Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants BEIRUT — Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country’s border with Syria. The long-awaited campaign aims to defeat IS in the group’s border enclave and […]

UN: Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed

UN: Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed

Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien slammed Yemen’s government and a Saudi-led military coalition for “unilaterally denying or excessively delaying entry to vessels carrying essential […]

Finnish police arrest 4 Moroccan men over links to stabbings

Finnish police arrest 4 Moroccan men over links to stabbings

Finnish police said they has arrested four other Moroccan men over their possible links to the man suspected of killing two and wounding eight in Friday’s knife attacks. Finnish police are investigating Friday’s knife attacks that killed two and wounded eight in the city of Turku as terrorism-related crimes, they said on Saturday. The suspect […]

Car blast hits Syrian port city of Latakia

Car blast hits Syrian port city of Latakia

A car bomb on Saturday hit the Syrian port city of Latakia with reports of injuries, the Lebanese Hezbollah group’s al Manar television station and a monitor said. The television station flashed that an explosive laden car caused the blast in the Tashreen district of the city that lies in the mountainous heartland of President […]

Turkish Foreign Ministry sends Humanitarian Day message

Turkish Foreign Ministry sends Humanitarian Day message

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a World Humanitarian Day message on Saturday, praising aid workers’ efforts around the world. “On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, we extend our gratitude and appreciation to the aid workers, who diligently maintain humanitarian aid efforts throughout the world under the most compelling conditions, and we commemorate with respect […]

Dire Consequences of Short-sighted Western Policy Towards Middle East

Dire Consequences of Short-sighted Western Policy Towards Middle East

Just one year ago, Director of Europol Rob Wainwright warned Europe of further terror attacks. A month ago, the same position was shared by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader in Britain. Mr Corbyn also warned about danger of the EU’s policy towards the Middle East. Then Labour leader called such kind of policy as short-sighted. In […]

End the 'big wink' in US-Middle East foreign policy

End the 'big wink' in US-Middle East foreign policy

On May 21, the Trump administration reset our Mideast alliances at a Riyadh summit as the president outlined a new four-part strategy to: (1) destroy ISIS; (2) stop other Islamic terror groups; (3) protect our regional allies; and (4) prevent the rise of an Iranian hegemonic power. But to be effective, the strategy had to […]

Analysts: Jordan vote win tests Brotherhood popularity

Analysts: Jordan vote win tests Brotherhood popularity

The solid performance of a Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition in Jordan’s local elections could presage a new lease on life for the embattled group, experts say. In local and provincial polls held Wednesday, the National Alliance for Reform, led by the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, won 25 of the 48 […]

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