Archive for December, 2020

Turkish Parliament extends troop deployment to Libya

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish Parliament extends troop deployment to Libya

The measure, which extends Turkey’s presence in Libya by 18 months, had the backing of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party. The Turkish Parliament voted Tuesday to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in war-torn Libya who are fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized government.

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PKK remains thorn in side of Turkish-Iraqi relations

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on PKK remains thorn in side of Turkish-Iraqi relations

The Iraqi government needs Turkey to counterbalance Iran and help alleviate Baghdad’s economic problems, but the Kurdish issue, which has long strained bilateral ties, might further snag progress in economic and strategic projects.

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Qatari government ‘funded Houthi drones’

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Qatari government ‘funded Houthi drones’

US contractors to cite senior officials’ involvement in shipments and cash transfers Qatar will be implicated in funding and enabling shipments of drone components from China and Europe to Yemen’s Houthi Rebels.

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Kushner to lead maiden flight from Israel to Morocco

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Kushner to lead maiden flight from Israel to Morocco

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner announced Monday that he will join an Israeli delegation on the first direct flight to Morocco to celebrate the U.S.-brokered agreement establishing ties between the two Mideast countries. The flight, set to depart Tuesday, marks the fourth diplomatic pact brokered by the Trump administration between Israel and an Arab […]

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Israeli submarine reportedly crosses Suez Canal in ‘message’ to Iran

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli submarine reportedly crosses Suez Canal in ‘message’ to Iran

Vessel said to have surfaced and faced Persian Gulf, in show of force amid threats over killing of nuclear scientist; in similar move, US sub crosses Straight of Hormuz An Israeli submarine openly crossed the Suez Canal last week, in a show of force against Iran, the Kan public broadcaster reported Monday night.

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Germany against arms embargo on Turkey

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Germany against arms embargo on Turkey

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says embargo not correct strategically since Turkey is NATO member Germany is against Greece’s demands of imposing an arms embargo on Turkey due to tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the German foreign minister said Tuesday.

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Russian, Palestinian leaders discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Russian, Palestinian leaders discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process

Russia has voiced willingness to mediate between Israel and Palestine in its capacity as a member of the Middle East Quartet. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Kremlin said in a press release.

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Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi returns from Emirates

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi returns from Emirates

Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef paid a historic visit this weekend to the United Arab Emirates, inviting several ministers to visit Jerusalem. Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef visited the United Arab Emirates this weekend. The rabbi traveled to the Emirates on Thursday and spent the Sabbath there, coming back on Sunday. He […]

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KRG asks US forces to deploy along Kurdish-controlled part of Iraqi-Syrian border

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on KRG asks US forces to deploy along Kurdish-controlled part of Iraqi-Syrian border

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani’s deputy chief of staff outlined why the Kurdish region’s government wants US forces stationed in and around the Fish Khabur border crossing. The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq has formally asked the US-led coalition to deploy observers to patrol its border with the Kurdish-controlled […]

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sam Arrests 20 in Maarrat Misrin

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sam Arrests 20 in Maarrat Misrin

Following the discovery of a motorcycle bomb, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham have set a number of checkpoints and made multiple arrests reports Baladi News. The city of Maarrat Misrin in the northern countryside of Idleb witnessed, on Tuesday morning, an intense security mobilization and a wide spread of security checkpoints affiliated with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, which […]

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Mikdad: Assad Will not Leave Power Whatever Happens

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Mikdad: Assad Will not Leave Power Whatever Happens

During a meeting between Mikdad and Lavrov, the new Foreign Minister insisted that Assad must remain in power and that he has no intention of leaving office reports Annahar. Russia has offered Syria a deal that would eliminate the existing problems between the country and Israel. The deal would be sponsored by Moscow and based […]

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Nasiriyah activist blames Sadr supporters for IED attack on his home

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Nasiriyah activist blames Sadr supporters for IED attack on his home

A Nasiriyah activist has accused supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr of targeting his home in an IED attack early on Thursday morning. “I had just returned to Habboubi Square when I got a call saying my house had been hit with an IED,” activist Wali Jabar told Rudaw English on Tuesday.

