Category Archives: Maghreb & Mashreq

Takfiri Militants Sustain Heavy Toll in Syria’s Daraa

TEHRAN (FNA) – Foreign-backed militants suffered major losses in Daraa province, as the Syrian Army gained ground in its fight against the armed groups.

The army soldiers made major advances in the areas of Nawa and al-Khuder in the countryside of Daraa, and claimed the lives of scores of the rebels.

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Hizbullah MP Nawwaf Musawi: Iran arms offer to Lebanon would deter Israel

BEIRUT (The Daily Star) – Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi Monday called for diversifying the sources of arms for the Lebanese Army by accepting an Iranian offer to provide Lebanon with advanced weapons to deter Israel and confront Takfiris.

“We welcome any weapons aimed at boosting the army’s capacities in confronting the dangers eyeing Lebanon, including takfiri terrorism, and call for keeping the Iranian donation on the table and under consideration,” Musawi said at a ceremony in commemoration of the party’s fallen fighters.

He argued that the United States and European countries will refrain from supplying Lebanon with effective arms that might pose a threat to their ally Israel, or lead to a balance of power between the neighbors. Continue reading Hizbullah MP Nawwaf Musawi: Iran arms offer to Lebanon would deter Israel

Syrian Arab Army Repels Terrorist Infiltration in Qalamoun, Advances in Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Arab Army frustrated Takfiri terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate into Assal al-Ward in Qalamoun in the Damascus countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The Syrian Arab Army also regained control over the orchards of Bala town in Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside, killing and injuring a large number of militants. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Repels Terrorist Infiltration in Qalamoun, Advances in Eastern Ghouta

IRGC Commander: Baghdad Untouched by ISIL Terrorists due to Iran’s Assistance

TEHRAN (FNA) – Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani said Baghdad remained untouched by ISIL terrorist group due to Iran’s support and assistance.

“The ISIL terrorists sought to surround Baghdad but they failed in reaching their ominous goals thanks to Iran’s supports,” Qa’ani said in North Khorassan province on Sunday. Continue reading IRGC Commander: Baghdad Untouched by ISIL Terrorists due to Iran’s Assistance

Assad wants Lebanon military cooperation: Jamil al-Sayyed

BEIRUT (The Daily Star) – Syrian President Bashar Assad believes the time is right for military cooperation between Lebanon and Syria, Lebanon’s former General Security chief Jamil al-Sayyed said Sunday after meeting with the Syrian head of state.

“Current conditions have made it more appropriate to confront terrorism that is crossing borders between Lebanon and Syria,” Sayyed quoted Assad as saying according to a statement posted to the National News Agency. Continue reading Assad wants Lebanon military cooperation: Jamil al-Sayyed

Tel Tamr, Syria: Assyrians cling to their homeland despite threats

by Ayham Merhi, Al-Akhbar English

The Syrian crisis has altered the demographics of areas witnessing changes from the war. More than half of the Syrian Assyrian community has left their main city – Tel Tamr in al-Hasaka’s countryside – to neighboring Arab states and other countries. But those who remain are still holding on to their land, refusing the temptation of emigration.

The situation in the city of Tel Tamr in the western countryside of al-Hasaka seems unreal.

Tel Tamr is no longer crowded with its residents, who used to breathe life into the city. The city was famous for being the capital of tourism in Hasaka and the homeland of Syria’s Assyrians, in effect becoming their main city. People from all over the district used to travel tens of kilometers “to eat the local burghul at Umm Hani’s in the village of Tel Nasri or the grilled fish in Tel Jumaa or Tel Jazirah.” This is in addition to the droves of people from al-Malikia, 200 kilometers away, who spend their holidays at the banks of al-Khabour river. Continue reading Tel Tamr, Syria: Assyrians cling to their homeland despite threats

STL: Only al-Amin to be prosecuted, not Al-Akhbar

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Regardless of whether the STL — an overt Zionist project which is aided and abetted by “Israel” itself, as admitted by genocidal war criminal Avigdor Lieberman — is prosecuting Al-Akhbar as a whole or just its Editor-In-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin, who absolutely thrashed the kangaroo court last May, it’s quite clear that this “special tribunal” , which already has Hizbullah and all of Lebanon in its crosshairs, is now continuing the war on the truthful and courageous Lebanese newspaper that began with the murderous Zionist entity’s assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006.  Since those 34 days of war, in which the Lebanese Islamic Resistance triumphed over the illegitimate “Israeli” regime, Al-Akhbar has faced one attack after another, including one particularly egregious barrage from the US embassy, which blackmailed and threatened advertising agencies not to place ads with Al-Akhbar in an attempt to financially destroy the news outlet. Despite all of this however, Al-Akhbar has persevered, and we here at Mouqawamah Music pray that it not only beats this absurd STL case, but also that Al-Akhbar becomes more resilient with each passing day, as it remains one of the very, very few papers in the entire Arab world not controlled by the bloody petrodollars of the US-Zionist-aligned GCC regimes. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading STL: Only al-Amin to be prosecuted, not Al-Akhbar

ISIS Suffers Devastating Losses in Eastern Syria This Week

by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has had a rough week in eastern Syria, as the loss of ground and men have demoralized their forces in the Homs, Al-Hasakah, and Deir Ezzor Governorates. The recent losses for ISIS marks the first time since ISIS’ emergence in Syria that they are on the defensive against both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in certain areas; this has also caused issues for their militants fighting Iraq due to their forces stretching too thin. Continue reading ISIS Suffers Devastating Losses in Eastern Syria This Week

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