Jihadist Rebels Beat Back Syrian Army Assault on Strategic Town in Northeast Latakia
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to advance their positions in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate on Thursday after a relatively quiet week at the Kabani front. According to reports from this front, Syrian Arab Army troops took advantage of the poor... Read more
British Military Leaves Turkish Border for Syria’s Oil Rich Region
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – The British Armed Forces were seen departing a U.S. military base in the Al-Hasakah Governorate for nearby Deir Ezzor, journalist Mohammed Hassan reported on Thursday. A unit of #British forces leaves a US military base in #al_Hasakah to #Omar oil field in #Deir_Ezzour pic.twitter.com/N7JJ2DLNpY... Read more
Syrian Army Shoots Down Turkish Military Drone in Qamishli
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reported that their forces shot down a Turkish military drone in northeastern Syria this evening. According to the army, the SAA forces in the Al-Qamishli District of Al-Hasakah made the decision to shoot down a Turkish military drone... Read more
Germany to Allegedly Outlaw Hezbollah, Add to Terror List
Lebanese Hezbollah supporters march during a religious procession, to mark the burning of the tents that is part of the Ashura religious ceremony, in Nabatieh November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON – Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) – RTR4DAZY BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.)- Germany will formally outlaw Lebanon’s Hezbollah, joining the... Read more
Violence Rises in Iraq’s South Amid Crackdowns on Protests and the Press
BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officers opened fire on protesters in southern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 18, as the government sought to quell violence that burst out Wednesday night in an attack on the Iranian Consulate in Najaf. The violence centered on the southern city of Nasiriya, where... Read more
Turkish FM Calls France’s Macron a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism Over Syria’
French president and Turkish foreign minister have been throwing verbal punches over Ankara’s military incursion into Syria that drove a wedge between NATO members. French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey on Thursday that it is alienating allies, and should not depend on support from the multinational alliance while also... Read more
Two Turkish Soldiers Killed in Attack on Syrian Border
Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for ‘New Year’, is an ancient... Read more
U.S. Resumes Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria
MANAMA, Bahrain — United States troops have resumed large-scale counterterrorism missions against the Islamic State in northern Syria, military officials say, nearly two months after President Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw American troops opened the way for a bloody Turkish cross-border offensive. American-backed operations against ISIS fighters in the... Read more
Egypt Arrests Senior Editor of Independent News Outlet
Egyptian security forces arrested a senior editor of the country’s last significant independent news outlet on Saturday, in a new peak to a six-year-old crackdown on press freedom under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The editor in chief of the outlet, the online publication Mada Masr, said Saturday that a... Read more
‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting
SADR CITY, Iraq — In the morning, the squarely built father of four wore flowing tribal robes to receive visitors in his garden, but by early afternoon he was in jeans, traveling light, his cellphone in one hand and his to-do list in his head. He had a half... Read more