Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Syrian Arab Army Strikes Major Blow at Takfiris in Quneitra and Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign-backed militants suffered heavy losses in confrontations with the Syrian army in Quneitra and Homs provinces.

The army soldiers attacked the hideouts of the rebels in al-Madajen, Tal Mazhara, al-Bohouth, al-Elmiyah, and Rasm al-Khawaled areas in Quneitra and killed huge numbers of them during a series of operations.

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The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs

by Ahmad Jamaleddine, Al-Akhbar English

It seems clear that the ties between Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the exception of Qatar, are evolving dramatically in economic and military matters, at a time when the unrest in Yemen and Egyptian concerns over the continued chaos in Libya are leading to a profound military cooperation between the two sides.

Cairo – An Associated Press report published earlier this week, quoting Egyptian and Gulf officials, said that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait were discussing the creation of a military pact to take on extremists in the region, particularly in Libya and Yemen, with the possibility of creating a joint force to intervene around the Middle East. The report said this alliance would operate separately from the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States. Continue reading The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs

Egypt, Gulf Allies Eye The Formation Of Regional Intervention Force

(EDITOR’S NOTE: On the surface, the idea of an Egyptian-GCC military alliance intervening in regional hotspots does possess a certain tinge of jocularity, doesn’t it? The Egyptian military — the sacrifices of its martyred soldiers in several wars with the usurping Zionist entity aside — has never won a war, the Saudi army was smacked around by Yemen’s Houthis five years ago when the Houthis were still what one could consider “ragtag” and the GCC’s Peninsula Shield Force hasn’t done anything on the battlefield except crush unarmed protesters in Bahrain. The idea that any of these armies, whether alone or unified, could somehow pose a threat to the region’s most sophisticated military forces — i.e. Hizbullah, Iran’s various military-intelligence apparatuses, particularly the Quds Force of the IRGC led by legendary Major General Qassem Suleimani, the Syrian Arab Army and its Hizbullah-trained NDF auxillaries and the now far more formidable Houthis — is, again, rather amusing. However, the reason why Mouqawamah Music is not laughing out loud and considers this is an extremely dangerous development is because this proposed Egyptian-GCC regional intervention force ensures that Arab-Muslim-infighting will continue for years to come. This Egyptian-GCC alliance is not on the table because a military victory over any of the aforementioned Resistance powers is in the cards, it is now on the table because the ultimate Zionist goal for the Maghreb and Mashreq is to have as much chaos as possible, all day, everyday, in glorious accordance with Oded Yinon’s “A Strategy For Israel In the 1980s” and what neo-Zionist/new-age Orientalism godfather Bernard Lewis was discussing in the ’70s, for as long as “the Arabs” and “the Muslims” are busy fighting each other, they won’t see the “Israeli” takeover of the region coming, even from a mile away. Arabs and Muslims should be settling disputes politically and diplomatically, not militarily. The only time military force should be used in the Maghreb and Mashreq is against the usurping Jewish entity. This concept seems to be lost on the collaborators in Cairo, Riyadh, Kuwait City and Abu Dhabi though, and it is most shameful, as they’re doing the Jews’ dirty work for them under the mask of “regional leadership” and “initiative”. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

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ISIS Suffers Their Biggest Setback in Syria; Jabal Al-Sha’ar Captured by the Syrian Arab Army

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

The 18th Tank Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, backed by the National Defense Forces and Liwaa Al-Qalb Al-Suqour Sahra’a (Syrian Arab Army Special Forces), have captured the remaining gas fields of Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains) in east Homs. This marks the 2nd time in 4 months that this mountain area in the Homs Governorate has been recaptured by SAA and their allies. Continue reading ISIS Suffers Their Biggest Setback in Syria; Jabal Al-Sha’ar Captured by the Syrian Arab Army

Syrian foreign minister: our diplomatic priorities are to ensure resilience, secure more arms

by Nahed Hattar, Al-Akhbar English

Ever since Washington put together an international anti-ISIS coalition, the situation in Syria and the region has become more ambiguous and blurry. The Syrian position has been to accept US airstrikes against the terrorist group as a fait accompli, while Iran continues to object to them and Moscow criticizes them sharply. What is happening inside the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance?

The question would disconcert most diplomats, let alone Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who usually weighs his word very carefully. But, to my surprise, the minister spoke unreservedly, and at the end of our meeting, he told me, “Publish whatever you see fit from what I said. I will let you judge the situation.” Thus, I will have to choose what may be published from a long conversation with Syria’s top diplomat that was not meant for publication, but for “comprehension.” Below is what I judged to be appropriate to publish. Continue reading Syrian foreign minister: our diplomatic priorities are to ensure resilience, secure more arms

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.

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