Middle East – Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:57:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Suicide attack foiled on Mecca grand mosque http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-foiled-on-mecca-grand-mosque-03014 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-foiled-on-mecca-grand-mosque-03014#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:55:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76943 Read the full article...]]> The Saudi Arabia security officials are saying that the security forces have foiled a plan by the militants to carry out a suicide attack on the grand mosque of Mecca.

A statement by the Ministry of Interior of Saudi said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives before he manage to reach the grand mosque and carry out the attack.

The statement further added that the incident took place during an operation in a building located close to the grand mosque.

At least eleven people including some foreigners were wounded after the suicide bomber detonated his explosives, leaving the building collapsed.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack plot.

This comes as a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a security compound close to the Medina mosque last year.

At least four security personnel were killed and five others were wounded in the attack.

According to reports, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia faces threats both from the Al-Qaeda terrorist network as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the region.

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ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi likely killed in Russian airstrike http://www.khaama.com/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-likely-killed-in-russian-airstrike-02951 http://www.khaama.com/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-likely-killed-in-russian-airstrike-02951#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:53:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76760 Read the full article...]]> The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has likely been killed in an airstrike conducted by the Russian Air Force, it has been reported.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia has said an investigation is underway to ascertain whether Al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike conducted late last month.

According to a statement by the Russian defense ministry carried in reports by the local media outlets, Al-Baghdadi was targeted along with at least 300 other insurgents and 30 top leaders of the terror group.

The statement further added that the airstrike was carried out on 28th May in Raqqa city.

The ISIS terrorist group has not commented regarding the reports so far.

This is not the first time reports have emerged regarding the death of the terror group’s leader which have proven as false.

This comes as earlier reports emerged suggesting that Al-Baghdadi was critically injured in an airstrike.

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ISIS burns 19 Yazidi girls to death for refusing sex with group’s fighters http://www.khaama.com/isis-burns-19-yazidi-girls-to-death-for-refusing-slavery-with-groups-fighters-02900 http://www.khaama.com/isis-burns-19-yazidi-girls-to-death-for-refusing-slavery-with-groups-fighters-02900#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:52:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76604 Read the full article...]]> The militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have reportedly burnt at least nineteen Yazidi girls to death after they refused to remain as sex slaves with the terror group, it has been reported

According to the local activists, the incident has taken place during the recent days in the city of Mosul in Iraq.

Abdullah Al-Malla, a local media activist, has told the Kurdish news agency ARA News, that the girls were burnt alive after they refused to have sex with the fighters of the group.

“They were punished for refusing to have sex with Isis militants,” Al-Malla said.

Another eyewitness has also said that the brutal execution of the girls was carried out in an open area and in front of the hundreds of people.

The eyewitness said the girls were locked inside the cage and were set on fire in front of the public as no one could do anything for the victims.

The terror group has been attempting to eliminate the Yazidi people as part of its ethnic cleansing efforts.

According to the reports, the terror group has taken thousands of Yazidi women and girls in their custody, mainly using them as sex slaves.

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ISIS claims responsibility for the attacks in Iran that left several dead or wounded http://www.khaama.com/isis-claims-responsibility-for-the-attacks-in-iran-that-left-several-dead-or-wounded-02885 http://www.khaama.com/isis-claims-responsibility-for-the-attacks-in-iran-that-left-several-dead-or-wounded-02885#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:42:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76563 Read the full article...]]> The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility behind the attack on the Iranian parliament compound and the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum that left several people dead or wounded.

The group has issued a statement in the Arabic language claiming the responsibility for the attacks.

According to the local Fars News agency, the deaths of at least four people have been confirmed so far in the attack on the parliament compound and over ten others were wounded in the attack.

 The attack was reportedly carried out by a group of at least four assailants, including suicide bombers as a blast has been reported in the parliament building.

At least one person was killed and several others were wounded after a number of insurgents attacked the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum, the news agency said, adding that the attack involved bombing and shooting spree.

At least two explosions have been reported in the two sites, the parliament compound and the Khomeini Mausoleum.

Tehran’s governor has said one of the suicide bombers managed to detonate his explosives vest in the Mausoleum while the other one was shot dead.

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3 ISIS militants killed by wild boars in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/3-isis-militants-killed-by-wild-boars-in-iraq-02654 http://www.khaama.com/3-isis-militants-killed-by-wild-boars-in-iraq-02654#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:03:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75581 Read the full article...]]> At least three militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed by wild pigs near Kirkuk city of Iraq, it has been reported.

According to the local media reports, the incident took place in the vicinity of Al-Rashad area as the militants were trying to remove the wild boars from a farmland.

The reports further added that the incident took place late on Sunday night and at least five militants were also wounded.

A tribal elder who is also supervising anti-ISIS fight, Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, told the Iraqi Times newspaper that the extremists were planning an ambush attack on local tribesmen who had formed anti-terrorist brigades.

He said the tribesmen had fled to the mountains when IS captured the nearby town of Hawija three years ago.

In the meantime, reports suggest that the ISIS militants also took revenge against the killings of their comrades but no further details are available.

According to reports, the ISIS militants are still in control of some remote parts of Kirkuk city and often carry out attacks against the government and anti-ISIS groups.

The group launched a major attack on Kirkuk city late last year which was repulsed by the security forces, incurring heavy casualties to the insurgents.

The latest attack attempt on Kirkuk city was apparently made to destabilize the region as the Iraqi forces are busy conducting operations to retake the major Mosul city.

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Several killed as explosion rips through church in Egypt http://www.khaama.com/several-killed-as-explosion-rips-through-church-in-egypt-02535 http://www.khaama.com/several-killed-as-explosion-rips-through-church-in-egypt-02535#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:04:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75127 Read the full article...]]> Several people were killed after an explosion ripped through a church in northern Egypt, it has been reported.

The incident took place in the city of Tanta north of Cairo targeting the St George Coptic church.

Preliminary reports indicate at least fifteen people have been killed in the explosion.

Egypt’s state television reported that at least 42 people were wounded in the blast.

The type of the explosion has not been ascertained so far and no group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The militant groups often target the minority Christians in Egypt during the recent years.

At least twenty five people were killed and dozens more were wounded in a similar incident at during a service at Coptic cathedral in Cairo in December last year.

The attack was considered as one of the deadliest against the Christians and many women and children were also among those killed or wounded.

The incident last year took place as Coptic Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

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US attack Syrian airbase with 59 cruise missiles in response to chemical attack http://www.khaama.com/us-attack-syrian-airbase-with-59-cruise-missiles-in-response-to-chemical-attack-02523 http://www.khaama.com/us-attack-syrian-airbase-with-59-cruise-missiles-in-response-to-chemical-attack-02523#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:13:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=75087 Read the full article...]]> The United States has attacked a Syrian airbase with at least 59 cruise missiles in response to a deadly chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun area of Idlib.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis quoted in a statement said “At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed or injured hundreds of innocent Syrian people, including women and children.”

Capt. Davis further added that the strike was conducted using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

According to Capt. Davis, a total of 59 TLAMs targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.

“As always, the U.S. took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.  Every precaution was taken to execute this strike with minimal risk to personnel at the airfield,” he added.

He said the strike was a proportional response to Assad’s heinous act, insisting that the Shayrat Airfield was used to store chemical weapons and Syrian air forces.

According to Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community assesses that aircraft from Shayrat conducted the chemical weapons attack on April 4.  The strike was intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again.

He also added that the Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line and U.S. military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield.

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Al-Qaeda’s former Afghanistan operative killed in US airstrike in Syria http://www.khaama.com/al-qaedas-former-afghanistan-operative-killed-in-us-airstrike-in-syria-02846 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaedas-former-afghanistan-operative-killed-in-us-airstrike-in-syria-02846#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:15:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=73788 Read the full article...]]> A top Al-Qaeda leader, who was in charge of the terrorist network’s operations in Afghanistan in 1980s and 1990s, was killed in an airstrike conducted by the US forces near Idlib in Syria.

The Al-Qaeda leader has been identified as Abu Hani al-Masri who also had close ties with the network’s founder Osama bin Laden and current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“On Feb. 4, a second strike killed Abu Hani al-Masri, a legacy al-Qaida terrorist with ties to the group’s senior leaders, including Ayman al-Zawahiri and Usama bin-Laden,” the department of defense said in a statement.

The statement further added that Al-Masri oversaw the creation and operation of many al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and ’90s, where he recruited, indoctrinated, trained and equipped thousands of terrorists who subsequently spread throughout the region and the world.

“He was also one of the founders of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the first Sunni group to use suicide bombers in their terror attacks. EIJ is responsible for multiple attacks against U.S. and allied facilities and personnel, including a 1998 attempt to blow up the American embassy in Albania,” the department of defense added.

According to the Department of Defense “These strikes disrupt al-Qaida’s ability to plot and direct external attacks targeting the U.S. and our interests worldwide. These extremists are increasingly questioning the loyalty of their members as paranoia spreads throughout their network about the many strikes conducted against them. U.S. forces have struck multiple meeting locations, an established basic training camp, and four leaders since the beginning of the year.”

The statement also added “We will continue to take action to deny these terrorists safe haven in Syria to ensure they cannot focus on plotting terror against the region and world.”

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Abu Afghan al-Masri killed in Syria airstrike: US http://www.khaama.com/abu-afghan-al-masri-killed-in-syria-airstrike-us-02342 http://www.khaama.com/abu-afghan-al-masri-killed-in-syria-airstrike-us-02342#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:42:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=72159 Read the full article...]]> abu-afghan-al-misri

A prominent al-Qaeda terrorist network leader was killed in airstrike conducted by US forces in Syria, the US Department of Defense has confirmed.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters on Tuesday that the killing of Egyptian Abu Afghan al-Masri took place near Sarmada, located in Syria’s Idlib province, on November 18.

Cook further added that that Masri had originally joined al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to its Syrian affiliate.

“He had ties to terrorist groups operating throughout southwest Asia including groups responsible for attacking US and coalition forces in Afghanistan and those plotting to attack the West,” Cook said.

Masri was a religious judge in Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, an armed group formerly known as the al-Nusra Front until its formal break with al-Qaeda earlier this year, according to Al Jazeera.

This comes as Pentagon announced in mid-October that Haydar Kirkan, a member of al-Qaeda was killed in a similar airstrike.

According to Pentagon, Kirkan had been close to Osama bin Laden, the late founder of the terrorist network.

Earlier, Pentagon said a US air strike near Idlib had targeted a Nusra senior leader, Ahmed Salama Mabrouk, an Egyptian also known by his nom de guerre Abu Faraj.

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Winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture celebrate inclusivity and pluralism http://www.khaama.com/winners-of-the-2016-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-celebrate-inclusivity-and-pluralism-02229 http://www.khaama.com/winners-of-the-2016-aga-khan-award-for-architecture-celebrate-inclusivity-and-pluralism-02229#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:34:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=71805 Read the full article...]]> aga-khan-award-for-architectureAl-Ain, UAE, 6 November 2016 – The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were celebrated in a glittering tribute at the Al Jahili fort in Al-Ain, UAE, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Chairman of the Award, and various dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates and abroad. 

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in architecture.  It was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.

In the speech he delivered at the ceremony, His Highness the Aga Khan said that “the spirit of the Award has been an inclusive one, valuing all manner of buildings and spaces, from skyscrapers to mud huts, from residences to work and gathering spaces, from reforestation and financing projects to cemeteries, bridges and parks, from the accomplishments of signature architects to those of anonymous craftsmen. This pluralistic approach may not echo the usual definition of the word ‘architecture’, but it is the closest we can get to the central inclusive message we want this Award to convey.”  He also reaffirmed his belief that “the spirit of pluralism has been central to the great achievements of past Islamic cultures – and it remains a central principle for these Awards.”

The winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which were first announced on 3 October 2016 at the Al Jahili fort in Al Ain, are:

BANGLADESH

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum):  A refuge for spirituality in urban Dhaka, selected for its beautiful use of natural light.

Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA): A community centre which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh.

CHINA

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing (Architect: ZAO / standardarchitecture, Zhang Ke): A children’s library selected for its embodiment of contemporary life in the traditional courtyard residences of Beijing’s Hutongs.

DENMARK

Superkilen, Copenhagen (Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex): A public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture.

IRAN

Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran (Architect: Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi): A multi-level bridge spanning a busy motorway has created a dynamic new urban space.

LEBANON

Issam Fares Institute, Beirut (Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects): A new building for the American University of Beirut’s campus, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context.

The Venue for the Award Ceremony: Al Ain

Ceremonies to announce the winning projects and mark the close of each triennial cycle are always held in settings selected for their architectural and cultural importance to the Muslim world. Today’s ceremony was held at the Al Jahili Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.

Construction of Al Jahili Fort began in 1891 under Sheikh Zayed the First. Completed in 1898, it remained a residence of the Al Nahyan family for many years. It underwent a comprehensive rehabilitation between 2007 and 2008 by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage with the collaboration of Eike Roswag, an Aga Khan Award for Architecture winner in 2007. The Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Previous venues for Award ceremonies encompass many of the most illustrious architectural achievements in the Muslim world, including Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (1980), Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (1983), Badi’ Palace in Marrakech (1986), the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo (1989), Registan Square in Samarkand (1992), Karaton Surakarta in Solo (1995), the Alhambra in Granada (1998), the Citadel of Aleppo (2001) and the gardens of Emperor Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi (2004).

About the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Over the last 39 years of the Award, prizes have been given to projects across the globe, from France to China. Architects and planners from New York to Dhaka have received one of 116 awards. During the nomination process, more than 9,000 building projects were documented.

Over the course of the last 39 years, most of the great architects of our time have either won the Award or served on its Master Jury or Steering Committee, from Zaha Hadid to Norman Foster, Charles Correa to Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel to Hassan Fathy.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture selects projects – from slum upgrading to high rise “green” buildings – that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Because these achievements typically involve successful collaboration between many people, the Award recognises mayors, builders, clients, master craftsmen, engineers and end-users – as well as architects.

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The Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confirmed on Tuesday that a member of the royal family was executed for murder.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was put to death in the capital Riyadh.

The statement further added that the prince was found guilty three years ago by a Saudi court for murdering a young Saudi man following a group fight in al-Thumama region in the outskirts of Riyadh.

According to the statement, the man who was killed by the prince has been identified as Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdul Karim Mohaimeed.

“Authorities were able to arrest the above mentioned offender. After the investigations, they charged him of committing the crime and his indictment was sent to the General Court. He was charged with what was attributed to him and sentenced to death as retribution,” the Al-Arabiya newspaper cited the statement in a report.

The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court both agreed on the indictment, the report said, adding tht a Royal Decree was issued for the implementation of the court’s rule.

The victim’s family refused offers of ‘blood money’ and demanded justice be carried out.

The statement added that the Interior Ministry confirmed “King Salman’s keenness on enforcement of security, justice and God’s judgments.”

It also warned “that legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever tries to assault innocent people and shed their blood”.

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Syrian boy’s footage sends shockwaves a year after Aylan Kurdi’s tragic incident http://www.khaama.com/syrian-boys-footage-sends-shockwaves-a-year-after-aylan-kurdis-tragic-incident-01727 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-boys-footage-sends-shockwaves-a-year-after-aylan-kurdis-tragic-incident-01727#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:20:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70134 Read the full article...]]> Syrian childThe footage of a wounded Syrian boy has once again sent shockwaves across the globe as it purportedly shows the wounded child being recovered from under the rebel amid fierce clashes in Syria.

The distressing footage has refreshed the bitter memories of a Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, who lost his life as his family attempted to flee the unending atrocities being committed in the country.

Aylan Kurdi died on 2nd September last year as his desperate family was attemtping to flee Syria in a bid to rescue themselves and their children from the devastating war.

The media across the globe, including social media in Afghanistan was rife with the daunting photographs and footage of the child who apparently survived deadly bombings in Aleppo.

The boy has been identified as Omran Daqneesh and reportedly suffered injuries late on Wednesday night in an airstrike in the rebel-held side of Aleppo. Some residents blame Syrian government forces for the attack.

Video shot by an opposition media organization in Aleppo shows rescue workers carrying Omran out of the rubble before he wipes blood off his face, rubbing it onto the ambulance seat.

