Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

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?

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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 […]

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The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on The Fortunate Arabs in the Middle East

Meanwhile, there are other Arabs in the region who are more fortunate than the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: the Arab citizens of Israel. These citizens are lucky that they do not live under the rule of the corrupt and incompetent leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. These Arab citizens are […]

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Syrian to be tried for plotting attack on U.S. embassy in Lebanon: agency

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian to be tried for plotting attack on U.S. embassy in Lebanon: agency

A Syrian man held on suspicion of plotting an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon was referred to trial on Thursday along with 20 other people, the Lebanese state news agency NNA said.

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Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Monday, February 17, 2020 Comments Off on Idlib and Its Environs – Narrowing Prospects for a Rebel Holdout

Greater Idlib and its immediate surroundings in northwest Syria—consisting of rural northern Latakia, northwestern Hama, and western Aleppo—stand out as the last segment of the country held by independent groups. These groups are primarily jihadist, Islamist, and Salafi in orientation. Other areas have returned to Syrian government control, are held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic […]

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Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Damascus area purportedly hit by Israeli warplanes

Syrian anti-air defense units fired in attempt to intercept incoming projectiles launched against the Damascus area early this morning. The Israeli Defense Forces is thought to have launched the attack.

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Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Al-Qassam Brigades releases message about Israeli captives

On Wednesday, the spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas stated that Israelis in their captivity were injured during airstrikes conducted by Israel’s Air Force. The message about the injury of its captives may be closer to psychological warfare than truth.

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HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on HTS utilizes suicide bombings against advancing regime forces

As the Assad regime and its allies advance into Idlib from two directions, Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the largest jihadist force in the area, has increasingly utilized suicide bombings in defense of the province.

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Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Virtually every sector of Iran’s civilian economy is now subject to U.S. secondary sanctions, rendering additional sanctions progressively less significant.

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Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

In 2012, Hezbollah committed itself to armed conflict in defense of its Syrian ally, Bashar al Assad, against rebels and Islamic State fighters attempting to overthrow the Assad government. With the backing of Iran and Russia, they successfully supported the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in largely putting down the armed insurgency.

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Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

The warning takes on greater meaning following a call on January 28 by ISIS’s new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, to direct greater attention to attacking Israel and Jews, including using chemical weapons.

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Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Eight killed in truck blast in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish defense ministry

A bomb detonated on a truck containing diesel-filled barrels and killed eight civilians and wounded seven more, including children, in northwestern Syria’s Idlib region on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

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Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Syria and Turkey inch closer to war after shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers

Syria and Turkey inched closer to all-out war Monday as their troops exchanged deadly fire for the second time in a matter of days in Idlib, a contested and ravaged northern province that is the last remaining major rebel redoubt in Syria’ s nearly nine-year war.

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Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight

The Donald Trump administration is again set to slash funding for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in a new budget request unveiled today, as Iraq’s leaders have publicly demanded an end to the US-led combat mission.

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Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the Tehran-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah urgently met with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by their powerful mentor’s death, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told Reuters.

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Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Terrorist groups in Gaza on high alert, fear assassinations

Most of the rockets fired in the past two weeks were fired by PIJ. Khalil Bathani, a leader in PIJ, is considered the main possible target, according to Ynet. He has been targeted in the past.

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For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on For Lebanon’s Shiites, a Dilemma: Stay Loyal to Hezbollah or Keep Protesting?

Lebanon’s protests have drawn protesters from all religious sects. But Hezbollah, the Islamist militia and political party, and its ally, the Amal Movement, have tried to smother demonstrations by Shiites.

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Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq Says Anti-IS Operations With U.S. Coalition Resume

Iraq’s military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which had mostly halted after bases hosting U.S. troops came under rocket attacks and a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian commander.

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NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country’s last rebel enclave has caused one of the biggest waves of displacement in the nine-year-old war.

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UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on UN Experts: Islamic State Steps Up Attacks in Syria and Iraq

Islamic State extremists are mounting increasingly bold attacks in Syria and Iraq following their loss of territory in both countries and are planning for the breakout of their fighters in detention facilities, U.N. experts said in a new report.

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US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on US Scrapped Secret Drone Intel Program With Ankara Over Turkey’s Syria Invasion – Reports

In October, Turkey launched an abortive invasion of northern Syria, attacking positions held by US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces that Ankara has claimed are linked to Turkish Kurdish militants waging a decades-long insurgency in south-eastern Turkey.

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Next World Hijrah From Syria to Libya and Possible Threat To Europe – 22 January 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Next World Hijrah From Syria to Libya and Possible Threat To Europe – 22 January 2020

Reporting from London, TRAC Analyst Sophia Badawy maps an interesting movement of at least 12 different groups of Syrian militants from northern Syria to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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