Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday thanked foreign leaders, officials, envoys and citizens for their condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, brother of King Salman. Chaired by the More »

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »


Tag Archives: KURDS

Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection

:: The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists. The decision is meant to

Turkish army, Kurdish militia exchange fire across Syria border

Turkey’s military outposts on the border with Syria came under fire from Kurdish militia across the frontier, the army said on Wednesday, a day after Turkish warplanes bombed groups in northeastern Syria and Iraq affiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers

US concern over Turkish strikes targeting Kurds in Syria and Iraq

Washington condemned Turkish jet strikes against the Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar on Tuesday. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on a conference call that “these air strikes were not approved by the coalition and led to

Turkish soldier killed by sniper fire from Kurdish-controlled Syria

A Turkish soldier was killed by a sniper shot from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled part of northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said on Wednesday. The soldier was killed in the Turkish border province of Hatay. The shooting came

Turkey’s Syria plans face setbacks as Kurds see more US support

Turkey has lost momentum in the war for northern Syria as the United States draws on Kurdish allies in the assault on ISIS-held Raqqa, but Ankara is still pressing Washington for a deal that allays its fears of Kurdish ascendancy.

Syria forces quietly take up buffer between Kurds, Turks

US-backed Syrian fighters have turned over several villages in the country’s north to government forces under a deal to avoid conflict with Turkey, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. The Manbij Military Council, part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces,

Russia wants Kurdish representatives in Geneva talks

Russia hopes the Syrian opposition will form a joint delegation for the Geneva peace talks, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. The agency also quoted Bogdanov as saying that Kurdish representatives should

Syrian militias see more US support for ISIS fight, plan new phase

The US-led coalition against ISIS has boosted support for its Syrian allies since President Donald Trump took office, supplying armored vehicles for the first time as they prepare to launch a new phase in their campaign for Raqqa, a spokesman

Iraq Kurd police arrest 13 teachers ahead of demo

Iraqi Kurdish PUK authorities in the city of Sulaimani arrested 13 teachers on Thursday, police said, ahead of a demonstration over unpaid public sector salaries. Police spokesman Sarkawt Ahmed confirmed 13 arrests, but without giving the circumstances. Sulaimani province is

Turkish soldier killed in Syria clashes as rebels push to al-Bab

A Turkish soldier was killed and five wounded in clashes with ISIS in northern Syria, the military said on Friday, as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the city of al-Bab from the radical militantsgroup. The latest casualties bring

Khameniei aide distorts Iraqi Kurds’ identity, rejects independence

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reminded the Iraqi Kurds of their Aryan origin and their Iranian roots, urging them not to forget that they are indebted to

Turkish police detain 40 over links with ISIS

Turkish counter-terror police detained 40 foreign nationals in raids in Istanbul over their suspected links with ISIS, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. Police carried out simultaneous raids to 23 addresses in Istanbul’s conservative Fatih district detaining suspects

Turkey hits Kurdish targets in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Monday, as Ankara pressed its military operation against ISIS militants and a Syrian Kurdish militia in neighboring Syria, state media said. Turkish air force jets launched strikes between 09:30 and 10:55

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize two villages from Kurdish-allied forces

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels captured two villages from forces allied to the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said the SDF-allied Jarablus Military Council fighters had withdrawn from

Turkish warplanes, artillery hit targets in north Syria

Turkish warplanes and artillery struck targets held by the Kurdish YPG militia in north Syria on Sunday, security sources said, as Turkey pressed on with a cross-border campaign launched last week with its Syrian rebel allies. There was no immediate

Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia

Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed milita in northern Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish militia and ISIS. Turkey’s government, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency

Rockets fired at Turkey’s Diyarbakir airport

Suspected Kurdish militants fired rockets at the airport in Turkey’s main southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Saturday, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, Dogan news agency said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Four rockets were fired

One Turkish soldier killed in Syria offensive

One Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded in a rocket attack on a tank close to the northern Syrian town of Jarablus on Saturday, Turkish military sources said, after Turkey launched a cross-border offensive this week. The sources

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