Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Iran has a new warship packed with drones and missiles

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Comments Off on Iran has a new warship packed with drones and missiles

On its surface this is just a transport ship, but Iran has crowded its deck with all sorts of weapons to show off what it can do. Iran unveiled a new ship over the weekend called the Shahid Roudaki. It is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and was given a spotlight at Bandar […]

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Pro-Erdoğan company’s survey shows child soldiers among Turkish-backed Syrian opposition

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Comments Off on Pro-Erdoğan company’s survey shows child soldiers among Turkish-backed Syrian opposition

The Turkey-backed Syrian National Army’s (SNA) ranks may include some four percent child soldiers, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), an Ankara-based research company known for its close relations with the Turkish government. child soldiers

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Pompeo during rare Golan Heights visit: ‘This is Israel’

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Comments Off on Pompeo during rare Golan Heights visit: ‘This is Israel’

Secretary tours Syrian border with Israeli counterpart, scoffs at US elites and ‘salons of Europe’ who want Assad to control strategic ridge; is briefed on Iran’s influence in area Mike Pompeo on Thursday visited the Golan Heights, a first trip to the contested territory since Washington recognized Israeli sovereignty over the plateau last year.

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Israel accuses Lebanon of changing position during disputed maritime border talks

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Comments Off on Israel accuses Lebanon of changing position during disputed maritime border talks

Israel has accused Lebanon of changing its position in talks on their disputed maritime border and warned it could lead to a “dead end” that would be damaging for the whole region.

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Islamic State claims sabotage attack on Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State claims sabotage attack on Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel

Egypt’s military said it was a “limited explosion.” Egypt’s military said a “limited explosion” struck a gas pipeline in North Sinai on Thursday, an incident for which the Islamic State’s local branch has claimed credit.

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Saudi Arabia’s dire rights record looms over G-20 summit

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia’s dire rights record looms over G-20 summit

Riyadh’s hosting of the annual summit has drawn criticism from a broad coalition of human rights groups.

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Is Russia’s naval base in Sudan a signal to Turkey … and Biden?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Comments Off on Is Russia’s naval base in Sudan a signal to Turkey … and Biden?

Moscow is set to create a strategic foothold in Africa along vital shipping routes. Russian President Vladimir Putin approved on Nov. 16 the government’s plans to create a naval facility in Sudan to service the needs of the Russian navy in the region and serve as a logistics center. The Russian Defense Ministry signed the […]

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Assad Advisor Teases Military Operation in Northern Syria

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Comments Off on Assad Advisor Teases Military Operation in Northern Syria

The newly promoted Luna al-Shibl has posted on her Facebook page, that the Syrian army will soon be conducting an assault on northern Syria reports Baladi News.

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Iran’s Guards launch aircraft carrier-scale warship amid tensions with US

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s Guards launch aircraft carrier-scale warship amid tensions with US

The Islamic Republic reiterated that any attack on it by the United States would face a “crushing” response. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have added a warship capable of carrying aircraft, missile launchers and drones to its naval fleet, state media said on Thursday, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington.

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Lebanon army chief: No compromise with Israel on sea border sovereignty

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon army chief: No compromise with Israel on sea border sovereignty

Israel’s energy minister, overseeing the talks with Lebanon, said Lebanon had now changed its position seven times and was contradicting its own assertions. Lebanon’s army chief said on Friday that there would be no compromise on the country’s sovereignty in maritime border negotiations with Israel, the Saudi-based Arab News reported.

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Palestinians slam Pompeo move labeling West Bank goods as ‘made in Israel’

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians slam Pompeo move labeling West Bank goods as ‘made in Israel’

The Palestinians on Thursday condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the settlement of Psagot. They also condemned the US administration’s decision to consider goods made in settlements as Israeli products.

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IDF: Terror cell behind placing of IEDs is Unit 840 of Iran’s Quds Force

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on IDF: Terror cell behind placing of IEDs is Unit 840 of Iran’s Quds Force

The military has been following cells of the Quds Force for several months that have been trying to plant explosives on the border. The terrorist cell responsible for anti-personnel mines and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the Golan Heights is being operated by Iran’s Quds Force, according to the IDF.

