Middle East

  • Three cities in Saudi Arabia hit by suicide bombers
    Suicide_bombers_hit_three_saudi_cities 2016-07-05 08:31:56 UTC
    Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan. The explosions targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi'i...

  • "No evidence for involving ISIS in Bangladesh attacks"
    No_evidence_for_involving_isis_in_bangladesh_attacks 2016-07-03 18:19:03 UTC
    Seven militants who killed 20 people at a Dhaka restaurant were Bangladeshis and authorities had earlier tried to arrest five of them, said officials who denied claims by Islamic State of responsibility for the attack. The gunmen stormed the upmarket restaurant in the diplomatic zone late on F...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Three explosions hit Istanbul's Ataturk airport
    Breaking_news-_two_explosions_hit_istanbul's_ataturk_airport 2016-06-29 03:07:44 UTC
    Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by ISIS, "Islamic State" militants. One attacker opened fire in the de...

  • Syria air strikes: Obama to focus on fight against ISIS, not Assad
    Obama 2016-06-18 01:19:22 UTC
    (REUTERS) — The U.S. administration sought on Friday to contain fallout from a leaked internal memo critical of its Syria policy, but showed no sign it was willing to consider military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces called for in the letter signed by dozens of American ...

  • Iraqi forces enter center of Fallujah, ISIS on the run
    Isis_on_the_run 2016-06-19 00:02:51 UTC
    Iraqi forces on Friday entered the center of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State, nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive that cleared out the tens of thousands of residents still there. Government troops, supported by multiple air strikes from a U.S.-led...

  • Kerry on Syria: Russia needs to understand that our patience is very limited
    U.s._secretary_of_state_john_kerry_ 2016-06-15 18:23:11 UTC
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia of selectively enforcing a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" agreement in Syria while a government campaign to retake Aleppo continued unabated. Speaking in Oslo, where he also met Iranian F...

  • Iran: British-Iranian woman accused of attempting to 'overthrow the regime'
    Nazanin_zaghari-ratcliffe_is_a_37-year-old_program_coordinator_with_the_thomson_reuters_foundation__a_london-based_charity 2016-06-15 17:30:26 UTC
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard accused a British-Iranian aid worker who has been detained since early April of trying to "overthrow" the government in a statement published on Wednesday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 37-year-old program coordinator with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a Lond...

  • Paris police killer pledged loyalty to ISIS
    Paris_police_killer_pledged_loyalty_to_isis__larossi_abballa 2016-06-14 19:33:34 UTC
    <h3>French prosecutors have said the man who murdered a police commander and his wife at their home pledged allegiance to the so-called "Islamic State." Police found a list of other potential targets at the murder site.</h3> Paris prosecutor Francis Molins on Tuesday said the man who killed a ...

  • Jimmy Carter administration had extensive contact with Ayatollah Khomeini before Iran revolution
    Jimmy_carter_administration_had_extensive_contact_with_khomeini_before_iran_revolution 2016-06-12 00:12:00 UTC
    Iranian leaders have reacted with fury to reports that newly declassified US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic revolution. It was previously known that Ruhollah Khomeini, the charismatic lea...

  • ISIS In Panic, Losing Its Capital, Fighters Killed By Their Own Leadership
    Isisraqqa 2016-06-07 00:14:36 UTC
    In March, a senior commander with Isis, was driving through northern Syria on orders to lead militants in the fighting there when a drone blasted his vehicle to oblivion. The killing of Abu Hayjaa al-Tunsi, a Tunisian jihadi, sparked a panicked hunt within the group's ranks for spies who coul...

  • ISIS under Pressure on Multiple Fronts
    Islamic_state_or_isis_under_pressure_from_all_sides 2016-06-04 05:20:36 UTC
    The Syrian army backed by Russian air strikes has opened a major new front against Islamic State, the third big assault on the self-proclaimed caliphate this week after Iraqi forces attempted to storm a city and a Syrian militia advanced with U.S. support. The week's three big offensives are s...

  • Arab, Kurds advance against ISIS in Syria's Manbij (North of Raqqa)
    16543_arab__kurds_advance_against_isis_in_syria's_manbij_(north_of_raqqa) 2016-06-03 07:20:54 UTC
    U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in a major new offensive against Islamic State vowed on Thursday to cut off the last remaining access route to the outside world for the self-proclaimed caliphate, and won vital, if tacit, backing from Turkey. The assault around the Syrian city of Manbij, backed by ...

  • Iran's supreme leader Khamenei rules out any cooperation with U.S. over middle east crisis: TV
    Khamenei 2016-06-03 07:33:37 UTC
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday Tehran had no intention of cooperating on regional issues with its main enemies the United states and "evil" Britain, state TV reported. "America has continued its enmity toward Iran since (the 1979 Islamic) revolution... It is a hug...

  • The battle for Fallujah: The latest news
    Latest_fallujah_news 2016-05-31 19:35:17 UTC
    Fear for civilians as Islamic State halts Iraqi army at gates of Fallujah (Reuters — Tue May 31, 2016 12:55pm) ISIS (also known as Daesh, ISIL or Islamic State) fighters halted an Iraqi army assault on the city of Fallujah with a counter-attack at its southern gates on Tuesday, while the Unite...

  • Iraqi army launching a direct assault to retake Fallujah from ISIS
    Iraqi_army_launching_a_direct_assault_to_retake_fallujah_from_isis 2016-06-01 09:31:46 UTC
    <a href="http://global-gathering.com/news/16532"><h2>The battle for Fallujah: The latest news</h2></a><hr> The Iraqi army stormed to the southern edge of Falluja under U.S. air support on Monday and captured a police station inside the city limits, launching a direct assault to retake one of ...

  • US soldiers wearing Kurdish People’s Protection Unit YPG patches in Syria
    Us_soldiers_wearing_kurdish_people%e2%80%99s_protection_unit_ypg_patches_in_syria 2016-05-28 22:58:57 UTC
    Just days after the U.S. military and an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups announced the beginning of their offensive to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, images have emerged of what appear to be U.S. Special Operations forces fighting near the front lines. The pic...

  • Kurdish-led coalition made advances in northern city of Raqqa
    Kurdish-led_coalition_made_advances_in_northern_city_of_raqqa 2016-05-26 21:55:33 UTC
    A Kurdish-led coalition of armed groups has made advances in northern Syria as it continues a campaign to evict the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daesh, ISIL, or ISIS) armed group from its stronghold in the city of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), took control of the Namrod...

  • More than 150 killed in Syria bombings, ISIS claimed responsibility
    More_than_100_killed_in_syria_bombings__isis_claimed_responsibility 2016-05-23 20:23:56 UTC
    Bomb blasts killed more than 150 people in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous on Monday, monitors said, in a government-controlled area that hosts Russian forces. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Mediterranean cites that have up to now escaped the worst ...

  • Iraqi army makes new push to retake city of Fallujah from ISIS
    Iraqi_army_makes_new_push_to_retake_city_of_fallujah_from_isis 2016-05-28 07:09:30 UTC
    <h1>ISIS commander in Falluja killed, U.S. military says</h1> U.S.-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group's commander in the city, a U.S military spokesman said on Friday. U.S. Army Colonel Steve W...

  • Erdogan’s Law: Kurdish Parliament Members Stripped of Immunity
    Erdogan%e2%80%99s_law-_kurdish_parliament_members_stripped_of_immunity 2016-05-22 11:05:31 UTC
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan is turning Turkey into an authoritarian power. An amendment to strip parliamentary immunity has sent shockwaves through Turkey. The bill is widely seen as a method of tossing the Peoples' Democratic Party out of parliament and boosting the power of President Erdogan. ...

  • EgyptAir flight MS804: 'Body parts and luggage found' at crash site as search continues for black box
    Image 2016-05-20 16:18:08 UTC
    An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean on Thursday in a crash that Egypt said may have been caused by a terrorist attack. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation for the c...

  • 9/11 Attacks: U.S. Senate Passes Bill Allowing Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia
    9_11_attacks-_u.s._senate_passes_bill_allowing_victims_to_sue_saudi_arabia 2016-05-17 18:57:19 UTC
    The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto. The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strong...

  • Europe losing patience while US and Russia disagree on Syria
    Europe_losing_its_patience_while_u.s._and_russia_disagree_on_syria 2016-05-17 05:58:58 UTC
    Europe losing its patience while U.S. and Russia disagree on Syria. The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's five-year civil war, diplomats say.Some dip...

  • 80 killed in deadliest wave of ISIS bombings across Baghdad
    Isis_killed_80_pepole_in_baghdad 2016-05-11 19:20:08 UTC
    Islamic State bombs kill 80 in deadliest Baghdad attacks this year. Three suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State across Baghdad killed at least 80 people on Wednesday, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, in the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital this year. Security has gradually ...

  • Iran does not wish to see Bashar al-Assad removed from power
    16485_iran_does_not_wish_to_see_bashar_al-assad_removed_from_power 2016-05-10 04:22:08 UTC
    In the same context, Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi discussed with Dr. Velayati and the accompanying delegation mechanisms of boosting cooperation between the two countries in the economic, trade, industrial, cultural, tourist and medical domains with the aim of providing the requirements of the s...