Archive for the ‘Middle Orient’ Category

Man Pleads Guilty in US to Conspiracy to Hezbollah Drone Parts Export

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Man Pleads Guilty in US to Conspiracy to Hezbollah Drone Parts Export

A Lebanese man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Minnesota to conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the US to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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Iraqi security services arrest ISIS leader – report

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi security services arrest ISIS leader – report

According to the British intelligence agencies, he was appointed leader hours after al-Baghdadi’s assassination during a special operation held by US special forces.

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Lebanese MPs warn Hezbollah over US sanctions

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanese MPs warn Hezbollah over US sanctions

Political forces in Lebanon have renewed pressure on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah to reform or face the US imposition of the Caesar Act, which could prove catastrophic for the country.

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Hezbollah chief rejects US pressure to beef up role of UN peacekeepers

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah chief rejects US pressure to beef up role of UN peacekeepers

The head of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah Tuesday rejected a US request to empower a UN peacekeeping force patrolling the border with Israel.

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Daesh exploiting Syrian, Iraqi vacuums to make a comeback

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Daesh exploiting Syrian, Iraqi vacuums to make a comeback

Amid the global health crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, there are disturbing signs that Daesh is re-emerging, especially in the open deserts of Syria and Iraq. Last week, newly appointed Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi announced that Iraqi forces had foiled a major operation by Daesh, while his intelligence body revealed it had arrested […]

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ISIS ‘governor of Iraq’ killed in Syria, says Baghdad

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS ‘governor of Iraq’ killed in Syria, says Baghdad

A senior ISIS leader in Iraq was killed in an American-led coalition raid on the militant group in eastern Syria, Iraq’s intelligence agency has said.

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Iran’s First Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s First Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters

The first of five Iranian oil tankers has entered the Venezuelan territorial waters to show Iran’s determination to carry out exports of goods and oil to everywhere in the world regardless of US threats.

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Syria refugees in Turkey resort to selling organs to survive

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Syria refugees in Turkey resort to selling organs to survive

Syrian refugees residing in Turkey have been discovered to be so desperate for money that they are selling their organs on the black market in order to pay for necessities such as rent, the US-based media channel CBS has revealed.

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250,000 Saudi Airlines workers to lose their jobs

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on 250,000 Saudi Airlines workers to lose their jobs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday warned that Saudi Arabian Airlines would lose billions of dollars as a result of the slump in air travel, Arabi21 reported.

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Gulf Partners Can No Longer Afford To Stay The Course With U.S. Iran Policy

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Gulf Partners Can No Longer Afford To Stay The Course With U.S. Iran Policy

To help prevent a U.S.-Iran war in their neighborhood, the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council have called for diplomacy. They have reached out to Iranian officials to de-escalate. And they have provided Tehran with humanitarian assistance to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kidnappings, cross-border clashes threaten increasingly fragile status quo in Syria’s south

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Kidnappings, cross-border clashes threaten increasingly fragile status quo in Syria’s south

The recent deployment of Syrian army Fourth Division troops to Daraa is yet another reminder of the deadly unrest ongoing in southwestern Syria. Sent to pacify Mazayreeb following an unprecedented armed attack after which several soldiers were publicly executed, Daraa’s western countryside still regularly witnesses violent unrest including assassinations, hit-and-run attacks, and drive-by shootings. Even […]

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The Abbas declaration: Why this time may be different

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Abbas declaration: Why this time may be different

In a dramatic statement delivered yesterday in Ramallah and broadcast on Palestine TV, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and both Israel and the United States.

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Abbas’s Precious Gift to Iran: Hamas

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Abbas’s Precious Gift to Iran: Hamas

By halting the security crackdown on Hamas, Abbas would be paving the way for terrorists to kill him and his associates in the West Bank, as they had already begun to do in 2007 in the Gaza Strip, and possibly again in a coup in 2014.

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Israeli cyber terrorist attack targets Iranian port: Report

Friday, May 22, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli cyber terrorist attack targets Iranian port: Report

Israel carried out a cyber terrorist attack that caused disruption at an Iranian port this month, the Washington Post reports.

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Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country’s last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said.

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Counter terrorism police fear ISIS cells are being reactivated to plot attacks across Europe after second terror arrest in Spain

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Counter terrorism police fear ISIS cells are being reactivated to plot attacks across Europe after second terror arrest in Spain

Counter terrorism police are investigating whether sleepers from Islamic State have been reactivated to carry out attacks around Europe.

