Middle East

  • US-led strike kills senior ISIS official in Iraq: Pentagon
    Shakir_wahib 2016-05-10 06:15:17 UTC
    An air strike by a U.S.-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State official in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. The strike on May 6 killed Abu Wahib, Islamic State's chief military official in Anbar province, said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook. The strike was on a vehicle carrying A...

  • Hardliners lose parliament to Rouhani allies in Iran
    Hardliners_lose_parliament_to_rouhani_allies_in_iran 2016-05-01 07:32:25 UTC
    Run-off elections have given moderates and reformists a working majority in the Iranian parliament for the first time in more than a decade. Supporters of President Hassan Rouhani won 42% of the total seats - short of an outright majority but comfortable enough to pass his legislative plans. In...

  • U.S. businessman, "Young Global Leader," jailed in Iran
    Ahmad_kiarostami_jailed_in_iran 2016-02-22 19:25:36 UTC
    An American businessman jailed in Iran since October has broken his hunger strike, his mother wrote on social media on Monday. Siamak Namazi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was detained in Iran in October while visiting family. Iranian authorities have not yet announced any charges against him. ...

  • Kurdish Advance in Syria Reveals U.S.-Turkey Divide
    Syrian-kurdish-fighters 2016-02-17 19:45:04 UTC
    The rapid advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, taking advantage of Russian air strikes to seize territory near the Turkish border, has infuriated Ankara and threatened to drive a wedge between NATO allies. Washington has long seen the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party...

  • Top al Qaeda commander killed in Yemen drone strikes
    Jalal_mohsen_saeed_baleedi__al_qaeda 2016-02-04 19:33:50 UTC
    A suspected U.S. drone strike overnight killed a top Islamist militant commander in southern Yemen who had run al Qaeda's combat operations and had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, residents said. In nine months of civil war and a Gulf military intervention in Yemen, the United States has...

  • Shimon Peres taken to hospital, 10 days after a heart attack
    Shimon_peres 2016-01-25 02:04:30 UTC
    Tel Aviv (dpa) - Israel's former president and prime minister Shimon Peres was rushed back to the hospital late Sunday, 10 days after he was admitted following a light heart attack. An ambulance was called to his home after Peres once again felt chest pains, a statement from his office said. ...

  • Islamic State under pressure; losing territory and financial resources
    Islamic_state_under_pressure 2016-01-20 22:19:55 UTC
    Insurgents in the west are being hit harder, while in eastern and central parts of the country, the terrorist militia "Islamic State" - also known by the acronyms ISIS, ISIL or Daesh - is also under military pressure and is cutting fighters' pay as its oil-smuggling operations are hit by plunging...

  • Iran-backed militia kidnapped Americans in Baghdad
    Iran-backed_militia_kidnapped_americans_in_baghdad 2016-01-20 06:22:25 UTC
    Three U.S. citizens who disappeared last week in Baghdad were kidnapped and are being held by an Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia, two Iraqi intelligence and two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday. Unknown gunmen seized the three on Friday from a private residence in the southeastern Dora d...

  • Iran frees American prisoners as nuclear deal set to be implemented
    Iran_frees_american_prisoners_as_nuclear_deal_set_to_be_implemented 2016-01-16 18:39:23 UTC
    Iran freed four Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday in a prisoner swap, as diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bring the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage. The International Atomic Energy Agency was expec...

  • The drama in Persian Gulf: Anxious phone calls Kerry/ Iran
    Khamenei__ordered_an_immediate_investigation_to_determine_whether_the_u.s._sailors_had_deliberately_sailed_into_iranian_waters 2016-01-14 07:03:38 UTC
    Why did Iran release US Navy sailors so quickly? Iran's detention of 10 U.S. sailors on Tuesday set off a furious round of meetings in both Washington and Tehran. Anxious officials in both capitals had the same goal: to ensure the incident did not torpedo a historic nuclear accord between two cou...

  • Saudi Arabia announces it is cutting ties with Iran
    Saudi_arabia_announces_it_is_cutting_ties_with_iran 2016-01-07 04:26:44 UTC
    Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warns Saudi Arabia will pay a 'high price' for Shia cleric's execution, and Saudi Arabia announces it is cutting ties with Islamic Republic of Iran. Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalati...

  • New Year's Celebration: Luxury Dubai Hotel Inferno
    Dubai_fire 2015-12-31 20:57:03 UTC
    Fire engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper in downtown Dubai near the world's tallest building on Thursday night, but the block was successfully evacuated and there were only light injuries, the emirate's police chief said. Tongues of flame shot skywards from one side of the luxury downtown address ...