“That little boy has never had a day in his life where there hasn’t been war, death, destruction, poverty in his own country,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters during his daily press briefing.

According to reports, the Syrian government, Russia and other allies of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad continue to bombard Aleppo and its suburbs as the humanitarian crisis keeps growing.

An estimated 250,000 to 275,000 people live in areas held by anti-government rebels that are a focus of intense airstrikes and artillery bombardment.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 45 civilians were killed in airstrikes alone in Aleppo last week.

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Osama bin Laden’s son urges jihad against Saudi regime http://www.khaama.com/osama-bin-ladens-son-urges-jihad-against-saudi-regime-01716 http://www.khaama.com/osama-bin-ladens-son-urges-jihad-against-saudi-regime-01716#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:48:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70089 Read the full article...]]> Hamza bin LadenThe son of Osama bin Laden has called on Saudi people to join global jihad in a bid to overthrow the regime in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Hamza bin Laden delivered the message through a new audio message published by Al-Qaeda-linked As-Sahab media outlet on Wednesday

urged Saudi youth to join the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to “gain the necessary experience” in waging “intifada” to free the country from the Al-Saud family, SITE Intelligence Group reported.

Yemen is the ancestral home of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan in 2011 by an elite team of US Navy Seals after a decade on the run.

The audio message released on Wednesday was his fourth speech since August 2015, as he tries to assert his influence over the global terrorist network.

While Al-Qaeda has been headed by Ayman Al Zawahri since 2011, experts believe that Hamza is aiming for the top terrorist position.

The audio message has been released at a time when the Saudi-led coalition is battling Iran-backed rebels in Yemen as well as Sunni jihadists who have joined Aqap and Islamic State.

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Russia delivered first airstrikes in Syria using Iranian airbase http://www.khaama.com/russia-delivered-first-airstrikes-in-syria-using-iranian-airbase-01709 http://www.khaama.com/russia-delivered-first-airstrikes-in-syria-using-iranian-airbase-01709#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:30:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=70069 Read the full article...]]> Tu-22M3The Russian forces have delivered first airstrikes to target the Islamic State and other militant groups using the Hamdan Airfield in Iran, it has been reported.

Iran’s Head of National Security Council has confirmed that the country has allowed Russia to use the airbase since Moscow and Tehran cooperation in Syria is strategic.

The Russian forces used the long-range Tu-22M3 bombers to deliver the first airstrikes and conducted raids on ISIS and Al-Nusra Front facilities in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Idlib provinces.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia has said five major weapons depots and training compounds belonging to terrorists were destroyed in the raids as well as three command posts.

The long-range bombers were covered by Su-30sm and Su-35s jet fighters which took off from Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase in Syria, according to Russia Today television network.

Russia notified the US-led coalition about its operation involving the use of an Iranian airfield and passing through the coalition-controlled territory in time, which was “enough” to maintain safety in the airspace over Iraq and Syria, the US Defense Ministry spokesman said during a briefing following the Russian air strikes.

The number of military aircraft deployed at Hamadan Airbase has not been disclosed.

The Al-Masdar website was the first to publish photos of at least three Tu-22M3 bombers and Il-76 military transport jets in Iran.

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Saudis arrest 19 including 12 Pakistanis over bomb attacks http://www.khaama.com/saudis-arrest-19-including-12-pakistanis-over-bomb-attacks-01429 http://www.khaama.com/saudis-arrest-19-including-12-pakistanis-over-bomb-attacks-01429#respond Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:17:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69073 Read the full article...]]> Saudi Arabia bombingsAt least 19 people including 12 Pakistanis have been arrested by the Saudi authorities over a series of bomb attacks in the country.

At least three bomb attacks took place in Saudi Arabia on Thursday including an attack outside the sprawling mosque where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is buried in the western city of Madina.

The Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia said the Madina bomber in Monday’s apparently coordinated attacks was 26-year-old Saudi national Na’ir al-Nujiaidi al-Balawi.

At least four security personnel were killed in attack and a number of others were wounded.

Three suicide bombers behind a botched attack, also Monday, outside a Shia mosque in the eastern region of Qatif in which no civilians or police were wounded, were identified as Abdulrahman Saleh Mohammed, Ibrahim Saleh Mohammed and Abdelkarim al-Hesni, all in their early 20s.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet but they are suspected to have been the work of people with allegiances to so-called Islamic State.

Earlier, the Saudi authorities identified the suicide bomber who struck outside the US Consulate in Jeddah as a Pakistani resident of the kingdom who had arrived 12 years ago to work as a driver.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Abdullah Gulzar Khan. It said he lived in the port city with “his wife and her parents.: The statement did not elaborate.

The bomber detonated his explosives after two security guards approached him, killing himself and lightly wounding the guards, the officials said.

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Iranian Hulk Sajad Gharibi signs up to fight ISIS in Syria http://www.khaama.com/iranian-hulk-sajad-gharibi-signs-up-to-fight-isis-in-syria-01423 http://www.khaama.com/iranian-hulk-sajad-gharibi-signs-up-to-fight-isis-in-syria-01423#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:17:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69052 Read the full article...]]> Iranian HulkAn Iranian man has attracted international attention and has become a social media star for his massive muscles resembling to the movie character ‘The Hulk’.

The 24-year-old weightlifter Sajad Gharibi is also known as The Persian Hercules and he has announced to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and travel to Syria to defend besieged mosques.

Gharibi appears to revel in the attention drawn by his bulging 23-stone frame, showing off news clippings and celebrity mentions to his 10,000 Instagram followers.

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has commented “The guy doesn’t even need CGI… #RealLifeHulk” – remarks which seemed to delight Mr Gharibi, who reposted them to his fans.

According to reports, Gharibi is able to lift loads of up to 175kg (386lb) and his Instagram reveals he has Hulk-like 64cm (25 inch) biceps and regularly powerlifts.

He puts much of his size down to genetics, and had to push aside rumours he was fridge-raiding ISIS executioner The Bulldozer.

Gharibi writes in his mother tongue, but uses hashtags such as #strongman, #strongbody, #big. #muscles, and #powerful on Twitter and Instagram.

His big muscles may also be accompanied by a big sense of humour, as sometimes Gharibi will pose with normal objects such as a can of “Fanta” to show how small it is when compared with his frame.

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Jeddah suicide attack was carried out by a Pakistani man: Saudi officials http://www.khaama.com/jeddah-suicide-attack-was-carried-out-by-a-pakistani-man-saudi-officials-01417 http://www.khaama.com/jeddah-suicide-attack-was-carried-out-by-a-pakistani-man-saudi-officials-01417#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:43:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69032 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani suicide bomber Saudi ArabiaThe suicide attack in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia was carried out by a Pakistani man, the Saudi officials have said.

According to the authorities, the attacker was a 34-year-old Pakistani driver named Abdullah Qalzar Khan, who lived with his wife and family in the city.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the US Consulate in Jeddah city, leaving at least two people wounded.

An official of the U.S. State Department has told Reuters that no American citizens or consulate staff were hurt in the Jeddah blast. He said the United States was aware of reports of explosions in Qatif and Medina and would monitor the situation closely.

He said the State Department encouraged U.S. citizens in Saudi Arabia “to be aware of their surroundings, and keep security and situational awareness levels high.”

The attack near US Consulate followed two more bombings in Medina and Qatif cities killing four security officials at the security headquarters of Masjid Al-Nabawi.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behindd the attacks but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.

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Suicide attack near prophet’s mosque in Saudi Arabia leaves 4 dead http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-near-prophets-mosque-in-saudi-arabia-casualties-feared-01414 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-near-prophets-mosque-in-saudi-arabia-casualties-feared-01414#respond Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:26:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=69020 Read the full article...]]> suicide blast in MadinahA suicide attack has taken place near prophet’s mosque in the Madinah city of Saudi Arabia, it has been reported.

At least four security guards were killed after the suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the mosque, Al-Haram Al-Nabawi.

Photographs emerging from the incident site showed images of fire raging in a parking lot with at least one body nearby.

According to Al-Arabiya newspaper, the incident took place during Maghreb prayers, the time when observing Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

The area has been cordoned off by the security forces and no group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

Two other suicide bombings also took place in the eastern city of Qatif on Monday evening after a foiled attack earlier in the day in Jeddah, the paper said.

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Air hostess reportedly predicted crash of EgyptAir flight 18 months before http://www.khaama.com/air-hostess-reportedly-predicted-crash-of-egyptair-flight-18-months-before-01005 http://www.khaama.com/air-hostess-reportedly-predicted-crash-of-egyptair-flight-18-months-before-01005#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 16:07:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67674 Read the full article...]]> air hostess predicted EgyptAir crashReports have emerged regarding the prediction of EgyptAir flight crash in the sea by an air hostess who was among the scores of people killed in the tragic incident.

According to the reports, the 27-year-old air hostess, Samar Ezz Eldin, had predicted the crash 18 months before the incident.

Miss Eldin reportedly posted pictures in her Facebook timeline in September 2014, just four months after joining the airline.

The picture uploaded by Miss Eldin purported to show the crash of a plane into the sea as a an air hostess dressed smartly in wet clothes pulling a carry-on suitcase out of the water.

With the reason of the tragic incident yet to be ascertained, the authorities reported Friday that Egyptian military discovered wreckage around 180 miles north of the coastal city of Alexandria.

The authorities further added that the military forces are searching for the plane’s black box recorders which could hold the key to the plane’s mysterious disappearance.

The plane was travelling rom Paris to Cairo when it vanished from radar 10 miles into Egyptian airspace amid fears that the A320 plane was targeted by terrorists.

It was carrying 56 passengers including one Briton, 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Belgian, one Iraqi, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi Arabian, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and at least one Canadian.

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Saudi family therapist advice about wife beating in online video http://www.khaama.com/saudi-family-therapist-advice-about-wife-beating-in-online-video-0922 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-family-therapist-advice-about-wife-beating-in-online-video-0922#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 16:27:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67401 Read the full article...]]> al-Saqaby

A video has emerged online which shows a SAudi Arabian family therapist offering advice regarding wife beating, it has been reported.

The video by Khaled Al-Saqaby was reportedly recorded earlier this year but was translated and released by the Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute last month.

In his video, Al-Saqaby says he is “aware that this issue is a thorny one, which contains many hazards,” according to The Independent.

Al-Saqaby further adds “But Allah willing, we will cross this bridge safely,” suggesting that the aim of beating a wife “is to discipline, not to vent one’s anger.”

“The necessary Islamic conditions for beating must be met,” he stresses.

The family therapist suggests the beating should not be performed with a rod or sharp object, but instead with a tooth-cleaning twig or handkerchief.

“The beating should not be performed with a rod… nor should it be a headband… or a sharp object, which, I am sad to say, some husbands use,” he says, adding that “It should be done with something like the sewak tooth-cleaning twig – or with a handkerchief.”

“Because the goal is merely to make the wife feel that she was wrong in the way she treated her husband,” he explains.

According to Al-Saqaby a husband reminds her of his rights and of her duties, ‘according to Allah’, before one beats his wife.

Al-Saqaby also recommends the husband ignores his wife in bed, by turning his back on her or if he or she sleeps on the floor, but suggests the husband does not go to another house, as the point “is to discipline the wife, and not to air your dirty laundry in public”.

He calls arguments among couples as th first reason a man may beat his wife, saying “Unfortunately, some wives want to live a life of equality with their husband,” he says. “This is a very grave problem.”

Other women make mistakes which may lead their husbands to beat them, Al-Saqaby says, adding that there are some situations where a wife may hit her husband, because of his “faulty upbringing” in which he may have seen his father hit his wife and be “imitating their behaviour”.

He also says he is “sad to say” some women provoke their husbands to beat them.

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At least 50 killed, 100 wounded in Baghdad car bomb explosion http://www.khaama.com/at-least-50-killed-100-wounded-in-baghdad-car-bomb-explosion-0907 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-50-killed-100-wounded-in-baghdad-car-bomb-explosion-0907#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 10:30:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=67349 Read the full article...]]> baghdad-car-bombing-11-mayAt least 50 people were killed and around 100 others were wounded in a deadly car bomb explosion in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq.

The incident has reportedly taken place in a predominantly Shia district after an SUV packed with explosives was detonated near a beauty salon.

Iraqi police and hospital sources have told Reuters that the car bomb was detonated during a rush.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) issued a statement following the explosion, claiming responsibility for the attack.

The statement further added that the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber but the Iraqi officials have denied the claimed by the terror group.

The officials meanwhile have said there are fears the death toll will rise further.

This comes as at least 18 people were killed in a similar attack targeting Shia pilgrims commemorating the death anniversary of revered imam in Baghdad last week.

ISIS also claimed responsibility for the attack which followed nearly three months after the terror claimed a twin suicide bombing in Sadr City that killed 70 people.

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Dubai to build skyscraper higher than Burj Khalifa http://www.khaama.com/dubai-to-build-skyscraper-higher-than-burj-khalifa-0633 http://www.khaama.com/dubai-to-build-skyscraper-higher-than-burj-khalifa-0633#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:04:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66399 Read the full article...]]> Dubai build tower higher than Burj KhalifaA tower higher than Burj Khalifa, Emirate’s existing record-braking skyscraper, is set to be built in Dubai city of the United Arab Emirates.

The announcement was made by Emaar Properties, unveiling ‘The Tower’ which is worth $1 billion and would be “a notch” taller than the Burj Khalifa.

The Chairman of Emaar Properties Mohamed Alabbar said the tower is due to open by the time Dubai hosts the World Expo in 2020.

He told reporters that the new mega retail district, which will be launched in 2 months, will be linked to The Tower.

“The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-around progress,” the Chairman said.

The Tower serves as the vibrant core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sq. km world-class master planned development that is two times the size of Downtown Dubai and located 10 minutes form the Dubai International airport, according to Khaleej Times.

The waterfront development is centered off the Dubai Creek, the cradle of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the Enesco Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.

Designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, Alabbar said the tower will have observation decks as well as 18 to 20 floors that will host restaurants and a boutique hotel.

That $1.2 billion project is being backed by Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

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$10m spent on hotel, 500 luxury cars rented as Saudi King arrives in Turkey http://www.khaama.com/10m-spent-on-hotel-500-luxury-cars-rented-as-saudi-king-arrives-in-turkey-0621 http://www.khaama.com/10m-spent-on-hotel-500-luxury-cars-rented-as-saudi-king-arrives-in-turkey-0621#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:03:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=66362 Read the full article...]]> Saudi king visit to TurkeyAround ten million US Dollars have been spent on the hotel accommodation and around 500 luxury cards have been rented for the tour of the Saudi King to Turkey, it has been reported.

The 80-year-old king Salman received a lavish welcome as he arrived in Turkey on Monday to discuss bilateral ties expansions on a two-day tour of country.

According to the local media reports in Turkey, king Salman arrived in the country following a week of intense preparations in Ankara.

The arrangements include extraordinary security measures as well as other lavish arrangements marking the king’s two-day visit upon the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The windows of the 450-square meter King Suite in the JW Marriot in Ankara have been covered with bullet-proof glass while the walls of the suite have been covered with bomb-resistant cement, according to the local Hurriyet Daily newspaper.

The report further added that a team of 300 Saudi officials arrived there a few days ago to coordinate private preparations.

According to reports, the estimated cost of the accommodation arrangements will be $10 million as the hotel has been booked for the king for three days.

All personal belongings and other necessities were transferred to Ankara in cargo planes, while around 500 luxury cars have been rented for the king’s meetings in Ankara and Istanbul, according to Hurriyet Daily.

The report also added that vehicles have been rented from provinces across Turkey including Antalya and Adana to fulfill this demand.

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US, Saudi sanction alleged fundraisers for al-Qaeda, Taliban http://www.khaama.com/us-saudi-sanction-alleged-fundraisers-for-al-qaeda-taliban-4779 http://www.khaama.com/us-saudi-sanction-alleged-fundraisers-for-al-qaeda-taliban-4779#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:49:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65896 Read the full article...]]> Department of TreasuryThe United States and Saudi Arabia have jointly sanctioned four individuals and two organizations, alleged of fundraising for terrorism in South Asia and Middle East.

