Category Archives: Middle East

Iran’s top leader pledges to continue missile program

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader has slammed the new US sanctions on Tehran signed by President Donald Trump the previous day, and vowed his country would continue its missile program despite international pressure.Washington will “use any excuse to make a fuss” ...

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Cease-fire goes into effect in Homs 'safe zone'

MOSCOW: Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in Syria, following talks with the Syrian opposition in Egypt.The ceasefire between government forces and the opposition went into effect in northern parts of Homs province on ...

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UK hails Tunis ‘hard work’ on security after terror attacks

TUNIS: Britain has applauded Tunisia’s “patient hard work” to boost security following the 2015 jihadist attacks that killed dozens of tourists, including 30 Britons at a beach resort.“We know that these days there can never be a situation when there ...

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Truce in Syria’s Homs province after safe zone agreed: Russia

MOSCOW: Syrian regime forces and “moderate” rebels will cease fire in northern parts of Homs province on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on implementing a safe zone, Moscow said.“From 1200 local time (0900 GMT), units of ...

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Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones

YAOUNDE: These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided – even if you’re injured.“Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital,” said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer ...

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Seeking a dream, Indonesian family finds nightmare in Raqqa

SYRIA: The 17-year old Indonesian girl made a persuasive case to her family: lured by what she had read online, she told her parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins they should all move to Syria to join the Daesh group.Each ...

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US says ‘grave’ consequences if Syria’s Al-Qaeda dominates Idlib province

AMMAN: The United States warned a takeover of rebel-held northwestern Idlib province by Syrian jihadists linked to a former Al-Qaeda affiliate would have grave consequences and make it difficult to dissuade Russia from renewing bombing that recently stopped.In an online ...

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Qatar Buys Italian Warships as Persian Gulf Crisis Deepens

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar agreed on Wednesday to buy seven Italian warships at a cost of nearly $ 6 billion in the latest example of checkbook defiance by the gas-rich country in its two-month-old feud with four neighboring Arab countries. ...

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Under Trump, a Hollowed-Out Force in Syria Quickly Lost C.I.A. Backing

WASHINGTON — The end came quickly for one of the costliest covert action programs in the history of the C.I.A. During a White House briefing early last month, the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, recommended to President Trump that he shut ...

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Tourist boat capsizes off Turkish coast; 1 dead, 2 missing

ISTANBUL: A tourist boat capsized off Turkey’s coast in less than a minute on Wednesday, killing at least one person and leaving two people missing, according to Turkish news agencies.The official Anadolu news agency reported that 11 people were on ...

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