Category: Middle East

Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links

Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links

Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, for suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 failed coup, state media said on Monday. Eighteen of those ordered detained were on active duty, adding the suspects included 13 majors and 12 captains from the land forces and […]

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Russia says will send newer S-300 missile systems to Syria

Russia says will send newer S-300 missile systems to Syria

 Russia’s defense minister says Moscow will send more modern S-300 missile defense systems to Syria following last week’s downing of a Russian plane. Syrian government missile defense systems last week shot down a Russian military plane, killing all 15 people on board. Russia laid the blame squarely on Israel, saying that its fighter jet pushed the Russian aircraft into the […]

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Boy wounded in Iran parade attack has died

Boy wounded in Iran parade attack has died

4-year-old boy who was wounded during Saturday’s terror attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz has died at a hospital. Sunday’s report showed the deceased Mohammad Taha lying on his bed in an Ahvaz hospital. Beside him, a doctor next says: “He was wearing a black shirt when he was killed because he was at a mourning […]

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Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack

Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack

 The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. “You have seen our revenge before … You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what […]

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Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

Funerals are underway in Iran for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Thousands have gathered at the Sarallah Mosque at the city’s Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in the sweltering heat. Of the 25 people killed at Saturday’s parade, 12 were from Ahvaz and the rest from elsewhere in Khuzestan […]

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Cyprus protests Turkish warship’s arrest of fishing boat

Cyprus protests Turkish warship’s arrest of fishing boat

Cyprus was trying to secure the release of five fishermen who were taken into custody by a Turkish warship Friday as they were fishing off the northern coast of the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation. Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said authorities have protested the arrest with the U.N. peacekeeping force stationed in Cyprus. U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said the […]

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Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

Abbas denies Palestinians refused peace talks with Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has denied U.S. claims the Palestinians have refused to enter peace talks with Israel. Abbas’ denial came after talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron Friday. Abbas asked Macron to pass the message onto U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this month that the Palestinian de facto embassy in […]

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Gaza officials say Palestinian killed at border protest

Gaza officials say Palestinian killed at border protest

Gaza’s Health Ministry says a Palestinian has been killed and dozens injured by Israeli fire at a border protest. Israel’s military said Palestinians hurled grenades, explosive devices and rocks toward troops and one soldier sustained light injuries from shrapnel. It said aircraft struck several targets in Gaza in response Friday. Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers are working to escalate weekly protests […]

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Showdown looms as UN rights experts in Yemen hindered

Showdown looms as UN rights experts in Yemen hindered

 Saudi Arabia and allied states balked at efforts to renew work by U.N.-backed “eminent experts” investigating human rights violations in Yemen, setting up a possible diplomatic showdown with some Western countries over scrutiny of a 3-1/2-year war that has killed thousands of civilians and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The standoff comes just three weeks after the experts issued […]

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Trump administration a threat to international peace and security

Trump administration a threat to international peace and security

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Friday that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was a threat to the Middle East and to the global community.“It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: That threat is the Trump Administration’s sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along […]

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