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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-23 07:11:47
Israeli troops shot dead on Tuesday two Palestinians blamed for killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that had spiraled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had been searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their 30s from the Hebron area, for months. They were named as the men who grabbed and shot dead the three teens who were hitchhiking at night near a Jewish settlement on June 12. Hebron residents said troops surrounded a house in the city before dawn and reported sounds of gunfire. The military said army and police forces had located Kawasme and Abu Aysha there and were seeking their arrest, when a firefight erupted,   "We opened fire, they returned fire and they were killed in the exchange," Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a telephone briefing. "We have visual confirmation for one. The second one, we have no visual confirmation, but the assumption is he was killed." Hebron Governor Kamel Hmeid said on Palestinian radio that the two were dead. "It's clear now the two martyrs, al-Kawasme and Abu Aysha, were assassinated this morning during a military operation in the Hebron University area. We condemn this crime, this assassination, as deliberate and premeditated murder," he said. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-23 06:55:10
The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants. "I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement. "Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time." A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain were all involved, although their exact roles in the military action were unclear. Qatar played a supporting role in the air strikes, the official said. Another official said at least one U.S. ship had launched surface-to-surface Tomahawk cruise missiles. Armed U.S. drones were also used in the attacks. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-22 06:35:35
Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. Residents fleeing the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, and its surrounding villages said the militants were executing people of all ages in the areas they had seized to create a climate of fear and slavish obedience. Kurdish politicians in Turkey renewed their appeal to young people in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast to head to Kobani to help their ethnic kin push back Islamic State, which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.  "ISIL (Islamic State) are continuing to advance. Every place they pass through they kill, wound and kidnap people. Many people are missing and we believe they were kidnapped," Welat Avar, a doctor, told Reuters by telephone from Kobani. "We now urgently need medicines and equipment for operations. We have many casualties ... ISIL killed many people in the villages. They cut off the heads of two people, I saw it with my own eyes," he said. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-20 05:58:44
French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq and near the capital Baghdad, appeared to win qualified endorsement from Iraq's top Shi'ite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. In a Friday sermon, delivered by one of his aides, the elderly cleric acknowledged Iraq needed foreign help but said Iraq must not become subservient to outside powers. "Even if Iraq is in need of help from its brothers and friends in fighting black terrorism, maintaining the sovereignty and independence of its decisions is of the highest importance," Sistani's spokesman Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Karbala'i said. Sistani speaks for millions of Iraq's majority Shi'ites and has a worldwide following. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-17 09:17:05
Qatar has pledged to expel exiled leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as one of the conditions of an agreement forced on the wealthy Gulf state by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other neighbours. In a move that reflects shifting political alignments in a deeply divided Middle East, seven senior Brotherhood figures were ordered at the weekend to leave Doha, which is seen by the Egyptian government and its conservative Gulf backers as a centre of subversive Islamist activity. They include its acting leader, Mahmoud Hussein, and two other senior colleagues. Qatar also agreed to stop attacking Egypt in al-Jazeera broadcasts. The TV network is based in Doha and is seen across the region as a reflecting the emirate's policies and preferences. The conditions were part of an agreement signed in Riyadh in November 2013 and designed to patch up an angry quarrel in which Qatar was blamed for backing the Brotherhood in Egypt and Islamist groups from the neighbouring UAE to Libya. It has never been made public, and until recently had not been implemented. Fears about the threat from Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq and Syria helped to convince Qatar to back down, diplomats said. Turkish media reported that the country's president, Recep Tayep Erdoğan, had extended a welcome to the exiled leaders. Amr Darrag, the Brotherhoods's foreign relations officer, has already arrived in Turkey, according to al-Jazeera Turk. Gamal Abdul Sattar, the former deputy head of Egypt's religious affairs directorate, was planning to move to Istanbul, it said. For the last four years Qatar and Turkey have been the chief backers of the Islamist movements that flourished during the Arab spring uprisings only to experience crushing defeat in Egypt when the Brotherhood's democratically-elected president Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the army. Morsi's fall was openly supported by the other Gulf states and implicitly backed by the west. Under his successor, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, hundreds of Brotherhood supporters have been killed or imprisoned and the group has been outlawed as a terrorist organisation. The departure of the Egyptian Brotherhood leaders from Doha was announced at the weekend and described as intended to spare Qatar embarrassment. Details of the Riyadh deal, revealed by Gulf sources, underline the heavy pressure brought to bear. In March, in one of the worst spats the region has seen in recent years, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain all withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. Kuwait and Oman, the other two members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), are less hawkish. Riyadh tried to impose new conditions, including the closure of US thinktanks based in Doha. "The Saudis wanted to go beyond the original agreement and dictate to the Qataris, and the Qataris said no," said a well-placed Arab source. Palestinian sources denied reports on Tuesday that the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, had also been asked to leave Doha. Qatar has played an important role backing the group, which is linked to but distinct from the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel has attacked Qatar in recent weeks for its support for Hamas. Doha has also been under fire for alleged links with Isis, which it has flatly denied. Like Saudi Arabia, it backed Islamist groups in Syria, some of which morphed over time into Isis. Pressure on Qatar to implement the Riyadh agreement peaked in late August, when the Saudi foreign minister, interior minister and intelligence chief visited Doha. On 6 September, Qatar was given one further week to begin implementation. "The Qataris have been forced into a situation where they have had to step back," said Michael Stephens of the Doha office of the Royal United Services Institution. "They tried as best they could to maintain their foreign policy without interference from other parties, but they were always going to have to make some kind of compromise. I am only suprised it has taken so long. "This is a big deal in terms of understanding the balance of power in the Gulf. There's definitely a sense that they have to give some ground, that they can't just be this maverick state with its fingers in so many pies in the region." Qatar has signalled that it will continue to support the Brotherhood more discreetly, while backing Gulf-wide efforts to fight Isis. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-17 06:59:58