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that the sanctioned individuals and organizations have ties across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, adding that they provide money for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and other Afghan extremist groups.

The joint action targeted James Alexander McLintock and his Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation, Abdul Aziz Nuristani and his Pakistan-based Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash.

McLintock is accused of providing funds to extremists under the false guise of helping orphans.

The sanctions freeze any property they have within US jurisdiction and bans Americans from doing business with them.

“From terrorizing local populations to exploiting charities and religious institutions, al-Qaida, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba have a long history of inflicting violence on Americans and our allies throughout South Asia and the Middle East,” said Adam J. Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of Treasury.

“Today’s action marks yet another step in Treasury’s efforts to financially cripple terrorist financiers and demonstrates the United States’ and Saudi Arabia’s shared resolve to target those who support terrorism.”

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Saudi playboy takes London by storm with fleet of golden cars http://www.khaama.com/saudi-playboy-takes-london-by-storm-with-fleet-of-golden-cars-0492 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-playboy-takes-london-by-storm-with-fleet-of-golden-cars-0492#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:23:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65797 Read the full article...]]> 32AA312000000578-3515463-image-a-55_1459337659683A Saudi billionaire dubbed as ‘Saudi playboy’ has taken London by storm with his incredible lifestyle including the fleet of golden cars.

A UK-based tabloid has featured the luxurious lifestyle of the billionaire in a report which has been released after the super-rich Saudi has caused quite a stir in west London in recent days.

According to the report by MailOnline, the fleet owned by the billionaire includes golden Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce which have been seen touring the streets and parked outside luxury hotels.

The billionaire has been identified as Turki Bin Abdullah his money and his cars between the oil-rich states of the Middle East to the most exclusive streets of Europe.

In one video, he is shown chasing a camel down a steep desert slope in his £370,00 six-wheel Mercedes G63. A friend jokes: ‘My drive home from school’, according to the report.

Another clip, posted just a few weeks ago, shows him filming himself as he drives his £350,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV in west London, followed by friends in another of his golden vehicles.

various photographs posted by Bin Abdullah his cars parked in exclusive locations in Paris, London and Dubai as he flies them around the world to be with him at great expense. He is also seen frequenting expensive restaurants including Home Bakery in Dubai.

According to MailOnline, citing previous reports, it costs around £4,000 to cover each vehicle in gold chrome wrap and it takes in excess of £20,000 for the owners to fly their vehicles around 3,000 miles to London. Qatar Airways is one of the operators that facilitates the transportation.

This comes as a Saudi prince promised to give brand new luxury cars to fighter pilots who took part in Riyadh’s airstrikes in Yemen.

The commitment by the billionaire Saudi prince – Alwaleed bin Talal, to give each of the 100 fighter pilots a brand new Bentley was made on social media in April last year shortly after the Saudi-led airstrikes were launched on Yemen.

Bin Talal is the owner of Saudi Arabia’s largest companies, Kingdom Holdings, and owns a $300m stake in Twitter and with a fortune estimated at around $23 billion and investments in Apple, Time Warner and Citigroup.

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Hijacker of EgyptAir surrenders at Larnaca airport http://www.khaama.com/hijackers-release-all-passengers-of-egyptair-except-four-foreigners-and-crew-4773 http://www.khaama.com/hijackers-release-all-passengers-of-egyptair-except-four-foreigners-and-crew-4773#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:59:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=65648 Read the full article...]]> plane

The man who hijacked a plane of EgyptAir surrendered himself to security forces at Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

The suicide vest he threatened crew of the plane and its passengers with has been found to be a fake one, made of mobile phone covers.

The stand-off between the hijacker and security forces at Larnaca airport took about six hours after which he ended his drama.

The hijacker identified as Seif Eldin Mohamed Mustafa, an Egyptian national, emerged from the aircraft with his hands in the air to two awaiting counter-terrorism police officers.

All of the passengers and crew were unharmed.

Motive behind the drama that attracted world attention is unknown, however, the hijacker has been taken into custody and further investigation has been underway from him.

Egypt’s civil aviation authority said the plane was hijacked while flying from the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria to the capital Cairo.

It added that flight, MS181, was flying an internal route in Egypt from Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria to Cairo when the incident took place. The flight left Alexandria at 6:36 a.m. local time and was expected to land in Cairo at 7:15 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

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Saddam Hussein was ‘very good’ at killing terrorists, says Donald Trump http://www.khaama.com/saddam-hussein-was-very-good-at-killing-terrorists-says-donald-trump-0348 http://www.khaama.com/saddam-hussein-was-very-good-at-killing-terrorists-says-donald-trump-0348#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:32:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=64825 Read the full article...]]> SaddamThe US Presidential contender Donald Trump has said Saddam Hussein was ‘very good’ at killing terrorists, reiterating his opposition to the US invasion in Iraq in 2003.

Trump was speaking in Ohio ahead of hte primary elections in states in a private hangar at the city’s airfield where he was introduced to the crowd of around 1,500 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christieon.

He said the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in middle was as a result of the US invasion on Iraq which destabilized the region.

“Saddam Hussein was not a good person. Who cares,” Trump said, adding that “He was very good at killing terrorists. Now, Iraq is the Harvard for terrorism.”

Trump also criticized the US President Barack Obama for withdrawing the US forces from Iraq took quickly, claiming that the hasty withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq allowed Iran to take control of the world’s second biggest oil reserves.

“Iran is taking over Iraq. They’re taking over the second largest oil reserves in the world,” he was quoted as saying in a report by The Independent.

Trump further added “I said ‘take the oil’ and they said ‘you can’t do that – it’s a sovereign country’. Sovereign country? These were corrupt people.”

“Isis turned out to be a lot smarter than the people we backed,” he added.

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Putin orders withdrawal of forces from Syria, saying ‘objectives achieved’ http://www.khaama.com/putin-orders-withdrawal-of-forces-from-syria-saying-objectives-achieved-0337 http://www.khaama.com/putin-orders-withdrawal-of-forces-from-syria-saying-objectives-achieved-0337#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 19:51:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=64745 Read the full article...]]> Putin orders withdrawal from SyriaAfter almost six months of intense campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, the Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the withdrawal of the Russian forces from Syria.

The order by Putin was reportedly given to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of the forces from Tuesday.

Putin has said the decision to start withdrawal of forces from Syria followed after the Russian military’s achievement of the objective.

“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” Putin was quoted as saying by the local Russian Television.

During a meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Putin said “In a short period of time Russia has created a small but very effective military group [in Syria]… the effective work of our military allowed the peace process to begin,” Putin said.

Putin further added that with the assistance of the Russian Air Force “Syrian government troops and patriotic forces have changed the situation in the fight with international terrorism and have ceased the initiative.”

However, Russia will keep a military presence at the port of Tartus and at the Khmeimim airbase to observe ceasefire agreements.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin reported that a phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Syria’s President Bashar Assad was held on Monday evening at Moscow’s initiative.

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ISIS bomb blasts leave 70 killed, over 100 wounded in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/isis-bomb-blasts-leave-70-killed-over-100-wounded-in-iraq-4607 http://www.khaama.com/isis-bomb-blasts-leave-70-killed-over-100-wounded-in-iraq-4607#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:28:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63870 Read the full article...]]> IraqAt least 70 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in two bomb blasts in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad on Sunday.

According to reports, a bomb exploded in a market area in Sadr city and as people congregated to witness the devastation a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck again amid the crowd. These were the deadliest bombings in Baghdad so far this year.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sad Main said the bombings killed 38 people but multiple hospital officials requesting anonymity later said that the death toll reached to 70.

The terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) that has waged a bloody war and operates mostly in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the bombings in an online statement.

“Our swords will not cease to cut off the heads of the rejectionist polytheists, wherever they are,” the statement threatened.

Militants on Sunday also launched a multi-pronged assault including gunmen and suicide bombers in the suburbs of Baghdad, killing at least 17 security force members in Abu Ghraib and capturing nearby positions during a battle that began at dawn and lasted into the evening hours.

Iraqi officials said ISIS was also responsible for those attacks.

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Syria’s Truce a Ray of Hope http://www.khaama.com/syrias-truce-a-ray-of-hope-4598 http://www.khaama.com/syrias-truce-a-ray-of-hope-4598#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2016 11:18:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63735 Read the full article...]]> truce

By Manish Rai

The United States and Russia are backing a cessation of hostilities agreement in war-torn Syria which has been accepted by most of the parties involved in the conflict. This is the second ceasefire plan recently which calls on the warring parties to stop fighting but specifically excludes the Islamic State and the Al Qaeda franchise Al Nusra Front. This time there is lot of expectations from this agreement as Russia and America have agreed to act as direct guarantors and monitors of the cessation of hostilities. The agreement states violations of the ceasefire will be reported on a hotline to a special task force co-chaired by America and Russia which will have power to determine a group can no longer be deemed party to the agreement, and so once again open to military attack. This assurance from two global superpowers has raised the hope for success of this agreement between different warring parties and Syrian government. Moreover this agreement endorsed by both US and Russia states that. All opposition groups signing up to the ceasefire will not only cease to use weapons or to gain territory, but also allow “rapid safe and unhindered” access to humanitarian convoys in areas under their control. If this is implemented well on the ground it will act as the major relief and lifeline for Syrian civilians trapped in the besieged areas.

If monitored well and adhered to, this agreement will not only lead to a decline in violence, but also support a political transition to a government that is responsive to the desires of the Syrian people. But still questions has been raised on this agreement like- Some Syrian opposition forces said the exclusion from the agreement of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front was problematic because it could be used as a pretext for attacks on rebel groups and civilians in opposition-held areas. It was pointed out that al-Nusra is not only present in Idlib, but also in Aleppo, in Damascus and in the south in association with moderate rebel forces. But to avoid this kind of attacks from Syrian government the moderate opposition should totally alienate themselves from Nusra Front. Because the Syrian moderate opposition has to understand that being a partner with Nusra Front even on limited fronts will harm their credibility and image. So this is the best time to abandon Nusra. The Syrian conflict is on the verge of resembling a mini-World War III. Since World War I, never have as many actors with rival agendas and operations been involved in a conflict as they are in that of Syria. If this conflict is not contained and resolved soon, it carries the potential to result in direct military clashes, either by accident or by design, between some of the main regional and international actors, with horrendous global ramifications. Moreover US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said it would be hard to hold the country together if the fighting did not stop.

So every party involved in the conflict has to understand that there is no military solution and only one thing which can work is talks and negotiations. First thing which is required for any meaningful dialogue which can lead to any kind of political solution is cessation of fighting on the ground. This cessation of hostilities will also closely affect Syria’s neighbourhood, most notably Turkey. The Kurdistan Worker’s Party armed wing YPG has announced that it will abide by the cessation of hostilities. Turkey, as a member of the International Syria Support Group, is also expected to buy into and abide by the cessation of hostilities. So this agreement can also lead to drop into violence between Turkey and Syrian Kurds which are in conflict after Turkey airstrikes on YPG recently. One thing that should also be taken into consideration is that a key part of the agreement is full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, which states “including the readiness to participate in the U.N.-facilitated political negotiation process”. The resolution calls for the government and the opposition to start formal negotiations on a political transition aimed at establishing credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance. So this agreement is the first step in direction of formal peace talks.

Members of the 17-nation group backing Syria’s peace process are to meet in Geneva Friday to work out further details of the agreement, which is then expected to be endorsed by the UN Security Council. There are hopes a successful ceasefire will lead to the resumption of peace talks that collapsed in Geneva earlier this month. Members of the 17-nation group backing Syria’s peace process are to meet in Geneva on Friday to work out further details of the agreement, which is then expected to be endorsed by the UN Security Council. The UN is expected to convene all of the Syrian factions that accepted the plan to begin negotiating on the future of a unified Syrian state. Then a comprehensive political framework can be work out that includes reform of Syrian institutions, formation of a new government, the identification of “terrorist groups” and a plan for elections. At this point, almost any peace plan would be better than the current war. Every proposal is not without its challenges, downsides or risks. But it would be far better than the status quo and more practical than any of the other alternatives. This agreement paved the way for a more durable ceasefire and resumption of peace talks which can lead to a better future for Syria and its people.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround (VA) can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Death toll from ISIS bombings in Syria rises to 142 http://www.khaama.com/death-toll-from-isis-claimed-bombings-in-syria-rises-to-142-4596 http://www.khaama.com/death-toll-from-isis-claimed-bombings-in-syria-rises-to-142-4596#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:23:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63428 Read the full article...]]> SyriaThe death toll from a string of bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria’s capital Damascus and in Homs on Sunday has risen to 142 people while nearly 300 are wounded.

Official Syrian Arab News Agency reports that at least 83 people were killed in a series of blasts in the Sayyida Zeinab suburb of the Syrian capital, wounding more than 170 others.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) which monitors the conflict through a network of contacts on the ground also says the death toll from car bombs in Homs has reached to 59.

It had earlier reported 46 killed and more than 100 wounded in the double car bombs in the city center’s Zahra district but expressed concern over some of those wounded.

Pro-Damascus channel al-Ikhbariya showed footage of damaged shop fronts, debris littering the streets, wounded people and charred or burning cars.

The terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibly for the carnage in an online message.

ISIS said two suicide bombers struck in Sayyida Zeinab and two others drove explosive-packed cars into crowds in Homs.

The attacks outside Damascus and in Homs occurred in areas where there are many supporters of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The bombings came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that he and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov had reached a “provisional agreement” toward a cessation of hostilities in Syria.

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Double car bombs kill 46, wounds over 100 in Syria’s Homs http://www.khaama.com/double-car-bombs-kill-46-wounds-over-100-in-syrias-homs-4594 http://www.khaama.com/double-car-bombs-kill-46-wounds-over-100-in-syrias-homs-4594#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:32:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63405 Read the full article...]]> SyriaAt least 46 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in two car bombs in Syrian city of Homs.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) which monitors the conflict through a network of contacts on the ground said most of those killed appeared to be civilians, adding that the death toll could rise as a number of those wounded are critical.

Pro-Damascus channel al-Ikhbariya showed footage of damaged shop fronts, debris littering the streets, wounded people and charred or burning cars in the city center’s Zahra district.

No group has immediately claimed for today’s attack but the district has been heavy hit by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the past.

The attacks include double explosions which left 32 people killed and more than 90 others wounded in December last year.

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Syrian twins conjoined at the head successfully separated http://www.khaama.com/syrian-twins-conjoined-at-the-head-successfully-separated-4584 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-twins-conjoined-at-the-head-successfully-separated-4584#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:43:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63253 Read the full article...]]> TwinsDoctors in a Saudi hospital have successfully separated Syrian twins conjoined at the head after a 10-hour operation.

Tuqa and Yakeen, who shared a skull but not a brain, were flown to Saudi Arabia as part of humanitarian efforts.

A team of 22 doctors performed the surgery at the Specialist Children’s Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City (KAMC) in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Sunday.

A spokesperson of the medical institute said that the surgery was actually the fourth and final stage to be performed on the twins.

“The hospital has performed preparatory surgeries since April 2014 on the twins,” he added.

Dr Ahmad Al-Furrayan, who was in charge of the operation, said it was one of the most complicated and difficult Siamese cases since the twins were conjoined at the head.

In June 2014, the veins between the twins’ brains were severed and a slice of silicon was inserted between them.

Three month later, the more veins were separated along with a portion of the arteries that carried blood between their brains.

Next the rest of the veins and arteries were separated along with a part of the shared brain.

Saudi Arabia has performed 37 surgeries on Siamese twins since 1990 with cases coming from 18 different countries including Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Morocco and Iraq.

In addition, almost 30 other cases were also treated although it was deemed impossible to separate them by medics.

