Middle East

  • Iran captured members of ISIS planning suicide attacks
    Iran_captured_members_of_isis_planning_suicide_attacks 2017-06-24 17:15:27 UTC
    TEHRAN — Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers, state television reported on Saturday. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (Islamic state) that i...

  • ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared 'caliphate'
    Isis_blows_up_mosul_mosque_where_abu_bakr_al-baghdadi_declared_'caliphate' 2017-06-21 22:19:21 UTC
    <blockquote>MOSUL/ERBIL, IRAQ — ISIS Islamic State militants blew up on Wednesday the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. <h3>Mosul, Islamic State of Iraq...

  • Iran and China joint military exercise in Persian Gulf
    Iran_and_china_joint_military_exercise_in_persian_gulf 2017-06-18 16:41:18 UTC
    Tehran — Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In...

  • Iraqi forces started storming ISIS-held Old City of Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_started_storming_isis-held_old_city_of_mosul 2017-06-18 08:15:45 UTC
    Iraqi forces started storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, a military statement said. The historic district is the last still under control of the militants in the northern Iraqi city, which used to be their capital in Iraq. It is a densely-populated maze of narrow al...

  • Russian air strike may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi
    Russian_air_strike_may_have_killed_isis_leader_baghdadi 2017-06-16 08:05:18 UTC
    Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported. The air strike, targeted a meeting of IS leaders and was carried...

  • Republican congressman suggests US should supporting ISIS to attack Iran
    Rep._congressman_suggests_us_should_supporting_isis_to_attack_iran 2017-06-14 00:45:55 UTC
    <blockquote>Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) praised the recent ISIS attack in Tehran as a “good thing” and suggested that maybe the United States should work with the militant organization. Rohrabacher’s entire line of reasoning for why the United States should work with a milit...

  • Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei blames U.S. for creation of ISIS
    Khamenei 2017-06-13 05:19:33 UTC
    TEHRAN — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington's fight against the Islamic State militant group was "a lie". "You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle Eas...

  • Turkey will send warplanes and warships to Qatar
    Turkey_will_send_warplanes_and_warships_to_qatar 2017-06-09 18:40:12 UTC
    DUBAI/DOHA — Arab states that have isolated Qatar tightened their squeeze on Friday by putting dozens of figures with links to the country on terrorism blacklists, while Qatar's ally Turkey rushed to its side with plans to send troops, warships and planes. The developments intensified a confro...

  • Iraq: Kurds finally announce independence referendum
    Iraq-_kurds_finally_announce_independence_referendum_for_september 2017-06-08 00:58:48 UTC
    ERBIL, IRAQ — Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the central government in Baghdad is likely to oppose strongly. "I am pleased to announce that the date for the independence referendum has been set for Monday, Sept. 25,...

  • Iran, Turkey announcing its support for Qatar
    Iran__turkey_announcing_its_support_for_qatar 2017-06-07 16:34:22 UTC
    TEHRAN/ANKARA/DOHA — Turkey's main exporting industry body said it was ready to meet food and water supply demands from Qatar, after a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions did not create shortages. A top Iranian agricultural official was quote...

  • Middle East: The travesty of Trump's illusionist policy
    The_other_perversions_of_trump's_illusionistic_policy 2017-06-06 18:31:52 UTC
    DOHA/DUBAI — U.S. President Donald Trump, wading into the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades, said on Tuesday his trip to the Middle East was "already paying off" with leaders there taking a hard new line in accusing Qatar of funding of militant groups. His blunt remarks cast ...

  • Oil jumps as Qatar ditched, London attacks hurt sterling
    Oil-pump-jacks 2017-06-05 06:38:13 UTC
    SINGAPORE — Oil jumped after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on Monday while sterling slipped after the weekend attacks in London that killed at least seven people and wounded 48, just days before Britain's general national election. The coordinate...

  • Saudi Arabia, the biggest sponsor of terrorism, points its finger at Qatar
    Saudi_arabia__the_biggest_sponsor_of_terrorism__points_its_finger_at_qatar 2017-06-05 05:34:43 UTC
    Saudi Arabia is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today and Wahhabism remains the source of most radical Islamic extremism. However, out of the 61 groups that are designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department, the overwhelming majority are Wahhabi-inspired a...

