King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

:: Saudi King Salman received in his residence in the city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco, on Thursday night, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim More »

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

 

Tag Archives: Syria

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. After seven previous rounds that have

US-led strikes kill 17 in Syria’s Raqqa: Monitor

:: US-led coalition air strikes on ISIS’s remaining territory in Syria’s Raqqa city killed 17 civilians on Wednesday, including children, a monitor said. The coalition is providing air support in the form of heavy air strikes for

Rebels say they shot down Syrian military jet in south

:: Western-backed Syrian rebels said they had shot down a Syrian military jet on Tuesday and captured its pilot in a desert area in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, where the army had recently advanced

Iran chief of staff in Turkey for talks on Syria, Iraq

:: Iran’s chief of staff arrived in Ankara Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks with Turkey’s leadership reportedly aimed at narrowing differences on the Syria crisis and coordinating policy on Iraq. General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri is due to meet

More than 600,000 Syrians return home, mainly to Aleppo: UN

:: More than 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year, with most of them heading to Aleppo, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration. Between January and the

Rebels and refugees in Lebanese enclave evacuated to Syria

:: The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported. About 300 rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl

Syria investigator says enough evidence exists to convict Assad of war crimes

:: The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria has gathered enough evidence for President Bashar al-Assad to be convicted of war crimes, a prominent member of the commission, Carla del Ponte, said in remarks published on Sunday.

US-backed Syria forces battle ISIS in Raqqa old city

:: US-backed fighters fought pitched battles Sunday with ISIS extremists inside their Syria bastion Raqqa, an AFP correspondent said. The Syrian Democratic Forces, the Arab-Kurd alliance, first entered Raqqa two months ago and have since captured more

Saudi, UAE foil bid to smuggle 9 mln amphetamine tablets; 12 Syrians held

:: The security spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior stated that “within the framework of carrying out the tasks of the security authorities to combat drug smuggling into the Kingdom and due to cooperation and

How can Saudi Arabia prioritize and obtain its strategic interests?

Faisal Al-Shammeri

By : Faisal Al-Shammeri :: It has been said that “Great Powers do not have friends, they have interests.” As valid as this statement is, it is applicable up and down the ladder in multiple aspects in

Seven White Helmets medics killed in Syria’s Idlib

:: Gunmen early Saturday stormed an office of a Syrian paramedic group that is active in opposition-controlled areas, killing seven of its members and stealing two vehicles and other equipment in a northwestern region, the group and

Turkish government steps up counterterrorism efforts

:: A series of raids in the southern province of Adana and the eastern province of Elazig on Friday saw 42 people detained by police over their suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and

Bassel Safadi, the symbol of Syria’s injustice

Diana Moukalled

By : Diana Moukalled :: Bassel Safadi Khartabil, the Internet guru who opened up the online world to plight of the Syrian people, was abducted by the Assad regime in March 2012 and taken to Adra prison

US-backed Syrian fighters pressure ISIS militants in Raqqa

:: The linkup of the eastern and western fronts deprives ISIS from access to the Euphrates River – and effectively leaves the remaining militants in Raqqa and thousands of civilians surrounded. US Army Col. Ryan Dillon tweeted

Prospects for the upcoming Astana talks on Syria

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: The agenda for the next round of Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana was determined in an Aug. 7 meeting in Tehran of the three guarantor countries — Turkey, Iran and

Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border in southwest

:: The Syrian army and its allies seized control of at least 30 km of Syria’s border with Jordan from rebels in an attack on Thursday, two rebel groups and a Syrian military source said. A military

Saudi Arabia affirms strong role of Syrian opposition coalition

:: The Saudi Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political and Economic Affairs, Adel Siraj Mirdad, noted the crucial role the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces plays. The coalition has embodied political

Dozens dead in central Syria as ISIS battles regime push

:: Dozens of regime forces and militants have been killed in central Syria as the ISIS group strives to hold off a regime advance there, a monitor said Wednesday. With Russian backing, Syria’s army has been waging

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