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Ground Invasion in Syria will be a Blunder http://www.khaama.com/ground-invasion-in-syria-will-be-a-blunder-4578 http://www.khaama.com/ground-invasion-in-syria-will-be-a-blunder-4578#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:10:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=63204 Read the full article...]]> Syria

By Manish Rai

The United Nations mediated Syrian peace talks in Geneva was abruptly suspended it was stated that there was more work to be done by the big powers sponsoring the talks between the Syrian sides. The latest inconclusive Syrian peace talks were attended by representatives of the Syrian government, the Saudi-backed coalition, and the High Negotiation Committee but it failed to reach to any conclusion. Now another so called efforts for restoring order in Syria is taking shape that’s the Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia sending ground troops. The Saudis claimed that they are fully prepared for a land intervention in Syria and even they have started moving ground forces and fighter aircrafts to Turkey’s Incirlik base. The Saudi led gulf coalition says that their declared target is ISIS. But the presence of troops from Gulf States would be taken as a hostile act by the Assad regime and its backers. But this proposed ground forces deployment could put announcement of a potential ceasefire in Syria in jeopardy. The Saudi move increases the possibility of a massive escalation in the Syrian conflict already Russia issued a stark warning of the potential consequences. Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev said “The Americans and our Arab partners must think well: do they want a permanent war?”

The Saudi plan to send ground troops into Syria appears to be just a ruse. But this is precisely the kind of reckless saber-rattling that could ignite an all-out war, one that could embroil the United States and Russia. The House of Saud is not pleased with US-led diplomatic efforts on Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bustling to organize the Geneva negotiations supposedly to find a peace settlement to the five-year conflict is seen by the Saudis as giving too many concessions to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and his foreign allies, Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. This proposed ground invasion in Syria may also be aimed at pressuring Syria government and Russia to accommodate the ceasefire demands which may provide a breathing space for the Arab states backed rebel forces. There is a widely held perception that troops from the Sunni Gulf states will provide support for Syria’s Sunni rebels who are losing ground and this will bring them into conflict with the Shia enemies – Iranian “volunteers” and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters backing the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

 It is obvious that the Gulf states are responding directly to the collapse of their proxy forces across the country, their most recent threats to further escalate the conflict in Syria are tenuously predicated on “fighting ISIS.” It is clear then, that this sudden interest in escalation has nothing to do with ISIS and more to do with rescuing the Saudi allied rebels forces before they are entirely eradicated and/or expelled from the country. This ground invasion by coalition of Gulf states will be in all reality aimed at challenging and rolling back Syrian and Russian gains on the battlefield or at the very least, providing an unassailable sanctuary within Syrian territory Gulf backed rebels. But the risks of a conventional military intervention, given the complex conflict dynamics in Syria. Should be taken into account by the Saudis before marching into Syria with the ground forces.

First issue with starting the ground operation in Syria will be how to arrange the air support for the operation. Without air support, it is impossible to launch a ground operation that could last months. Close air support is essential to protect ground forces with firepower, reconnaissance and surveillance. The issue then becomes whether Russia, which has declared a de facto no-fly zone over northern Syria, will allow any Saudi planes and helicopters to enter Syrian airspace. Another important question will be what should be gulf invasion forces attitude towards Kurdish militias as they are coordinating with Russians and are hostile towards Turkey. Most important aspect which should also be seriously considered is exit strategy. Neglecting an exit strategy usually comes with heavy economic and political costs. It’s a very remote possibility that intervention by a ground force will be a decisive factor in Syrian arena. Moreover it will be counterproductive and will prolong the conflict. The most likely result of a ground invasion however, would be a Golan Heights-style stand-off that could last years, if not decades. One thing everyone has to understand that there can be no military solution to the war in Syria only thing which can work out is the peace talks and reconciliation. The new round of negotiations should be launched for Syrian crisis aimed at creating a new regime that both Russia and the United States could support. From there, peace can grow. Two big world powers United States and Russia should also realise that the Syria is the best place to start for them for seeking avenues of cooperation.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Topless activist protest against Iranian President’s visit to Paris http://www.khaama.com/topless-activist-protest-against-iranian-presidents-visit-to-paris-0050 http://www.khaama.com/topless-activist-protest-against-iranian-presidents-visit-to-paris-0050#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:53:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=62483 Read the full article...]]> topless activist protest against Iranian President visit_censored (1)A demonstration was organized by a topless activist in Paris today to protest against the execution of hundreds of people in Iran every year.

The activist from international women’s rights group – Femen staged the demonstration as the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Paris to sign off new business deals between the two countries.

With an Iranian flag painted on her chest, the activist staged a mock hanging from a bridge in Paris in an execution style.

“We organised this public display as a little reminder of the fact that every year, more than 800 people are sentenced to death in his country,” Sarah Constantin, a spokesperson for Femen France said.

“Among them are women, feminists, homosexuals, and free-thinkers who are rotting on death row, just because they are free-thinkers. And Francois Hollande doesn’t take any of this into account,” Constantin quoted by a local newspaper added.

Criticizing the French President for receiving Rouhani as an official guest, Constantin further added “It shows that Francois Hollande doesn’t care about human rights. The only thing he cares about is business. Shame on Francois Hollande. Shame on Rouhani.”

A sign was also put on display under the bridge from where the activist was hanging, stating “Welcome Rohani, executioner of freedom”.

According to reports, the Iranian President is expected to finalize major deals during his visit to France, including the purchase of around 100 Airbuses and other deals on health, agriculture and the environment.

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ISIS threatens targeting Britain http://www.khaama.com/isis-threatens-attacks-in-britain-4514 http://www.khaama.com/isis-threatens-attacks-in-britain-4514#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:14:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=62357 Read the full article...]]> isis2The terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a new video showing nine militants who purportedly carried out a string of attacks in Paris last year in which more than 200 people were killed and wounded.

 The video which is said to have been filmed somewhere in Syria shows the militants beheading prisoners and giving their final speeches.

“These are the last messages of the nine lions of the caliphate who were mobilised from their lairs to make a whole country, France, get down on its knees,” a narrator in the video said.

The attackers are identified in the video by noms de guerre referring to their nationalities – three French, four Belgian and two Iraqis, referred to as Ali al-Iraqi and Ukashah al-Iraqi.

The video also shows footage of British Prime Minister David Cameron expressing solidarity with the French people after the attacks, and concluded by flashing a slogan on the screen saying: “Whoever stands in the ranks of kafir (infidels) will be a target for our swords.”

Reuters news agency reports that the authenticity of the video could not be independently verified which showed the men delivering anti-Western diatribes and concluded with an apparent threat to attack Britain.

The French Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the video uploaded to Islamic State’s official Telegram channel.

On November 13, eight to nine attackers targeted six sites in Paris, including a stadium where a soccer match was going on between France and Germany.

The attacks left at least 153 people killed and over 100 others wounded.

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ISIS kidnaps hundreds of civilians following a massacre in Syria http://www.khaama.com/isis-kidnaps-at-least-400-civilians-in-syria-claims-sohr-4498 http://www.khaama.com/isis-kidnaps-at-least-400-civilians-in-syria-claims-sohr-4498#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:48:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61971 Read the full article...]]> ISThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that the militant group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has kidnapped at least 400 civilians following a massacre in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor.

SOHR’s report further states that the hostages, including women and children, were taken other areas under the extremist group’s control in northwest Syria.

According to SOHR, which monitors the conflict in Syria and has a network of sources on the ground, those abducted were all Sunnis and included families of pro-government fighters.

“There is genuine fear for their lives, there is a fear that the group might execute them as it has done before in other areas,” the report adds.

It also states that 85 civilians were killed in Saturday’s attack, as well as 50 government soldiers and militiamen.

Earlier, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA citing local sources reported that ISIS terrorists committed a massacre in al-Bghailiye village in Deir Ezzor’s western countryside, claiming the lives of around 300 civilians, most of them women, children, and elderly people.

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ISIS burns own fighters alive for retreating from Ramadi http://www.khaama.com/isis-burns-own-fighters-for-letting-ramadi-fall-4487 http://www.khaama.com/isis-burns-own-fighters-for-letting-ramadi-fall-4487#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:33:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61737 Read the full article...]]> isis-compressed-580x356The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has burned owned fighters alive in its stronghold of Mosul for retreating and letting government forces recapture Ramadi of Anbar province.

Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives, describing the deadly reception black clad jihadists got when they made it to Mosul, some 250 miles north of the city retaken by Iraqi forces operating with cover from U.S. air power, FoxNews.com reports.

“They were grouped together and made to stand in a circle,” a former resident of northern Iraq now living in the U.S. but in touch with family back home told FoxNews.com. “And set on fire to die.”

Michael Pregent, a terrorism expert and former intelligence adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, said such an act isn’t new for the callous terror group. A similar fate was meted out to fighters who lost Saddam’s hometown to Kurdish forces last year.

“There is no surprise on executing ISIS fighters from Ramadi,” he said. “They did the same to fighters after Tikrit.”

The retaking of Ramadi, the capital of the mainly Sunni-populated Anbar Province which ISIS took over last May, was a major setback for ISIS. Just 80 miles west of Baghdad, the city was overrun by ISIS in June, 2014. Iraqi forces, fighting with Sunni tribes and supported by coalition forces, recently took it back but the city remains in ruins. Booby-traps, landmines and a broken infrastructure have rendered it mostly uninhabitable for the time being.

Meanwhile, reports emerging from the city of Mosul which is under the ISIS control from the past 18 months state that the terrorist group has increased the killing of children and women on different pretexts to continue to keep an atmosphere of fear.

“They come to the house and take the children and accuse them of being spies,” said a stateside Iraqi with knowledge of the situation. “If the mom cries and gets upset at them, they accuse of her being a spy too and take her to the jail and later kill her.”

Earlier this year, activist group Mosul Eye reported that ISIS committed mass executions of men and children at Alhud Village just south of Mosul, accusing the entire township of apostasy and affiliation to the local Iraqi police forces.

In late December, several teenagers aged between 12 and 16 were reportedly caught trying to flee across the Tigris River toward the Kurdish region, and subsequently accused of being “spies” by ISIS and within minutes publicly executed in front of their families.

 

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Putin hints that Russia could grant asylum to Syrian President http://www.khaama.com/putin-hints-that-russia-could-grant-asylum-to-syrian-president-1981 http://www.khaama.com/putin-hints-that-russia-could-grant-asylum-to-syrian-president-1981#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:28:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61702 Read the full article...]]> Putin and al-AssadThe Russian President Vladimir Putin has hinted that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be granted asylum in Russia.

In an interview with a German magazine, Putin said it was premature to discuss the issue to provide shelter for President Assad.

However, he said “We granted asylum to Mr. Snowden, which was far more difficult than to do the same for Mr. Assad.”

Snowden was the former NSA contractor who fled to Moscow after releasing reams of classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs.

In other parts of the interview, Putin said Russia supports Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and will back anti-Assad rebels as long as they are fighting Islamic State.

“We support both Assad’s army and the armed opposition,” Putin said, adding that “We are coordinating our joint operations with them and support their offensives by airstrikes in various sections of the front line.”

The remarks by Putin comes as Russia has repeatedly been criticized over its airstrikes in Syria, claiming they only support the Assad regime and allegedly focus on hitting the Syrian opposition rather than Islamic State.

A surprise intervention by Putin in Syria was widely seen as an effort to prop up the current regime led by President Bashar al-Assad.

The critics also believe that the intervention was also aimed at giving Russia a seat at the table in any negotiations about the future of the country.

However, Putin rejected the criticisms and called for a new constitution i Syria followed by early elections.

“I think that President al-Assad has made many mistakes in the course of the Syrian conflict,” Putin said. “It is the Syrian people themselves who must decide who and how should run their country.”

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Saudis and Iranians have to Calm Down http://www.khaama.com/saudis-and-iranians-have-to-calm-down-4482 http://www.khaama.com/saudis-and-iranians-have-to-calm-down-4482#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 04:14:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61598 Read the full article...]]> Saudi-Iran

By Manish Rai

Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have been tense ever since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in the Iranian revolution of 1979. In recent time religious competition between the Islamic world’s Shia and Sunni powerhouses have also turned into burgeoning geopolitical rivalry. But current decision of Saudi Arabia’s to execute prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr has bring the Saudi-Iranian relation to the lowest. The two Middle Eastern giants are raising the level of hostilities between them, at considerable risk to peace in the region. Because of Iranian and Saudi tussle in recent day’s whole region is looking divided on sectarian lines. Chain reaction of diplomatic fallout has unfolded over the past few days across the region. Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic relations with Iran. Saudi allies Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti quickly followed the same. Other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies like Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates opted for the less drastic measure of recalling their ambassadors. On other hand Shia camp also have reacted very sharply. The Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah issued a statement calling al-Nirm’s execution an “assassination” and an “ugly crime”. In Tehran Iranian hardliners storm the Saudi embassy which is against universally agreed-upon rules of foreign relations that is safeguarding diplomatic missions. But all these developments are just the start of major conflict that is about to start in the region.

The struggle between Riyadh and Tehran for political and religious influence has geopolitical implications that extend far beyond the placid waters of the Gulf and encompass nearly every major conflict zone in the Middle East. A diplomatic rupture between the major Sunni and Shia powers in the region will resonate across the Middle East, where they back opposing sides in many destructive wars and simmering conflicts. The first casualty happened was of collapsed of ceasefire between Houthi rebels and Saudis. Next one will be will probably be the planned UN-led conference in Vienna to negotiate a political settlement between the warring parties in Syria, which is not wholeheartedly supported by Saudi Arabia anyway. Moreover more unrest can be expected in Iraq, Lebanon and even Bahrain because of recent Saudi and Iran tussle. Now in such a supercharged atmosphere, the moderate middle ground has been sorely weakened and advocates of a hardliner approach to regional affairs now hold sway. Some analysts believes that Saudi Arabia may be deliberately fanning the flames of war in its region in a bid to sabotage the agreement between the Iranians and the international community led by the United Nations Security Council permanent members plus Germany. But Iranian also didn’t responded in whole episode maturely.

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The embassy attack makes it clear that Iran has failed to protect international diplomats which is totally unacceptable. Tehran has arrested some people but the incident could have been averted with prompt action which Iranians failed to take. It’s being believed that embassy attack in Tehran was executed by the powerful group of hardliners who are trying to derail President Rouhani’s foreign policy initiatives in an effort to weaken his domestic political power and image. The defiance and anger in both capitals will not fade soon while neither government is eager to step back from the brink, both know a direct military confrontation would be ruinous, bloody and asymmetrical. Avoiding direct confrontation, both are likely to escalate instead their role in proxy wars across the region which will definitely create a havoc in the already burning region.

The bilious rhetoric between the two countries sours by the day, it is still the people caught in the crosshairs of proxy conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Lebanon who are paying the heaviest price of this bull fight. Some effective and immediate steps should be taken by the international community and the United Nations to calm down the boiling equations between the Saudis and Iranians. First of all January 25 international conference in Geneva that seeks a diplomatic solution to Syria’s civil war, should be postponed in order to give Saudi Arabia and Iran a calming period. Secondly United States should reassure Saudi Arabia that they are not in going in favour of Iran at its cost so that Saudis remain calm and don’t feel insecure. Finally United Nations should send it’s envoy to both Riyadh and Tehran to convince Saudis and Iranians to de-escalate the situation. We have to understand that it is very important to have the cooperation between the S Arabia and Iran as they are two major powers in West Asia for resolving the conflicts in the region. Moreover this conflict between Saudis and Iranians will also complicates the fight against ISIS in the sense that ISIS will take the opportunity to exploit two regional powers going after each other rather than going after it.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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ISIS leader’s second deputy killed in airstrike in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/isis-leaders-second-deputy-killed-in-airstrike-in-iraq-4479 http://www.khaama.com/isis-leaders-second-deputy-killed-in-airstrike-in-iraq-4479#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:38:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61553 Read the full article...]]> ISISIraq’s Ministry of Defense claims killing second deputy of the leader of the terrorist group of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in an airstrike in western Anbar province.

A statement released by the ministry and seen by IraqiNews.com states that, “The military commander of al-Jazeerah and the second deputy of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so-called Aasi Ali Nasser al-Obeidi, was killed in an aerial bombardment by the army’s air force in the area of Bruwana,” adding that, “Obeidi was one of the fugitives from Abu Gharib prison.”

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command says that Assi Ali Mohammed Nasser al-Obeidi was a top ISIS military commander in western Iraq and eastern Syria.

Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, a spokesman of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, has told CNN that Obeidi had been a brigade commander in the special forces of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guards, a fugitive from Abu Ghraib prison and a former prisoner in Camp Bucca.

ISIS has not yet approved or rejected the report.

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ISIS militant executes his mother in public after accusing her of ‘apostasy’ http://www.khaama.com/isis-militant-executes-his-mother-in-public-after-accusing-her-of-apostasy-1949 http://www.khaama.com/isis-militant-executes-his-mother-in-public-after-accusing-her-of-apostasy-1949#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:33:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61447 Read the full article...]]> ISIS militant execute his mother in SyriaA woman has been executed by her own son in the Syrian city of Raqqa after she urged him to leave the group, it has been reported.

The woman was accused of ‘apostasy’ after the ISIS militant reported her for trying to persuade him to leave the terror group, activists in Syria said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the woman was believed to be in her 40s and was immediately arrested after the terror group was informed by his son regarding her comments suggesting that the US-backed alliance would wipe out the group.

The ISIS fighter has been identified as Ali Saqr al-Qasem and executed his mother with an assault rifle in front of a large crown in the city.

According to reports, the woman was likely subjected to a trial in the local Islamic court located in the city where she was found guilty of apostasy.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has executed hundreds of people in the areas under its control in wide areas of Syria and Iraq.

The group has executed over 2,000 Syrian civilians in the 18 months since it declares its ‘caliphate’ over the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, the observatory said late in December last year.

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Female journalist executed for reporting human rights abuses of ISIS in Syria’s Raqqa http://www.khaama.com/journalist-executed-for-reporting-human-rights-abuses-of-isis-in-syrias-raqqa-4470 http://www.khaama.com/journalist-executed-for-reporting-human-rights-abuses-of-isis-in-syrias-raqqa-4470#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:36:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61328 Read the full article...]]> journalistThe terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly executed a female journalist for reporting on human rights violation in the ISIS-controlled city where she lived.

According to New York Times, Independent reporter Ruqia Hassan who went by the pseudonym Nisan Ibrahim on social media was a graduate of the Aleppo University in philosophy.

She joined the opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime when the revolution began in Raqqa city of Syria. After ISIS entered the city, she refused to leave and began reporting on human rights abuses occurring within the city.

Abu Mohammed, founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) which is a citizen journalism exposing the human rights abuses of ISIS in Raqqa, confirmed Hassan’s death and shared her last known message: “I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats, and when Isis [arrests] me and kills me it’s ok because they will cut my head and I have dignity its better than I live in humiliation with Isis [sic].”

An independent journalist who has worked with RBSS, Furat al-Wafaa, said that the reason for Hassan’s execution is that ISIS “want their fighters and supporters to know that the Islamic State is capable of taking revenge against those who speak against them.”

New York Report further states that Hassan is the fifth journalist to be killed by the group since October.

At least 110 journalists were killed in 2015, according to a round-up by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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ISIS throw teen boy off a roof for being gay but spares his alleged rapist http://www.khaama.com/isis-throw-teen-boy-off-a-roof-for-being-gay-but-spares-his-alleged-rapist-1920 http://www.khaama.com/isis-throw-teen-boy-off-a-roof-for-being-gay-but-spares-his-alleged-rapist-1920#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:10:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61182 Read the full article...]]> ISIS throws boy off roofThe fanatics of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have reportedly executed a teenage boy after he was accused of being homosexual.

Reports regarding the latest extreme cruel act by ISIS fanatics have emerged from Deir ezzor province of Syria where the victim who was believed to be around 15-year-old was executed after he was thrown off from a roof top.

The boy whose identity has not been disclosed was reportedly raped by a commander of ISIS fanatics identified as Zaid al-Jazrawi.

A media activist Sarai al-Din told the local ARA News, “The boy was accused of being engaged in a homosexual relation with the prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi.”

According to the activist “Abu Zaid was forced to leave Syria and join the fighting fronts in northwestern Iraq. The decision has been taken by the ISIS leadership.”

The eyewitnesses in the area where the execution took place have said the ISIS militants executed the teenage boy publicly and in front of a large gathering of local civilians.

The boy was reportedly arrested inside the house of the ISIS commander, who is originally thought to be from Saudi Arabia, according to MailOnline.

Homosexuality is considered an offence punishable by death, in accordance to ISIS’s radical interpretation of Sharia law.

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Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran http://www.khaama.com/saudi-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-iran-4458 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-iran-4458#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:29:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61153 Read the full article...]]> SaudiSaudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has announced cutting diplomatic relations with Iran after the country’s embassy was attacked and partially torched by angry protesters in Tehran.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the kingdom is studying other options to include suing Iran at the United Nations.

“We are going to spare no effort to guarantee our rights, and the future steps of the Kingdom,” al-Jubeir quoted by SPA as saying, noting that “the objective is to protect the interests of the Kingdom, the Saudi people, its territories and provide support and assistance to the Kingdom’s ally countries so that they would not be harmed by Iranian negative practices.”

Yesterday, the kingdom gave an ultimatum of 24 hours to Iranian ambassador to leave the country.

Tension escalated between Saudi and Iran after the kingdom executed a Shiite Cleric Sheikh al-Nimr on terrorism charges among 47 others.

Following the execution, angry protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Tehran and the country’s consulate in Mashad to show a strong reaction over the execution.

Crowds of protesters first stormed and ransacked Saudi’s embassy and Consulate, damaged property and then threw Molotov cocktail on both diplomatic offices to burn them.

Photos and footage uploaded to social media show demonstrators smashing windows, ripping apart furniture and flags and torching parts of the buildings with Molotov cocktails.

Iran strongly condemned the execution:

“The execution of a personality such as Sheikh Nimr who had no means other than speech to pursue his political and religious objectives only shows the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility,” said Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hossein Jaberi Ansari. “The Saudi government supports terrorists and Takfiri extremists, while talking to its critics at home with the language of execution and suppression.”

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling the execution “a political mistake” said that Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” over it.

“The unjustly spilt blood of this martyr will have quick consequences,” according to AFP, Khamenei told clerics in the capital. “This scholar neither encouraged people into armed action nor secretly conspired for plots but the only thing he did was utter public criticism rising from his religious zeal.”

Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr was arrested, jailed and later sentenced to death on terrorism charges for his fiery speeches during anti-government protests in Qatif, a city that saw massive street protests followed by a crackdown by the Saudi authorities in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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Iranian ambassador given 24 hours to leave Saudi Arabia http://www.khaama.com/iranian-ambassador-given-24-hours-to-leave-saudi-arabia-4456 http://www.khaama.com/iranian-ambassador-given-24-hours-to-leave-saudi-arabia-4456#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2016 09:53:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61107 Read the full article...]]> Iranian protesters gather outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016. Nimr was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in Saudi Arabia's east, an oil-rich region where the Shiite minority of an estimated two million people complains of marginalisation. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE / AFP / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has given an ultimatum of 24 hours to Iranian envoy in Riyadh to leave the country.

According to local media reports, the order was issued after the Saudi embassy was attacked in Tehran last night.

Tension escalated between Saudi and Iran after the kingdom executed a Shiite Cleric Sheikh al-Nimr on terrorism charges among 47 others.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling the execution “a political mistake” said Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” over it.

“The unjustly spilt blood of this martyr will have quick consequences,” according to AFP, Khamenei told clerics in the capital. “This scholar neither encouraged people into armed action nor secretly conspired for plots but the only thing he did was utter public criticism rising from his religious zeal.”

Earlier the country’s Foreign Ministry condemning the execution accused Saudi Arabia for supporitign terrorism.

“The execution of a personality such as Sheikh Nimr who had no means other than speech to pursue his political and religious objectives only shows the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility,” said Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hossein Jaberi Ansari. “The Saudi government supports terrorists and Takfiri extremists, while talking to its critics at home with the language of execution and suppression.”

Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr was arrested, jailed and later sentenced to death on terrorism charges for his fiery speeches during anti-government protests in Qatif, a city that saw massive street protests followed by a crackdown by the Saudi authorities in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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Saudi Arabia executes 47 terrorism convicts in one day http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-executes-47-terrorism-convicts-in-one-day-4453 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-executes-47-terrorism-convicts-in-one-day-4453#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 08:33:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=61034 Read the full article...]]> executionSaudi Arabia on Saturday announced executing 47 people convicted of plotting and carrying out terrorist attacks against security forces and civilians.

A statement released by the kingdom’s interior ministry states that most of those executed were involved in a series of attacks carried out by al-Qaeda from 2003-06. The 47 men were based across 12 regions in the kingdom, the statement adds.

According to a list of names and nationalities published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), 45 of those executed were of Saudi nationality, alongside one Chadian and one Egyptian.

Prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr was among those executed, amid warning of Iran stating it “would cost Saudi Arabia dearly”.

While broadcasting news of the execution, Saudi’s state television showed footage of the aftermath of al-Qaeda attacks that left hundreds of people killed in the last decade.

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh also appeared on the television to justify the executions.

Saudi Arabia executed at least 151 people in 2015 which according to the Amnesty international was the most beheadings in 20 years.

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Female ISIS fanatics mutilate and kill woman for breastfeeding her son http://www.khaama.com/female-isis-fanatics-mutilate-and-kill-woman-for-breastfeeding-her-son-1884 http://www.khaama.com/female-isis-fanatics-mutilate-and-kill-woman-for-breastfeeding-her-son-1884#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:18:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60751 Read the full article...]]> Al-Khansaa brigadeA distressing report has emerged from Syria regarding the latest atrocity committed by the fanatics of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group, intentionally targeting a woman who was caught breastfeeding her son under a tree.

According to reports, the female ISIS fanatics belonging to Al-Khansa Brigade mutilated and murdered the woman soon after she was caught, despite the woman had tucked her son under her black burqa to shield him from public view.

A woman who witnessed the atrocity committed by the female ISIS fanatics revealed the horrific incident which reportedly took place in Raqqa city of Syria.

“An [IS] policewoman took the baby, gave it to another woman, and then killed the mother,” the eyewitness of the incident, Aisha, who is a former Raqqa resident and currently resides in Turkey told the Sunday Times.

The affiliates of the terror group later took to social media claiming responsibility for the mutilation and murder of the woman, saying the mother had violated public decency, and revealed she was mutilated before she was killed.

The Al-Khansa brigade was created around 18 months ago and is comprised of women from North Africa, Gulf Arabs, Iraqis, Chechens, and western Europeans.

According to reports, the brigade has also recruited up to British women, with 20-year-old Glaswegian Aqsa Mahmood understood to be a key member.

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Unity Government Can Fix Syria http://www.khaama.com/unity-government-can-fix-syria-4422 http://www.khaama.com/unity-government-can-fix-syria-4422#respond Sat, 26 Dec 2015 03:54:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60588 Read the full article...]]> Syria

By Manish Rai

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syrian peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter of a million lives. U.N. gave its blessing to a plan negotiated earlier in Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government and opposition and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity government and hold elections. But this concept of formation of national unity government for Syria is not new. It was earlier endorsed by former UN special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Arab League since the start of Syrian conflict. At that time no serious efforts was made in this direction as a show of strength was going on between regional and international players over Syrian issue. Everyone was promoting and supporting their proxies in Syrian arena which has caused a lot of destruction and suffering for Syrian people. Now all the parties in the Syrian conflict has realised that there can’t be a clear cut military victory. Moreover there is an emerging consensus that the Assad regime would likely be pivotal in fortifying the Syrian state and preventing further gains by the Islamic State group. Which has taken an advantage of war chaos and has seized vast territory of Syria.

Despite their agreement at the United Nations, the major powers are bitterly divided on who may represent the opposition and on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. United States says that Syria conflict should be solved in accordance with Geneva communique that set the goal of a transition of power to a broad-government spanning loyalists and rebels but maintains that Assad should play no role in future of Syria. While Russia the staunchest backer of Syrian Government endorsed Geneva communique but regarding the fate of Mr Assad says it should only be decided by the Syrians. But, at the same time, the UNSC resolution signals a strong desire of the major powers to find common ground on Syria and push for a political settlement, irrespective of their divergent interests. The rival powers are putting pressure on their Syrian allies to indulge into negotiations and talks. Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on the Syrian opposition and rebels which its supports to form a unified front before entering into formal talks with the government. On other hand Russian and Iranians are making President Bashar al Assad agree to share or even transfer power in the hands of unity government.

But this time the Syrian peace talks should be compressive and should only exclude extremist elements like- Islamic State and Nusra Front. The talks should include- Government of Bashar Al- Assad, opposition groups like Syrian National Coalition, Damascus based National Coordination Committee, representatives of Free Syrian Army, Southern Front and most importantly Kurdish groups. The first step in this direction to form a national unity government can be nationwide ceasefire between opposition groups and Syrian government which can be monitor by the United Nations observers. It will act as the confidence building measures and will create and right and cordial atmosphere before the talks. But this ceasefire would not apply to Islamic State, Nusra Front and other extremist groups otherwise they will take advantage of it to regroups and reinforce themselves.

When the broad consensus emerges between the Damascus and opposition groups to form a transnational government. Then other important issues like- conducting free and fair elections, Drafting of new constitution and national rebuilding can be addressed as well. Gradually there is a need to nationalising the rebellion disarming the militia groups and restoring the state’s monopoly over weapons. Only then can a stronger Syrian state fight the war against jihadists as well as rebuild shattered lives. Syrians have experienced uninterrupted dictatorship for 40 years, and, with it, extreme economic hardship and now this bloody civil war. But Syrians are remarkably resilient, resourceful people as well as being young and highly educated. Syria as a nation requires a national dialogue, overseen by the international community, aimed at bolstering internal unity and thus at protecting the country from regional interference. If international assistance is provided in developing Syria’s democratic institutions and political infrastructure, they can build a robust civil society that can assert its own identity and sovereignty, independent of undue outside influence. A new Syria, based on democratic principles, would not only benefit Syrians, but would be a force for stability throughout the whole region. So, this time Syrian peace talks should be supported by everyone as it is in interest of everyone to keep Middle East stable and peaceful. Syrian bloody conflict has all the potential to spread in the region and will affect the regional political dynamics for years perhaps decades and could exacerbate a wider Shi’a-versus-Sunni sectarian conflict in the region.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround (VA) can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Iraqi soldiers killed by US-led coalition airstrike in friendly fire http://www.khaama.com/iraqi-soldiers-killed-by-us-led-coalition-airstrike-in-friendly-fire-4398 http://www.khaama.com/iraqi-soldiers-killed-by-us-led-coalition-airstrike-in-friendly-fire-4398#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:34:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60184 Read the full article...]]> IraqA number of Iraqi soldiers have been killed and wounded in a US-led coalition airstrike near Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

A statement released by the joint operations command in Iraq which oversees war efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the casualties occurred during friendly fire on Friday.

According to The Guardian, citing the command, forces from Iraq’s 3rd Division 55th Brigade had been advancing on Isis positions near Amriyat al-Fallujah but could not be supported by the Iraqi air force due to bad weather.

“Aerial support from international coalition aircraft was requested. The coalition conducted two strikes aimed at the enemy, which resulted in significant losses among the enemy,” the statement said. “A third coalition strike carried out without taking into account the distance that had been covered resulted in injuries among our forces too. An officer and nine soldiers were killed or wounded.”

The coalition has said that it was an accident and that an investigation has been initiated to find the facts.

The command has also invited Iraqi government to take part in the investigation.

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Woman divorced after kissing baby camel in Saudi Arabia http://www.khaama.com/woman-divorced-after-kissing-baby-camel-in-saudi-arabia-1815 http://www.khaama.com/woman-divorced-after-kissing-baby-camel-in-saudi-arabia-1815#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:52:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60089 Read the full article...]]> Saudi woman divorced for kissing camelA newly-wed Saudi woman was divorced by her husband after she was caught kissing a baby camel by her husband’s family, it has been reported.

The husband of the woman has said he was pressed by her mother who had seen her bride kissing the baby camel and demanded a divorce on the grounds what she did violated social and religious rules.

No details have been given regarding the identity of the woman and her husband’s family but the camel kiss reportedly occurred at the unnamed family’s home west of Riyadh.

