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Iraq: Trump makes surprise visit to troops

US President Donald Trump made a surprise visit Wednesday to American troops in Iraq, the first ever by the US leader to US overseas military base since assuming office in 2016. The supreme US armed forces commander visited Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq. He was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump. “President Trump and […]

December 27th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iraq: US establishes two military bases near Syrian border- officials

The USA has established two military bases in western Anbar province, near the Syrian border, to help Iraqi forces thwart the infiltration of Islamic State group (ISIS) militants, an Iraqi official has revealed. “The US Army has established two new military facilities in uninhabited parts of the province,” Farhan al-Duleimi, a member of Anbar’s provisional […]

December 26th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iraq: ISIS claims credit for deadly attack on former stronghold of Tal Afar

The Islamic State group (ISIS) Tuesday claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that killed at least 3 people and wounded over 10 others in the city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq that it controlled until August 2017. Iraqi authorities in Tal Afar city, located around 80 km west of Mosul, said a car laden […]

December 26th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Syria: Iraq considering sending troops in wake of US pullout

Iraq’s Prime Minister Monday said Baghdad could send troops in Syria to protect its borders against the Islamic State group (ISIS) fighters, after the US last week announced the withdrawal of American forces from the Middle East country. Speaking at a press conference, PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi said his government was “considering all the options” to […]

December 25th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: Defense ministry appoints new Spy Chief

Egypt’s Defense Ministry has appointed Maj-Gen. Khaled Megawer to oversee the North African country’s military intelligence agency. The statement announcing the appointment made Sunday said Megawer will replace Maj-Gen Mohammed Farag el-Shahat who is promoted as assistant to the defense minister. Khaled Megawer, a career soldiers, was el-Shahat’s deputy. He commanded the 2nd army and […]

December 25th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Syria: Macron takes aim at Trump over pullout decision

French President Emmanuel Macron Sunday laid into Donald Trump after the American President instructed US troops in Syria to return home following discussions with Turkey. “An ally should be dependable,” Macron said during a press conference in Chad. “I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria.” “To be allies is to fight shoulder to […]

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran: Turkey vows support to mitigate US sanctions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged Thursday on receiving his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that Ankara would fully support Tehran against what he called “unjust US sanctions” against Iran. Erdogan held a joint press conference with the visiting Iranian President whose country has since August been under US sanctions following the rejection of the 2015 […]

December 21st, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Egypt: Three airport police officers sentenced to 15 years in prison for funds smuggling out

A Cairo court has sentenced three police officers at Cairo international airport to 15 years in prison for taking bribes to facilitate the smuggling of money outside the country. The three officers were charged with requesting, receiving and offering bribes. The airport officers were accused of enabling several smuggling out operations. The defendants allegedly allowed […]

December 21st, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

King Mohammed VI: Morocco Fully Committed to Respect & Enhance Human Rights

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has said his country is fully committed to the respect, protection and promotion of human rights, affirming that this national commitment is not just enshrined in the Constitution, but it is a determinant of Moroccan political, economic and social agenda. In a message addressed to participants in a meeting convened Thursday […]

December 20th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Turkey: US State Department greenlights sale of Patriot missile

The US State Department Wednesday said it approved the sale of Patriot missiles worth $3.5 billion to Turkey that has signed up for Russia’s S-400 missiles following reluctance from the Trump administration to supply it with the military equipment. The Department said it informed the Congress of its decision to implement the sale of 80 […]

December 20th, 2018 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »