President Erdogan Warns EU May Face Terror Threats if Tripoli Gov’t Falls
Erdogan has accused renegade General Haftar of fleeing Moscow and said he would ‘teach (him) a lesson’ if he resumed fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe it could face new threats from “terrorist” groups if Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli were to fall, in an... Read more
As Libya Descends Into Chaos, Foreign Powers Look for a Way Out
TRIPOLI, Libya — Russia has sent hundreds of mercenaries to back militias laying siege to Libya’s capital. The United Arab Emirates has sent jets and drones, while Egypt has provided logistical support. To stop them, Turkey has sent dozens of military advisers and is now shipping in hundreds of... Read more
Iraq’s Security Forces Kill at Least Two Protesters in Baghdad
More than 450 people have been killed since the mass demonstrations erupted in October At least two protesters have been killed and dozens injured in central Baghdad when Iraq‘s security forces launched tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrators trying to breach the capital’s Sinak bridge, according to... Read more
Turkey Restores Wikipedia After More Than 2-Year Ban
The Turkish government lifted a two-and-a-half-year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access to the online encyclopedia a month after the country’s top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional. Access to Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey in 2017, after the site refused to remove unflattering references to Turkey’s... Read more
Iranian Chess Official Fears Going Home Over Hijab Photo
A prominent Iranian chess official said she was afraid of returning to her country after an image of her, appearing not to wear a hijab at a world chess tournament, circulated online and in Iranian media. At 32, Shohreh Bayat is one of the few top female chess arbiters... Read more
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