Tunisian engineer, allegedly assassinated by Israel, was developing remote-controlled submarines

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Tunisian engineer Mohammed Al-Zawari, who was killed last December, was working on developing remote-controlled submarines that were to target Israeli oil and gas platforms in the Mediterranean Sea. The Tunisian engineer was shot in the Tunisian coastal city of Sfax in an operation involving at least eight Tunisians, whom officials in Tunisia said they were agents for foreign bodies. The Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, is suspected to be responsible for Zawari’s death. The eight suspects were already arrested pending the investigation into Zawari’s death. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted by Ynetnews.com as saying that the aerial engineer “probably wasn’t a great mean of peace or up for a Nobel Peace Prize.” […]

Daesh kills 24 with Baghdad car bomb, attack police stations in Samarra

An Daesh car bomb killed 24 people in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Monday and the militants also attacked two police stations in the city of Samarra as Iraqi forces fought to oust the group from Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq. At least four other attacks across Baghdad, some also claimed by Daesh, killed nine more people earlier in the day, bringing the total death toll from bombings in the capital over the past three days to more than 60. In the attacks in Samarra, about 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources said multiple gunmen wearing suicide vests took over two police stations, killing at least seven policemen. The mayor of Samarra, Mahmoud Khalaf, said […]

Daesh kills 24 with Baghdad car bomb, attack police stations in Samarra

An Daesh car bomb killed 24 people in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Monday and the militants also attacked two police stations in the city of Samarra as Iraqi forces fought to oust the group from Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq. At least four other attacks across Baghdad, some also claimed by Daesh, killed nine more people earlier in the day, bringing the total death toll from bombings in the capital over the past three days to more than 60. In the attacks in Samarra, about 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, security sources said multiple gunmen wearing suicide vests took over two police stations, killing at least seven policemen. The mayor of Samarra, Mahmoud Khalaf, said […]

Syrian opposition groups say they froze talks on Russian-backed peace conference due to ceasefire violations

Syrian opposition groups said on Monday they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies end what it said were violations of a ceasefire. In a statement, the opposition groups also said that any territorial advances by the army and Iran-backed militias that are fighting alongside it would end the fragile ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides, that came into effect on Friday. “The regime and its allies have continued firing and committed many and large violations,” said the statement signed by the mainly moderate opposition groups operating under the umbrella of the so-called Free Syrian […]

A blessing in disguise? The Trump presidency may be better for Palestine

Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman, as the next US Ambassador to Israel who intends to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and who supports the expansion of illegal colonies that have already sliced up the envisaged Palestinian state into South Africa-like Bantustans. Thus, it must be odd, if not altogether provocative, to suggest that a Trump presidency could be the coup de grace that Palestinians and, in fact, the entire Middle East needs, in order to liberate themselves from the weight of an overbearing, arrogant […]

A blessing in disguise? The Trump presidency may be better for Palestine

Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman, as the next US Ambassador to Israel who intends to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and who supports the expansion of illegal colonies that have already sliced up the envisaged Palestinian state into South Africa-like Bantustans. Thus, it must be odd, if not altogether provocative, to suggest that a Trump presidency could be the coup de grace that Palestinians and, in fact, the entire Middle East needs, in order to liberate themselves from the weight of an overbearing, arrogant […]

Recapturing Mosul is ‘a matter of weeks not years’, insists Hollande

The battle to recapture the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Daesh stronghold in the country, is likely to take weeks, the French President Francois Hollande said on a visit to Baghdad on Monday. He vowed to continue supporting Iraq in its fight against Daesh militant group and to help in the reconstruction efforts of damaged cities. “France will actively participate in the reconstruction efforts in Mosul after defeating the Daesh there”, Hollande said during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. “Everything that contributes to reconstructing Iraq is an additional step to avoiding Daesh strikes on our own territory,” he added. The French President arrived in Baghdad today to meet French troops […]

Recapturing Mosul is ‘a matter of weeks not years’, insists Hollande

The battle to recapture the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Daesh stronghold in the country, is likely to take weeks, the French President Francois Hollande said on a visit to Baghdad on Monday. He vowed to continue supporting Iraq in its fight against Daesh militant group and to help in the reconstruction efforts of damaged cities. “France will actively participate in the reconstruction efforts in Mosul after defeating the Daesh there”, Hollande said during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. “Everything that contributes to reconstructing Iraq is an additional step to avoiding Daesh strikes on our own territory,” he added. The French President arrived in Baghdad today to meet French troops […]