The UAE based Gulf News, citing a local newspaper, reported “He said he could not disobey his mother, who swore that she would disown him if he does not divorce his wife.”

The report further added “On the next day, he went to his wife’s family and gave them her clothes…there, she apologized to him and said she did not mean anything wrong and only kissed the camel to express her delight at the camel’s birth…the husband was persuaded and decided to take her back home, where his mother pressed him again to kick her out.”

The son refused to divorce his wife again and went to live with her family, according to the report.

The woman said “I love my husband and want to be with him forever…but I am not ready to live with his mother again.”

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Saudi Arabia reopens embassy in Baghdad after 25 years http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-reopens-embassy-in-baghdad-after-25-years-4500 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-reopens-embassy-in-baghdad-after-25-years-4500#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:25:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60081 Read the full article...]]> FlagSaudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Iraq 25 years after diplomatic ties between the two countries severed.

Saudi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the embassy staff arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday.

“They were met at the airport by foreign ministry officials. The staff consists of 35 people, led by the ambassador’s deputy.” An official told AFP.

According to the official, the ambassador Thamir al-Sabhan is due to arrive by Thursday and will attend an official opening ceremony.

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq were cut off in 1990 but mended after Saddam Hussein’s government was toppled by a US-led invasion in 2003.

The political situation between the two countries is still tense due to accusations concerning to the terrorist group of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the situation in Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-announces-34-state-military-alliance-to-combat-terrorism-4396 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-announces-34-state-military-alliance-to-combat-terrorism-4396#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:28:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=60028 Read the full article...]]> unnamedSaudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism with its joint operations center in Ryadh.

“The countries whose names are listed in this statement have decided to form a military alliance to fight against terrorism led by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a joint operations center shall be established in the city of Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism and to develop the necessary programs and mechanisms for supporting these efforts,” states a joint statement released on Tuesday.

“The appropriate arrangements shall be developed for coordination with friendly peace-loving nations and international bodies for the sake of supporting international efforts to combat terrorism and to save international peace and security.”

Besides Saudi Arabia, other countries in the alliance are Pakistan, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.

The statement further states that more than ten other Islamic countries, including Indonesia, have expressed their support for the alliance and will take necessary measures in this regard.

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ISIS might have Passport-Printing Machines http://www.khaama.com/is-might-have-passport-printing-machines-4386 http://www.khaama.com/is-might-have-passport-printing-machines-4386#respond Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:58:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=59910 Read the full article...]]> PassportAmerican intelligence has issued warning of another serious threat posing from the terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An intelligence report obtained by ABC News states that the terror group’s followers may have infiltrated American borders with authentic-looking passports ISIS has printed itself with its own machines.

According ABC News, the 17-page Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Intelligence Report which was issued to the law enforcement last week says that ISIS likely has been able to print legitimate-looking Syrian passports since taking over the cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour, where blank passports and passport-printing machines were available.

“Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.,” the report states, according to ABC News.

ABC News has cited FBI Director James Comey as saying that the intelligence community is very concerned over the issue.

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ISIS fighters believe they won’t go to heaven if killed by female soldiers http://www.khaama.com/isis-fighters-believe-they-wonts-go-to-heaven-if-killed-by-female-soldiers-1801 http://www.khaama.com/isis-fighters-believe-they-wonts-go-to-heaven-if-killed-by-female-soldiers-1801#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:40:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=59839 Read the full article...]]> ISIS fighters scared of female soldiersThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters are afraid of girls and fear facing female soldiers, believing that they will be prevented to enter heaven if they are killed by a woman.

A militia commander in the Kurdish women’s unit dismissed the the ISIS fighters’ bravery and said “They think they’re fighting in the name of Islam.”

The 21-year-old commander fighting under the nom-de-guerre Tehelden which is Kurdish for ‘revenge’ told CNN’s Ben Wedeman “They believe if someone from Daesh [ISIS] is killed by a girl, a Kurdish girl, they won’t go to heaven. They’re afraid of girls.”

A 20-year-old fighter Efelin who is fighting in Tehelden’s unity said they will not even leave one of the ISIS fighters alive if they tried to attack Al-Houl again.

Efilin is stationed along with several other female Kurd fighters in Tehelden’s unity in Al-Houl which is about an hour drive to the southe of Al-Hassakeh in north-east Syria.

The women are fighting under the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ), an all-female branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), fighting ISIS in the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria.

Mainly comprising Kurd fighters, the YPG has some 50,000 fighters including 20 per cent women. They have played a major role in fighting the ISIS fanatics in Syria and Iraq.

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Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia ahead of mass execution http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-warns-saudi-arabia-ahead-of-mass-execution-4374 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-warns-saudi-arabia-ahead-of-mass-execution-4374#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:50:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=59520 Read the full article...]]> executionThe global militant network of al-Qaeda has warned the government of Saudi Arabia of consequences in case the planned mass execution is carried out.

Reuters news agency reports that the group’s affiliate in Yemen known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said it was aware of Saudi intentions to execute its members in Saudi prisons and pledged to carry out attacks in response.

“We swear to God, our blood will be shed before the blood of our captives, and their pure blood will not dry before we shed the blood of the soldiers of Al Saud,” according to Reuters, the group said in a statement which was posted on Twitter and dated Tuesday. “We will not enjoy life unless we get the necks of the Al Saud rulers.”

Okaz newspapaer which has close links with the Saudi Interior Ministry recently reported that Saudi government is going to execute 55 men convicted of terrorism offences, among those, reportedly some members of al-Qaeda.

The mass beheadings are believed to take place in a single day in several cities across the kingdom, most likely after Friday prayers.

Amnesty International, an organization which focuses on human rights has expressed alarm over the report saying that given the spike in executions this year, it has no option but to take the reports very seriously.

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has executed at least 151 people this year while last year a total of 90 people were executed.

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Russia claims killing over 600 IS militants in one strike in Syria http://www.khaama.com/russia-claims-killing-over-600-is-militants-in-one-strike-in-syria-4244 http://www.khaama.com/russia-claims-killing-over-600-is-militants-in-one-strike-in-syria-4244#respond Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:02:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=59097 Read the full article...]]> attackRussia claims killing over 600 Islamic State (IS) militants in one strike in Syria.

According to Russia’s RT news citing the country’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the Russian military has launched cruise missiles against Islamic State positions in Syria from both the Mediterranean and Caspian seas, one of which killed over 600 terrorists in the Deir Ex-Zor Province.

“On November 20, the warships of the Caspian Fleet launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets were hit successfully,” according to RT Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin.

Shoigu says data on the ground shows that the flow of terrorists arriving in Syria has decreased, while more and more militants are fleeing the warzone to head north and south-west, adding that over the past four days, Russian air forces have conducted 522 sorties, deploying more than 100 cruise missiles and 1,400 tons of bombs of various types.

Russia’s Defense Minister further says that the number of aircraft taking part in the operation has been doubled, and now consists of 69 jets conducting 143 sorties on a daily basis, pointing out that the focused is to destroy the terrorists’ economic base.

Shoigu said they have targeted 15 oil storage and refinery facilities as well as 525 oil trucks.

“We stopped supplies of 60,000 tons of oil per day to the black market and terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily,” Shoigu quoted by RT as saying.

Shoigu has also said that Russia destroyed 23 jihadists training camps, 19 plants producing explosives, 47 ammunition depots, as well as many other targets.

Russia still upholds its decision of not going into a ground operation against the IS in Syria.

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Putin claims 40 countries, including G20 members, finance ISIS http://www.khaama.com/putin-claims-40-countries-including-g20-members-finance-isis-4126 http://www.khaama.com/putin-claims-40-countries-including-g20-members-finance-isis-4126#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:02:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58933 Read the full article...]]> PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the terrorist group of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that has been expanding is being financed by 40 countries, including members of the G20.

“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin has been quoted by Russia’s RT news as saying.

However, he has not revealed the names of those countries to media.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products.”

According to RT, Putin spoke to colleagues during his visit to Turkey for G20 summit that there is an urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.

It’s not the right time to try and figure out which country is more and which is less effective in the battle with Islamic State, as now a united international effort is needed against the terrorist group, Putin said.

Showing readiness for supporting the armed opposition in Syria to fight the Islamic State, Putin said “Some armed opposition groups consider it possible to begin active operations against IS with Russia’s support. And we are ready to provide such support from the air. If it happens it could become a good basis for the subsequent work on a political settlement,” he said, adding that first of all it should be decided which groups in Syria can be considered terrorist organizations and which can be attributed to an armed, but still legitimate part of the Syrian opposition.

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In retaliation to Paris attacks, France bombs ISIS command center, training camp in Syria http://www.khaama.com/in-retaliation-to-paris-attacks-france-bombs-isis-command-center-training-camp-in-syria-4123 http://www.khaama.com/in-retaliation-to-paris-attacks-france-bombs-isis-command-center-training-camp-in-syria-4123#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:15:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58898 Read the full article...]]> fighter jetIn retaliation to the deadly ISIS-claimed attacks in Paris which left more than 200 people killed and wounded on Friday, France bombed stronghold of the militant group in Raqqa city of Syria.

The country’s defense ministry said the raid included 12 aircrafts, including 10 fighter jets which was launched simultaneously from the UAE and Jordan on Sunday evening in coordination with U.S. forces.

According to the ministry, the ISIS positions hit include a command center, training camp and ammunition store. “Twenty bombs were dropped,” the ministry said in a statement. However, it did not elaborate about the casualties of the bombings.

French President Francois Hollande has said that there would be no mercy in eliminating ISIS that carried out atrocities in his country.

ISIS’s propaganda wing, the Al-Hayat Media Centre, has released an undated video where a militant says France “will not live in peace as long as bombing continues”.

A bearded man, speaking in Arabic, is shown calling on the Muslim community in France to conduct attacks there in case can’t go to Syria.

“As long as you keep bombing you will not live in peace. You will even fear traveling to the market,” he says, according to a Reuters translation.

Eight attackers targeted six sites in Paris, including a stadium where a soccer match was going on between France and Germany, made a shocking night on November 13.

The attacks left at least 130 people killed and over 100 others wounded.

ISIS had also claimed responsibility for attack on a French magazine that left 12 dead in January.

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Ground Forces Can Only Wipe Out Islamic State http://www.khaama.com/ground-forces-can-only-wipe-out-islamic-state-4120 http://www.khaama.com/ground-forces-can-only-wipe-out-islamic-state-4120#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 04:10:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58881 Read the full article...]]> isis (1)

By Manish Rai

Islamic State again has proved its striking capability beyond Iraq and. Recently the so-called soldiers of the caliphate appear to have demonstrated a chilling reach, with terrorist attacks against Russia, Lebanon and France. The seemingly synchronized assaults that turned Paris into a war zone came just days after a bombing targeted a Shiite district of Beirut controlled by Iran’s ally, Hezbollah, and a Russian passenger jet was downed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The rapid succession of strikes, all claimed by the Islamic State, suggested that the regional war is taking the shape of a global nature. The skill and determination of IS leaders and fighters, organizational size and its demonstrated lethality distinguish it from other terrorist groups. So the potential global threat poses by the Islamic State will be different and very high in magnitude than once posed by al-Qaeda. But one biggest irony is that still after the air campaign launched by the world super powers against Islamic State it is still deadlier to carry out attacks far from its strongholds in Middle-East.

Despite thousands of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that are reported to have killed about 10,000 Islamic State fighters, the group continues to replenish its forces. Intelligence analysts have estimated that almost 30,000 foreign militants from more than 100 countries have entered Iraq and Syria since 2011, with the Islamic State gaining about 1,000 fighters a month. A very important component is missing in all this anti IS strategy which is absence of any effective ground forces against Islamic State. No amount of airstrikes can ever fully obliterated the hated Islamist fanatics because even the very extensive air campaigns will still leave enough residual force, leadership, and safe-haven, to allow ISIS to reconstitute and reorganise itself.  American forces have been bombing Islamic State targets for more than a year without significant progress. Now joined in those efforts by Russia as well but have thus far been unable to seriously degrade the capability of those violent fanatics. It was argued that US air campaign aimed at “Containing” IS and to stop its expansion. But a strategy that only disrupts or contain without defeating or destroying ISIS has no prospect for a successful outcome.

ISIS is a serious enemy with significant skill as light infantry. Aerial bombing is a conventional modern counter-state strategy. It is the least efficient and least decisive strategy, even more so against the Islamic State in 2015 than against Germany in 1945. The Islamic State is not dependent on heavy industry or urban infrastructure which if targeted by the bombing will affect its fighting capabilities. Air strikes alone are indecisive without a ground campaign to flush the terrorists/insurgents out of their hiding places and to contain them for separation from ordinary civilians. There is a need of an integrated strategy, including an air campaign and commitment of ground troops. Its being long argued that local militias or groups which opposes IS can be used on ground against Islamic State. But it’s a hard fact that no group has a strength to take on IS in direct confrontation. Even the Kurdish militia’s like- PKK and YPG which got battlefield success against Islamic State in limited arena are unwilling to battle IS on large scale and on multiple fronts. Kurdish militia’s has a uni-focal approach to safeguard their strongholds from IS and consolidate their positions.

To defeat the Islamic State and contain ISIS fighters, the ground campaign would need to be led by first-tier Western armies, would need to be of a scale equivalent to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and would need the cooperation of Iraq and Syria neighbours, so that Iraq’s and Syria’s borders can be closed, otherwise ISIS fighters would escape to other states. This cooperation would need to include not just Western “allies” Kurds and Turkey, but at least tacit cooperation from Western “enemies” Syria, Iran and Russia. Without a Western-led invasion, ISIS will dominate its current territory indefinitely, in yet another lingering civil war, in yet another failed states, with yet more contagion to other states. Consolidating its territory over years if not decades and will use this consolidated territory as a launch pad for attacking Western interest all across the region and even on global scale.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround (VA) can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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US air strike kills ISIS leader in Libya http://www.khaama.com/us-air-strike-kills-isis-leader-in-libya-4117 http://www.khaama.com/us-air-strike-kills-isis-leader-in-libya-4117#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:17:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58850 Read the full article...]]> Abu Nabil

An air strike by American F-15 fighter jet has killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya, days after a U.S. drone attack took the life of dreaded executioner “Jihadi John” who had appeared in numerous videos executing hostages for the terror group.

The U.S. military on Friday conducted an airstrike in Libya against Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, an Iraqi national, who was a longtime al-Qaeda operative and later, the senior Islamic State leader in Libya, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Saturday.

“Nabil’s death will degrade ISIL’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the United States,” he said.

“While not the first U.S. strike against terrorists in Libya, this is the first U.S. strike against an ISIL leader in Libya and it demonstrates we will go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate.”

According to Cook, the operation overnight against Abu Nabil was “authorized and initiated prior to the terrorist attack in Paris” that left more at least 153 people killed and more 100 others wounded. The responsibility of the coordinated attacks was late claimed by ISIS.

Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, was the senior ISIS leader in Libya and may also have been the spokesman in a grisly video showing the execution of Coptic Christians, Cook said in a statement.

The footage released by ISIS online earlier this year showed handcuffed hostages wearing orange jumpsuits being beheaded by black-suited captors in a coastal area the group said was in the Libyan province of Tripoli.

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Saudi Arabia seize 48,000 cans of alcoholic beer disguised as Pepsi http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-seize-48000-beer-cans-disguised-as-pepsi-4111 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-arabia-seize-48000-beer-cans-disguised-as-pepsi-4111#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2015 06:54:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58803 Read the full article...]]> beer canSaudi Arabia’s custom department has foiled a cunning plan of smugglers to enter the country with an estimated 48,000 beer cans disguised as Pepsi.

The Heineken cans covered by fake Pepsi sticker logos were seized during a raid at the al-Batha border crossing with United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“A truck carrying what first seemed to be normal cans of the soft drink Pepsi was stopped,” said Border general manager Abdulrahman al-Mahna. “After the standard process of searching the products, it became clear that the alcoholic beers were covered with Pepsi’s sticker logos.”

Abdulrahman al-Mahna said his officers “are always ready and alert” to smugglers’ increasingly imaginative attempts to bring contraband across the border.

