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Kurdistan: international airlines to stop flying in and out of Erbil upon Baghdad request

All foreign airlines operating at the Kurdistan capital Erbil airport will stop running flights as of Friday at the request of the Iraqi government which has decided to clampdown on the Kurdish controversial referendum with a landslide ‘Yes’ eager for a breakaway from Iraq. All foreign flights will stop at 6:00 local time (15 GMT) […]

September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

KSA: Two human rights activist arrested over weekend, AI

London-based rights group Amnesty International (AI) has announced the arrest by Saudi authorities of two local human rights activists who already have other members of their organization behind bars. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid, both founding members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), were arrested over the weekend, Amnesty International said. Both […]

September 19th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Libya: Serraj angry at military ally over Doha visit

Head of the UN-backed Presidency Council (PC) and Libya’s Prime Minister has slammed Misrata-based military forces aligned with the PC after members of the military’s top command were received in Doha by Qatar’s ruler. Prime Minister Faiez Serraj has condemned the visit and issued warnings indicating that any similar move will be dealt with by […]

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,Uncategorized | Read More »

Iran-KSA: Riyadh denies requesting Iraqi mediation in rapprochement with Tehran

A Saudi official source Wednesday indicated that the Crown Prince never requested Iraq’s mediation in healing ties between Saudi Arabia and rival Iran. “There is no truth to what has been circulated in this regard,” the source, which spoke under condition of anonymity, told Saudi official news agency. Iraqi Interior Minister Qassim al-Araji, at a […]

August 17th, 2017 | Posted in Headlines,Uncategorized | Read More »

Syria: Hezbollah, Fateh al-Sham exchange deal progressing peacefully

The exchange deal between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham formerly known as al-Nusra Front began on Wednesday and it has been slowly progressing as fleet of more than 100 buses continue to transport rebel fighters, families and refugees from the Lebanese border town of Arsal to rebel-held Idlib. The deal was reached on the heels […]

August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Qatar: US envoy to step down amid Gulf crisis

US ambassador to Qatar Tuesday announced she was leaving her post this month and quitting the State Department, as the crisis between US Gulf allies lingers on and as Washington is sending mixed signals on the crisis. Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, who was appointed in 2014 by former US President Barack Obama, made the announcement […]

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Egypt strikes Libya for three consecutive days

The Egyptian military has continued its airstrikes targeting extremist groups in Libya for three consecutive days and the spokesman for the army, Tamer al-Rifai, stressed that they will continue to “target all camps where terrorist members are being trained and which could threaten Egypt’s national security.” Three airstrikes struck the city of Derna on Monday, […]

May 29th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Qatar’s policy towards Iran raises eyebrows in other GCC countries

Qatar and Iran are slowly bridging their differences but the move is receiving strong objections from other Gulf States as they accuse Doha of distancing itself from their common position. Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had a telephone discussion with President Rouhani over the weekend and it was considered as a strong […]

May 29th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Yemen: US raids al-Qaeda, 7 dead

The US military carried out its second known raid in Yemen on Tuesday at a place believed to be a hideout for militants of Al-Qaeda in the Peninsula (AQAP). The raid in al-Sirim, Maib province, was carried out with the support of the Yemeni government according to the US Central Command and “a combination of […]

May 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Tel Aviv fumes over US-KSA arm deal

Israel Sunday lambasted the multi-billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the United States, struck in Riyadh on Saturday as Israeli officials fear the future arms acquisition may put Saudi Arabia in a more comfortable power position in the region at the expense of Israel. President Trump and King Salman Saturday inked a $110 billion […]

May 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »