Day: 01/04/2018

Turkey says France sending troops to Syria would be ‘invasion’ – Middle East Affairs

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Turkey on Saturday warned France against increasing its military presence in Syria, saying it would be an “invasion,” as tensions between Paris and Ankara remained high. Temperatures were raised after French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met a delegation of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Kurdish officials said afterwards […]

Source: Turkey says France sending troops to Syria would be ‘invasion’ – Middle East Affairs

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Israel threatens to expand response – Middle East Affairs

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Israel will target “terror organizations” in Gaza if violence along the territory’s border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned Saturday, a day after thousands of Palestinians staged protests near the border fence. Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief army spokesman, denied allegations of excessive use of force, saying those killed by Israeli […]

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Yemeni army liberates new sites southwest of Saada – Middle East Affairs

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Yemen’s armed forces liberated several sites south-west of the Saada province from Iran-backed Houthi militants on Saturday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported. “The National Army forces launched a new military operation in the Directorate of Al-Zaher, during which it fought heavy battles against the Houthi milita and managed to liberate Al-Aasem, Wattab Abu Aqal, Camp […]

Source: Yemeni army liberates new sites southwest of Saada – Middle East Affairs

Egypt says 6 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Sinai operation – Middle East Affairs

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Six militants and two Egyptian soldiers were killed last week during a sweeping operation against Daesh militants in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said on Sunday. The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who this week won a second term, gave it a three-month deadline to crush Daesh […]

Source: Egypt says 6 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Sinai operation – Middle East Affairs

Deal struck to evacuate some civilians from Syria’s Douma: monitor – Middle East Affairs

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Syrian regime ally Russia struck a deal with rebels to evacuate hundreds of civilians from Douma, the final opposition pocket in their former bastion of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said Sunday. “A partial agreement was reached to evacuate hundreds of civilians who wish to leave for Idlib”, the rebel-held province in northwestern Syria, the head […]

Source: Deal struck to evacuate some civilians from Syria’s Douma: monitor – Middle East Affairs

Time to stop importing Western solutions to Arab problems/Hafed Al-Ghwell – Middle East Affairs

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One of the most intractable questions the Arab world has faced in the past 100 years is what pragmatic solution is the best intellectual framework to adopt in order to solve the day-to-day challenges facing its political, economic and social development. The debates and conflicts regarding such issues seem to get increasingly worse as time […]

Source: Time to stop importing Western solutions to Arab problems/Hafed Al-Ghwell – Middle East Affairs

Syrian rebels begin to leave last bastion in eastern Ghouta: State media – Middle East Affairs

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The first fighters from the last rebel bastion in eastern Ghouta left on Sunday for insurgent-held territory in the country’s northwest, state media said, raising hopes of an end to conflict in the enclave. The withdrawal, the first of its kind from besieged Douma, involves fighters of Failaq al Rahman, which evacuated most of the […]

Source: Syrian rebels begin to leave last bastion in eastern Ghouta: State media – Middle East Affairs