Iraq: US says 30% of ISIS-held territory recaptured in Iraq
26th Feb 2015

Iraq: US says 30% of ISIS-held territory recaptured in Iraq

Iraq has recaptured roughly a third of its territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Kerry’s statement comes as Kurds in neighboring Syria advanced further against the militant group, … Continued

Syria: Death: the only reliable news in Aleppo
26th Feb 2015

Syria: Death: the only reliable news in Aleppo

[Archive photo] Suhaib Anjarini (Al-Akhbar): Battles are raging in the Aleppo countryside, but the residents of the city itself have stopped following the news of the fighting. There are many reasons behind this apparent indifference, including the news of more … Continued

Iraq: Explosions kill 8 in Salahuddin Province, 10 in Baghdad
25th Feb 2015

Iraq: Explosions kill 8 in Salahuddin Province, 10 in Baghdad

  At least 10 people were killed and 30 others were wounded Tuesday in multiple explosions in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said. Meanwhile, at least eight people, including four pro-government fighters, were killed and 19 others were … Continued

How Turkish troops entered Syria with ISIS, Kurdish assistance
24th Feb 2015

How Turkish troops entered Syria with ISIS, Kurdish assistance

    [Photo: Suleiman Shah tomb] By: Elie Hanna   Al-Akhbar: Turkish troops entered Syria, as part of a well-planned operation, to relocate the remains of Suleiman Shah. The “seamless” operation relied on alliances and understandings forged by Ankara with … Continued

Kuwait: US commanders convene to assess anti-IS campaign
23rd Feb 2015

Kuwait: US commanders convene to assess anti-IS campaign

  Top US commanders are due to meet in Kuwait on Monday to assess the multinational campaign against “Islamic State” jihadists in Syria and Iraq. New US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter [seen above] will convene the meeting. Carter flew to … Continued

Yemen: Hadi says he remains President
22nd Feb 2015

Yemen: Hadi says he remains President

    Yemen’s ousted president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi [pictured above] appeared to rescind his resignation and attempted to reclaim his position in a statement on Saturday after escaping house arrest by the Houthi militia in the capital Sanaa and … Continued

Turkey evacuates troops at historic tomb in Syria
22nd Feb 2015

Turkey evacuates troops at historic tomb in Syria

    [Photo: PM Davutoğlu said Feb. 22 Turkish army took control of another area inside Syria, raising the flag, for the future transfer of Süleyman Şah artifacts. Citing international treaties, Turkey recognizes the land around the tomb as its … Continued

UAE: Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai Torch residential tower
21st Feb 2015

UAE: Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai Torch residential tower

  A fire in a Dubai skyscraper that caused hundreds to be evacuated has been extinguished, with no reported casualties. The tower, called The Torch, is one of the world’s tallest residential buildings. The fire, which broke out on Saturday … Continued

Turkey, US sign deal to train Syria rebels
20th Feb 2015

Turkey, US sign deal to train Syria rebels

  The United States and Turkey have signed an agreement to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the “Islamist State” group. Washington and Ankara have been in talks about such a pact for several months. “The agreement was signed … Continued

20th Feb 2015

Yemen: 8 soldiers killed in Dawan region oil field

  [Photo: Yemenis stage a protest against the Houthis on February 18, 2015 in the western cicy of al-Hudaydah, Yemen. Anadolu/Abdu Mohammed Yahya Haydar]   Eight Yemeni soldiers guarding oil installations were killed on Wednesday during a gunfight with tribesmen … Continued

Lebanon: 3 Syrian children killed after tent caught fire
20th Feb 2015

Lebanon: 3 Syrian children killed after tent caught fire

    Three Syrian refugee children died Thursday in the north Lebanese village of Bahnin-Denniyeh when their tent caught fire after coming in contact with live electric wires, a Lebanese National News Agency correspondent reported. The bodies of Rawaa, Talal … Continued

US says Israel ‘distorted’ its position in Iran nuclear negotiations
19th Feb 2015

US says Israel ‘distorted’ its position in Iran nuclear negotiations

    [Photo: Obama and Netanyahu]   The United States has accused Israel of mischaracterizing its position in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. A White House spokesman said information had been “cherry-picked” to give a distorted view. Israel’s … Continued

Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt over Libya airstrikes
19th Feb 2015

Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt over Libya airstrikes

    [Photo: Statements at the Arab League, pictured here, regarding Egypt’s airstrikes in Libya set off the row]     Amid disputes over Egyptian air strikes in Libya, Qatar has recalled its ambassador in Cairo for consultations. “Islamic State” … Continued

Syria willing to halt Aleppo airstrikes for six weeks
18th Feb 2015

Syria willing to halt Aleppo airstrikes for six weeks

  Damascus has agreed to stop air attacks on the northern city of Aleppo for six weeks for humanitarian reasons, the UN’s special envoy to Syria said. There are hopes the truce could be replicated for other areas. Syria’s President … Continued

Yemen: Houthis reject UN Resolution to cede power
18th Feb 2015

Yemen: Houthis reject UN Resolution to cede power

  Yemen’s Houthi movement, which has seized the capital Sanaa, rejected a UN call to cede power on Monday, stoking tensions after Yemen’s Gulf neighbors appealed to the Security Council to act forcefully. Yemen is a traditional US ally in … Continued

Yemen: Pro-Hadi militants seize Aden Govt buildings
17th Feb 2015

Yemen: Pro-Hadi militants seize Aden Govt buildings

    Forces loyal to Yemen’s former President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi (photo above) seized government buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, sources said, escalating a civil conflict that threatens to split the country in … Continued

Yemen: Houthis slam Gulf neighbours’ intervention threat
16th Feb 2015

Yemen: Houthis slam Gulf neighbours’ intervention threat

    The Houthi movement said on Sunday it will not cave in to “threats” after Yemen’s Gulf neighbors urged the UN to act forcefully against its takeover. “The Yemeni people won’t cede power in the face of threats,” spokesman … Continued

Bahrain: Police, protesters clash on 4th anniversary of uprising
15th Feb 2015

Bahrain: Police, protesters clash on 4th anniversary of uprising

Nabeel Rajab        ✔ @NABEELRAJAB Follow Women could be trouble makers also to repressive government like #Bahrain 7:33 PM – 13 Feb 2015     Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who took to the streets Saturday on … Continued

UN’s Ban Ki-moon: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes
14th Feb 2015

UN’s Ban Ki-moon: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes

[Photo: Hundreds march toward the municipality building during a demonstration rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, beginning of Yemen’s uprising, on Taiz street in Ibb, Yemen on February 11, 2015. Anadolu/Adil al-Sharee]   UN Secretary General … Continued

UN envoy says Assad must be part of “political solution” in Syria
14th Feb 2015

UN envoy says Assad must be part of “political solution” in Syria

  United Nations (UN) special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during at the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels, Belgium on February 02, 2015. Anadolu Agency/Dursun Aydemir   Three people were wounded, including one policeman, in an … Continued


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