Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »


Daily Archives: April 15, 2017

How China is filling the investment vacuum in Africa

John Defterios

By : John Defterios :: After living with my family in the UAE for six years, it was high time to take advantage of the reach of Gulf airlines and pursue an African safari. The goal was a simple one,

Assad remains disastrous, with or without chemical weapons

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi :: Bashar al-Assad’s regime is more dangerous than any chemical, nuclear or biological weapon. Likewise, Khomeini’s Iran is dangerous with or without nuclear weapons. It is normal to focus on stopping Bashar and his mercenaries who

US-Russia split on Syria: Turkey sits on the fence

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: The situation in Syria has surprised even the most prominent Middle East experts, not to mention politicians. It has become a lasting war which has gone on for far longer than anyone predicted and it

How fabricated narratives shape Egyptians’ thinking

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Knowing little is less of a predicament than being completely misinformed, while confidently believing that you know it all. Egyptians, unfortunately, believe that they know a lot, but they are not aware that their so-called

Takeaways from Tillerson’s visit to Moscow

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday and paralyzed traffic in Russia’s capital as police moved to cordon off his route. The paralysis of Moscow’s thoroughfares mirrors the paralysis in bilateral

Brazil’s Temer calls $40 mln Odebrecht bribe accusation ‘a lie’

Michel Temer

Brazil’s President Michel Temer denied on Thursday that he hosted a meeting in 2010 where an executive of engineering firm Odebrecht SA was asked to arrange an illegal payment of $40 million to his political party. The graft accusation, which

Officials: No need for Trump’s approval to use massive bomb

The US commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” to attack an Daesh stronghold didn’t need President Donald Trump’s approval, Pentagon officials said Friday. The officials said Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use

What do we know about the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used?

US forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military, Pentagon officials said. The bomb, known officially as

Yemeni forces seize strategical mountains from Houthi militias

Yemen’s National Army and Popular Resistance Forces, supported by the Arab Coalition, managed to seize control several strategical mountain ranges from Houthi militias on the western coast of Yemen. Intense clashes took place on mountains al-Nar and al-Nabati between Houthi

Iranian President Rouhani registers to run in May for second term

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who engineered the country’s landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, registered on Friday to run for a second four-year term in the May election, state television reported. “Once again, I am here for

Russia slams watchdog probe of alleged Syria chemical attack

Russia on Friday criticized the world’s chemical weapons watchdog for not sending experts to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, backing up President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We consider it unacceptable to analyses events from a distance,” Foreign

Ebrahim Raisi: hard-line challenger in Iran

Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi is a hard-line judge who spent years in powerful backroom positions before emerging as a leading challenger for Iran’s presidential election next month. Born into a religious family in the holy city of Mashhad on August 23, 1960,

Turkey detains ISIS suspects over planned attacks

Police in Istanbul have detained seven suspects, two of them believed to be members of ISIS, who were plotting to carry out attacks in Turkey ahead of a referendum on Sunday, a police statement said on Friday. The four Turks,

US defense chief to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt next week

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti starting on Tuesday, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday. It said Mattis would “reaffirm key US military alliances,” and “discuss cooperative effort to counter

Assiri: We will not allow Houthis to become Hezbollah of Yemen

Saudi Arabian Defense Minister, Major General Ahmad Assiri, announced that since the beginning of its operations, the forces of the Arab coalition in Yemen have worked in two axes. The first is to carry out military operations and reduce the

ISIS Mufti killed by air strike in western Mosul

The Directorate of Military Intelligence announced on Friday that areas controlled by ISIS in the neighborhood of al-Rifai on the right side of Mosul, have been destroyed. It confirmed the killing of a number of ISIS members, the most important

Cocaine in chicken: Saudi officials bust drugs shipment

Saudi authorities busted a cocaine shipment at a port on the Kingdom’s west coast, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday. Customs officials seized 46 kilograms of cocaine at King Abdullah Seaport in Rabigh. The drugs were concealed in a

Huge US bomb kills dozens of ISIS militants

The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants as it destroyed a deep tunnel complex of the ISIS group, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb – better

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