Top Daesh leader Abu Jandal killed in Syria

The United States’ Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed that a US-led Coalition airstrikes has killed a senior commander in the Daesh militant group at the Tabqa Dam in Syria, not far from Daesh’s Syrian capital of Raqqa. In a press release today, CENTCOM said “Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti, an ISIL gang leader in Raqqa was struck and killed by a coalition airstrike near Tabqa Dam,” using another acronym for Daesh. CENTCOM confirmed that the airstrike took place on Monday. According to CENTCOM, not only was Abu Jandal instrumental in Daesh’s recent success at stripping the Assad regime of its control over Palmyra but he was also “involved in the use of suicide vehicles, IEDs and chemical weapons against the SDF [Syrian […]

After its defeat in Libya’s Sirte, Daesh rearranges fighters in western Libya

Libyan security authorities said on Wednesday that the Daesh militant group is rearranging its fighters that had fled from the northern city of Sirte, in training camps in the west of the country. The joint army and police forces of Bani Walid, which are loyal to the Tripoli’s UN-backed government, said on their Facebook page that Daesh is rearranging its forces in the West after incurring defeat in the northern city of Sirte. The Bani Walid joint forces  said in the Facebook page that the militant group is rearranging its forces that had fled from Sirte, and holding training camps in the area of Al-Haram and some of the surrounding valleys between the cities of Bani Walid and Awlad Bousayf.

Israel’s attorney-general orders criminal probe against PM Netanyahu – TV

Israel’s attorney-general has ordered police to open a criminal investigation in two unspecified matters involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 television said on Wednesday. A Justice Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement that checks in the matter “are still ongoing and this is neither confirmation or denial of what has been alleged”. “The attorney-general, the police and prosecutors are working in close cooperation and a public announcement will be made in due course about the investigation,” she said. There was no immediate response from Netanyahu’s office to a Reuters query on the report. Netanyahu has in the past denied wrongdoing in the purchase of submarines from Germany, where media have reported a potential conflict of interest involving his […]

Spain arrests two men suspected of Islamist militant propaganda

Two men were arrested in Madrid on Wednesday on suspicion of spreading Islamist militant propaganda, the Interior Ministry said. Police released video footage in connection with the arrests that showed officers uncovering gun magazines and bullets from under rocks in a disused, graffiti-sprayed building. El Pais newspaper quoted the Interior Ministry as saying the search, in the outskirts of Madrid, uncovered four Kalashnikov AK-47 magazines and over 30 bullets. The paper said the men were second generation Spaniards of Moroccan and Gambian origin. Neither the Interior Ministry nor the police could confirm those details in their statement or video or when contacted for further information. Separately, two women who travelled to Syria in 2014 from the Spanish north African enclave […]

In parting shot at Israel, Kerry warns Middle East peace in jeopardy

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel’s building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America’s long-time ally weeks before he is due to leave office. In a swiftly issued statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Kerry of bias. He said Israel did not need to be lectured to by foreign leaders and looked forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to pursue more pro-Israeli policies. In a 70-minute speech, Kerry said Israel “will never have true peace” with the Arab world if it does not reach an accord based on Israelis and Palestinians living in their own states. Kerry’s remarks, and Netanyahu’s reply, marked […]

Daesh supporters call for more holiday attacks in Europe

A pro-Daesh group on Wednesday urged supporters of the jihadists to carry out attacks on targets such as markets and hospitals in Europe over the Christmas holiday period and urged Muslims to stay away from Christian celebrations. The threat came as European authorities have stepped up security following an attack claimed by Daesh in which a truck ploughed into crowds in a Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people this month. The Nashir Media Foundation, which backs Daesh, posted its message online, accompanied by images of fighters with guns and knives, Santa Claus, reindeer and a Christmas tree, according to the according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant groups online. Pro-IS Group Calls on Lone Wolves in […]

Minister calls Tunisia’s youth to have for greater confidence in the state

Tunisian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Majdouline Cherni, yesterday called for the restoration of confidence between youth and state institutions. “We must restore trust between Tunisian youth and state institutions,” Cherni said in remarks to the Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of the National Youth Congress. Cherni added 1,250 youth forums have been organisation recently involving 40,650 youth members of society in various educational and cultural fields, in addition to the participation of 22,000 more people on social networking sites. The two-day conference comes as 15 young people went on hunger strike in the capital on Monday to demand jobs. The government was being held responsible got the activists’ actions. Unemployment has increased to 15.6 per cent in the […]

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality demolished Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan today, under the pretext that they lacked Israeli-issued building permits, according to local organisation the Wadi Hilweh Information Centre. The centre said that municipality crew, accompanied by Israeli police forces, destroyed three containers and a steel structure belonging to the Siyam family in the Ein Al-Luza neighbourhood of Silwan. The structures were being used for agricultural purposes. Local sources said that parts of a store – measuring some 10 square metres – belonging to the Abu Hadwan family was also demolished in the area. A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality could not immediately be reached for comment on the demolitions. Demolitions of Palestinian structures and homes […]