Photos and footage posted online shows officials peeling off the fake sticker logos of Pepsi from Heineken beer cans.

Drinking or possessing alcohol is a criminal act in Saudi Arabia but the Middle Eastern country recently revealed a ‘manifesto for change’ in the face of coup plots.

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Putin emerged world’s most powerful person on Forbes’ annual ranking 2015 http://www.khaama.com/putin-emerged-worlds-most-powerful-person-on-forbes-annual-ranking-2015-4086 http://www.khaama.com/putin-emerged-worlds-most-powerful-person-on-forbes-annual-ranking-2015-4086#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:40:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58469 Read the full article...]]> PutinThe World’s Most Powerful People 2015 on Forbes’ annual ranking shows Vladimir Putin as the world’s most powerful person for the third year running.

According to the report, Putin continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants –and get away with it.

“International sanctions set in place after he seized Crimea and waged war-by-proxy in Ukraine have kneecapped the Ruble and driven Russia into deepening recession, but haven’t hurt Putin one bit: In June his approval ratings reached an all-time high of 89%. In October, he bombed ISIS forces in Syria and then met face-to-face with President Assad, making the U.S and NATO look weak in the region, and helping rebuild Russian influence abroad,” states the report.

The second most powerful person in the world has been identified Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, who jumped up from #5 last year to take the runner-up spot on the list.

“Merkel is the backbone of the 28-member European Union, and her decisive actions dealing with the Syrian refugee problem and the Greek credit crisis helped bump her up the list,” the report adds.

The third most powerful person shown in the report is U.S. President Barack Obama who fell one spot on this year’s list.

“There’s no doubt that the United States remains the world’s greatest economic, cultural, diplomatic, technological and military power. But as Obama enters the final year of his presidency, it’s clear his influence is shrinking, and it’s a bigger struggle than ever to get things done. At home, his approval ratings are perpetually stuck under 50%; abroad, he’s outshined by Merkel in Europe, and outmaneuvered by Putin in the Middle East,” the report states.

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Russia Growing Muscles in Middle East http://www.khaama.com/russia-growing-muscles-in-middle-east-4069 http://www.khaama.com/russia-growing-muscles-in-middle-east-4069#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2015 08:06:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58319 Read the full article...]]> Vladimir Putin

 

By Manish Rai

After nearly a month of conducting daily air strikes, Russia is beginning to reveal its political calculations and strategic intent in Syria. A new round of talks in Vienna on a political solution for Syrian conflict is being conducted in which Russia is about to play a major role. There is a growing sense in Moscow, and among diplomats and politicians in some countries in the Middle East and the West, that Russia has a better chance than most to combine its increased influence over Assad with its military muscle in Syria’s skies to broker a deal to end the Syrian conflict. Hard reality is that right now Russia has more chances than any other country to settle the political process for Syrian conflict. But it’s not about Syria only Russia has big ambitions in whole Middle East and entering into the Syrian bloody war on the side of Bashar Al Assad was just a small part in Russia’s new grand strategy for Middle East. Since long Russia was frustrated with America’s strategic dominance over the region. To establish Kremlin also as a potent force in the region President Putin choose Syrian theatre to show his muscles.

The Obama administration has been weak and passive in the face of Russian intervention, basically allowing Russia to set the terms of proposed solution. Now Russia step by step is increasing its influence in the whole region by forging alliance with every important player in the regional arena. Let’s have a look at some recent alliances Russian have made in the region.

Israel– Israel has discovered Russia and its growing sphere of influence in the region and that realization is what sent Netanyahu to Putin a month ago and brought about the visits of high ranking Russian army officers to Israel. It looks as though Israel does not want to be left outside the equation now that Russia is becoming increasingly involved in Syria, especially since Iran is solidly placed on the other side of the equation. That’s why Israelis have set up a joint mechanism with Russian.

Iraq- Iraqi government apparently believing it wasn’t receiving adequate assistance from the United States and European Union to ward off the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS). Has turned to Moscow for support. Now Iraq is receiving Russian assistance under an intelligence and security cooperation agreement.

Egypt– The Arab world’s most populous country, is actually supporting Russia’s actions, notwithstanding the fact that Saudi Arabia is Egypt’s top paymaster. The reality is that, although most Arabs don’t like what Russia is doing in their region, they do admire the way Mr Putin seems able to pinprick the Americans. Egypt has sought Russian military assistance after being turned down by United States.

Iran– Syria civil war has dramatically improved ties between Russia and Iran. It could laid a foundation stone of Russian-Iranian lasting ties in the region. Tehran also sees Moscow’s resurgence as an opportunity to ensure its own lasting influence in the region. Iran has been at odds with Sunni Saudi Arabia, which along with other Arab countries, is concerned about Shite’s Iran outreach.

But by returning with military force in the region, Russia has acquired some Middle Eastern enemies as well. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are furious with Mr Putin, largely because Russia’s intervention now complicates both these countries’ strategic objectives in the region. But Turkey needs Russia more than Russia needs Turkey, and Mr Erdogan is only too aware that all the Russians need to do is to start supporting the Kurds in Syria to make Turkey’s strategic situation a misery. The Saudis have also been muted in their criticism, because they too hope for an accommodation with Russia. So in that way Russian have neutralise its critics in the region. But one important thing which Russians have overlooked in this power play is that by entering the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts with its own troops and advisers, Russia is adding fuel to the lure of jihadism rather than tamping it. Dozens of Saudi clerics are already reportly issuing edicts for Sunni to fulfil jihad, a pillar of Islam, by fighting not only Alawites and Shiites but Russians as heathens just as they did successfully in Afghanistan during the 1980s. Russians should not desire the repeat of Afghan jihad in which it bleeded a lot and left the Afghanistan in disgrace.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround (VA) can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Russian airbus with over 200 people onboard crashes in Egypt http://www.khaama.com/russian-airbus-crashes-with-over-200-passengers-onboard-in-egypt-4067 http://www.khaama.com/russian-airbus-crashes-with-over-200-passengers-onboard-in-egypt-4067#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:05:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=58278 Read the full article...]]> RussianA Russian airbus has crashed with 200 people onboard in Egypt, officials said on Saturday.

Egyptian government said that the Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, was flying from the Sinai coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak.

Sergei Isvolsky, a spokesman for Russian aviation authority Rosaviatia, told media that the plane took off from Sharm el-Sheikh at 6:51 am (0351 GMT) and lost contact after about 25 minutes.

There is no immediate information about the casualties. Egyptian officials have rejected possibility of an armed attack to bring down the plane.

Initial reports suggest that the plane has completely destroyed and most of those onboard have likely died. Ambulances have been dispatched to the area where the wreckage was spotted.

“Military planes have discovered the wreckage of the plane… in a mountainous area, and 45 ambulances have been directed to the site to evacuate dead and wounded,” Egyptian government said in a statement.

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Former Taliban deputy minister detained in Dubai http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-deputy-minister-detained-in-dubai-4018 http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-deputy-minister-detained-in-dubai-4018#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:21:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57859 Read the full article...]]> Taliban22A former deputy minister of the regime of Taliban has been detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Reports suggest that Abdul Rahman Zahid, the deputy foreign minister of Taliban regime, was arrested after landing at Dubai International Airport last month.

According to reports, Zahid was not directly involved in the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan but had contacts with the group’s political office in Qatar and some other Taliban commanders in Pakistan.

UAE government has said that Zahid, who also had international links, might have held meetings without prior permission.

An official has told Pajhwok news agency on the condition of anonymity Zahid had increased interaction with the Afghan government and his arrest might be a joint effort of the spy networks of the UAE and Pakistan.

Neither Taliban nor Afghan government has commented on the report.

But Motasim Agha Jan who was a high-ranking official of the Taliban was also anonymously arrested in UAE while he was supporting a peace deal between Taliban and Afghan government. He was later set free.

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Hajj tragedy death toll mounts to 2,110, new tally shows http://www.khaama.com/hajj-tragedy-death-toll-mounts-to-2110-new-tally-shows-4017 http://www.khaama.com/hajj-tragedy-death-toll-mounts-to-2110-new-tally-shows-4017#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:54:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57855 Read the full article...]]> SaudiThe death toll from the crush and stampede during the Hajj performance in Saudi Arabia has mounted to 2,110 people, a tally by Associated Press shows.

The figure published on Monday comes from state media reports and officials’ comments from countries affected in the two incidents.

Iran leads all of the 31 affected countries with 465 deaths. The other countries include Afghanistan that lost two pilgrims, Pakistan lost 102, India lost 116, Egypt lost 182, China lost 4, Nigeria lost 199, Mali lost 198, Cameroon lost 76, Niger lost 72, Senegal lost 61, Bangladesh lost 137, Indonesia lost 126, Ethiopia lost 47, Chad lost 43, Morocco lost 33, Sudan lost 30, Algeria lost 25, Burkina Faso lost 22, Tanzania lost 20, Somalia lost 10, Kenya lost eight, Ghana and Turkey lost seven, Ivory Coast and Benin both lost 52, Myanmar and Libya lost six, and Malaysia and Jordan lost one.

However, the toll provided by Saudi authorities stand at 769 deaths and 934 injured.

Authorities say that the investigation is still ongoing.

Saudi Press Agency reports that a meeting was held about the result of the investigation late on Sunday which was overseen by  Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, the kingdom’s Interior Minister.

“The crown prince was reassured on the progress of the investigations,” the report stated. “He directed the committee’s members to continue their efforts to find the causes of the accident, praying to Allah Almighty to accept the martyrs and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.”

Last month’s Hajj tragedy is the deadliest-ever recorded.

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Syria Costing Turkey Dearly http://www.khaama.com/syria-costing-turkey-dearly-4003 http://www.khaama.com/syria-costing-turkey-dearly-4003#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:22:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57709 Read the full article...]]> Turkey-Syria border

By Manish Rai

Recent bombings in Ankara brought Turkey’s political and ethnic tensions, exacerbated by the civil war in neighbouring Syria, to a grim new level. Some analysts are now fearing that Turkey has become the battleground in a growing war between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK and Islamic State. The attacks in Ankara, the Turkish capital, came as U.S. allied Kurdish forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were preparing to advance toward Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria. This is not the first time Turkey witnessed the battle of Kurds and Islamic State on its soil. Ankara attacks follow a July 20 bombing in the town of Suruc that was linked to Syria’s civil war and blamed on a suicide bomber with ties to Islamic State. The attacks come as Turkey is at risk of losing control of stretches of its border areas that have become highways for IS recruits from North Africa and Europe. The flow of jihadists and supplies allows ISIS to pursue its barbaric effort to build and protect a new state on the territory of Turkey’s neighbors. But by attacking pro-Kurdish rally in the capital IS has demonstrated that it can reach to Turkish heartlands.

The Kurds have been unhappy with how they have been treated as a minority for years by Turkish authorities. Now, their powerful military arm, the PKK, high on morale because of battlefield success in Syria is taking on Turkey in Kurdish dominated areas of Turkey. Turkey fears advances by Kurdish YPG militia, backed by its political wing, on the Syrian side of its 900 kms border will fuel separatist ambitions among Kurds in its own southeastern territories. But Washington has supported YPG fighters as an effective force in combating Islamic State. Ankara realise the danger of empowerment of Kurdish militia and it have taken stern action against them as well. It has carried out air strikes against Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels based in the mountains of northern Iraq; but attacks on Kurds in Syria would be far riskier, bringing Ankara into possible conflict both with U.S. and Russian air forces. Even on the home front situation is not calm as well for Turkey. Turks furious that the government has done little to halt the spread of ISIS and jihadist activities that are becoming an increasing threat to civil order, the government is facing a multi-pronged challenge that it may find difficult to handle. Turkey, which from the outset of the Syrian war more than four years ago backed rebel groups in the belief that Mr. Assad could be quickly toppled, finds itself powerless to shape events in Syria which are affecting its internal stability.

Now with the entry of Russia in Syria in support of President Bashar-Al-Assad has further complicated matters for Turkey. For the past three years, Ankara has been demanding a safe zone in northern Syria where Turkish backed oppositional forces can regroup, as well as a no-fly zone to protect them from Assad. The apparent goal behind this plan was to allow the West’s and Turkey’s Syrian favorites to conquer Aleppo (Syria’s largest city and once industrial hub) and eventually take Damascus as well. Russia’s latest maneuver, however, has rendered such schemes completely impractical. Its deployment of surface-to-air missiles and air-to-air combat fighters is an obvious warning to Turkey. Unlike the air force-less Islamic State and Syrian opposition, Turkey has, in the past, downed a Syrian fighter jet and Syrian helicopters. Turkey’s inaction following incursions by Russian fighter jets into its airspace must be judged in this light. Russia’s bombing raids in Syria in support of its ally Assad, which threaten to debilitate the moderate rebels and boost the extremists in Syria’s civil war, while leaving Turkey to deal with two unruly neighbours: Assad and Islamic State. Because of now conflicting interest in Syria Turkey and Russia economic ties are also deteriorating. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said that Turkey could re-evaluate its cooperation with the Kremlin on a number of key energy projects.

Turkey has legitimate interests in its immediate neighbourhood but it had to re-evaluate its strategy towards Syrian conflict. It has to realise that its policy of allowing rebel fighters, arms shipments and refugees to pass through its territory has been exploited by Islamic State to expand their network. Moreover Turkish backed rebels in Syrian arena are not game changers now and fighter’s like-Kurds and IS who have grudges against Turkey as well are now significant players in Syrian war. So now Turkey should consider its own internal security and stability as its prime goal rather than promoting its political agenda in Syria. In regard to that Turkey should keep strict vigilance over its border with Syria and crack down on Islamic State and its sleeper cells in Turkish territory.

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“As result of his shooting, five citizens… were killed, including a woman. Nine others were wounded,” said a spokesman of the interior ministry in a statement.

He said that at about 7pm (16:00 GMT) on Friday, a suspect with an automatic weapon “started to shoot randomly” at al-Haidaria hussainiya in the Saihat area of Qatif city.

The shooter was gunned down by police following the assault.

Al-Ekhbariya news reported that the attacker was 20 years old and his motives were unknown.

A group affiliating itself with ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Islamic State-Bahrain State said in a statement that one of its “soldiers”, Shughaa al-Dosari, “attacked a Shia infidel temple with an automatic weapon” in Saihat.

The group also warned that “infidels will not be safe in the island of Muhammad”.

ISIS affiliates had claimed responsibility for two deadly suicide attacks Saudi Arabia in the months of August and May. At least 15 people were killed in the suicide attack that took place in southwest Saudi Arabia in August and 25 in eastern Saudi Arabia in May.

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Karzai: “global consensus” must in fight against terrorism http://www.khaama.com/karzai-global-consensus-must-in-fight-against-terrorism-3986 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-global-consensus-must-in-fight-against-terrorism-3986#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:37:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57530 Read the full article...]]> KarzaiAfghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai has said that the world must build a “global consensus” on an inclusive security paradigm to address international security challenges, confront acts of terrorism and “eradicate its roots in sanctuaries.”

“The challenge for all of us today is to move beyond zero sum games,” Karzai added during his speech the war on terror, terrorism and the impact on Muslim countries at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research on Monday.

“The world must recognise that extremists and terrorists have carried out immense atrocities against Muslims around the world,” he said. “They are instruments of distorting a peaceful religion and tainting the image of Islam and Muslims around the world.”

Karzai also warned that terrorism is moving beyond the Muslim world and that larger international sincerity is required against the phenomenon.

“What we need is a multi-lateral world order where big powers together with significant countries in the Muslim world can together play a role, as we see terrorism is starting to move beyond the Muslim world. I hope there will be a larger international sincerity about this.”

As per a report published on Monday by UAE’s The National, Karzai said with a changing geopolitical landscape in today’s world, countries were continuing to apply the same set of old rules.

“In order to confront the menace of terrorism, we must first address the fault lines that can be used to address divisions and violence in the Muslim world,” Karzai said.

According to Karzai, terrorism today was state-sponsored and the outcome of poor policies, devoid of ethics. “The terrorism we know today has nothing to do with religion,” he said. “It is not a state of mind nor is it a societal reaction to a so-called clash of civilisations. It is a phenomenon that is more political than social or ideological, and the recent history of Afghanistan in that of the region is a testimony of these observations.”