After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. Visibly tired, too, were his retinue of aides as they took their seats, some clutching briefing papers with notes scribbled in the margin from meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the government he had formed a day earlier on Sept. 9. Kerry’s exhaustion was understandable after nearly 24 hours of non-stop travel and meetings. America’s fatigue in the Middle East could be a different story: the Iraqis who met Kerry may wonder if his boss, President Barack Obama, has the energy or stomach for what lies ahead in a country he has spent most of his nearly six years in office trying to leave behind. The challenge is highlighted by a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday showing that while Americans support Obama's campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State militants, they have a low appetite for a long campaign against the group. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-16 07:10:04
Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now,” James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad. "There were meetings in Arbil. There were meetings in Amman," he said, referring to talks between tribal groups and U.S. officials in the capitals of the relatively neutral Iraqi province of Kurdistan and neighboring Jordan. The plan is far from easy, since many Sunnis regard the Awakening as a failure and a betrayal and see the Sunni Islamic State's sweep into predominantly Sunni northern and western Iraq as the lesser of two evils, despite its mass killings. U.S. and Iraqi officials say it is not a rehash of the Awakening but will incorporate Sunnis into a "National Guard", a security force intended to decentralize power from Baghdad, addressing Sunni demands to stop oppression from the majority Shi'ite security forces. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-13 08:02:51
U.S. intelligence says the Islamic State militant group has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria. A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman said Thursday this is much higher than the previous estimate of 10,000. He says the new estimate reflects stronger recruitment  by the Islamic State since June following success on the battlefield and the declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Earlier Thursday, ministers from 10 Gulf and Arab nations said Thursday they are committed to joining the United States in a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria. After talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with Saudi officials and U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council, along with Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, said they are united against the threat from all terrorists, including Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. (L to R) Egypt's Foreign Minister is joined by counterparts from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Oman, Bahrain, and Lebanon at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal in Jeddah, Sept. 11, 2014. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-13 07:54:12
The American strategy of cooperating with Middle East regional powers and non-state actors in addressing the Islamic State (IS) threat will be a "coalition of the weird", according to Douglas Ollivant, former Director for Iraq at the US National Security Council (NSC). "We should expect to see in Iraq a "coalition of weird," Ollivant said, quoting another specialist at a Friday discussion at the Center for American Progress. On Thursday, it was announced that Gulf Cooperation Council members, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, together with Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon agreed to join the US-led coalition aimed at defeating the IS militant group. "This is going to be done out of tactical necessity, not ideological affinity. At the same time, we have to be aware that while there is a tactical necessity, we need to be very, very aware of the politics," Ollivant said, noting that "there's going to be political and military tension constantly as we work through this." On September 10, US President Barack Obama announced plans to defeat the IS. He said Washington would be extending its airstrikes from Iraq to Syria and would provide support, equipment and training to Kurdish and Iraqi forces and Syria's opposition in order to respond to the threat. The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq and seized vast areas in both countries, proclaiming an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-09-13 07:51:57
Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday the United States is providing nearly $500 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. According to the statement released by the US Department of State, this is the largest funding announcement made by the United States in response to the largest appeal the United Nations has ever issued. The UN's revised Syria appeals, issued in July, requested $6 billion in contributions to mitigate the impacts of a tragedy of historic proportions. The funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict in March 2011 to more than $2.9 billion. The United States remains the single-largest donor of humanitarian aid for those affected by Syria crisis, which has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era. Even with additional assistance from the United States, the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis remains significantly underfunded. With the international community preparing to convene for UN General Assembly meetings in New York and the Syria donors' conference in Kuwait in October, the United States hopes this large contribution will encourage generous donations of humanitarian aid from other nations. More than half of Syria's population has been forced to flee their homes. Nearly 6.5 million civilians have been displaced within Syria, and the UN estimates that nearly 11 million Syrians are in need of aid within the country and face threats, displacement, hunger, injury, and death due to the appalling tactics of the Assad regime and extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). By late August, UNHCR had registered more than three million refugees from Syria in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt, with several hundred thousand more who have yet to be registered. Assistance within Syria and Region-wide U.S. humanitarian assistance is saving lives in Syria and in the countries of Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey that are generously hosting Syrian refugees. Of the nearly $500 million, more than $240 million will aid those affected by the conflict in Syria, including Palestinians. More than $130 million of the aid directed inside Syria will be provided through non-governmental organizations providing much-needed materials to prepare for winter, medical care, food, water, shelter, psychosocial support, and other critical aid . The remaining amount, more than $250 million, will assist refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries affected by the crisis. With this new funding, the United States has provided more than $1.4 billion in humanitarian aid for those in need within Syria and more than $1.4 billion for refugees and host communities in the region since the crisis began. A portion of U.S. humanitarian assistance designated for inside Syria will facilitate follow through on UN Security Council Resolution 2165, which authorizes UN agencies and their implementing partners to bring life-saving assistance across conflict lines and through several additional border crossings into Syria in order to reach some of the hardest hit areas. Nearly $ 100 million of the newly announced assistance inside Syria will further strengthen the United States' long-standing cross-border programs, which are providing humanitarian aid to areas outside the regime's control. The United States remains committed to working through all possible channels to provide aid to those in need where ever they reside. A breakdown of assistance by country is as follows: More»