Daily Archives: February 3, 2017

Islam amid France’s elections

Nahla Chahal

By : Nahla Chahal It is believed one of the reasons Allan Juppé was unable to win the nomination of France’s political right in the upcoming May election, was his yielding position on the issue of Islam in France, or

Trump ban is a firm and correct decision

Mohammed Al Shaikh

By : Mohammed Al Shaikh We can’t conclusively claim that President Donald Trump’s decision, to prevent citizens of Iran and six other Arab countries from entering the US, was a verdict directed at Muslims. Had the US president aimed his

US expected to impose fresh sanctions on Iran

The United States is expected to impose sanctions on multiple Iranian entities as early as Friday following Tehran’s recent ballistic missile test, but in a way that will not violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, sources familiar with the matter

Saudi sentenced 7 years in prison for entering Syria, joining Al-Nusra

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued a preliminary verdict Thursday of seven years in prison against a Saudi national after being found guilty of traveling to conflict zones in Syria, and joining Al-Nusra Front and a other terrorist groups.

Top Khamenei ally: Useless for US to threaten Iran over missile test

A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to “useless” US threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program. US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on

How Saudi frigates defend Arabian, Red Seas against Houthi attacks

Iranian and Houthi militias are attempting to take the war from the ground to sea when they recently attempted to attack a Saudi navy warship. A Saudi frigate warship came on Tuesday under attack by three suicide speedboats belonging to

Syrian army will press on against ISIS near Aleppo

The Syrian army signaled on Thursday it would press on with operations against ISIS northeast of Aleppo, in a veiled warning to Turkey which backs a separate military campaign in northern Syria. Syrian government forces have rapidly driven ISIS back

Saudi travel plans not affected by Trump ban

Saudis traveling to the US have not been not negatively affected by the executive decision of President Donald Trump to ban citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days, an official Saudi source was quoted

Iraq faces massive challenge in Mosul offensive

Iraqi forces face a massive challenge as they press on to retake western Mosul, but the days of the ISIS are counted, a UN envoy said Thursday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on January 24 that his forces had

Tunisian ISIS suspect arrested over attack plot in Germany

Authorities have raided dozens of locations in western Germany and arrested a Tunisian man suspected of being a recruiter for ISIS and rounding up supporters to carry out an attack in Germany. Frankfurt prosecutors said 54 apartments, business premises and

UAE summons Iran envoy over arms to Houthis

The United Arab Emirates’ assistant minister of foreign affairs has summoned on Thursday the Charge d’Affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, handing him a note of protest on Iran’s illegal provision of weapons to Houthi militias in Yemen.

Syria: Ceasefire meeting to convene Monday

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday the second round of Syria peace talk to be held in Astana on February 6. Iran, Russia, and Turkey will discuss in the upcoming meeting how a cease-fire in Syria is being implemented, the ministry

Turkish warplanes kill 51 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish warplanes killed 51 ISIS militants in operations over the last 24 hours, the military said in a statement on Thursday. Warplanes destroyed 85 ISIS targets in the areas of al-Bab, Tadif, Kabbasin and Bzagah, including buildings and vehicles. Turkey

Imam in US disputes man’s claim that mom died due to travel ban

A Detroit-area woman whose son told television stations that she died because President Donald Trump’s travel ban prevented her from returning to the US for medical care actually died several days before the order was signed, the leader of a

Oil edges further above $55

Oil edged further above $55 a barrel on Wednesday supported by signs that Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are delivering on promised supply reductions, although a report showing a large rise in US crude inventories

UK ambassador to Yemen: ‘War caused by seizure of power by Houthis, Saleh’

The British Ambassador to Yemen said on Tuesday that the on-going conflict in the country was at the hand of Houthi militias and the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Ambassador Edmund Fitton-Brown made a statement on his official Twitter page

FlyDubai profit drops sharply in year of deadly accident

Discount airline FlyDubai says its profit tumbled by 69 percent last year despite a rise in sales fueled by its growing operations. The Dubai-based airline said on Wednesday that it earned 31.6 million dirhams ($8.6 million) last year, compared with

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