Archive for June, 2019

Le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite dans le trio de tête des importateurs d’armes françaises

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite dans le trio de tête des importateurs d’armes françaises

Les contrats de ventes d’armes françaises à l’étranger ont augmenté de 30% entre 2017 et 2018, et plus de la moitié des commandes proviennent du Moyen-Orient, où le Qatar et l’Arabie saoudite – qui dirige actuellement la coalition qui mène la guerre au Yémen depuis 2015 – tiennent le haut du pavé.

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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Iran’s president says his country has ‘no intentions to have conflicts’ with world powers and those in the region.

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Russia And China Voice Support For Iran After Xi Visit To Kremlin

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Russia And China Voice Support For Iran After Xi Visit To Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two countries that were communist rivals during the Cold War.

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Report: Syrian general with ties to Hezbollah and Iran assassinated

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Syrian general with ties to Hezbollah and Iran assassinated

Brig. Gen. Jamal al-Ahmad, one of a group of Syrian officers tasked with maintaining ties with Hezbollah and its Golan Heights commander, was gunned down by unknown assailants in the Sweida area in southwest Syria.

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Libyan Army Accuses Turkey of Providing Military Support to Brotherhood

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Libyan Army Accuses Turkey of Providing Military Support to Brotherhood

Karama operations media center of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has said ‘Turkish drones’ had targeted several regions in the south of the capital Tripoli. The center accused Turkey of making a “blatant intervention in support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and its militias despite a UN Security Council arms embargo on Libya.”

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Lebanon arrests 5 suspects in Tripoli’s terror attack

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon arrests 5 suspects in Tripoli’s terror attack

Lebanon’s state security arrested on Thursday five suspects in a terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday.

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ISIS leader killed in western Iraq by US-led coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS leader killed in western Iraq by US-led coalition

A prominent ISIS leader was killed by the US-led coalition air strike on Wednesday night in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as Special Forces ramped up efforts to fight the insurgent’s remaining sleeper cells.

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Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

US President Donald Trump launched yet another broadside against Iran on Thursday, accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East.

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Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels

EVEN THE Eid al-Fitr holiday did not bring a respite for the almost 3m Syrians bottled up in Idlib. Warplanes buzzed overhead, as they have for more than a month, dropping ordnance on this scrubby province in north-western Syria, the last significant pocket of rebel-held territory. The offensive has already killed more than 300 people. […]

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RUSSIA AND IRAN SEEK THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SYRIA

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on RUSSIA AND IRAN SEEK THE SPOILS OF WAR IN SYRIA

Although they are on the same side in the conflict in Syria, Russia and Iran each maintain their own priorities beyond propping up the Assad regime. Russia and Iran have expended massive resources to carve out their own long-term spheres of influence in Syria and throughout the broader region.

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Hezbollah’s chief says a US strike against Iran will spur regional conflict, leading American forces to be ‘annihilated’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s chief says a US strike against Iran will spur regional conflict, leading American forces to be ‘annihilated’

Hezbollah’s leader warned the United States against striking Iran, saying if it does “the entire region will burn.” US President Donald Trump “knows that when the region is on fire, a barrel of oil will be $200 or $300,” Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, said Friday during a televised speech.

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Ten killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria in reply to rocket attack

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Ten killed in Israeli airstrikes in Syria in reply to rocket attack

Israel has carried out airstrikes in Syria in response to rare rocket fire from the neighbouring country. A war monitor reported that 10 people were killed, including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.

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Moroccan police arrest three for planning terrorist attacks

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Moroccan police arrest three for planning terrorist attacks

Three ISIS-linked extremists were arrested in Morocco on Monday after planning to “execute terrorist attacks,” according to the counterterrorism office in the North African country.

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Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Israel destroys last Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country’s northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found.

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Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 Islamic State terrorists at refugee camp

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence apprehend 3 Islamic State terrorists at refugee camp

Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Monday three Islamic State terrorists at al-Salamiya refugee camp in Mosul city.

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Russia halts UN Security Council statement on Syria’s Idlib

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Comments Off on Russia halts UN Security Council statement on Syria’s Idlib

Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council on Monday from issuing a statement sounding alarm about the increasing fighting in and around Syria’s Idlib province and the possibility of a humanitarian disaster, a council diplomat said.

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Saudi King Slams Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ at Islamic Summit

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi King Slams Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ at Islamic Summit

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as “terrorist acts” that threaten global energy supplies.

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US-Iranian escalation tests Tehran’s militias in Iraq

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on US-Iranian escalation tests Tehran’s militias in Iraq

Rising tensions in the Gulf threaten to undercut the political dominance of Iraq’s Shiite militias as they tone down their anti-American rhetoric to avoid being targeted by the US but also seek to maintain close ties with Tehran.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Comments Off on Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Exclusive: Islamic State suspects sent by U.S. from Syria to Iraq

U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

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Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

While European powers still claim Iran’s regime is in compliance with the nuclear deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to build weapons of mass destruction.

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U.S. calls Russian, Syrian air strikes ‘reckless escalation’ in Syria

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. calls Russian, Syrian air strikes ‘reckless escalation’ in Syria

The United States continues to be alarmed by Syrian government and Russian air strikes in northwest Syria and believes they are a “reckless escalation” of violence, the State Department said on Tuesday.

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Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

As we mourn the loss of Maronite Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, we are reminded of his legacy of being a courageous defender of the sovereignty of Lebanon in the face of Syrian occupation. It is striking that he passed at a moment when tensions between Iran and the United States are running high and […]

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Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Iran may not like it, but the deal will transform a former fishing village in Oman into a key Middle East industry. The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman last week which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships […]

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Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Wednesday that China remained his top defense priority, but that message could ring hollow during his current trip to Asia as Iranian threats loom over American plans to focus on great-power competitors.

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A Response to Claims of Illegal Russian Nuclear Testing

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on A Response to Claims of Illegal Russian Nuclear Testing

In prepared remarks delivered Wednesday at a Hudson Institute event, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, stated that “The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard” outlined in the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban […]

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U.S.: Russia May Be Testing Low-Yield Nukes, In Violation Of Treaty

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.: Russia May Be Testing Low-Yield Nukes, In Violation Of Treaty

A top U.S. military official has said that U.S. intelligence agencies believe Russia is likely conducting low-yield nuclear testing that may be violation of a major international treaty.

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