Middle East

  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
    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, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan v...
  • 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 army in an assault on the northeastern ci...
  • Kurdish forces on offensive: Seize military base from ISIS
    2015-06-23 08:25:20 UTC

    Kurdish forces had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa province, advancing deeper into territory held by the group and showing new momentum after they seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week. The Kurds, aided by U.S.-led air strikes and smaller Syrian rebel groups, pushed on Monday to with...
  • Top ISIS leader and Benghazi attack suspect killed in airstrike
    2015-07-03 04:46:12 UTC

    Washington - A U.S. air strike on Mosul, Iraq, killed an Islamic State leader linked to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon said on Monday. The June 16 U.S. air strike killed Ali Awni al-Harzi in Shaddadi, Syria, whom the Pentagon said was a "person of interest" in the Benghazi attack, whic...
  • The 'Islamic State' suffered a devastating defeat on the Turkish border - A Significant Victory For Kurdish Fighters
    2015-06-18 23:39:47 UTC

    Kurdish fighters have gained control of Tal Abyad, a city near the Turkish border. This victory against ISIS thugs has cut off key supply lines to the newly minted capital of ISIS located in Raqqa. The Islamic State lost a crucial "back door" into Turkey earlier this week when Kurdish forces ran the militants out of Tal Ab...
  • Al Qaeda deputy leader killed in U.S. bombing in Yemen
    2015-06-16 18:32:30 UTC

    The deputy leader of al Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a U.S. bombing in Yemen, the group and the White House said on Tuesday, removing the director of a string of attacks against the West and a man once seen as a successor to leader Ayman al-Zawahri. A close associate of Osama bin Laden in the years leading up to the...
  • Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State Turkish Border Stronghold
    2015-06-14 20:37:30 UTC

    Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian refugees wait for transportation after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 10, 2015. Reuters/Osman Orsal Kurdish-led militia backed by U.S.-led air strikes fought Islamic State near a Syrian town at the Turkish border on ...
  • Pentagon: Iraqis make progress against ISIS in Baiji
    2015-06-09 07:21:24 UTC

    Washington (Reuters) - Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes have opened supply lines into Baiji town and its nearby oil refinery, making progress at last against Islamic State rebels in a seesaw battle that has gone on for months, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman...
  • ISIS Isn't Strong But Its Opponents Are Weak
    2015-06-23 08:23:08 UTC

    Since the fall of Ramadi, Iraq and the US have traded accusations over who was to blame for the failure to maintain control of the provincial capital, which had been among just a few towns and cities to remain under government control in mainly Sunni Anbar. Now a Shia unit spokesman told reporters that Iraqi forces had surrounded Ra...
  • Iran Sends Troops into Iraq with artillery and rocket systems
    2015-05-24 02:27:04 UTC

    Iran has sent troops into Iraq, hoping that one of three Iraqi oil refineries can be recaptured from the Islamic State. The confirmation of the Iranian deployment came from an unusual source: U.S. defense officials said Friday that Iran has contributed troops in the fight against Islamic State forces in strategic areas near the capi...
  • Syrian Kurds seize control of main road, encircle Islamic State town
    2015-06-15 18:24:34 UTC

    The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Monday it had seized a major road that brought reinforcements from Islamic State's defacto capital of Raqqa, enabling YPG fighters to lay siege to the militant's stronghold of Tel Abyad. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the militia had surrounded the town along the Turkish border, pushi...
  • US starts training Syria rebels to combat Islamic State - ISIS
    2015-05-08 17:13:37 UTC

    (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started training Syrian fighters to combat Islamic State militants, officials said on Thursday, adding the program had begun in Jordan and would soon launch in Turkey. The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total more than 15,000 troops is a major test of President Bar...
  • US warship may have possible confrontation with Iranian ships in waters off of Yemen
    2015-04-20 19:08:00 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi Shia rebels fighting in Yemen. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden an...
  • Iran's Khamenei welcomes sanctions lift, warns of U.S. 'deceit'
    2016-01-19 20:36:54 UTC

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday welcomed the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, but warned that Tehran should remain wary of its old enemy the United States. State television reported that Khamenei wrote to President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on implementing the nuclear deal, which resu...
  • U.S. Officials: Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could plunge the region into sectarian war - New Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen
    2016-01-19 01:55:40 UTC

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  • Islamic State targeted in 21 air strikes by U.S.-led forces
    2015-09-07 06:23:10 UTC

    The United States and its allies carried out 21 air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Command Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday. Iraq also conducted its first air operation against Islamic State using F-16 fighter aircraft, the Pentagon said in a separate statement. Iraq took delivery of...
  • Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO missile system
    2015-04-16 11:23:38 UTC

    Moscow - Iran has announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the head of its defense ministry said in Moscow. “I'd like to support the idea of developing multifaceted defense cooperation between China, Iran, India and Russia to c...
  • Pope calls Armenian slaughter by Ottoman Turks 'first genocide of the 20th century'
    2016-06-25 09:57:37 UTC

    <h2>Pope says 'never again' to tragedies like Armenian genocide</h2> A somber Pope Francis, "with pain in my heart," paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915, an event which he has labeled a genocide, risking Turkey's ire. Francis, on the second day of his trip to Armenia, made an early morning stop a...
  • Canadian fighter jets carried out their first airstrike against ISIS in Syria
    2015-04-09 08:11:50 UTC

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans last month to expand the airstrikes into Syria. Today Canadian fighter jets have carried out their first airstrike against ISIS in Syria, hitting one of the Sunni militant group's garrisons. The CF-18 Hornets bombed near ISIS' de facto capital of Raqqa, Canada's Department of...
  • The hidden hand behind the ISIS are Saddam Hussein's former military officers
    2015-04-06 07:20:53 UTC

    <strong>ISIS defectors say the Saddam Hussain's former officers and security agents are leading the group in Iraq and Syria.</strong> When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from aroun...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu and Ted Cruz: Iran Nuclear deal a " historic mistake"
    2016-01-19 02:50:26 UTC

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  • ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra take control on 90% of the Yarmouk camp in the outskirts of Damascus
    2015-04-05 09:58:24 UTC

    <h3>2,000 evacuated from Syria's Yarmuk after ISIS advance: Palestinians</h3>Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group ISIS seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP Sunday. "Around 400 families, approximately 2,000 people, were able to le...
  • Saudi Arabia says military push will last until Yemen stable
    2015-03-31 09:07:59 UTC

    Dubai ( Reuters ) - A Saudi-Led alliance will pursue an offensive against Houthi forces opposed to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi until Yemen is stable, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said in remarks published on Tuesday. "We are not the ones calling for war. But if you bang the drums of war, we are ready for...
  • Israeli military forces committed war crimes: FIDH - International Human Rights Federation
    2016-01-19 03:05:25 UTC

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  • ISIS blows up Syrian church - state news agency
    2015-04-06 08:12:13 UTC

    BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents blew up an 80-year-old church in Syria's northeastern province of Hassaka on Easter Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said. SANA, which did not report any casualties, said the militants had planted explosives inside the Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri, an Assyrian village in an area where...