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Tillerson: Iran is arming terrorist organizations in the Middle East

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is working with its allies and its European partners to counter Iran's destructive and destabilizing policies in the region and its support with weapons to terrorist organizations in the region. "What worries us most is the ballistic missile programs, destabilizing Yemen and exporting weapons to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria," Tillerson said in remarks published on the ...

US sanctions expected against Iran for its destructive role in Yemen

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The US Congress is considering a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran for its destructive role in Yemen and its policies to destabilize the country by supporting Houthi militias and supplying them with weapons. According to The Hill news portal, which covers congressional news, the project was prepared by Republican Rep. Elena Rose Lehtinen of Florida and Ted Poe of Texas, senior members of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee, to punish Iran for supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen and for ...

Islamic Summit: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem nourishes terrorism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The final communiqué of the Islamic Summit in Istanbul, on Wednesday, called on the world to recognize the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that the United States should withdraw from the peace process. The leaders of the participating Islamic countries also considered US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem to be "irresponsible, null and void", suggesting that it fuels "extremism and terrorism." Palestinian President ...

US National Security Advisor: Qatar main sponsor of extremist ideologies

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US national security adviser HR McMaster accused Turkey and Qatar of funding extremist ideologies during a panel held at a think tank in Washington on December 12, 2017. McMaster condemned Qatar and Turkey for taking on a “new role” as the prime sponsors and sources of funding for extremist Islamist ideology that targets Western interests, according to The National.“Radical Islamist ideology is obviously a grave threat to all civilized people,” McMaster said.He added that ...

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks. Addressing an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey, Abbas said President Donald Trump was giving Jerusalem away as if it were an American city. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” he said, adding Trump’s decision ...

Israel hits Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire at Israeli city

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes in Gaza is response to rocket fire toward southern Israel. The military says it struck a Hamas military compound in southern Gaza early on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.The strike followed a rocket fired late Tuesday toward Israel’s southern coastal city of Ashkelon. It was intercepted by the anti-missile Iron Dome defense system.OPINION: On the road to Jerusalem Israel typically responds to each Gaza attack and holds ...

US wary of Putin’s declaration of military victory in Syria

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against ISIS was premature. Putin, during a surprise visit on Monday to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, declared that the work of Russian forces was largely done in backing the Syrian government against militants in the country’s war following the defeat of “the most ...

Multiple earthquakes hit southeastern Iran

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by multiple strong quakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, injuring at least 18 people and damaging some 20 houses, state media reported. The first quake of magnitude 5.9 struck on Tuesday morning 35 miles (56 km) north of Kerman, a city with a population of more than 820,000. The tremor, initially reported as a magnitude 6.2 before it was revised downward, was followed by dozens of smaller aftershocks. During the night, early on Wednesday, a stronger ...

US air strike destroys vehicle bomb outside Mogadishu

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US forces in Somalia conducted an air strike Tuesday against a bomb-laden vehicle outside Mogadishu that was deemed an “imminent threat” to the capital, officials said.The strike occurred about 65 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu and comes after as many as 512 people were killed in a massive truck bombing in October.“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike against an al-Shabaab vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the ...

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told UN envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told them about the government's stance. Aridi says the opposition delegates "consider this to be a precondition." There was no immediate response from the government team in ...

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