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UN Watchdog Says Iran Has Again Breached Nuclear Deal With Step To Fire Up Centrifuges

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on UN Watchdog Says Iran Has Again Breached Nuclear Deal With Step To Fire Up Centrifuges

The UN’s atomic watchdog says Iran has again breached its nuclear deal with major powers by firing up advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges installed underground at its Natanz site. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi told a press conference on November 18 that centrifuges in a buried part of the Natanz site, which the […]

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Qatar calls UAE and Bahrain’s normalization with Israel ‘sovereign decision’

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Qatar calls UAE and Bahrain’s normalization with Israel ‘sovereign decision’

Qatar’s foreign minister also stressed a “united front” of Arab states on the Israel-Palestine issue and discussed Qatar’s relations with Israel. Qatar’s foreign minister said at a Monday forum that the Gulf state does not have a position on its neighbors the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain normalizing relations with Israel.

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Iraqi armed factions form Sharia Youth group

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi armed factions form Sharia Youth group

Several Shiite armed groups, which in recent months have targeted the US presence in Iraq, are setting up youth groups to prepare the next generation. Little-known armed groups — possibly linked to pro-Iran Kataib Hezbollah — have in recent months targeted “vice” in Baghdad by attacking shops selling alcohol while simultaneously becoming more involved in […]

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Rockets fall in Baghdad after Pentagon announces Iraq troop reduction

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Rockets fall in Baghdad after Pentagon announces Iraq troop reduction

One child was killed and at least five other people were injured, the Iraqi military said. Five people were injured and a child was killed after a barrage of rockets landed in Baghdad on Tuesday evening, shortly after the Pentagon announced the United States would pull another 500 troops from Iraq on orders from President […]

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Resurgent ISIS kills 11 regime soldiers in Syria

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Resurgent ISIS kills 11 regime soldiers in Syria

In recent months, “Islamic State” extremists have been demanding tax payments from residents of towns and villages in eastern Syria. Clashes in the Syrian desert between Russia-backed Syrian government forces and “Islamic State” (ISIS) group extremists killed 11 regime loyalists Wednesday, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based war monitor said.

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Turkey might provide military support and return Donbass to Ukraine

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey might provide military support and return Donbass to Ukraine

Several fronts on which the Turkish state has participated in recent years and months have gradually subsided. In Syria, the action is going according to plan, and attacks on Turkish convoys are already happening, although Russia is keeping Ankara’s actions short in this region.

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IS kills 11 pro-regime fighters in Syria clashes: monitor

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on IS kills 11 pro-regime fighters in Syria clashes: monitor

Clashes in the Syrian desert between Russia-backed Syrian government forces and Islamic State group jihadists killed 11 regime loyalists Wednesday, a Britain-based war monitor said. Mobile IS units have remained active in the Badia desert since the jihadists lost the last shred of their self-proclaimed caliphate in March last year.

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156 UN nations affirm West Bank settlements, east J’lem not part of Israel

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on 156 UN nations affirm West Bank settlements, east J’lem not part of Israel

The 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334 called on its member states to ensure that they do not participate in actions of de facto annexation. The UN General Assembly’s Second Committee pushed back at the concept of de-facto Israeli annexation on Wednesday night, approving a draft resolution by 156-6 member states that called on nations […]

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As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding ‘no’.

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The US’s long financial war on Hezbollah – and Lebanon

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on The US’s long financial war on Hezbollah – and Lebanon

The United States has piled sanctions on the Lebanese movement, but to what effect? Over the past two decades, Lebanon has been under close scrutiny from the US Treasury for potential money laundering or financing of US-designated terrorist organisations.

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Israel Says Iranian and Syrian Forces Targeted in New Attack on Damascus

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Israel Says Iranian and Syrian Forces Targeted in New Attack on Damascus

Israeli planes fired a number of missiles at Iranian and Syrian targets in Damascus, hitting a number of their targets, while other missiles were intercepted reports Al-Masdar.

