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Iran ‘prepared’ to extend nuclear talks
23rd Nov 2014

Iran ‘prepared’ to extend nuclear talks

  With little more than a day to reach an agreement, Iran is reportedly considering an extension of a nuclear talks deadline. Negotiations have faltered amid “serious gaps” between Western diplomats and Tehran. Iranian sources said on Sunday that negotiators … Continued

US troops will deploy to Iraq without congressional approval
23rd Nov 2014

US troops will deploy to Iraq without congressional approval

    Some of the 1,500 new US troops authorized to “advise and train” Iraqi forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will be deployed in Iraq within the next few weeks without … Continued

Afghanistan: Blast, conflicts kill 5, wound seven
22nd Nov 2014

Afghanistan: Blast, conflicts kill 5, wound seven

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Militancy and conflicts have left at least five people dead and injured seven others since Friday night in the conflict-ridden Afghanistan, officials confirmed Saturday. In the latest violent incident, a sticky bomb targeted a car in Nangarhar’s … Continued

Iraq: Turkey offers Iraq military assistance in war against ISIS
22nd Nov 2014

Iraq: Turkey offers Iraq military assistance in war against ISIS

      Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, tried to counter charges that his country is facilitating the passage of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to Iraq by offering military assistance to Baghdad in its war against … Continued

Iraq: Airstrike kills ISIS leader in Mosul
21st Nov 2014

Iraq: Airstrike kills ISIS leader in Mosul

    An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader was killed in an airstrike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday. They said Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described … Continued

Bahrain strips three citizens of their nationality ahead of elections
21st Nov 2014

Bahrain strips three citizens of their nationality ahead of elections

    A court jailed three Bahrainis on Thursday and stripped them of their nationality for allegedly planning an attack against the Bahraini police, a judicial source said, a few days ahead of parliamentary elections. The men were jailed for … Continued

UAE: Amnesty reports activists’ ‘ugly reality’ in UAE
19th Nov 2014

UAE: Amnesty reports activists’ ‘ugly reality’ in UAE

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is hosting a Formula One race this weekend, of repression it said is the “ugly reality” behind the glitz and glamor of the event. In a report … Continued

US authorities working to verify purported ‘IS’ Kassig beheading video
16th Nov 2014

US authorities working to verify purported ‘IS’ Kassig beheading video

  A video purporting to show the killing of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig has been released by the ‘Islamic State’ militant group. The video also claims to show the mass beheading of Syrian soldiers. United States intelligence officials were examining … Continued

Turkey, US to train 2,000 “moderate” Syrian militants
16th Nov 2014

Turkey, US to train 2,000 “moderate” Syrian militants

    Turkey and the United States have agreed to a plan under which some 2,000 fighters from the so-called moderate Syrian opposition would be trained on Turkish soil, a report said Saturday. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), … Continued

Iraqi troops push ISIS out of oil refinery town
16th Nov 2014

Iraqi troops push ISIS out of oil refinery town

    Iraqi forces broke a months-long siege by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist fighters of the country’s largest oil refinery Saturday as the top US officer flew in to discuss the expanded war against ISIS. Ousting … Continued

Lebanese army ambushed after Ersal bomb wounds three soldiers
15th Nov 2014

Lebanese army ambushed after Ersal bomb wounds three soldiers

  [ Photo: Lebanese army believes its patrol was attacked during the arrest of a wanted man. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   A Lebanese army unit was ambushed on the outskirts of Ersal, the military said Friday, shortly after a roadside bomb … Continued

Iraqis prove that ISIS is a paper tiger
15th Nov 2014

Iraqis prove that ISIS is a paper tiger

      The Iraqis have done it at last. It took some touches at the level of organization and tactic with the guidance of General Qassem Soleimani to say that ISIS is not invincible, that it is a bogeyman … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Govt removes Eastern Province deputy governor in the wake of Ashura attack
13th Nov 2014

Saudi Arabia: Govt removes Eastern Province deputy governor in the wake of Ashura attack

    [Both Sunni and Shia Muslims protest against killing of Shia Muslims and policemen in Eastern Province]   Saudi Arabia on Wednesday relieved the deputy governor of the kingdom’s Eastern Province from his post, in the aftermath of an … Continued

Jordan court jails four ISIS members
11th Nov 2014

Jordan court jails four ISIS members

    A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced four men to jail on charges of membership of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) group and for promoting the jihadist organization on the Internet. The four Jordanians were arrested … Continued

Afghanistan: 17 killed in bombings in the country
10th Nov 2014

Afghanistan: 17 killed in bombings in the country

  (Xinhua/AFP):  At least six policemen and one civilian had been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted a police station in Pul- e-Alam, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Logar on Monday morning, … Continued

Iraq investigates possible death of ISIS’ Baghdadi, breaks siege of refinery
10th Nov 2014

Iraq investigates possible death of ISIS’ Baghdadi, breaks siege of refinery

    Iraq was on Sunday investigating whether the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group’s leaders. The announcement of the strikes came … Continued

Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid
10th Nov 2014

Iranian general accuses US of supplying ISIS with arms, aid

  [Photo: Isis fighters drive a US-made Humvee] The US delivered arms and aid supply to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in eastern Iraq, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier claimed … Continued

Iraq: 30 people killed in Baghdad Shia Muslim neighbourhood bomb attacks
9th Nov 2014

Iraq: 30 people killed in Baghdad Shia Muslim neighbourhood bomb attacks

  At least 30 people have been killed and dozens injured after a string of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The blasts come after Obama authorized the deployment of 1,500 more US troops in Iraq. The deadliest … Continued

Yemen forms new government as UN imposes sanctions on former president
9th Nov 2014

Yemen forms new government as UN imposes sanctions on former president

    Yemen has announced a new 36-member government intended to take the impoverished country out of political crisis, the state news agency Saba said. Formation of the new cabinet on Friday, under a peace deal agreed when Houthi rebels … Continued

US: Obama approves 1,500 more troops for expanding Iraq campaign
8th Nov 2014

US: Obama approves 1,500 more troops for expanding Iraq campaign

  President Barack Obama has given approval for up to 1,500 extra troops to be deployed to Iraq, to advise and retrain the Iraqi military. However, funding from a newly-elected US Congress would be needed. Obama on Friday authorized the … Continued

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