Erdogan says Turkey will lay siege to Syria’s Afrin in coming days

:: Turkey will lay siege to Afrin in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a month after Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the region. “In the More »

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

:: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council More »

Russian FM Lavrov warns US on Syria: ‘Dont play with fire’

:: Russia’s foreign minister on Monday warned the United States against “playing with fire” in Syria. Sergey Lavrov cautioned US officials to reduce provocations, saying the United States’ actions there have fractured More »

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech More »

Saudi Arabia backs new UN move to condemn Iran

:: Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling More »

 

Daily Archives: April 12, 2017

Will Arabs alter Russian position on Syria?

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: During the era of the Soviet Union, Arab relations with Moscow were positive most of the time and this was due to their matching stances in several affairs, mainly Palestine’s. The collapse of the Soviet

Muslims in Europe, identity questions and failure of discourse

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

By : Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran :: The European media, in all its versions, advertise some gatherings of Muslims residing in Europe, who want to evaluate the European experience, and perhaps aspire to change its regime to establish the desired model

Before supporting Trump on Syria, what deal is he selling?

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Engaging the administration of US President Donald Trump as an ally, let alone an adversary, has proved challenging. Major question marks hang over his future policy to the UN, the EU, NATO, Russia and China,

Trump, Putin and Syria, the opportunity and the trap

Ghassan Charbel

By : Ghassan Charbel :: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a playmaker who plans surprises. It’s at the KGB that he learnt the virtue of hiding intentions. He also learnt the importance of misleading as a weapon to win battles.

Trumping up a peace deal between Israelis, Palestinians

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Few outside the US welcomed Donald Trump’s election victory as much as Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and their right-wing supporters in Israel. The prospect of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv

Stockholm attack suspect admits to ‘terror crime’’

Hans Ihrman

Suspected Stockholm truck attacker Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek and jihadist sympathizer, admitted Tuesday to committing a “terrorist crime” by mowing down pedestrians on a busy street, killing four people and injuring 15 others. “Akilov confesses to a terrorist crime

‘No doubt’ Syria responsible for deadly chemical attack: Mattis

The United States has “no doubt” that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for last week’s chemical attack on a rebel-held town that left dozens dead, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis told reporters that Washington’s

Three explosions hit Borussia Dortmund team bus, one player injured

German soccer team Borussia Dortmund have confirmed there have been three explosions that hit the team bus, with defender Marc Bartra has been injured and sent to hospital – although there are no details as to the severity of his

Monitor says Syria drops barrel bombs despite US warning; Syria denies

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria. A Syrian

Huge fire hits France’s Grande-Synthe migrant camp

A huge fire tore through at least half of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp outside the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, an AFP correspondent reported. Firefighters said at least ten people had been injured in the blaze, which

ISIS has lost most territory it held in Iraq

ISIS has lost most of the territory it has held in Iraq since 2014, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday. At the height of its power, the militant group controlled about 40 percent of Iraq, joint operations command spokesman

Countries vie for tourism opportunities at Riyadh Travel Fair

Majid A. Al-Hokair

The four-day Riyadh Travel Fair, which ended Monday, was the focus of business networking opportunities, seminars, ministerial discussions and recognition of 12 months of the tourism industry’s achievements. The fair was inaugurated by Majid A. Al-Hokair, chairman of the Committee

School closures announced as sandstorms expected to continue till Thursday

All schools in the Makkah region will remain closed on Wednesday due to bad weather, according to the Saudi Press Agency. An unexpected sandstorm struck the Kingdom on Tuesday, severely limiting visibility, disrupting traffic and making sure that no one

G7 states reach no deal on UK call for further Syria, Russia sanctions

Foreign ministers from Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations reached no agreement on a British suggestion that sanctions be tightened against Syria and Russia, Italy’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had said ahead of

Saudi Cabinet slams chemical attack in Syria, expresses support for US military strike

King Salman

The Saudi Cabinet on Monday condemned the use of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun in Syria, which resulted in many deaths including children and women, committed by the Syrian regime and, expressing full support to the recent US military

Brother of Alexandria bombing suspect reveals new surprises

After information leaked that the suspect of the bombing of Alexandria, nicknamed Abu Al Bara Al Masri is in fact the suicidal Ashraf Jabber Abu Naama from the village of Abu Tabel, Kafr El Sheikh – Mohamed Jabber, the brother

Saudi Council of Senior Scholars condemns Egypt church attack

The Saudi Council of Senior Scholars on Monday strongly condemned the two church bombings claimed by Daesh, saying the attacks represented a “criminal act considered forbidden by Islamic consensus.” “These bombings have violated several tenants of Islam; from treachery to

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the US

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia must choose between aligning itself with the US and likeminded countries or embracing Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iran and the militant group Hezbollah. Tillerson says it’s unclear whether Russia failed to take

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