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Will KDP-PKK tensions ever end in reconciliation?

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Will KDP-PKK tensions ever end in reconciliation?

Tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) once again came to a head when an improvised explosive device (IED) laid by the PKK in the Amedi district of Duhok killed one KDP-affiliated Peshmerga and injured at least one more.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

SDF commander slams Russian silence on Ain Issa attacks

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on SDF commander slams Russian silence on Ain Issa attacks

A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander on Monday criticized Russia for not speaking out against recent attacks on the strategic town of Ain Issa in northeast Syria, also known as Rojava.

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Will Mazloum Abdi Defect from PKK?

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Will Mazloum Abdi Defect from PKK?

Following recent statements, it is thought that Mazloum Abdi could leave the PKK and that foreign fighters could withdraw from eastern Syria writes Alsouria Net. Mazloum Abdi admitted in recent statements that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are receiving support from the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for military operations in eastern Syria.

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New Batch of Syrians Left Hawl Camp in Syria’s Hassakeh

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on New Batch of Syrians Left Hawl Camp in Syria’s Hassakeh

The eighth batch of displaced Syrians have left the al-Hol camp, as part of ongoing effort to remove Syrians from the camp writes North Press. On Monday, a new batch of displaced Syrians left the al-Hol camp in the eastern countryside of the city of Hassakeh, northeast Syria.

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Commerce Department Will Publish the First Military End User List Naming More Than 100 Chinese and Russian Companies

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Commerce Department Will Publish the First Military End User List Naming More Than 100 Chinese and Russian Companies

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) List, as well as the first tranche of 103 entities, which includes 58 Chinese and 45 Russian companies. The U.S. Government has determined that these companies are ‘military end users’ for purposes of […]

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Russia, Rwanda deploy troops to CAR amid pre-election tensions

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Russia, Rwanda deploy troops to CAR amid pre-election tensions

The Central African Republic (CAR) has declared that Russia and Rwanda have deployed hundreds of troops to the nation following an alleged military coup plot ahead of this week’s key presidential and legislative elections.

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USS Georgia Transits Strait of Hormuz

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on USS Georgia Transits Strait of Hormuz

The nuclear-power Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) along with the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) transited the Strait of Hormuz entering the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 21.

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IDF submarine crosses Suez Canal as direct message to Iran – report

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on IDF submarine crosses Suez Canal as direct message to Iran – report

According to Arab intelligence that confirmed the reports, the submarine passed the Red Sea and was making its way towards the Persian Gulf. An IDF Navy submarine crossed the Suez Canal last week as a direct message to Iran, Kan News reported Monday evening.

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Iran’s investment in missile technology shows its real plan all along

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s investment in missile technology shows its real plan all along

What is Iran’s real goal with the nuclear option? It appears that it is quite different from the nuclear weapons obtained by Pakistan or India, or the US and Soviet Union A little noticed comment by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani about Iran’s missile program should have raised eyes abroad. He said that the country’s missile […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Ex-NSC chief: ‘Huge mistake for Biden to drop leverage on Iran’

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-NSC chief: ‘Huge mistake for Biden to drop leverage on Iran’

“Biden should seek Iran nuke restrictions for 50 years.” The incoming Biden administration may waste sanctions leverage the US has against Iran simply because of an emotional reaction to undo everything the Trump administration did, former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said Monday.

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In First, NATO Forces Now Outnumber US Troops in Afghanistan

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on In First, NATO Forces Now Outnumber US Troops in Afghanistan

As the U.S. military scrambles to meet a mid-January deadline to draw down to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, a milestone in the conflict has passed almost unremarked: The combined NATO force on the ground now outnumbers the U.S. contingent. About 13,000 U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan as of the end of February, when the […]

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Sisi brushes off possibility of military action in Libya

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Sisi brushes off possibility of military action in Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stresses that Cairo seeks an all-inclusive political solution to the Libyan crisis, casting aside reports of a military confrontation against Turkey on Libyan soil.