  • UK opposition urges talks with Saudi Arabia about the funding of Islamist extremism
    Uk_opposition_urges_talks_with_saudi_arabia_about_the_funding_of_islamist_extremism 2017-06-04 19:50:26 UTC
    Britain needs to have "difficult conversations" with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states about the funding of Islamist extremism, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday, resuming his election campaign after a deadly attack in London. The Labour party leader, who is hoping to win Thursda...

  • Trump Looks For the Arab-Israeli Alliance Against Iran
    Trump_looks_hopeful_for_the_arab-israeli_alliance_against_iran 2017-05-22 18:26:52 UTC
    JERUSALEM — U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and militias". In stressing threats from Iran, Tru...

  • Ankara criticizes US over Turkey's 'brutal attack' on peaceful protesters
    Ankara_criticizes_us_over_turkey's_'brutal_attack'_on_peaceful_protesters 2017-05-22 18:10:35 UTC
    Ankara — Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. During Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, a brawl erupted bet...

  • Final Phase: Iraqi Forces Close to Full Control over Mosul
    Final_phase-_iraqi_forces_close_to_full_control_over_mosul 2017-05-14 19:01:21 UTC
    Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS "Islamic State" militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat. The militants have now been dislodged from all but a handful of districts in the western h...

  • Rouhani faces current and future challenges in Iran
    Iran_president_hassan_rouhani 2017-05-08 16:32:47 UTC
    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin | LONDON — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's trip to the coal mine in northern Iran was all going to plan, until the crowd massed in front of his car chanting "it's a day of mourning for workers". Seconds later, shaky footage of Sunday's protest showed a man jumping on...

  • Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after 'battle' comments
    Iran_minister_warns_saudi_arabia_after_'battle'_comments 2017-05-07 19:26:29 UTC
    Iran will leave no part of Saudi Arabia untouched except holy Muslim sites if Riyadh "does anything ignorant", Iran's defense minister was quoted as saying after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran. "If the Saudis do anything ignorant, we will leave no area untouched except ...

  • Israeli Airstrikes Hit Iran's Weapon depot near Damascus
    Israeli_airstrikes_targeting_damascus_airport-_lebanese_media 2017-04-27 06:37:02 UTC
    BEIRUT — A massive blast near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday was caused by an Israeli air strike hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, ...

  • US Syria's attack "was just one step away from clashing with Russian military"
    Us_syria's_attack_was_just_one_step_away_from_clashing_with_russian_military 2017-04-26 16:01:04 UTC
    MOSCOW — The U.S. president Donald Trump's missile strike against the President Bashar Al- Assad, was just one step away from clashing with Russian military and had posed a threat to our troops, said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Shoigu complained that the U.S. missile strike on a ...

  • Turkish Airstrikes Kill US-Backed Kurdish Peshmerga
    Turkish_airstrikes_kill_us-backed_kurdish_peshmerga 2017-04-25 16:28:08 UTC
    ERBIL — Five Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed in a Turkish air raid on a nearby position of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) fighters on Tuesday in northern Iraq, Kurdish sources said. The airstrikes started at 2:00 a.m. (7 p.m. ET on Monday) local time, bombarding different bases o...

  • Turkey's Erdogan Praises Trump, Vilifies Obama
    Turkey's_erdogan_praises_trump__vilifies_obama 2017-04-20 01:23:39 UTC
    ANKARA — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump next month, hoping for stronger ties with the U.S. after being "deceived" by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Erdogan made the comments in an interview with 'Al Jazeera' that was aired on ...

  • Turkish Referendum: 2.5 Million Votes Might be Manipulated
    Turkish_referendum-_2.5_million_votes_might_be_manipulated 2017-04-19 08:29:28 UTC
    Up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in Sunday's Turkish referendum that ended in a close "yes" vote for greater presidential powers, an Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission said on Tuesday. However Turkish authorities are not cooperating with efforts to inv...

  • Erdogan Seeks A 'One-Man Regime', Despite 'Deeply Divided' Turkey
    Erdogan_seeks_a_'one-man_regime'__despite__'deeply_divided'_turkey 2017-04-17 17:41:34 UTC
    ANKARA/ISTANBUL — In Ankara convoys of cars honking horns clogged a main avenue as they headed toward the AK Party's headquarters, their passengers waving flags from the windows, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul o...