Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen confirm they have retreated from their strongholds in the al-Manasseh area of the southern province of al-Bayda.
In a statement on Monday, al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia said that the Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters drove them out after a series of battles.
According to the statement, all of the other local wings of al-Qaeda also withdrew from the region. Continue reading Houthis make Al-Qaeda-linked militants retreat from southern Yemen
Syrian military forces have repelled an offensive by al-Qaeda-linked militants against the northwestern city of Idlib, a UK-based Syrian opposition group says.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that the militants of Nusra Front, backed by other groups, attacked the city from all sides.
Syrian forces pushed them back after they had temporarily seized several government buildings including the governor’s office. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army repels Takfiri militants in Idlib
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian man on Tuesday died in Turkey of wounds he sustained in Israel’s recent offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian medical sources and family members told Ma’an that 20-year-old Ibrahim Adli Asila from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip had succumbed to his wounds. Continue reading Young Palestinian man dies of wounds sustained in Gaza war
by Ahmed al-Abed, Al-Akhbar English
“Jerusalem is the bride of Arab nationalism, why did you let all these aggressors into her room?” asked Muzaffar al-Nawab, a renowned Iraqi poet, long before seeing the city at its worst today. As Israel continues to Judaize the city, forever changing its urban and cultural heritage, Arabs continue to condemn and denounce the occupation’s actions but in vain. Continue reading Palestine: Only 13 percent of Old Jerusalem remains
As winter nears, about 5.2 million people in Iraq are in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations said on Monday.
Senior officials from the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned that an “immense” humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Iraq and called for greater resources from the international community to help with the upcoming winter season. Continue reading UN: 5.2 million Iraqis in need of assistance for winter
Israeli-occupied Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat forced his way on Tuesday into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem under heavy police protection, a Palestinian official said, as Israel continues to restrict the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa for the fifth week in a row.
“We protest this intrusion. Barakat entered the compound under the Israeli police’s protections without permission or a prior request,” Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Jordan-run Organization for Muslim Endowments and al-Aqsa Affairs, told Anadolu Agency. Continue reading Israeli mayor storms into al-Aqsa without permission
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The photo above is from the ancient Syrian village of Maaloula, the only place in the world where Aramaic, the language of Prophet Jesus The Messiah (A.S.) is still spoken. Hizbullah, alongside the Syrian Arab Army, liberated Maaloula and the rest of the strategic Qalamoun Mountains from Zionist-backed Takfiri control earlier this year. The love and support for Hizbullah ain’t just a Lebanese thing but a Syrian thing as well, masha’ALLAH. Takfiris and their masters in Washington, “Tel Aviv”, Ankara and Riyadh have failed to achieve sectarian-communal division in Bilad al-Sham and both these pieces of evidence validate this reality beyond a shadow of a doubt. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)
Two-thirds of Lebanon’s Christians believe Hezbollah is protecting Lebanon from the threat of takfiris (extremist groups), a recent survey by the Beirut Center for Research and Information revealed. Continue reading Two-thirds of Lebanon’s Christians believe Hezbollah is protecting country
by Eric Kraus, Russian Insider
The attentive reader will have noted an odd transformation in the Western narrative regarding Russia-China relations – the Bear and Dragon story which the current author has been arguing for over the past 15 years:
Six months ago, the Western media were in unison, laughing off the suggestion that the Bear and Dragon could find an entente – much less a true alliance. The two countries were divided by a difficult history, unbridgeable cultural differences, and divergent economic geostrategic interests. Continue reading The Bear and Dragon Chronicles – Western Myopia
(EDITOR’S NOTE: What this piece fails to mention is that Ibn Taymiyyah was a bigoted, dangerous, anti-Shi’a sectarian fanatic whose disturbing, grandiose visions of “wiping out the nonbelievers” were quite literally weaponized hundreds of years after his death by Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabi-Takfirism. Abdul-Wahhab, along with his benefactors the House of Saud, both had deep Kabbalistic-Jewish origins and it is this historical context that is constantly left out when discussing the Salafi-Takfiris of today and their role as the foot soldiers for Zion’s plot to balkanize and control the Arab and Islamic worlds. Moreover, we condemn the author’s statement that these (Takfiri-)Salafis “reject sectarianism” but there is a “troubling growth” in “anti-Shi’a sentiment”. What does this even mean? That Shi’a are not Muslims and therefore hatred of them does not constitute sectarianism? The assertion is deplorable and it reveals the author’s own Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfiri sympathies. Nevertheless, the article is a rather useful one as it not only makes clear that Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfirism has nothing to do with Sunni tradition, but it also exposes the way that the anachronistic Saudi regime’s tentacles are extended into Muslim communities worldwide. The Saudis’ financial incentives must be rejected, categorically, for Takfiri thought to eventually wither up and die.” ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection