Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus

Israel plans to deploy electronic counterterrorism measures to track the movements of people who might be infected with the coronavirus, officials said, a confluence of crime fighting and public health that could become more common even as it sparked civil liberty concerns.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkey Orders 4 Baghdadi Relatives Jailed for Joining ISIS

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Orders 4 Baghdadi Relatives Jailed for Joining ISIS

A Turkish court ordered the imprisonment of four relatives of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for joining the terrorist group.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Islamic State: US military says RAF airstrikes may have killed civilians

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State: US military says RAF airstrikes may have killed civilians

There is “credible” evidence British airstrikes against the Islamic State group have killed civilians in Iraq and Syria, the US military has said.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Purported new Iraqi Shia group claims attacks on Camp Taji

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Purported new Iraqi Shia group claims attacks on Camp Taji

A likely Iranian-backed militant group called “League of the Revolutionaries” published a video Sunday claiming responsibility for recent attacks against a base housing American-led coalition troops in Iraq.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Sharing the Burden: Revisiting the EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Sharing the Burden: Revisiting the EU-Turkey Migration Deal

On the night of 27-28 February, Turkey lifted the strict controls it has enforced at its sea and land borders with Greece since March 2016, prompting thousands of migrants to head for the frontier in order to attempt passage into Europe. Ankara’s decision came just an hour after news broke that at least 34 Turkish […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on What will happen to Iraqi Shiite militias after one key leader’s death?

The U.S. decision to assassinate Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January inadvertently also caused the death of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the powerful and influential head of Kataib Hezbollah and de facto head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). While commentators have focused on Soleimani, the death of Muhandis has broad implications for Iraq’s Shiite militia […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkish strike in Syria kills nine Hezbollah members, wounds 30: source

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish strike in Syria kills nine Hezbollah members, wounds 30: source

Turkish strikes on northwest Syria late on Friday killed nine members of Iran-backed Hezbollah and wounded 30 others, a commander in the regional alliance backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said. The commander said on Saturday that the Turkish strikes targeted Hezbollah headquarters near the city of Saraqeb in Idlib, a flashpoint of fighting in recent […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted a senior member of Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, punishing it for its attacks targeting U.S. forces, most recently for killing an American contractor in an Iraqi military base near the northern city of Kirkuk.

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

Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza

Truce implemented after Islamic Jihad armed group and Israeli army traded rocket fire and air raids since Sunday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

What’s at Stake in Idlib, Last Battle in Syria’s War

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on What’s at Stake in Idlib, Last Battle in Syria’s War

After nine years of civil war, the fighting over who controls Syria has come down to one province: opposition-held Idlib, in the northwest. Backed by Russian air power, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began to advance on the area early this year. Because the drive left rebels and civilians caught in the crossfire with […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

War in Syria: ‘Carnage’, flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on War in Syria: ‘Carnage’, flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres

UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that “we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

US Hits Back in Iraq, Targeting Militia Behind Deadly Rocket Attack

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on US Hits Back in Iraq, Targeting Militia Behind Deadly Rocket Attack

U.S. warplanes soaring through the skies of Iraq hit a series of sites belonging to an Iranian-backed militia, exacting revenge for a deadly attack on American and coalition troops just 24 hours earlier.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

MBS orders arrest of 3 senior Saudi princes including King’s brother

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on MBS orders arrest of 3 senior Saudi princes including King’s brother

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) detained three senior members of the kingdom’s royal family yesterday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraq calls in US, British envoys after multiple airstrikes on Hashd Sha’abi positions

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq calls in US, British envoys after multiple airstrikes on Hashd Sha’abi positions

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has summoned the US and British ambassadors to Baghdad over a string of airstrikes carried out by the United States against multiple locations of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is far from the first proof of how intertwined we are as a global community. The climate crisis and the refugee crisis have long been glaring examples that the wars or CO2 emissions on one continent risk the lives and well-being of people on another continent. What coronavirus is providing, however, […]

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

Middle East disinformation: 2020 prospects & solutions

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Middle East disinformation: 2020 prospects & solutions

Middle East Disinformation: 2020 Prospects & Solutions Social media has transformed the information landscape in the Middle East over the past decade. The 2009 Green Revolution and the 2011 Arab Spring demonstrated the enormous power of platforms like Twitter and Facebook for political organizing.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Russia’s Middle East: You probe with bayonets. If you find mush, you proceed …

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Russia’s Middle East: You probe with bayonets. If you find mush, you proceed …

There was a firefight During the winter of 2019, teams of U.S. Army Special Forces and U.S. Marines were positioned alongside their allied militia unit, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), by an oil field near Deir Ezzor, Syria. What looked like a Russian-led militia force, including a number of armored vehicles, lined up nearby in […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Syrian Jets ‘Downed’ As Turkey Says ‘No Desire Or Intention To Clash With Russia’

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian Jets ‘Downed’ As Turkey Says ‘No Desire Or Intention To Clash With Russia’

Turkey’s defense minister said on March 1 that his country was “successfully” continuing its military operation in northwestern Syria against the Russian-backed regime in Damascus and that Ankara doesn’t have “the desire or intention to clash with Russia.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Lebanon crisis: How the US can bypass Hezbollah and help the people

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon crisis: How the US can bypass Hezbollah and help the people

As Lebanon nears a breaking point due to its acute financial crisis, the Trump administration faces a policy dilemma: should it financially support a corrupt ruling faction that is allied with Hezbollah – Iran’s friend and Washington’s nemesis – or should it hold off on aid and watch the country fall apart?

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Cease-fire in Syria Largely Holds on First Day

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on Cease-fire in Syria Largely Holds on First Day

Monitors in Syria said Friday that a cease-fire was largely holding on the first day of a truce between Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, and Turkey, which backs some Syrian rebel groups.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

More trouble in the House of Saud

Monday, March 9, 2020 Comments Off on More trouble in the House of Saud

Did Bin-Salman thwart a ruling family coup, or launch a pre-emptive strike to ease his ascent to the throne?

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Nasser Salah al Din Brigades republishes details of events leading up to 2018 ambush of IDF soldiers

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Comments Off on Nasser Salah al Din Brigades republishes details of events leading up to 2018 ambush of IDF soldiers

On Feb. 20, a militant group in the Gaza Strip, Nasser Salah al Din Brigades, published a video (which originally aired in 2018) about the details of a 2018 operation that targeted IDF soldiers at the Gaza security fence. In the publication, a series of events are explained as to what made the militant group […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Islamic State Was Going To Attack Beirut’s US Embassy – Lebanese Security

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State Was Going To Attack Beirut’s US Embassy – Lebanese Security

Lebanon’s security agency this week released a number of documents detailing a thwarted plot by a member of the Islamic State (IS) group to attack the US Embassy in Lebanon with a drone.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Israel Strikes Militants in Syria and Gaza After Clash Over Body at Border

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Israel Strikes Militants in Syria and Gaza After Clash Over Body at Border

A failed attempt to plant a bomb at the border cost a Palestinian militant his life. But the seizure of his body drew harsh criticism within Israel.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Isis supporter admits plot to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Isis supporter admits plot to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel

A supporter of Islamic State has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Al-Qaida Confirms Death of AQAP Leader

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Al-Qaida Confirms Death of AQAP Leader

The terror group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has confirmed the death of its leader, Qasim al-Rimi, the Site Intelligence Group reported Sunday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain to resume Qatar post services despite dispute

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain to resume Qatar post services despite dispute

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have agreed to resume postal services to Qatar almost three years after they were stopped due to a political dispute, the United Nations said on Monday, Reuters reports.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Jihadist Factor in Syria’s Idlib: A Conversation with Abu Muhammad al-Jolani

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on The Jihadist Factor in Syria’s Idlib: A Conversation with Abu Muhammad al-Jolani

As a humanitarian disaster unfolds in Idlib, the last bastion of Syria’s Islamist rebels, the question is whether accommodation is possible between the militants and their foes. External actors should answer by gauging the insurgents’ ability to maintain calm and their sincerity about aiding civilians.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Deadly Clashes in Syria’s Idlib Show Limits of Turkey’s Options

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Deadly Clashes in Syria’s Idlib Show Limits of Turkey’s Options

What happened? An airstrike killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Idlib, in the north west of Syria, on 27 February, according to Turkish state media. The strike exacted the highest death toll upon the Turkish military in any single day’s action for more than two decades. Ankara mainly blamed the Syrian regime for the […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining IS Group

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining IS Group

Kosovar prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against an ethnic Albanian woman who allegedly joined a terror group in Syria.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Crisis puts Lebanon’s survival at stake, Hezbollah warns

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Crisis puts Lebanon’s survival at stake, Hezbollah warns

Lebanon may not survive if its new government fails, the powerful Hezbollah warned on Sunday, urging the country’s divided politicians not to obstruct the cabinet as it seeks to address an unprecedented economic and financial crisis.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Turkey Says Two Killed in Car Bomb Attack Near Syria Border

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Says Two Killed in Car Bomb Attack Near Syria Border

A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed two people and wounded five on Sunday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups “wherever they are found”.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq

A rocket attack struck near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq early Sunday, a U.S. military and Iraqi officials have confirmed.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

“Right now people are mad, not just because of their own government… People are furious about the Western reaction, with the silence of the world. When they see that people are getting killed, but still the Western governments do not dare to openly support human rights and ask the United Nations to make an open […]

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