Middle East News

Iraqi security forces raid Iran-backed militia headquarters - govt sources

Jun 26, 2020

Iraqi security forces raided a headquarters belonging to an Iran-backed militia south of Baghdad late on Thursday, seized rockets and detained three leaders of the group at the site, two Iraqi government officials said.

The officials said the militia group targeted was Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group that U.S. officials have accused of firing rockets at bases hosting U.S. troops and other facilities in Iraq. Kataib Hezbollah is also among the Iranian-backed militias backing Assad in Syria.

UAE training Syrian regime intelligence agents, providing aid to Damascus

Jun 24, 2020

The United Arab Emirates has been found to be training Syrian military intelligence officers and providing aid to the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad, reveals a report by the French-language site Orient XXI.

Dozens of youths from Suwayda recruited to fight as mercenaries in Libya by Russia, Assad regime: report

Jun 22, 2020

The local Suwayda 24 network has published an investigation, including detailed information and documents, revealing operations to recruit dozens of young Syrians from the Suwayda governorate, who are being conscripted in order to be transferred to Libya where they’re used as mercenaries alongside Haftar’s militias.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: ‘After corona, there’s no food anymore'

Jun 21, 2020

Lebanon is currently the home to some 900,000 refugees who have fled Syria’s bloody civil war. But after Lebanon’s economy crashed late last year and the country was hit by the coronavirus crisis, the refugees are struggling even more to put food on the table. FRANCE 24’s Leila Molana Allen reports ahead of World Refugee Day.

Eight years ago, Aisha, a Syrian refugee, arrived in Lebanon with her husband and children to escape the horrors of their homeland. They built a small house in Bekaa Valley, and the family finally felt safe.

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.

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