Senior Iranian officer killed in Syria

Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Ali Qalizadeh was reported killed in Syria, Iranian news agency Fars revealed yesterday. Qalizadeh is referred to by the Iranians as one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Syrian Republic. The Iranian news agency said that he was in Syria as part of a consultancy mission in the war against “terrorist groups” in the country. It noted that he was one of the fighters of the Revolutionary Guards during the Iranian-Iraqi war between 1980 and 1988. Iranian forces have been supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad regain control of the country after peaceful demonstration demanding greater freedoms were countered violently by government forces in 2011. Russian forces have provided air cover for Syrian and Iranian ground troops. The […]

Senior Iranian officer killed in Syria

Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Ali Qalizadeh was reported killed in Syria, Iranian news agency Fars revealed yesterday. Qalizadeh is referred to by the Iranians as one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Syrian Republic. The Iranian news agency said that he was in Syria as part of a consultancy mission in the war against “terrorist groups” in the country. It noted that he was one of the fighters of the Revolutionary Guards during the Iranian-Iraqi war between 1980 and 1988. Iranian forces have been supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad regain control of the country after peaceful demonstration demanding greater freedoms were countered violently by government forces in 2011. Russian forces have provided air cover for Syrian and Iranian ground troops. The […]

Saudi police arrest 3 people over kidnapping of Shia judge

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested three people in connection with the kidnapping of a Shia judge, the security spokesperson of the Saudi interior ministry announced on Sunday. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Jirani was snatched near his house in the Governorate of Al-Qatif. According to Arabi21.com, Abdullah Ali Al-Darweesh, Mazen Al-Qubaa and Mostafa Ahmed Al-Sahwan are alleged to have been hired by the kidnappers to observe and monitor the victim’s movements. Three others directly involved in the crime and still on the loose were named as Mohamed Hussein Al-Ammar, Maytham Ali Al-Qudeehi and Ali Bilal Al-Hamad. Others believed to have been involved have not been named at this stage of the investigation, reported the official Saudi news agency. The ministry has warned […]

Saudi police arrest 3 people over kidnapping of Shia judge

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested three people in connection with the kidnapping of a Shia judge, the security spokesperson of the Saudi interior ministry announced on Sunday. Mohamed Abdullah Al-Jirani was snatched near his house in the Governorate of Al-Qatif. According to Arabi21.com, Abdullah Ali Al-Darweesh, Mazen Al-Qubaa and Mostafa Ahmed Al-Sahwan are alleged to have been hired by the kidnappers to observe and monitor the victim’s movements. Three others directly involved in the crime and still on the loose were named as Mohamed Hussein Al-Ammar, Maytham Ali Al-Qudeehi and Ali Bilal Al-Hamad. Others believed to have been involved have not been named at this stage of the investigation, reported the official Saudi news agency. The ministry has warned […]

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Nightclub Attack As Manhunt For Gunman Continues

One week after a video emerged of the Berlin Christmas market truck killer, Anis Amri, pledging allegiance to ISIS, on Monday the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly New Year’s Day terrorist attack in Istanbul that killed at least 39 people and wounded dozens more, claiming the operation had targeted Turkey in revenge for Turkish military operations against the organization in Syria, a similar justification used by the Turkish offduty policemen to assassinate the Russian ambassador in Turkey in December.

The statement was distributed by Nashir News, a channel that publishes Islamic State propaganda, and which had called for followers of the extremist group to target holiday celebrations days before the attack the WSJ reported. In the statement, the Islamic State described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their “apostate holiday”.

“The apostate Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will, with God’s permission, ignite a fire in their own land,” the Islamic State declaration said. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials according to Reuters.

The jihadist group has been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months but, other than targeted assassinations, this is the first time it has directly claimed any of them. It made the statement on one of its Telegram channels, a method used after attacks elsewhere. Islamic State most recently killing more than 50 people in August at a wedding in Gaziantep by the Syrian border. Within days of that bombing, Turkey launched its operation inside Syria. Previously, the extremist organization struck Istanbul’s biggest airport, killing more than 40 people in June during an attack waged with bombs and firearms.

Attacks in Turkey have accelerated in recent weeks: on Dec. 10, two bombs claimed by Kurdish militants exploded outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul, killing 44 people. A security guard who survived that attack was killed at Reina. A car bomb killed at least 13 soldiers and wounded 56 when it ripped through a bus carrying off-duty military personnel in the central city of Kayseri a week later, an attack Erdogan also blamed on Kurdish militants. Islamic State’s Amaq website said the group was behind a car bomb attack that killed 11 people and wounded 100 in the city of Diyarbakir in November, but Turkish authorities denied this and said Kurdish militants carried out the attack. The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead as he gave a speech in Ankara on Dec. 19 by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar.”

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Meanwhile, on Monday the Turkish police continued the manhunt for the suspected gunman behind the Istanbul nightclub shooting. The lone attacker sprayed bullets into a crowd of revelers who had come from across the Middle East and elsewhere to celebrate at the Reina, a cosmopolitan party spot overlooking the Bosporus.

The attacker was believed to have taken a taxi from the southern Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul and, because of the busy traffic, got out and walked the last four minutes to the entrance of the nightclub, newspaper Haberturk said. He pulled his Kalashnikov rifle from a suitcase at the side of the road, opened fire on those at the door, then threw two hand grenades after entering, Turkey’s Haberturk said. It said six empty magazines were found at the scene and that he was estimated to have fired at least 180 bullets.

On Sunday afternoon, surveillance footage appeared to show the suspect behind Sunday’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub opening fire at the entrance.

Security services had been on alert across Europe for new year celebrations following an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. Only days ago, an online message from a pro-Islamic State group called for attacks by “lone wolves” on “celebrations, gatherings and clubs”.

In a statement hours after the shooting, President Tayyip Erdogan said such attacks aimed to create chaos and destabilize the country. Additionally, the government, in what has become an increasingly routine step, has imposed a media ban on coverage of the attack, prohibiting reporting of information other than what is released by authorities.

In Syria, rebels backed by Turkey’s armed forces have been taking over territory previously held by Islamic State, helping Ankara with its goal of establishing a safe zone for opposition forces while also clearing the porous Turkish border of extremist militants.

In its statement, disseminated in Arabic and Turkish, Islamic State said “let the apostate government of Turkey know that the blood of Muslims being shed through the shelling of its warplanes and artillery will inflame a fire in the middle of [Turkey] God willing.”

Moments ago, the Turkish polish said that its has detained eight people in connection with the istanbul attack however the gunman is said not to be among those in custody.

AP: Turkish police have reportedly detained eight people in connection with the Istanbul attack but the gunman is not among those in custody

— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) January 2, 2017

Police distributed a hazy black-and-white photo of the alleged gunman taken from security footage.He is described as having “wide eyes and wide cheekbones” which dominate his face.

The authorities believe the attacker may be from a Central Asian nation and suspect he had links to Islamic State, the Hurriyet newspaper said. It said he may be from the same cell responsible for a gun-and-bomb attack on Istanbul’s main airport in June, in which 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded.

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أهم الأحداث على الأجندة الاقتصادية هذا الأسبوع 2 – 6 يناير 2017

استمر المستثمرون فى مواصلة عمليات جنى الأرباح للدولار الأمريكى فى تعاملات يوم الجمعه الماضية حيث أغلق الدولار الأمريكى تداولاته مسجلًا خسائر أمام العديد من العملات الرئيسية الأخرى بعد تحقيقه لمكاسب قوية خلال الفترة الماضية سجل خلالها أعلى مستوياته…

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صناديق التحوط تعزز الرهانات الصاعدة على النفط الخام الأمريكي للأسبوع الرابع على التوالي

أظهرت أحدث بيانات لجنة تداول العقود الآجلة للسلع الأمريكية التي تم نشرها يوم الجمعة، أن صناديق التحوط ومديري الأموال قاموا بتعزيز الرهانات الصاعدة على النفط Oil في الولايات المتحدة (خام غرب تكساس الوسيط WTI) للأسبوع الرابع على التوالي، حيث لا تزال تتوقع الأسواق تنفيذ وشيك لاتفاق خفض إنتاج النفط من أجل إعادة التوازن لأسواق النفط […]

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“تسلا” تمهل البريطانيين 15 يوما لرفع سعر سيارتها

قررت “تسلا موتورز” تأجيل رفع سعر سيارتها في بريطانيا لمدة 15 يوما إضافية مع ارتفاع الطلب في نهاية 2016. وقالت الشركة الأمريكية التي تتخذ من كاليفورنيا مقراً لها: “نتيجة للطلب المرتفع بنهاية العام (2016) فقد قررنا تأجيل رفع الأسعار حتى منتصف الشهر الجاري، للانتهاء من الطلبات العالقة”. واتخذت “تسلا” في وقت سابق قراراً برفع سعر […]

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مؤشر: نمو نشاط المصانع الألمانية قرب أعلى مستوى في 3 سنوات في ديسمبر

أظهر مسح نشرت نتائجه يوم الاثنين أن نمو نشاط قطاع الصناعات التحويلية الألماني بلغ أعلى مستوي في نحو ثلاث سنوات في ديسمبر كانون الأول مدفوعا بزيادة الطلب من آسيا والولايات المتحدة مما يشير إلى أن القطاع سيساهم في النمو في الربع الأخير. وارتفع مؤشر ماركت لمديري المشتريات الخاص بقطاع الصناعات التحويلية والذي يمثل نحو خمس […]

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