Middle East

  • Russian jet broke up in mid air - All 224 dead after Russian airliner crashes in Egypt
    Russian_jet_broke_up_in_mid_air 2015-11-01 16:58:56 UTC
    A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this. Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, oper...

  • German rapper who joined ISIS killed in U.S. strike
    16207_german_rapper_who_joined_isis_killed_in_u.s._strike 2015-10-30 20:08:14 UTC
    A prominent German ISIS propagandist was killed by a U.S. strike while he was traveling in a vehicle in Syria earlier this month, a U.S. official told CNN. The ISIS recruit Denis Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, had once gone by the name "Deso Dogg" in the Berlin rap scene. He tr...

  • Iran could be on track to execute more than 1,000 people this year
    16198_iran_could_be_on_track_to_execute_more_than_1_000_people_this_year 2015-10-28 06:40:51 UTC
    Iran could be on track to execute more than 1,000 people this year, even as it seems more willing to engage with the United Nations on human rights after a nuclear deal with world powers, a U.N. investigator said on Monday. U.N. special rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, suggested that human r...

  • Free Syrian Army rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us
    Free_syrian_army_rebels_to_russia-_stop_bombing_us 2015-10-26 21:21:42 UTC
    Free Syrian Army rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us. An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar al-Assad. F...

  • Russia ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels
    Russian_foreign_minister_sergei_lavrov 2015-10-25 07:58:47 UTC
    Russia ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement. ...

  • Kurdish peshmerga and US forces rescued 70 hostages held by ISIS
    Kurdish_peshmerga_and_u.s._special_operations_forces_rescued_70_hostages_held_by_isis 2015-10-23 20:10:01 UTC
    Kurdish peshmerga and U.S. special operations forces rescued 70 hostages held by ISIS. One member of the U.S. special operations team was killed and four kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were reported wounded. U.S. special forces who raided a prison compound in northern Iraq were acting on intellige...

  • Netanyahu: Holocaust Was a Palestinian Idea, Not Hitler's Idea
    Netanyahu-_holocaust_was_a_palestinian_idea__not_hitler's_idea 2015-10-22 09:56:28 UTC
    Netanyahu says Holocaust was not Hitler's idea, it was a Palestinian idea. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provoked a Holocaust controversy on Wednesday, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying that the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to extermina...

  • Assad's Army and Putin's Jets Target Rebel-Held Towns North of Homs
    Assad's_army_and_putin's_jets_target_rebel-held_towns_north_of_homs 2015-10-16 00:57:33 UTC
    Assad's army and Putin's jets target rebel-held towns north of Homs. Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of the city of Homs on Thursday, targeting a long-held and strategic enclave of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The offensive...

  • Iran: Underground tunnel crammed with ballistic missiles
    Iran-_underground_tunnel_crammed_with_ballistic_missiles 2015-10-15 20:20:18 UTC
    Iran: Underground tunnel crammed with ballistic missiles. An unusual broadcast by Iranian state television of footage of an underground tunnel crammed with missiles and launchers that appeared to signal Tehran's determination to expand its large missile inventory. The Islamic Republic's mis...

  • Message to Washington: Iraq wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States
    Message_to_washington-_iraq_wants_moscow_to_have_a_bigger_role_than_the_united_states 2015-10-07 19:45:11 UTC
    Iraq wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States and send a clear message to Washington: Welcome Russian air strikes on ISIS in Iraq. Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the w...

  • Russia targeting moderate opposition in Syria
    Russia_targeting_moderate_opposition_in_syria 2015-10-05 15:27:53 UTC
    Russia targeting moderate opposition in Syria. Russia is escalating Syria's civil war by targeting the moderate opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, comparing Moscow's effort to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to tethering itself to a sinking ship. "By taki...

  • Assad allies, backed by Russian air strikes, prepare ground attack
    Assad_allies-_khamenei-putin-nassrolah 2015-10-01 21:47:34 UTC
    Assad allies, backed by Russian air strikes, prepare ground attack. Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told R...

  • Israel undermines US peace effort: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
    Palestinian_president_abbas 2015-10-01 06:36:54 UTC
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of sabotaging U.S. efforts to broker peace and said Israeli security operations at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem could lead to a religious war. In an address to the United Nations General Assembly before a ceremony for the raisi...

  • Moscow building up forces to protect President Assad
    Moscow_building_up_forces_to_protect_president_assad 2015-09-12 06:57:05 UTC
    Moscow is building up forces to protect President Assad. Lavrov blamed Washington for cutting off direct military-to-military communication between Russia and NATO after the crisis in Ukraine last year. Such contacts were "important for the avoidance of undesired, unintended incidents", Lavrov...

  • Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish PKK targets in northern Iraq
    Turkish-warplane-bombing 2015-09-08 08:18:38 UTC
    Dozens of Turkish warplanes struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq overnight, killing tens of the group's fighters, a security source told Reuters on Tuesday. Two government officials said more than 40 jets took part in the strikes, which came after the PKK kill...

  • UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed - Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site
    Isis_destroys_ancient_temple_at_palmyra_site 2015-09-01 06:31:09 UTC
    UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed. Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site. A satellite image confirms that the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Syria has been destroyed, the United Nations says. ISIS took control of Palmyra in May, sparking fears the...

  • Kurds ask U.S. to clarify its approach regarding Turkish aggression
    Kurdish-fighter 2015-08-01 20:28:53 UTC
    West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) - Kurds ask U.S. to clarify its approach regarding Turkish aggression. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is an important force for the United State-led alliance against Islamic State -ISIS- because it has been the ONLY notable partner on the ground w...

  • A 'safe zone' plan in Syria is an attempt by Turkey to stop Kurds
    Hdp_chairman_selahattin_demirtas 2015-07-29 06:12:56 UTC
    Selahattin Demirtas, who leads the HDP (People's Democratic Party), told the BBC that Turkey's real intention was to make an incursion into Kurdish areas in Syria so as to stop Syrian Kurds from controlling contiguous territory. "Turkey doesn't intend to target IS with this safe zone. The Turk...

  • U.S. and Turkey plan a "Safe zone" along Turkey border
    Safe-zone 2015-07-28 07:26:45 UTC
    Turkey and the United State have negotiated plans to intensify the battle against ISIS, through creation of a de facto "safe zone" along the Turkey-Syria border that will see American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together. The plan would create an Islamic State-free ...

  • Facts: Turks Want Their Own Military To Intervene On Syrian Soil, Against The Kurdish Fighters- YPG
    Facts-_turks_want_their_own_military_to_intervene_on_syrian_soil__against_the_kurdish_fighters-_ypg 2015-08-01 20:33:45 UTC
    Facts: Turks Want Their Own Military To Intervene On Syrian Soil, Against The Kurdish Fighters- YPG. The battle in the northern Syrian border town of Kobane and Tal Abyad has inflicted a potentially crippling defeat on ISIS that could impede the jihadists’ rampage through Syria and Iraq. ISIS Is ...

  • U.N. inspectors would have access to suspect Iranian military sites: Iran, major powers reach nuclear deal
    Nuclear_deal_draft 2015-07-20 04:44:18 UTC
    U.N. inspectors would have access to suspect Iranian military sites. 5+1 major powers, United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany, and Iran have reached a nuclear deal after more than a decade of on-off negotiation, granting Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs o...

  • US Air Strikes Hit Multiple Targets In Raqqa - Islamic State De Facto Capital
    Us_air_strikes_hit_multiple_targets_in_raqqa_-_islamic_state_de_facto_capital 2015-07-05 06:29:29 UTC
    US-led coalition forces carried out a series of 16 airstrikes on Saturday on the ISIS in its de facto Capital of Raqqa in Syria, in one of the biggest assaults on the extremists. "The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Islamic State the ability to move military capabilities t...

  • Kurdish Leaders Seek An Independent Kurdistan - "Whether the US likes it or not"
    How_to_open_up_the_way_for_kurdish_independence 2015-07-05 08:00:26 UTC
    BAGHDAD - Kurdish leaders say, "they have only one goal, whether the U.S. likes it or not. We are pushing hard in Kirkuk to hold Kirkuk and keep ISIS out and once that is done, we will move forward with plans for our country [Kurdistan]." Another source directly advising "once that is done,...

  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
    Turkey%e2%80%99s_president_recep_tayyip_erdogan 2015-07-02 02:57:24 UTC
    ISTANBUL — Turkey is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to 'the daily beast'. In a speech last Friday, T...

  • Kurdish YPG Forces In New Offensive Against Islamic State
    Kurdish_ypg_forces_in_new_offensive_against_islamic_state 2015-07-02 03:04:48 UTC
    The Kurdish YPG forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has driven deep into Raqqa province in the last two weeks, capturing key positions from Islamic State including Tel Abyad at the border with Turkey. In an apparent bid to seize back the initiative, ISIS wrested positions from the Syrian a...