Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

ISIS Backpedalling at Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields; Syrian Arab Army on the Offensive

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

After 5 days of heavy firefights at the Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) have countered the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) offensive in east Homs, recapturing lost territory and killing scores of militants during the fierce clashes. Earlier today, the SAA recaptured the Hayyan Gas Fields, securing the area and forcing the ISIS militants to retreat further north. Continue reading ISIS Backpedalling at Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields; Syrian Arab Army on the Offensive

Yemeni Houthis push out militants from Jabal Ras

Houthi movement’s Ansarullah revolutionaries have succeeded in taking control of the Jabal Ras area in western Yemen, making fresh gains against al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.

The Houthis pushed out the militants from Jabal Ras in the Yemeni Province of Al-Hudaydah on Monday. Continue reading Yemeni Houthis push out militants from Jabal Ras

US-Zionist-Backed Opposition Forces Face Their Biggest Loss in the Dara’a Governorate

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

Yesterday, the SAA’s 5th Division launched a surprise attack on the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), overrunning their positions and creating panic within the rebel ranks. Continue reading US-Zionist-Backed Opposition Forces Face Their Biggest Loss in the Dara’a Governorate

Iraq steps up security measures ahead of Ashura commemorations

Iraq stepped up security amid fears of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group launching major attacks as thousands of Shia worshipers flocked Monday to the shrine city of Karbala for an annual pilgrimage.

The pilgrims are prime targets for the ISIS jihadists, who have carried out a series of mass executions in recent days, killing scores of members of a tribe in Iraq’s western Anbar province. Continue reading Iraq steps up security measures ahead of Ashura commemorations

Yemen’s Houthis to unite Arab, Islamic world

Yousef Mawry, Press TV

Army personnel, Yemeni politicians and prominent tribesmen held a meeting in the capital Sana’a organized by Yemen’s Houthi’s movement to discuss various issues that threaten Yemen’s stability.

  Continue reading Yemen’s Houthis to unite Arab, Islamic world

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: Syria must remain unified

Moscow, SANA – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all of Russia stressed the support of the Russian Orthodox Church and the entire people of Russia for Syria in its battle against the international terrorism forces.

The Patriarch’s stress of solidarity was voiced during his meeting with Syria’s Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun who is on a visit to Moscow. Continue reading Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: Syria must remain unified

Bombings targeting pilgrims heading to Karbala leave 36 dead

Weekend bombings in the Baghdad area killed at least 36 people, just days ahead of major Shia religious commemorations that face significant danger from militants, security and medical officials said.

A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims killed 12 people in Baghdad on Sunday, police and hospital sources said. Continue reading Bombings targeting pilgrims heading to Karbala leave 36 dead

Al-Baath Arab Socialist Party: Palestine will remain Syria’s central issue

Damascus, SANA – Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party reiterated Syria’s permanent and principled stance in support for the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and maintain the right to return Homeland.

In a statement on the 97th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Declaration, the Party’s leadership stressed that Palestine will remain the essence of the pan-Arab cause and the central issue of the Syrian people. Continue reading Al-Baath Arab Socialist Party: Palestine will remain Syria’s central issue

Lebanon: Who is smuggling money to the army kidnappers in Ersal?

The kidnappers of the Lebanese army soldiers on the outskirts of Ersal do not seem to be in a rush. They continue to blackmail the Lebanese government and have their demands met. Money and medical and food supplies have allowed them to continue their occupation of the barren areas surrounding Ersal, while the government is unable to give any assurances or guarantees to the families of the abductees. Continue reading Lebanon: Who is smuggling money to the army kidnappers in Ersal?

Houthis issue puppet ruler ultimatum as Yemenis protest Zionist aggressions against Palestinians

In Yemen, as the powerful Houthi movement, known as Ansarullah, met with 30,000 tribal leaders and gave an ultimatum to the current US-backed regime to form a new government or face the consequences, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the Israeli regime’s ongoing aggression against Palestinians in the occupied territories. Continue reading Houthis issue puppet ruler ultimatum as Yemenis protest Zionist aggressions against Palestinians