Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise In The Middle East

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise In The Middle East

Top Iran Military General Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran’s revolutionary guard Corps -Quds Force, was killed along with six others including the head of Kataib Hezbollah, Abu Mehdi Al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the PMF, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, who was reportedly present during the storming of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Dec 31st, was […]

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Parfum de guerre au Moyen-Orient

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Parfum de guerre au Moyen-Orient

Le Général iranien Qassim Suleimani, commandant de la Force Al-Qods du Corps des Gardiens de la révolution islamique, a été tué avec 6 autres personnes incluant le chef du Kataib Hezbollah, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, vice-commandant des PMF (Unités de mobilisation populaire en Irak) – qui aurait d’après certaines sources médiatiques participé au sac de l’ambassade […]

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Iran’s influence extends to South America

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s influence extends to South America

Since the death of General Soleimani in Baghdad on January 2nd as a result of a Drone Strike at the Baghdad International Airport, there has been great consternation that the Trump Administration would take such a bold step and fear that Iran will retaliate for this move.

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Mismanagement is driving Saudi Arabia towards bankruptcy

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Mismanagement is driving Saudi Arabia towards bankruptcy

On 6 March, the OPEC+ cartel failed to agree on a cut in oil production in the light of reduced demand due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting almost every country in the world. All of this came in the middle of a global financial crisis. Saudi Arabia proposed the cut, and OPEC members accepted it, […]

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The US and Iran are still perilously close to conflict

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on The US and Iran are still perilously close to conflict

Even amid the coronavirus crisis, the countries are trading threats. A de-escalation hotline is desperately needed.

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Washington needs to find a new way of dealing with Lebanon

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Washington needs to find a new way of dealing with Lebanon

For too long, Washington has been an accomplice of the rampant corruption in Lebanon, choosing to look the other way as it deals with officials known to be implicated in various corrupt schemes. Over the years, Lebanon has continued to run up unsustainable debts, only to be bailed out by the West via the Gulf […]

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Talking about water pipes: The fraught reconstruction of Syria’s Yarmouk camp

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Talking about water pipes: The fraught reconstruction of Syria’s Yarmouk camp

Toward the end of last year, officials in Damascus announced they were about to release reconstruction plans for Yarmouk camp and several other bombed-out suburbs of the Syrian capital.

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Russia signals growing dissatisfaction with Syria’s Assad regime

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Russia signals growing dissatisfaction with Syria’s Assad regime

In recent weeks, a flurry of commentary from prominent voices and publications in Russia has seen a wave of criticism directed at Syria’s Assad regime. From RIA FAN to Pravda, Kommersant and the Valdai Club, accusations have been leveled against the regime of corruption, warlordism, and incompetence, as well as an obsession with achieving unrealistic […]

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Iran Parliament Approves Bill To Change Currency, Slash Four Zeros

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Parliament Approves Bill To Change Currency, Slash Four Zeros

The Iranian Parliament on Monday voted for the details of a government monetary reform bill which will change the country’s currency name and drop four zeros from banknotes.

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Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, yet

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, yet

Hezbollah went from a guerrilla group to a terror superpower Twenty years after the last IDF soldier left southern Lebanon, the hostility between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah has only intensified.

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Islamic State: RAF airstrikes kill terrorists hiding in Iraq caves

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State: RAF airstrikes kill terrorists hiding in Iraq caves

Coalition forces continue to battle against Islamic State while the world reacts to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Collecting and analyzing Shiite militia attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Collecting and analyzing Shiite militia attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq

There is a growing consensus that attacks against U.S. facilities and personnel in Iraq by Iran-backed Shiite Militia Groups (SMGs) are increasingly becoming a “new normal.” These attacks ebb and flow pursuant to several political conditions, some of which remain outside the control of the U.S. Having both quantitative and qualitative data about each attack […]

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Special Report: Trump told Saudi: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support – sources

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Comments Off on Special Report: Trump told Saudi: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support – sources

As the United States pressed Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia, President Donald Trump gave Saudi leaders an ultimatum.

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How Hezbollah is pushing Lebanon to the brink of economic collapse

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on How Hezbollah is pushing Lebanon to the brink of economic collapse

The government led by Hassan Diab will not succeed in rescuing the Lebanese economy as long as its touted reforms are tailored to suit the needs of Hezbollah and its regional allies – and as long as the Prime Minister’s No 1 priority is to remain in power at any cost. This government is essentially […]

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ISIS is on track to double its attacks in Iraq and Syria

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS is on track to double its attacks in Iraq and Syria

With US-Iran tensions rising and the US-led Coalition withdrawing from around six military posts in Iraq, ISIS appears to be on the offensive.

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Iranian spies ‘smuggle millions to terrorists’ in Lebanon and Syria

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian spies ‘smuggle millions to terrorists’ in Lebanon and Syria

IRANIAN agents are delivering suitcases stuffed with £800,000 in cash to Hezbollah terrorists despite the Islamic state begging for financial help to deal with coronavirus, it is claimed.

