Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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 […]

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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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Israel reinforces Lebanon border after Hezbollah threats

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel reinforces Lebanon border after Hezbollah threats

The Israeli military said Thursday it was reinforcing the country’s northern border with infantry troops “in accordance with the situational assessment.”

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Turkey shifts fight against Kurdish militants deeper into Iraq

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey shifts fight against Kurdish militants deeper into Iraq

Turkey is taking its decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

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Islamic State remains ‘most significant’ threat to UK

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State remains ‘most significant’ threat to UK

The Islamic State group (IS) remains the “most significant” threat to the UK, the defence secretary has warned.

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Israeli airstrikes in Damascus reportedly kill Hezbollah fighter

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli airstrikes in Damascus reportedly kill Hezbollah fighter

Israel’s Air Force reportedly struck multiple military sites in Damascus, Syria during the overnight hours of July 20, which resulted in the confirmed killing of a Lebanese Hezbollah fighter.

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Hezbollah terrorist killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah terrorist killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Five Iranian and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the strikes as well, according to initial reports. The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist movement announced on Tuesday that Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, a member of Hezbollah, was killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Damascus on Monday night. Israel is concerned about a possible response from Hezbollah, according to […]

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Foreign fighters key to ISIS resurgence as thousands join new militias

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Foreign fighters key to ISIS resurgence as thousands join new militias

Legions of ISIS foreign fighters have fanned out across the globe to pose the threat of a resurgence by the group in territories from Syria into Asia.

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Mawla the ‘Destroyer’, brutal new head of IS group

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Mawla the ‘Destroyer’, brutal new head of IS group

With monikers as divergent as the “Professor” and the “Destroyer”, the Islamic State group’s new head has a reputation for brutality, but otherwise remains largely an enigma.

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Qatar’s Hezbollah funding exposed by whistle-blower contractor

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Qatar’s Hezbollah funding exposed by whistle-blower contractor

A whistle-blower has claimed that he earned tens of thousands of euros from Qatar for hiding a dossier that documented the country’s support for Hezbollah.

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Israel probes Palestinian Jerusalem governor over ‘terrorism’

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel probes Palestinian Jerusalem governor over ‘terrorism’

Israel is investigating the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem over suspected terrorism, in the first such allegation against the often-arrested leader, his lawyer said Monday.

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Lebanese Hezbollah’s growing crisis

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanese Hezbollah’s growing crisis

Caught between trying to keep a gun to the head of Lebanese democracy and attracting international bailout funds, the Lebanese Hezbollah is mired in a growing crisis.

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The Spreading Scourge of Illusory Superiority

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on The Spreading Scourge of Illusory Superiority

Illusory Superiority is a quality that now afflicts many in public policy who think they know most things better than the mayor, the governor, or the president.

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The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

For almost four decades, Iran’s regime has been squandering the nation’s resources on terror and militia groups… It is estimated that the regime has spent more than $100 billion on its nuclear program.

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Hamas acknowledges a ‘collaborator’ fled to Israel

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas acknowledges a ‘collaborator’ fled to Israel

Against the backdrop of two al Qassam Brigades’ commanders killed during the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas’ senior political member, Mousa Abu Marzouk, admitted in an interview with al Mayadeen that a Palestinian ‘collaborator’ had recently fled to Israel.

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Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Turkey has openly admitted that its secret service MIT is taking ISIS members out of the Hol Camp in northeast Syria.

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Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Turkish police said on Sunday they had detained 27 people with links to the Islamic State militant group whom they suspect were preparing for an attack.

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SDF Launches 2nd Phase of ‘Deterring Terrorism’ Campaign

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on SDF Launches 2nd Phase of ‘Deterring Terrorism’ Campaign

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced launching the second phase of its ”Deterring Terrorism” campaign to track down and pursue ISIS cells in northeastern Syria, along the Euphrates River basin and areas on the Iraqi border.

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US Sanctions on Syria Leave Hezbollah More Isolated in Lebanon

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on US Sanctions on Syria Leave Hezbollah More Isolated in Lebanon

New U.S. sanctions targeting the Syrian government appear to also undermine Hezbollah in Lebanon. Experts say the measures are alienating Hezbollah from its political allies in Lebanon and weakening its usage of state institutions to assist the Syrian regime.

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Qatar finances Hezbollah terrorism, declares ‘Jews are enemies’ – report

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Qatar finances Hezbollah terrorism, declares ‘Jews are enemies’ – report

A German private security contractor, who has worked for the federal republic’s intelligence and security services, leveled bombshell allegations against Qatar’s regime, stating Doha finances the US and EU-designated terrorist movement Hezbollah and has declared Jews to be the enemies of the tiny Gulf state.

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PA: 23 EU countries stand with Palestine against annexation

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on PA: 23 EU countries stand with Palestine against annexation

Nabil Shaath, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ close aide, announced on Wednesday that 23 European Union (EU) countries stand with Palestine against the Israeli plan to annex large swathes of occupied West Bank, Al Watan Voice reported.

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Saudis angered as petrol prices rise 34%

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Saudis angered as petrol prices rise 34%

Saudi social media users rejected state-owned oil company Aramco’s decision to increase petrol and other fuel prices by 34 per cent this month.

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Mysterious Explosions Continue to Rock Iran

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Mysterious Explosions Continue to Rock Iran

The July 2 explosion at a key Iranian nuclear facility was likely an attack organized by an external actor.

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Hezbollah financier ‘freed by US after secret Iran talks’

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah financier ‘freed by US after secret Iran talks’

A Lebanese man convicted of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the US last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials told Reuters news agency.

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Jordan: Top court orders local Muslim Brotherhood group dissolved

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Jordan: Top court orders local Muslim Brotherhood group dissolved

Reformist splinter group, which separated from Muslim Brotherhood in 2015, emerges victorious in landmark case

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