Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

US-Backed Forces Target IS Remnants in Eastern Syria

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on US-Backed Forces Target IS Remnants in Eastern Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to carry out raids targeting militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group in eastern Syria.

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US says seven al Qaeda leaders killed in Syria airstrike

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on US says seven al Qaeda leaders killed in Syria airstrike

The United States believes it killed seven al Qaeda leaders in an airstrike over Syria.

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Flirting with militias: What America can learn from the Middle East

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Flirting with militias: What America can learn from the Middle East

As Americans go to the polls, we can learn hard lessons from the Middle East — where militias and nations have long grappled over authority, legitimacy, and power.

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The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Muslim World denounces French President’s remarks against Islam, its prophet

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned continued attacks and incitement against Muslim sentiment and insults of Prophet Muhammad, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

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Saudis, Arab states drastically reduce aid to Palestinians

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Saudis, Arab states drastically reduce aid to Palestinians

Arab grants and financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) have decreased since the beginning of this year by more than 81% compared to last year, exacerbating the financial crisis facing the PA.

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Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Cracks in Turkish-Russian ties begin to show

Mistrust instead of the spirit of mutually beneficial political cooperation is guiding current relations between Ankara and Moscow. Turkish-Russian ties are following a different trajectory today to what they were a year ago when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was promoting the notion of a strategic relationship in the making.

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France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on France increases tension by recalling its envoy: Turkey

France has increased the tension by recalling its ambassador in Turkey and has been continuing with its “one-sided and egocentric” approach towards incidents and bilateral relations with Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Oct. 25 in a written statement.

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Drone strike kills 14 al-Qaeda fighters in Syria: US army

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Drone strike kills 14 al-Qaeda fighters in Syria: US army

The US Army said Thursday it carried out a drone strike against al-Qaeda leaders in northwest Syria near the border, killing 14 extremists, according to a war monitor.

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The South Syria Deal: Two Years Later

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on The South Syria Deal: Two Years Later

Two years have passed since Syria’s south and southwestern regions were seized by government forces. Dubbed the “South Syria Deal,” a U.S.-Russian understanding with Jordan’s and Israel’s blessings, government forces and “state Symbols” took control of the countrysides of Daraa and Qunaytirah. Daraa-based opposition forces had to surrender and make do with a limited presence […]

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Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Death toll update | Nearly 105 fighters killed and injured of “al-Sham Corps” close to Turkey in Russian airstrike on camp near Iskenderun region, north-west of Idlib

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented further casualties in the Russian airstrikes on a camp belonging to the Ankara-backed al-Sham Corps in Jabal al-Dawila area in Harem, north-west of Idlib.

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Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey extends East Med exploration, sparks tensions with France

France gives Turkey two months to change East Med policies, recalls ambassador over Erdogan’s remarks about Macron. Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece.

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Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey begins training Libyan coastguards and thus competes with the EU and Italy

Turkish armed forces have started training the Libyan coast guard, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing reports of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The newspaper rates this as a “further blow” against Rome’s influence on the LibyanGovernment of National Accord [GNA] in Tripoli, as this activity has so far been carried out by the Italian military mission.

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Iran Holds Army Ground Force Drill in Border Area as Azerbaijani-Armenian Karabakh Conflict Persists

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Holds Army Ground Force Drill in Border Area as Azerbaijani-Armenian Karabakh Conflict Persists

Earlier this week, Tehran conducted air defence war games after stray missiles and shells made their way into Iranian territory amid ongoing hostilities between neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Why would small groups in Gaza, such as Islamic Jihad, suddenly care about a cartoon in France when they have more pressing issues? This is a sort of regional competition over who “defends Muslims.” Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have all come out with statements over the weekend slamming France over alleged […]

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Why is Iran suddenly interested in Palestinian Islamic Jihad again?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Why is Iran suddenly interested in Palestinian Islamic Jihad again?

For almost a year, Palestinian Islamic Jihad was largely absent from Iran’s media and political push. Now, Iran is back, talking about it in the media a day after Ankara’s press highlighted the group. PIJ claimed it was “mobilizing” in Gaza over the weekend, so the articles do not appear to be a coincidence.

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PIJ calls-up forces as Palestinian’s hunger strike passes 90 days – report

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on PIJ calls-up forces as Palestinian’s hunger strike passes 90 days – report

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist movement announced a general call-up of its forces on Saturday night, citing the deterioration in the condition of Maher al-Akhras, a PIJ operative hunger striking in Israel as the reason.

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Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

A normalization announcement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is close and there could be major developments following the US presidential elections depending on who wins, Mossad director Yossi Cohen has said in closed conversations, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

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IDF launches ‘Lethal Arrow’ drill simulating war with Hezbollah

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on IDF launches ‘Lethal Arrow’ drill simulating war with Hezbollah

The IDF launched a large-scale multi-front exercise on Sunday morning, simulating war with Hezbollah. Dubbed “Lethal Arrow,” the multi-day general staff drill will see the participation of thousands of troops from various branches of the military including the Air Force, Navy and the Ground Forces, as well as from the Intelligence, Technological, Logistics and Cyber […]

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Sudan agrees to negotiate accepting migrants deported from Israel

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Sudan agrees to negotiate accepting migrants deported from Israel

Sudan’s government has agreed to negotiate the repatriation of large numbers of migrants who illegally entered Israel, following the announced normalization between the countries.

