Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Yemen’s Houthis take city south of capital

by Ahmad Al-Haj, The Associated Press (reprinted by The Daily Star)

ADEN: Yemen’s powerful Shiite rebels who are in control of the capital swept a central city south of the capital Wednesday, after repelling Al-Qaeda militants in nearly two-weeks of deadly battles, officials said. Continue reading Yemen’s Houthis take city south of capital

US drone air raids kill 20 in central Yemen

At least twenty people have been killed in two assassination attacks by US unmanned aerial vehicles in central Yemen, where al-Qaeda militants have been locked in deadly clashes with fighters from the Shia Houthi Ansarullah movement. Continue reading US drone air raids kill 20 in central Yemen

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