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Watch coalition aircraft pummeling ISIS cave complexes in Iraq

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Watch coalition aircraft pummeling ISIS cave complexes in Iraq

COVID or no COVID, the coalition is still keeping pressure on ISIS fighters across Syria and Iraq.

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Social media platforms allow blacklisted extremists to use accounts

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Social media platforms allow blacklisted extremists to use accounts

Social media giants have been criticised for allowing sanctioned terrorists to use their platforms, including a Qatari who allegedly gave Al Qaeda £1.6 million (Dh7.37m) a month.

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IntelBrief: United States and Iran Heading Slowly Toward the Brink Again

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: United States and Iran Heading Slowly Toward the Brink Again

Bottom Line up Front

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PLO’s Program of Deception and Lies

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on PLO’s Program of Deception and Lies

“The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security… accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338… commits itself… to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides… the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence… the PLO affirms that those […]

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The Middle East between Collective Security and Collective Breakdown

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on The Middle East between Collective Security and Collective Breakdown

What’s new?* Middle East tensions spiked in the past year following attacks on oil tankers and Saudi oil facilities, the U.S. killing of a senior Iranian commander and Iranian military retaliation. Some of Washington’s allies, losing confidence the U.S. will reliably extend military protection, have started making cautious diplomatic overtures to Iran.

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Hezbollah considers the United States, not Israel, its greatest enemy

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah considers the United States, not Israel, its greatest enemy

April 18, 1996 is an infamous date in Lebanese history, particularly, among south Lebanon’s Shia Muslims. Israeli forces, engaged in operation Grapes of Wrath against Hezbollah, struck a UN compound in Qana, killing 106 Lebanese civilians sheltering there. The group, however, placed ultimate blame for the strike on the United States, not Israel.

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A rift emerges among pro-Iranian militias in Iraq

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on A rift emerges among pro-Iranian militias in Iraq

Different units are increasingly divided between those who want to play a role in Iran’s regional strategy and those who want to be a more local Iraqi force.

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Iraq officials say IS targets intelligence bureau; 3 wounded

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq officials say IS targets intelligence bureau; 3 wounded

A militant wearing a suicide vest struck an intelligence bureau in northern Iraq on Tuesday, wounding at least three members of the security personnel, Iraqi officials said, blaming the attack on the Islamic State group.

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Islamic State conducts attacks near Iraq’s Syrian and Iranian borders

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State conducts attacks near Iraq’s Syrian and Iranian borders

A number of attacks in Iraq’s bordering province, especially Diyala along the Iranian border, have raised concern. Islamic State fighters have filmed themselves with weapons that appear to be of Iranian origin, while security gaps remain due to tension between the KRG and Baghdad.

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IS Militants Stepping Up Attacks in Syria’s Desert

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on IS Militants Stepping Up Attacks in Syria’s Desert

Militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group have increased their attacks in recent weeks against military forces and civilians in the desert region of Syria.

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Russian presence in Libya more dangerous than ISIS, says US Africa Command

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Russian presence in Libya more dangerous than ISIS, says US Africa Command

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the rebel leader who controls Libya’s oil-rich east, recently declared he has a popular mandate to rule all of the North African nation, a move that may give Russia the upper hand if he can succeed in taking Tripoli amid nearly a decade’s worth of sectarian strife.

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Syria war: Dozens killed in truck bomb attack at Afrin market

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Syria war: Dozens killed in truck bomb attack at Afrin market

At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the north-western Syrian city of Afrin, Turkey says.

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Hezbollah responds to recent warnings from Israel

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah responds to recent warnings from Israel

Recent warnings from Israel against Hezbollah’s military activity in southern Syria have elicited a response from the Iranian-backed group. The warning came in the form of an incident that occurred along the Lebanon-Israel border.

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Iranian-backed militias playing key role in Anbar against ISIS

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian-backed militias playing key role in Anbar against ISIS

US-Iran tensions and protests in Iraq, as well as other issues that lead to instability have enabled ISIS cells to continue to function.

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Turkish Drone Kills Two Tahrir al-Sham Militants in Idlib

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish Drone Kills Two Tahrir al-Sham Militants in Idlib

Two members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) were killed on Sunday and three others were injured after Turkish drones targeted a car they were driving in Al-Nayrab town in the eastern countryside of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov dismiss as ‘impractical’ Pompeo’s anti-Iran UN bid

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov dismiss as ‘impractical’ Pompeo’s anti-Iran UN bid

The top Iranian and Russian diplomats have dismissed a plot by their US counterpart to press for the extension of a UN arms embargo against the Islamic Republic by resorting to a process outlined in a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington has already abandoned.

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IS Militants Stepping Up Attacks in Syria’s Desert

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on IS Militants Stepping Up Attacks in Syria’s Desert

Militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group have increased their attacks in recent weeks against military forces and civilians in the desert region of Syria.

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Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian missile defenses responded to an attack by Israeli warplanes, intercepting several missiles over Damascus launched from Lebanese airspace, Syria’s SANA news agency reported.

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In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war.

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