move to curb the Kurds before

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Turkey’s Erdogan crushes hopes of reform, lashes out at AKP veteran

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s Erdogan crushes hopes of reform, lashes out at AKP veteran

In an address before parliament, the president said there “is no Kurdish problem” in Turkey and took aim at fellow AKP member Bulent Arinc over the latter’s comments supporting the release of a jailed Kurdish leader.

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Kurdish and Turkey-Backed Fighters Clash in Syria, 11 Killed

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Kurdish and Turkey-Backed Fighters Clash in Syria, 11 Killed

Clashes have rocked Ayn Issa, with fighting between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed opposition gunmen and leaving 11 people dead reports Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

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Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi—Assassins’ Motives beyond Iran.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi—Assassins’ Motives beyond Iran.

Short analysis by:Ejaz Hussain,London. The assassination of Dr Fakhrizadeh on Friday 27 November is not just ‘another’ incident—it’s causality is greater than it’s aftermath. Having followed closely the roadmap to JCPOA (October 2015), course of negotiations in Switzerland and Austria, and post-JCPOA developments—the compass of my anschauung of this highly planned killing is much wider […]

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

Armed group deploys at Libya’s NOC headquarters

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Armed group deploys at Libya’s NOC headquarters

An armed group attempted to storm Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli but was stopped by guards, the company said on Monday, underscoring the security risks that the North African nation’s energy industry continues to face.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Magreb

Steinitz to Lebanese president: Let’s negotiate maritime border

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Steinitz to Lebanese president: Let’s negotiate maritime border

The invitation came in light of Lebanon increasing its demands for more maritime territory than had previously been part of the negotiations with Israel. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called on Lebanese President Michel Aoun to meet in Europe for direct negotiations on the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, in a tweet sent Monday […]

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Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list

An Egyptian court placed nearly 30 people, including a leading pro-democracy activist and an Islamist politician, on a terrorism watch list over accusations they joined the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the official gazette reported Monday.

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Biden’s new secretary of state ready to take on the Middle East

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Biden’s new secretary of state ready to take on the Middle East

Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, has worked alongside Biden for nearly two decades. President-elect Joe Biden named foreign policy veteran Antony Blinken as his pick for Secretary of State on Monday, tasking a trusted aide with fulfilling his campaign pledge to reassert America’s standing on the world stage.

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Arab Coalition destroys naval mines planted by Houthis in Red Sea

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Arab Coalition destroys naval mines planted by Houthis in Red Sea

The Arab Coalition on Tuesday said it had destroyed five naval mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the southern Red Sea.

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