Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Syrian-Belarusian talks to boost mutual cooperation

Damascus, SANA – Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Dr. Humam al-Jazaeri discussed with Belorussian Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybkov means of bolstering mutual cooperation relations, especially in trade and investment.

The minister stressed the necessity of easing and speeding up trade and investment exchange processes between the two sides and removing barriers hindering mutual cooperation. Continue reading Syrian-Belarusian talks to boost mutual cooperation

The West is silent as Libya falls into the abyss

by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

Remember the time when Libya was being held up by the American, British, French and Qatari governments as a striking example of benign and successful foreign intervention? It is worth looking again at film of David Cameron grandstanding as liberator in Benghazi in September 2011 as he applauds the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and tells the crowd that “your city was an example to the world as you threw off a dictator and chose freedom”. Continue reading The West is silent as Libya falls into the abyss

Israel, Takfiris seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon: Ibrahim

BEIRUT (The Daily Star) – Israel and Takfiri militants are seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon, General Security head Abbas Ibrahim wrote in an editorial published Thursday.

“Independence Day arrives while Lebanon battles the odds … in an ordeal not destined to end until [Lebanon’s] inevitable victory in the battle for existence and identity in the face of organized terrorism, which is seeking to … strike at its elements of existence through inciting [sectarian] strife and setting the stage for a civil war by targeting the military institution and other security agencies,” Ibrahim said in the article for the November issue of General Security Magazine.

“Zionism is equally as dangerous [a threat] as takfiri terrorism,” he said. Continue reading Israel, Takfiris seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon: Ibrahim

Syrian Arab Army Prepares To Envelop Aleppo

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

As the Anti-ISIS Coalition continues to bombard east Aleppo, the battle between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) has started to heat up. The SAA’s offensive dubbed “Operation Canopus Star” began in December of 2013; this attack followed the strategic capture of the As-Safira District, which opened a new SAA supply route from Khanesser Road. The Khanesser Road supply route has proved to be one the most imperative victories for the SAA in the Aleppo Governorate, as the consistent flow of supplies have replenished the once scarce resources for the embattled soldiers. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Prepares To Envelop Aleppo

Tripoli battle foils ISIS expansion

by Esperance Ghanem, Al-Monitor

EIRUT — The Lebanese army dealt a painful blow to the Islamic State’s (IS) plan in Lebanon through the battle it waged in Tripoli. This happened in the wake of the attack of armed groups on the army to retaliate against the arrest of Ahmad Salim Mikati in the town of Asoun, in the northern district of Dannieh, on Oct. 23.

It appears that Mikati is affiliated with IS, and that he formed cells in Lebanon to carry out terrorist acts. He allegedly also recruited soldiers after they escaped from the army, and the videos in which they declared their defection from the army were taped in his apartment.

Why is the battle that the army waged against terrorism in Tripoli important? Continue reading Tripoli battle foils ISIS expansion

Syrian Arab Army retakes Homs gas fields from ISIS

Soldiers of the Syrian army have recaptured two major gas fields and a gas company in the central province of Homs.

The Syrian military forces backed by pro-government fighters “retook control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs province,” said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday.

“Jhar and Hayyan are particularly important because they feed Homs city and Damascus the gas supplies needed to produce electricity,” said the observatory’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army retakes Homs gas fields from ISIS

French court rejects Georges Abdallah’s ninth request for release

The International Campaign for the Release of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah was notified on Wednesday that the French court of cassation rejected Abdallah’s ninth request for release after 30 years in French prisons.

The campaign carried out a sit-in in front of the French embassy in Beirut in conjunction with the announcement of the verdict against the political prisoner.

Commenting on the decision, Bassam al-Kantar, a member of the international campaign said that “this decision was not issued by the French court, however it was announced by the Federation of Jewish organizations in France, known as the CRIF (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) which had issued in the past month a series of brazen statements dictating what the French court ought to do.” Continue reading French court rejects Georges Abdallah’s ninth request for release

Saudi Arabia plays major role in fighting weapons smuggling to Gaza

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Considering the pernicious leading Saudi role in the scheme to disarm the Palestinian Resistance during Operation Mighty Cliff [aka Protective Edge], along with the nauseating fact that Riyadh’s intelligence services do big business with the Mossad, the following development is by no means surprising. Just one more reason why this putrid regime, which is a stain on the collective Arab-Islamic conscience, needs to be organically overthrown and deposited in the dustbin of history. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

Israeli occupation authorities have acknowledged the role of Saudi Arabia in fighting weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip, PLS48 news website reported on Sunday.

Citing Israeli radio, PLS48 reported that a prominent Israeli source has revealed that Saudi Arabia is playing a major role in limiting attempts to smuggle weapons into Gaza, weapons that would be used to support the efforts of the Palestinian resistance. Continue reading Saudi Arabia plays major role in fighting weapons smuggling to Gaza

Hundreds of thousands in Lebanon mourn Imam Hussein

As hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims converged onto Beirut’s southern suburbs in Lebanon, the Ashoura procession also turned into a massive show of support for Hezbollah.

Dressed in black from head to toe, hundreds of thousands of mourners filled the streets of the southern suburbs of Beirut, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. Continue reading Hundreds of thousands in Lebanon mourn Imam Hussein

Houthis commemorate Ashoura in Yemen

Shia Muslim Houthis have commemorated Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Press TV report.

Thousands of Shia Houthis gathered in an indoor stadium in Sana’a on Tuesday to honor Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia imam.

“We should always remember the principles which Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for. Imam Hussein and his companions stood firmly against all the oppressors and their plots,” said Ali Jadban, a Houthi loyalist, in an address to the massive gathering of mourners in Sana’a. Continue reading Houthis commemorate Ashoura in Yemen