Middle East News

Egypt's Sisi orders army to be ready for missions abroad amid tensions over Libya

Jun 20, 2020

Egypt’s dictator, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Saturday ordered his army to be ready to carry out any mission inside or outside the country to “protect its national security”, amid tensions over Turkey’s intervention in neighbouring Libya.

Turkey supports the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which, with Turkish support, has reversed a 14-month assault on the capital by Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

The LNA is backed by Russia, France, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Iran’s Currency Continues to Nosedive

Jun 20, 2020

Iran’s currency continues to plummet against the U.S. dollar as the regime continues to grapple with the economic implications of U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus.

The rial fell to as low as 188,000 against the dollar in the free market on Saturday, according to foreign exchange shops and websites.

The currency traded at around 150,000 when the country recorded its first case of Covid-19 in February. The rial has nosedived by more than 500% in value from 2015 when the Islamic Republic accepted curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief.

Kirkuk faces other Sunni governorates' fate: Sectarianism, killing, displacement

Oct 23, 2017

From: Baghdad Post

"I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free." An Exclusive Interview with Syrian Revolution Icon Hadi Abdullah

Apr 06, 2016

'I’ve learned what it means for a human being to be truly free. We’ve continued for five years, and I lived…I’ve lived as a free person. Before the revolution, I never felt this, although I was a teacher at a university, and my situation was excellent in comparison to other young men. However, I never used to feel this idea of freedom of thought. I didn’t even have this perspective. I hadn’t yet had the slightest experience, or slightest life-changing experience, that we are living right now.

So, for me, despite everything, I see better and positive developments, in general.

In terms of the revolution, it is going through its natural “labor pains.” That’s my opinion.'

Iran Continues Meddling in Syria

Apr 06, 2016

Tehran has dispatched more than 60,000 IRGC forces and proxies, including 8,000 Iranians to Syria to keep Bashar Assad in power.

US commander: Iran's behavior hasn't changed since nuclear deal

Mar 09, 2016

The top U.S. military commander overseeing the Middle East said Tuesday that despite the nuclear deal, Iran shows no signs of altering its destabilizing behavior.

"There are a number of things that lead me to personally believe that, you know, their behavior is not — they haven't changed any course yet," said Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, at a Senate hearing.

US Establishing Airbases in Rojava: Source

Mar 06, 2016

Washington continues its support for Assad's PYD allies with the construction of two military airbases in Syrian Kurdistan (commonly referred to as Rojava)

US "concerned" that Saudi-Iran rift may damage "Syria peace talks"

Jan 06, 2016

Following the recent severing of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the execution of Shiite cleric Sheikh al-Nimr by Riyadh and the torching of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, some in the Iraqi government fear it will exacerbate Sunni-Shiite tensions at a critical juncture.

This comes as Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq have spearheaded fragile cooperative efforts to tackle the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS). Now the fear is that such cooperation could be compromised as a result of the recent tensions and war of words between Riyadh and Tehran.

Russia orders Hezbollah to keep the peace with Israel

Jan 06, 2016

Following Monday's incident on Israel’s northern border, Russia has instructed Hezbollah to calm down. According to Al-Arabia reports, Moscow, which assists Tehran's Lebanese proxy militia in Syria, has made a direct request to desist from further “igniting the wick of confrontation” between the terror organization and Israel.

Iranian regime demolishes entire Sunni village

Jan 06, 2016

Graphic evidence has emerged of a village bulldozed to the ground by Iran's fundamentalist regime in the Sunni-majority, poverty-stricken province of Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 27, the regime's state security forces arrived at the village of Shahidan-e Danesh-Payeh in 50 police vehicles and 10 loaders, according to eye-witnesses, and began to demolish the villagers’ homes.

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