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Islamic State Kills Brig. Gen. Bashir Ismail in Eastern Syria

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State Kills Brig. Gen. Bashir Ismail in Eastern Syria

Brig. Gen. Bashir Salim, who was known as The Lion of the Desert, was killed in an Islamic State attack in Deir ez-Zor writes Enab Baladi. Syrian activists in local circles said that Brig. Gen. Bashir Salim Ismail was killed in the Deir ez-Zor desert, eastern Syria.

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US imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions, targets Khamenei-linked charity

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on US imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions, targets Khamenei-linked charity

The US also slapped sanctions on Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, accusing his ministry of playing a role in human rights abuses against Iranians, including during the November 2019 protests.

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Arabs Warn Biden: Do Not Embrace Islamists

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Arabs Warn Biden: Do Not Embrace Islamists

“These observers pointed out that, behind the Council’s statement, there is a Saudi message saying that the Brotherhood’s rush to welcome and embrace Biden and its attempt to win his sympathy while inciting against important countries in the region will not change Saudi Arabia’s steadfast position of considering the group a terrorist organization and a […]

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Hamas Urges Regional Mobilization After New Israeli Offensive

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas Urges Regional Mobilization After New Israeli Offensive

This Wednesday, Israel launched a missile attack from the occupied Golan Heights on Syria’s capital, Damascus, claiming it was in response to discovering some landmines found on its territory. Syrian air defense units succeeded in shooting down several missiles, while others hit military targets, leaving at least three dead and one injured among the Syrian […]

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Israel strikes Iranian, Syrian targets in response to exposed IEDs

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Israel strikes Iranian, Syrian targets in response to exposed IEDs

IDF Spokesperson: “We are attacking against the host, and the visitor who is really not wanted.” Israel struck Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria early Wednesday morning in response to explosive devices found on the border the previous day.“IDF warplanes attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian army tonight in […]

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Iraqi KRG checkpoints part of crackdown on PKK

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi KRG checkpoints part of crackdown on PKK

Maryam Shmoil thought it was unusual that she and her daughter were stopped on Nov. 6 from entering into Nahla Valley, a northern Iraqi region home to ethnic Assyrians. Shmoil owns a house in the area and said she travels from Erbil to Nahla nearly every weekend, but a new checkpoint was turning away visitors […]

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Sisi talks Turkey, East Med tensions, in visit to Greece

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Sisi talks Turkey, East Med tensions, in visit to Greece

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in Athens amid common hostility toward Turkish activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a “good friend and a friend of Greece” during the Egyptian leader’s first official visit to Athens since the Aug. 6 signing of a maritime accord […]

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As Turkey pounds northeast Syria, residents fear new operation

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on As Turkey pounds northeast Syria, residents fear new operation

A year after Operation Peace Spring, the residents in the areas under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces fear a new Turkish operation.

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Iran Government Spokesman Vows “Crushing Response” To Any U.S. Attack

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Government Spokesman Vows “Crushing Response” To Any U.S. Attack

Reacting to a New York Times report about President Donald Trump’s “possible moves” in the region, particularly against Iran, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic government said the likelihood of such actions was “low,” but “any action” would face a “crushing response.”

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Erdan shows UNSC map of Hezbollah activity, demands immediate action

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Erdan shows UNSC map of Hezbollah activity, demands immediate action

Gilad Erdan’s letter indicated that not only was Hezbollah never disarmed, but that the terrorist organization “uses human shields to protect its arsenal of more than 130,000 rockets.” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan submitted on Tuesday an official letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) demanding it take immediate action against Hezbollah’s […]

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Palestinians restore ties with Israel

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians restore ties with Israel

PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the Palestinians have received a written document in which Israel pledges to abide by all the agreements with the Palestinians.

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IEDs found near border with Syria

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on IEDs found near border with Syria

Explosive devices were in Israeli territory, close to location where IDF foiled terror attack in the summer. The IDF has found improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Israeli territory near the border with Syria in the southern Golan Heights, the military said on Tuesday.

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