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Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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Iraqi Army Launches Operation to Track ISIS Militants near Syria Border

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iraqi Army Launches Operation to Track ISIS Militants near Syria Border

The Iraqi army launched operation Desert Lions to pursue ISIS remnants across the Jazirah desert north of the Anbar, south of the Nineveh and west of the Salaheddine provinces all the way to the border with Syria.

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Tactical Change Or Withdrawal? Iran’s Syria Strategy Analyzed Amid Reports Of Force Reductions

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Tactical Change Or Withdrawal? Iran’s Syria Strategy Analyzed Amid Reports Of Force Reductions

Some nine years after Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed military advisers and fighters to Syria to prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Israeli and U.S. officials have said Tehran is reducing its presence in Syria.

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Khamenei Threatens The US With Expulsion From Iraq And Syria

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Khamenei Threatens The US With Expulsion From Iraq And Syria

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says the United States will be “expelled from Iraq and Syria,” adding that “The U.S. government’s long-term performance has led to abhorrence by a major part of the world.”

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IntelBrief: One Foot In, One Foot Out: The Muddled U.S. Approach to the Middle East

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: One Foot In, One Foot Out: The Muddled U.S. Approach to the Middle East

Bottom Line Up Front The United States recently announced plans to remove two Patriot anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia, which could be accompanied by a further drawdown of other U.S. military capabilities in the region.The removal of the Patriot missile batteries is emblematic of the Trump administration’s schizophrenic policy on Iran and suggestive of a […]

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IntelBrief: Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Instability in Iraq During Leadership Transition

Bottom Line up Front Iraq’s new government will struggle to extricate the country from its role as an arena for conflict between Iran and the United States, or necessarily set Iraq on a course for long-term stability.

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Israeli Air Force to Shutter F-16 Squadron, Focus on F-35s Amid Modernization Effort

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli Air Force to Shutter F-16 Squadron, Focus on F-35s Amid Modernization Effort

The newly announced decision to shutter the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) oldest F-16 squadron came as a direct result of the military’s large-scale, multi-year “Momentum” plan, which seeks to enhance the lethality of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and signals a targeted focus on Iran.

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Silencing the Guns in Syria’s Idlib

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Silencing the Guns in Syria’s Idlib

With the Syrian regime’s offensive in Idlib paused, the time is now for a deal sparing the rebellion’s last stronghold the full wrath of reconquest. The parties should pursue an improved ceasefire including the regime, Russia, Turkey and the Islamist militants entrenched in the province.

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Azerbaijan’s foreign policy priorities and the role of the Middle East

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on Azerbaijan’s foreign policy priorities and the role of the Middle East

Azerbaijan will soon celebrate 30 years since its independence and sovereignty was restored. However, the country’s foreign policy priorities have stayed largely the same since the early 1990s. That is, the restoration of territorial integrity, strengthening the country’s independence, and the development of strong regional economic partnerships.

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It’s not about Assad

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on It’s not about Assad

Russia’s alleged displeasure with Bashar al-Assad and Iran in Syria has gotten a lot of attention recently in Western and some Arab media. The critical reports on the Syrian president in the Russian information space are certainly notable, but, if taken at face value, may be both confusing and misleading for policy makers.

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7 PKK terrorists killed in anti-terror operations in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Comments Off on 7 PKK terrorists killed in anti-terror operations in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Turkish security forces killed seven armed terrorists in the country’s southeast and northern Iraq, the interior and defense ministries said Thursday.

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Kurdish and coalition forces target Islamic State in eastern Syria

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Comments Off on Kurdish and coalition forces target Islamic State in eastern Syria

Kurdish-led and international coalition forces raided Islamic State (IS) positions yesterday in eastern Syria — a site of recent IS activity.

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Turkey Arrests Dozens of ISIS Elements in 4 Months

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey Arrests Dozens of ISIS Elements in 4 Months

Turkish security forces have carried out a total of 8,163 operations targeting terrorist organizations during April, said Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli.

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Kurdish-backed security forces arrest alleged ISIS financial chief in Raqqa

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Comments Off on Kurdish-backed security forces arrest alleged ISIS financial chief in Raqqa

The Kurdish-backed Anti-Terror Forces (HAT) in northeastern Syria arrested a senior Islamic State financial chief in Raqqa on Wednesday who was allegedly responsible for organizing sleeper cells in the city.

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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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