Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Houthis make Al-Qaeda-linked militants retreat from southern Yemen

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 Arab Army repels Takfiri militants in Idlib

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

UN: 5.2 million Iraqis in need of assistance for winter

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

US to train Syria rebels for political, not military solution: US official

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The importance of Allen’s words here cannot be overstated enough. It is a very, very, VERY thinly veiled admission of the Empire’s complete and utter failure to dislodge the Syrian Arab Republic’s democratically elected government. It is an admission that despite all of the money, weapons, logistics and unlimited political support that the West, its Zionist overlords, the Gulf regimes and demented neo-Ottoman caliph-wannabe Erdogan have been providing the Takfiri rebels over the past three and a half years, it simply hasn’t worked and cannot work. With the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies at the helm, it would obviously be naive and foolish to scream victory or declare that the nightmare plaguing Bilad al-Sham is over, but what can be noted with confidence is that we are REACHING that point. Zio-Imperialism played its hand and Zio-Imperialism lost, thanks to the steadfastness the Syrian Arab Army, Hizbullah and the NDF, along with the committed support of Iran, Russia and China. And it’s now only a matter of time before the monsters call it a day as they can’t continue to cover up their humiliation forever.  ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

The United States does not expect Syrian rebels it plans to train to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants to also take on Syrian Arab Army forces, but sees them as a crucial part of a political solution to end the war, a senior US official said.

The US, which is leading an international coalition bombing ISIS in Syria, has said it wants to train and equip so-called “moderate” rebels to fight the militant group which has seized tracts of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq. Continue reading US to train Syria rebels for political, not military solution: US official

Gazans criticize Egypt for closing Rafah border crossing

The Egyptian government has closed the Rafah border crossing with the impoverished Gaza Strip amid the Palestinian people’s growing discontent with the move, Press TV reports.

Cairo shut the vital crossing following two terrorist attacks in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula that left at least 33 Egyptian security personnel dead on October 24. Egyptian authorities also declared a state of emergency in the north and center of Sinai for three months.

Expressing sympathy with the bereaved families of the Egyptian victims, Gaza residents accused the Israeli regime of having a hand in the Sinai assaults in a bid to destabilize Egypt and tighten the inhumane blockade on the Palestinian territory. Continue reading Gazans criticize Egypt for closing Rafah border crossing

Bomb attack in Yemen kills 20 Houthi fighters: Sources

A bomb attack has killed 20 Shia Muslims in the al-Menassah district in central Yemen, including a prominent Shia leader who had just joined Houthi Ansarullah revolutionary fighters, tribal sources say.

According to the sources, an assailant attacked a group of Ansarullah fighters in Menassah in al-Baydah Province, late on Sunday.

“The suicide bomber drove a car, attacking a group of Houthis in the al-Manassah district and killed 20 of them,” media outlets quoted a tribal leader.

Meanwhile, another tribal leader in Yemen, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that a key Shia leader who had just joined the Ansarullah fighters was slain. Continue reading Bomb attack in Yemen kills 20 Houthi fighters: Sources

Over a dozen Yemeni people killed in US drone strike

The US has carried out another drone strike in Yemen’s southern province of al-Bayda, killing at least a dozen people in the attack.

According to reports on Sunday, the US drone attack took place in the city of Rada’a, where Houthi fighters are battling al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Yemen’s city of Rada’a has been the scene of fierce clashes as Houthi fighters push to drive out al-Qaeda-linked militants from the region. Continue reading Over a dozen Yemeni people killed in US drone strike

More wounded terrorists from Syria moved to Israeli hospitals

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA – Forces of the Israeli occupation transferred two wounded terrorists from Syria to Nahariya Hospital in Galilee in the north of the occupied Palestine over the past 24 hours.

The occupation authorities gave conflicting figures about the number of hospitalized terrorists who have been taken from and to the disengagement area in the Syrian Golan for cure.

The Israeli Walla website reported that two wounded suffering from injuries in the face, limbs and chest were transferred from Syria to Nahariya Hospital, adding that the Hospital have treated 408 so far. Continue reading More wounded terrorists from Syria moved to Israeli hospitals