  • ISIS is losing territory, financial resources and power
    Isis_is_losing_territory__financial_resources_and_power 2015-12-31 00:43:19 UTC
    Global Gathering — The "Islamic State" also known by the acronyms ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is losing territory, finances, power and leaders due to U.S.- led air strikes and success on the ground. Ten Islamic State leaders, including individuals linked to the Paris attacks, were killed in the air st...

  • ISIS Under Pressure in Iraq and Syria
    Isis_under_pressure_in_iraq_and_syria 2016-01-19 03:38:45 UTC
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  • Ramadi: Iraqi special forces fight the ISIS militants street by street
    Members_of_the_iraqi_special_operations_forces 2015-12-23 09:35:33 UTC
    The battle to drive the militant group ISIS out of the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi is entering its second day as Iraqi special forces fight the Islamic State fighters street by street. Government forces expect to dislodge ISIS from the city within days, state TV said on Wednesday, citing a...

  • Turkey's Erdogan War Against Kurds
    16292_turkey's_erdogan_war_against_kurds 2015-12-21 07:45:42 UTC
    Turkish President Ignores ISIS, Stokes Civil War with Kurds. Diyarbakir - At least 69 Kurdish fighters and 2 Turkish officers have been killed in four days of military operations near the Syrian and Iraqi borders against the members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey, mi...

  • Kurdish Female Fighters Are The Biggest Nightmare For ISIS Terror Addicts
    Eternity_in_hell_for_isis-_death_by_a_woman%e2%80%99s_hand 2016-01-25 01:21:13 UTC
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  • ISIS eyeing oil targets beyond Syria and Iraq
    Isis_eyeing_oil_targets_beyond_syria_and_iraq 2015-12-16 08:45:18 UTC
    ISIS "Islamic State" is looking at potentially vulnerable oil assets in Libya and elsewhere outside its Syria stronghold, where the militant group controls about roughly 80 percent of the oil and gas fields, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official, who briefed reporters in Washing...

  • Exclusive: Iran's October missile test violated U.N. ban - expert panel
    Iran's_october_missile_test_violated_u.n._ban_-_expert_panel 2015-12-15 19:07:21 UTC
    The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested in October was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, a team of sanctions monitors said in a confidential new report. The conclusion of the council's Panel of E...

  • Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria-Turkey border
    Russia_sent_an_advanced_missile_system_to_syria-turkey_border 2015-11-26 17:24:03 UTC
    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria- Turkey border on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Underscoring the message, Russian f...

  • Kurdish forces liberated Sinjar, held by ISIS since last year
    Barzani_sinjar 2015-11-13 17:13:46 UTC
    Kurdish forces raised their flag in the center of Sinjar on Friday after facing little resistance from IS, as Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani claimed the town had been "liberated" in only a day. US and Kurdish officials had earlier cautioned against claiming victory too soon. The town s...

  • ISIS media outlet confirms: U.S. airstrike killed ISIS executioner "Jihadi John"
    Us_airstrike_killed_isis_executioner_jihadi_john 2016-01-20 00:58:42 UTC
    A media outlet associated with 'Islamic State' ISIS on Tuesday released a eulogy for "Jihadi John", a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hostages, the monitoring organization SITE reported. The militant was identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British cit...

  • Sound of Explosion Heard on Russian Plane's Black Box
    Sound_of_explosion_heard_on_russian_plane's_black_box 2015-11-07 05:15:07 UTC
    French TV station France 2 said on its website that the sound of an explosion could be heard on the black boxes recovered from the plane, according to an investigator who had access to them. The investigator ruled out engine failure, it added. British and U.S. spies intercepted "chatter" from ...

  • Russian plane crash likely caused by bomb planted by ISIS or its affiliate
    Russian_plane_crash_likely_caused_by_bomb_planted_by_isis_or_its_affiliate 2015-11-05 10:10:38 UTC
    U.S. intelligence suggests Russian plane crash likely caused by bomb planted by ISIS or its affiliate, U.S. official says. Evidence now suggests that a bomb planted by the Islamic State militant group is the likely cause of last weekend's crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai peninsul...

  • Russian-Iranian differences over Syria's Assad future
    Syria's_assad 2015-11-03 19:06:20 UTC
    Russia does not see keeping Bashar al-Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president's other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differen...