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Qatar might get F-35s despite Israel’s objections, Israeli minister says

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Qatar might get F-35s despite Israel’s objections, Israeli minister says

US officials have been open to selling the F-35 to the United Arab Emirates after it and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel on Sept. 15. But they have been tight-lipped on Qatar’s bid.

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The US: An Inspirational Leader in the Middle East

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on The US: An Inspirational Leader in the Middle East

By taking a robust approach to some of the region’s more intractable issues… such as relocating the American embassy to Jerusalem, the US has produced a number of profound changes to the regional landscape, the consequences of which are likely to be felt for many years to come.

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Sudan Becomes Fifth Arab State to Agree to Normalise Relations With Israel

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Sudan Becomes Fifth Arab State to Agree to Normalise Relations With Israel

Sudan has become the third Arab country to agree to normalise relations with Israel in the run-up to the US vote. Israel and Sudan agreed Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to end hostilities with the Jewish state in the […]

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Iran Gaining in Battle for Iraq

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Gaining in Battle for Iraq

Iran has made significant gains in its efforts to reduce U.S. influence in Iraq and drive out U.S. forces. Secretary of State Pompeo’s threats to close the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will not prompt Prime Minister al-Kadhimi to rein in Iran-backed militias.

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Iran: Sudan-Israel normalization deal was secured by ‘ransom’

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran: Sudan-Israel normalization deal was secured by ‘ransom’

The US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize ties is “phony” and was secured by a “ransom,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “Pay enough ransom, close your eyes to the crimes against Palestinians, then you’ll be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist,” the ministry tweeted. “Obviously, the list is as phony as the US fight against […]

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Palestinians condemn ‘shameful’ Israel-Sudan accord

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians condemn ‘shameful’ Israel-Sudan accord

The Palestinian Authority said on Friday that it “condemns and rejects” the normalization of relations between Arab countries and Israel. A statement by the PA presidency in Ramallah said that normalization with Israel is in violation of the Arab summit resolutions and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

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Israel will not oppose US sale of F-35s to UAE

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel will not oppose US sale of F-35s to UAE

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz doubled down on his accusation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew about the sale of the F-35 to the United Arab Emirates during negotiations but kept it hidden from the defense establishment.

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Jewish politicians, organizations laud Israel-Sudan peace deal

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Jewish politicians, organizations laud Israel-Sudan peace deal

Jewish and pro-Israel politicians and organizations have praised the US-brokered normalization agreement between Israel and Sudan.

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Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress

A normalization announcement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is close and there could be major developments following the US presidential elections depending on who wins, Mossad director Yossi Cohen has said in closed conversations, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

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France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan jibe at Macron

France on Saturday said it was recalling its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, needed a mental health check-up, which Paris condemned as unacceptable.

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US issues more threats to NATO ally Turkey after Erdogan confirms tests of Russian-made S-400 systems

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on US issues more threats to NATO ally Turkey after Erdogan confirms tests of Russian-made S-400 systems

Turkey’s tests of its Russian-made S-400 air defense systems violate Ankara’s commitment to NATO and may hamper its security relations with the US, the Pentagon has said, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the drills.

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IDF strikes Gaza after two rockets fired towards southern Israel

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on IDF strikes Gaza after two rockets fired towards southern Israel

The IDF struck sites belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Ashkelon on Thursday night.One rocket fell in an open field, while the second was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

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Bomb kills Muslim leader for Syria’s capital: state media

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Bomb kills Muslim leader for Syria’s capital: state media

A prominent Syrian Muslim cleric in charge of the Damascus region was killed Thursday when a bomb planted in his car exploded outside the capital, state news agency SANA said. Adnan al-Afiyuni, the Sunni Muslim mufti for Damascus province, was considered to be close to President Bashar al-Assad who hails from the Alawite offshoot of […]

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Israeli technology exposes Gaza attack tunnel, challenges Hamas

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli technology exposes Gaza attack tunnel, challenges Hamas

The Israel Defense Forces know that the uncovering of a large Hamas terror tunnel does not mean that group would abandon its efforts to attack Israel. This week began with strenuous Israeli military activity all along the border fence with the Gaza Strip, including a troop buildup, Merkava Mark 4 tanks’ deployment and preparation of […]

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Arab-Israelis unhappy with Joint List for rejecting deals with Gulf states

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Arab-Israelis unhappy with Joint List for rejecting deals with Gulf states

Despite reluctance among Arab-Israeli lawmakers, Israel’s Arab public largely supports the normalization deals signed with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Monday, October 26, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war

Turkey’s decision to evacuate military posts in regime-held areas in Idlib is hardly reassuring when considered against the backdrop of its continued military buildup elsewhere in the region.

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