62 regime fighters dead in ISIS attack on Syria capital

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A lightning assault by the ISIS group that put the militants in control of a southern part of the Syrian capital killed 62 regime fighters, a monitor said Wednesday in a new toll. ISIS launched the surprise attack on Monday night to seize the Qadam neighborhood of Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor gave an initial toll on Tuesday of 36 pro-government fighters dead, but said that loyalists had retrieved additional bodies since. "The toll has risen to 62, most of ...

UN envoy De Mistura: Syria partition ‘catastrophe’, fears return of ISIS

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Syria is heading for a catastrophic partition and could see the return of ISIS if there is no inclusive peace settlement, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Monday.“The truth is that a soft, long-term partition of Syria, which (is) the one that we are witnessing at the moment, in different areas of control, will be a catastrophe, not only for Syria but for the whole region,” he told an audience at Geneva’s Graduate Institute.ALSO READ: Turkish forces will not remain ...

Egypt military says 36 militants, 4 soldiers killed in Sinai

Monday, 19 March 2018

Egypt’s military said Monday that 36 militants, an officer and three soldiers were killed over five days during a sweeping operation against ISIS group militants in Sinai. The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections this month for a second term, gave it a three-month deadline to crush ISIS in the Sinai. Security forces "eliminated 30 armed elements during a shootout with raiding forces" in the northern ...

Egypt’s Sinai campaign, a fight on behalf of the region

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I wish the Arab media would highlight the importance of what Egypt has been doing in Sinai on behalf of all Arab and Gulf countries. The Egyptian army is conducting the biggest operation to flush out terrorists on various fronts. Before talking about the operation, we must beware that terror plans against Egypt are part of the new Middle East project which targeted us all and which aims to obliterate current Arab states and replace them with statelets of warring militias; as was witnessed in ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Why the Iraqi government is weak in facing corruption

Friday, 16 March 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi insists that Iraq has defeated terrorism, including ISIS and other militia. However, this is still wishful thinking as the developments of the past few weeks have clearly demonstrated. Of course, Abadi wants to have a strong ace up his sleeve before the parliamentary elections. But Abadi is probably overlooking the fact that he can hold an even stronger card with him now as the importance of combating terrorism has waned from public attention. Abadi has ...

Adnan Hussein

Bodies of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS to return to Egypt

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Three years after 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were kidnapped and executed by ISIS militants in the city of Sirt in Libya, the Libyan attorney general, Siddiq Soor, agreed to return the bodies upon the request of Egypt’s public prosecutor. According to local media sources, the head of the Interrogations Office said that Libyan authorities received the request from Egypt’s public prosecutor through the Libyan foreign ministry. He added that the bodies were presented to forensics and ...

The Kurds have been sacrificed

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Three years ago, the Kurds seized Kobane (Ain Al-Arab) from the jihadists. The whole world hailed this symbolic victory, underlining the heroism of the Peshmerga. The image of women in battledresses against the ISIS fighters wearing black made the headlines.The battle of Kobane will always be the first victory on the roadway leading to the demolishing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "self-proclaimed caliphate" in Syria. Kurds with the help of local tribesmen were present at all the battles. ...

Christian Chesnot

Suicide bombing kills at least 10 in Yemen’s Aden

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

A suicide bombing hit Yemeni troops in the government bastion of Aden on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than a dozen, witnesses said. On February 24, twin suicide bombings claimed by ISIS hit a base of an Aden counter-terrorism unit, killing five people, including a child.  

UK tube bomb suspect blames Britain for death of his parents in Iraq

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Jurors in the trial of a teenager accused of an attempted London Underground bombing on Monday heard that he had said it was his “duty to hate Britain” well before the botched attack in September. Ahmed Hassan, an 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, arrived in Britain in October 2015, two years before he allegedly left a bucket of explosives that partially exploded on a Tube train at Parsons Green station, injuring 30 people. Katie Cable, a lecturer and mentor at a suburban college ...

Iraq plans to reduce oil products imports by 25 percent

Monday, 12 March 2018

Iraq's oil ministry on Monday said the nation would reduce its petroleum products imports by 25 percent as crude oil refineries are being rehabilitated following fighting with ISIS militants. Iraq is also producing more oil products by processing natural gas liquids, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement, without indicating a specific timeframe for the import cuts. The ministry has announced in the past few months an increase in the capacity of the Kirkuk oil refinery as well as plans ...

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