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Can the US force Iran out of Syria? Not likely, former officials say

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Can the US force Iran out of Syria? Not likely, former officials say

The outgoing Trump administration appears to have made little if any progress in achieving its goal. Earlier this month, a Trump administration official told Congress that Washington’s goals for the outcome of Syria’s civil war remain “within reach.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

How the Army Out-Innovated the Islamic State’s Drones

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on How the Army Out-Innovated the Islamic State’s Drones

A few short years ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s improvised attack drones were widely believed to be a threat so grave they could become strategically significant as the “next improvised explosive device.” Terrorist groups have weaponized commercial drones for high-profile attacks around the world from Venezuela to Yemen, but ISIL’s drone […]

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U.S. Aircraft Carrier, 2,500 Marines Off the Coast of Somalia as Pentagon Repositions Forces in Africa

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Aircraft Carrier, 2,500 Marines Off the Coast of Somalia as Pentagon Repositions Forces in Africa

he U.S. has moved an aircraft carrier and an Amphibious Ready Group embarked with Marines off the coast of Somalia as U.S. Africa Command has begun repositioning troops from Somalia, USNI News has learned.

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US Navy announces nuclear submarine passed through Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on US Navy announces nuclear submarine passed through Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

An American nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine traversed the strategically vital waterway between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, a rare announcement that comes amid rising tensions with Iran.

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Aleppo | Security campaign in Azaz triggers popular discontent and panic

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Aleppo | Security campaign in Azaz triggers popular discontent and panic

Syrian Observatory activists have monitored growing popular discontent and panic, along with Turkish-backed factions being on high alert in Azaz city in north-eastern Aleppo.

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ISIS resurgence in Deir Ezzor | Civilian executed in his house, and SDF fighter assassinated

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS resurgence in Deir Ezzor | Civilian executed in his house, and SDF fighter assassinated

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Unknown individuals executed a civilian from Deir Ezzor city by firing squad, after storming his house in Al-Busayrah city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The reasons behind this murder remained unknown. It is worth noting that the victim was displaced from Deir Ezzor city after Russian fighter jets […]

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Deteriorating security in rebel-held areas | Military commander killed over “honor crime”, while security tension grows in rural Afrin

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Deteriorating security in rebel-held areas | Military commander killed over “honor crime”, while security tension grows in rural Afrin

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SOHR activists have documented the death of a military commander of the Turkish-backed division of “Sultan Murad” after he was shot by a member of the same division. According to SOHR sources the member shot dead the commander after the commander had shot a woman of the member’s relatives while […]

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Can the US force Iran out of Syria? Not likely, former officials say

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Can the US force Iran out of Syria? Not likely, former officials say

The outgoing Trump administration appears to have made little if any progress in achieving its goal. Earlier this month, a Trump administration official told Congress that Washington’s goals for the outcome of Syria’s civil war remain “within reach.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Will Iran’s threat to Israel from Iraq increase?

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Will Iran’s threat to Israel from Iraq increase?

In the recent lead-up to Hanukkah, Israel announced that it had conducted an unprecedented multi-layered air defense test. The test comes amid increased tensions with Iran and in the wake of Israel rolling out a multi-year defense plan called “Momentum.” It also comes after years in which Israel has conducted air strikes in Syria against […]

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Galbraith: Turkish-backed extremist groups should not enter northeast Syria

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Galbraith: Turkish-backed extremist groups should not enter northeast Syria

The United States should protect northeast Syria and not allow Turkey to invade the region, a former US diplomat said in a recent interview. In an exclusive interview with Kurdistan 24, Peter Galbraith, the former US Ambassador to Croatia, spoke about the situation and developments in Syria’s northeast.

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Pro-Turkish forces attacked Russian armored vehicles in Syria

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Pro-Turkish forces attacked Russian armored vehicles in Syria

Ankara-backed Syrian National Army Islamist militias attacked on Sunday evening, December 20, a Russian military police patrol escorting a civilian convoy along the M-4 highway from Aleppo to Hasek in northeastern Syria.

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