Top ISIS commander in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A high-ranking ISIS commander in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike, officials said Saturday, as Afghan and US forces dial up attacks on the militant group. Qari Hekmat was the top commander of ISIS’s Afghan franchise in the northern province of Jowzjan, where the group established a stronghold after coming under intense pressure in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Hekmat was killed on Friday in an Afghan airstrike in Darzab district, the defense ministry said in a statement, ...

Sudan repatriates seven female ‘ISIS members’ from Libya

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Sudanese security agents on Wednesday brought home from Libya seven Sudanese women who they said were members of the militant ISIS group.The seven women, dressed in traditional Sudanese clothes and wearing headscarves, were shown to journalists at Khartoum airport where they were welcomed by their relatives amid chants of “Allahu Akbar”.Three children were also brought along with the women, an AFP correspondent reported.The group, which included twin sisters, had arrived from the ...

ISIS comeback? How US withdrawal is a triple whammy for Assad in Syria

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is disquieting adage surely about to prove its validity in the coming months as President Trump announces plans to pull out what many believe is around 2000 troops in Syria.It shouldn’t have come as a surprise though as, not only does the US President relentlessly go against the flow of advice from him own experts who tell him that withdrawal is not an option – but he has also been hinting it since ...

Martin Jay

Trump decides to keep US troops in Syria ‘a little longer’

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

President Donald Trump agreed in a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday to keep US troops in Syria a little longer but wants them out relatively soon, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. Trump did not approve a specific withdrawal timetable, the official said. He wants to ensure Islamic State militants are defeated but wants other countries in the region and the United Nations to step up and help provide stability in Syria, the official said. ...

Qatari commando officer tweets his pride for ISIS suicide bomber

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Qatar's interior ministry has included 27 individuals and entities in a state-issued terror blacklist, seen by Al Arabiya, which mostly includes Qatari citizens and national entities.In a search for one of the men on the terrorist list, Mohammad Jaber Salim Mushaab, who was scarcely known, it was found that only two Qatari citizens are recorded to similar full names.One was a Qatari military officer, Jaber bin Salim al-Mushaab, while the other was his brother, Mohammad bin Salim al-Mushaab, an ...

Iraq may operate against ISIS inside Syria, expert says

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Iraq may carry out special forces operations against ISIS militants in neighboring Syria to stop them infiltrating back into Iraq, an expert close to the Baghdad government said on Wednesday. While troops could be dropped into Syria, the plan did not at this stage involve sending ground forces over the border, Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises several governments on ISIS, including Iraq’s, told Reuters. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Iraq over the militant group in ...

Russia’s Putin says ISIS has been defeated in Syria

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that ISIS had been defeated in Syria, but it retains its destructive potential and can attack countries around the world, Interfax news agency cited him as saying. “It is evident that despite its military situation, this terrorist group retains a significant destructive potential, and the ability to change its tactics quickly and attack countries and regions around the world,” Putin said, according to Interfax.  

Saudi Crown Prince: Evil triangle is Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, extremist groups

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman confirmed that Islam is a religion of peace and that the "triangle of evil" that seeks to exploit and distort it to achieve their agendas consists of Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist groups, pointing out that the Iranian regime seeks to spread the extremist “Shiite Ideology” to govern the whole world. In an interview for The Atlantic with Jeffrey Goldberg, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying ...

Trump says he wants US troops ‘out’ of Syria

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

President Donald Trump reiterated that he wanted US troops to be pulled out of Syria Tuesday, but indicated that a decision had not yet been taken. “I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation,” Trump said, having indicated that US troops will leave once ISIS is routed. “Our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS. We’ve almost completed that task,” Trump said. “We’ll be making a decision very ...

Trump and Syria, reality and fantasy

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

American President Donald Trump made a shocking statement during the recent Ohio rally as he voiced his intent to withdraw from Syria noting that he won the fight against ISIS and accomplished the task. Is this just a “populist” political remark to appeal to the sentiment of the masses he was addressing – crowds that are ignorant in terms of foreign policy and what American national security necessitates? Perhaps this is the case. However, this statement contradicts with ...

Mashari Althaydi

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