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Iraqi Air Force targets ISIS leader al-Baghdadi’s convoy http://www.khaama.com/iraqi-air-force-targets-isis-leader-al-baghdadis-convoy-1618 http://www.khaama.com/iraqi-air-force-targets-isis-leader-al-baghdadis-convoy-1618#respond Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:37:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57447 Read the full article...]]> al-BaghdadiThe Iraqi military announced Sunday that the convoy of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hit in airstrike.

According to a statement by the Iraqi military, the airstrike was carried out in western Anbar province, near the Syrian border.

“Iraqi air forces have bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh [ISIS] commanders,” the statement read.

The statement further added “The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group’s leaders were killed and wounded. The fate of the murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear.”

Although the fate of al-Baghdadi remains unknown, hospital sources and the local residents have said numerous ISIS leaders were killed in the raid but al-Baghdadi was not among them.

A spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Interior Saad Maan confirmed that the airstrike was carried out at midday on Saturday.

This comes as a report emerged late in April this year suggesting that al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in an airstrike in western part of Iraq in the month of March.

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Putin tells troops to capture al-Baghdadi alive http://www.khaama.com/putin-wants-al-baghdadi-alive-3980 http://www.khaama.com/putin-wants-al-baghdadi-alive-3980#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:23:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57288 Read the full article...]]> al-BaghdadiRussian President Vladimir Putin has asked his forces fighting against IS in Syria that he wants Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader, alive.

The Middle-East Panorama website reports that Putin wants the dead body of al-Baghdadi displayed in case he is killed.

The website made the announcement referring to aware sources.

Russia has been pounding IS positions in Syria claiming heavy casualties to IS militants. Russian officials say that the airstrike will continue.

“We will not only continue strikes… We will also increase their intensity.” said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army.

Russia is also mulling to complete 150,000 soldiers in Syria in a bid to wipe out the Islamic State.

However, Turkey has condemned Russia violating its airspace to reach out to Syria to support Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“Nato has issued a stern ultimatum,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a press conference in Brussels.

“We cannot endure it. Some steps that we do not desire are being taken. It is not suitable for Turkey to accept them. This is also beyond the principles of NATO.” He said.

A war of words has also begun between Russia and NATO over Moscow’s violation of Turkish airspace and its military intervention in Syria.

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Tajikistan extremely concerned over its border with Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-extremely-concerned-over-its-border-with-afghanistan-3978 http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-extremely-concerned-over-its-border-with-afghanistan-3978#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:57:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57278 Read the full article...]]> Tajik-RussiaThe government of Tajikistan is extremely concerned over the security situation of its border with Afghanistan.

According to a report published by Radio Azadi, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in a meeting with his Russian counterpart in the Black Sea resort of Sochi said that the security situation in Afghanistan worsens day by day.

“Practically, fighting is going on along more than 60 percent of the Tajik border with Afghanistan,” he said in the meeting on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the meeting that: “We need to talk about both bilateral relations and the situation in the region, which we are certainly worried about.”

Afghanistan and Tajikistan shares a border of about 1,300 kilometers which has not only created concerns for Tajikistan but also to Russia.

Russia is assisting Tajikistan to protect its borders with Afghanistan. Russia may also sent its troops to Tajik-Afghan border.

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant, the Russian forces may return to Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan once they receive a request from the government of Tajikistan.

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Russian jets hit 10 ISIS targets in Syria in the past 24 hours http://www.khaama.com/russian-jets-hit-10-isis-targets-in-syria-in-the-past-24-hours-1601 http://www.khaama.com/russian-jets-hit-10-isis-targets-in-syria-in-the-past-24-hours-1601#respond Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:58:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57179 Read the full article...]]> Russian airstrikes in Syria

The Ministry of Defense of Russia announced Sunday that the Russian jets hit 10 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria in the past 24 hours.

According to the latest report by Russia’s defense ministry, at least 20 sorties were performed by the Russian military aircraft during the same period.

The report further added that a jihadist training center in Idlib province was targeted in airstrike where a workshop producing suicide belts was also destroyed.

Eight installations belonging to the terror group was also eliminated near Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province, the report said, adding that another jihadist training camp was struck in Kaljam Idlib.

The report also added that three consecutive airstrikes were also carried out on terrorist installations near Maaret En Nuuman.

Numerous videos have been released online by Russia’s defense ministry which it says show Russian Air Force strikes on terrorist facilities as Russia’s General Staff of Armed Forces, the airstrikes inflicted on Islamic State installations in Syria have disrupted the command system, inventory and logistics of the terrorist organization.

Russia has intensified airstrikes in Syria during the recent hours after launching air raids on Wednesday in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, targeting ISIS, al Nusra and “other terrorist groups.”

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Russian Air Force targets ISIS targets near Raqqa leaving at least 12 militants dead http://www.khaama.com/russian-air-force-targets-isis-targets-near-raqqa-leaving-at-least-12-jihadis-dead-1597 http://www.khaama.com/russian-air-force-targets-isis-targets-near-raqqa-leaving-at-least-12-jihadis-dead-1597#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:36:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57072 Read the full article...]]> Russia jets bomb ISIS targeetsThe Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group’s main Syrian stronghold.

At least 12 fanatics of the terror group were killed in the air raids carried out in Raqqa city.

According to Russia’s defense ministry a training camp of the terror group was targeted near the village of Maadan Jadid, 45 miles east of Raqqa city and a camouflaged command post at Kasrat Faraj southwest of the city.

The training camp and command post were struck with a precision strike launched form an altitude of over 5,000 meters, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, the ministry spokesman, said the airstrike was one of a dozen conducted by Russia in Syria on Thursday during 18 sorties.

“The targeting systems of those planes allows for hitting ground targets with absolute precision, which was proven yesterday during combat missions targeting ISIS infrastructure,” hKnoashkenkov quoted by Russia Today said. “We can use this type of aircraft to deliver strikes anywhere in Syria.”

Overnight, the Russian Air Force conducted 10 sorties and hit seven targets in Syria, Konashenkov said. Over the 24 hours the planes bombed a field camp in Aleppo province, a logistics center in Idlib province and a command point at a fortified facility in Hama province.

In the meantime, the ISIS militants posted a tweet warning ‘Death to Putin: We are coming #soon’ with a picture of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral in flames, according to the SITE intelligence group.

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Russian jets carried out at least 30 airstrikes in Syria on Thursday http://www.khaama.com/russian-jets-carried-out-at-least-30-airstrikes-in-syria-on-thursday-1591 http://www.khaama.com/russian-jets-carried-out-at-least-30-airstrikes-in-syria-on-thursday-1591#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:35:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=57035 Read the full article...]]> Russian jets SyriaThe Russian jets carried out at least 30 airstrikes in Syria on Thursday including rural areas near the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, it has been reported.

The area – Jisr al-Shughour is under the control of an alliance of insurgents including al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanon-based TV station reported regarding the latest wave of airstrikes by the Russian jets.

According to the TV station the airstrikes targeted the ‘Army of Conquest’ positions. The alliance had made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other insurgent groups since May.

It has so far seized Idlib city and Jisr al-Shughour from government forces and advancing towards the coastal areas.

The Russian jets also carried out airstrikes in Idlib province including the Zawiya Mountain region as well as areas in Hama province further south.

According to the pro-opposition Orient News channel Russian strikes hit rebel positions in the Hama countryside.

This comes as Russia began airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday and hit rebel groups in the country’s west including Homs province.

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Middle East New Realignment http://www.khaama.com/middle-east-new-realignment-3965 http://www.khaama.com/middle-east-new-realignment-3965#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:34:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56965 Read the full article...]]>  

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By Manish Rai

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to set up a joint team of both the countries as Moscow ramps up its military support for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who is losing ground to Islamist militants in country’s bloody civil war. Israel has set up a joint mechanism with the Russian military to coordinate their operations in Syria and avoid any accidental confrontations between the two. Israeli Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu said the meetings in Moscow were aimed at preventing “misunderstandings” in Syria between the Russian and Israeli military. “We established a mechanism to prevent those misunderstandings” said Mr Netanyahu. Each of the militaries deputy chiefs will hold their first meeting soon and will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and electromagnetic operations around Syria.Israel in the past has occasionally conducted airstrikes in Syria to foil suspected handovers of Russian or Iranian-supplied arms to Assad’s guerrilla allies in Lebanon. The new talks could prevent a showdown between Israel and Russia in the region. This meeting between the two leaders is of potentially great importance and it may change geo-political realignment of the region. This meeting was attended by the head of the IDF, the chief of military intelligence, and their Russian counterparts which clearly illustrates its importance.

The two countries have historically been on opposite sides of the Middle East divide, with the former Soviet Union being the principal supplier of military equipment and training for the Egyptian and Syrian armies for decades and Israel was always the main United States ally in the region. However, in the complex situation which has evolved in Syria both Jerusalem and Moscow have defined areas where cooperation can be mutually beneficial. Israel wants to act swiftly for safeguarding its own interests which is more important than pleasing the US government or American Jews. What’s happening in the region is part of a renewal of the Cold War. Israel does not want to be engaged in a proxy-war between the US and Russia, such as occurred in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, with great disaster for those places. The most obvious reason which concern Israel is its air force’s freedom of action over Syria in curbing arms shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon and maintaining air surveillance. The Russians are amassing a substantial air arm at a base on the Syrian coast and have begun installing ground-to-air missiles, which could pose a formidable threat to Israeli aircraft if there is no coordination. Moreover relation between Israel and Russia was not bad all the time. The Soviet Union was one of the first countries to officially recognize Israel in 1948. There are lots of reasons for the recently improved ties between Russia and Israel, but key among them is the fact that Israel has become increasingly Russian in the past 20 years. Putin is deeply concerned with the wellbeing of Russian nationals wherever they reside, up to and including invading other countries to protect their interests, and 15 percent of Israeli immigrants are from the former Soviet Union.

Russians can also benefit from good relations with the Israeli. Israel has quality intelligence on everything that is taking place in Syria and as time goes by the Russians might need Israel’s assistance in confronting the complexities of the fighting there. Israeli security sources say they could be in a position to inform the Russians about plans by Syrian rebels to hit Russian military targets or provide information about persons they might be seeking. Financially, Russia is struggling with low oil prices and Western sanctions, and it’s keenly looking for new markets for its armaments, Israel is a generous customer with a large defence budget. Putin desperately wants Russia to be a world power again, to be consequential and at the centre of major global decisions. Russian have good relations with Shia camp led by Iran and after having cordial relations with Israelis as well they will be in position to influence whole region significantly.

The Russians and the Israelis agreed to establish a hotline between their militaries in order to minimise the chance of their hostile encounter. Efforts are also being made to stepped-up Russian-Israeli trade relations. Russia and Israel have been in discussions about increasing Israeli agricultural exports to Russia as well as other new economic projects. Russia and Israel launched discussions on the prospects of creating a free-trade zone known as the Customs Union, which would bring together Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Israel. It’s clearly visible now that a new major realignment is emerging in the Middle East. But how it will going to work and its repercussion on the region is has to been seen in the future. But one thing is certain that the shifts in the Mideast equations mark perhaps some of the most dramatic strategic changes in the region since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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1,100 death toll reported in Hajj http://www.khaama.com/1100-death-toll-reported-in-hajj-3959 http://www.khaama.com/1100-death-toll-reported-in-hajj-3959#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:24:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56944 Read the full article...]]> deathSaudi authorities have distributed nearly 1,100 photos of dead Hajis to foreign diplomats to help identify their nationalities.

They were not only from the stampede in Makkah but from the entire pilgrimage.

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki said the death include those died of natural causes.

According to officials, some of them were pilgrims who were residing in the kingdom and performing the Haj without legal permits and some others were labourers from South Asian countries who chose to work in the kingdom in order to perform the Haj.

The list also included the 111 people who died in the crane crash incident in Makkah on September 11.

The Saudi Health Ministry says the death toll for the stampede incident in Mina remains 769 people, with 934 others wounded.

Faisal Alzahrani, the ministry’s director general for communications, said on Tuesday that this figure remained unchanged. He said civil defence authorities would be responsible for announcing any new death toll, though most recently they relied on the Health Ministry statistics.

The death include people from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Algeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Kenya, Nigeria, Netherlands, Burundi and Somalia.

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Two of eight Afghans missing after Hajj stampede confirmed dead as death toll mounts to 769 http://www.khaama.com/two-of-eight-afghans-missing-after-hajj-stampede-confirmed-dead-as-death-toll-mounts-to-769-3942 http://www.khaama.com/two-of-eight-afghans-missing-after-hajj-stampede-confirmed-dead-as-death-toll-mounts-to-769-3942#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2015 04:13:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56749 Read the full article...]]> mecca-10The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs has confirmed that two of the eight Afghans missing after a Hajj stampede accident in Saudi Arabia have been killed.

Dai-ul-haq Abid, Deputy Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs said that the death was confirmed by the ministry’s representative in Makkah.

Abid said that both of these pilgrims belong to a single family in Northern Faryab province, adding that they are mother and son.

He further said that six Afghan pilgrims are still missing and that they are collecting information about them.

These six Afghan pilgrims reportedly belong to Faryab, Helmand and Kapisa province.

Meanwhile, Saudi’s Health Ministry has announced that the death toll from Thursday’s stampeded has reached to 769.

“The latest statistics up to this hour reveal 769 dead. That is an increase of 52 on the previous figures,” Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih told a news conference on Saturday.

At least 800 others are still receiving medical care at the hospital.

Around 2 million Muslims from different corners of the world made their way to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year.

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Saudi prince arrested on charges of sexual assault in US http://www.khaama.com/saudi-prince-arrested-on-charges-of-assault-in-us-1563 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-prince-arrested-on-charges-of-assault-in-us-1563#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:02:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56711 Read the full article...]]> Saudi prince arrested in Los AngelesA Saudi prince has been arrested by police in United States on charges of sexual assault, it has been reported.

The 28-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud was arrested on Wednesday after he tried to force a worker at a Beverly Hills estate to perform oral sex.

Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison quoted by local media said Al Saud was arrested on Wednesday afternoon but was released on a $300,000 bond the next day.

The Los Angeles Times and KCBS-TV reported that the prince did not have diplomatic immunity.

Numerous people were interviewed by police after a bleeding woman was seen by a neighbour screaming for help as she tried to scale the huge estate’s surrounding wall.

The neighbour told the Times that the $37m property, in one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world, has been rented for weeks at a time by foreign nationals over the past year.

The Saudi officials have not commented regarding the incident so far as the prince is expected to be in court on 19 October.

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Suicide bombing leaves 29 worshippers killed at Yemen mosque http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-leaves-29-worshippers-killed-at-yemen-mosque-3992 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-leaves-29-worshippers-killed-at-yemen-mosque-3992#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:46:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56684 Read the full article...]]> CPptvtWU8AAz6B129 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in suicide bombing at a mosque in Yemen where worshippers had gathered to offer the Eid al-Adha prayers.

The attack on Thursday took place in Blaili district of the capital Sanaa where mainly Houthis or their supporters live.

Reports suggest that the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers, one of them blew his explosives up inside the mosque and another carried out a blast in the courtyard of the mosque.

According to eyewitnesses, the blasts created a scene of massacre at the mosque with scattered body parts and puddles of blood on the ground.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but such attacks have been carried out by the Islamic State (IS) group in the past.

IS militant group, which controls swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, considers Shia Muslims to be heretics.

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At least 717 killed, 805 wounded during Saudi Hajj stampede http://www.khaama.com/at-least-100-killed-390-wounded-during-saudi-hajj-stampede-1556 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-100-killed-390-wounded-during-saudi-hajj-stampede-1556#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:31:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56671 Read the full article...]]> Saudi stampedeAt least 717 pilgrims have lost their lives and nearly 805 others were wounded during Hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca, it has been reported.

According to Saudi officials, the pilgrims were killed during an stampede outside Mecca in Mina.

The officials further added that the stampede occurred as more than a million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the Hajj.

According to the officials in Saudi civil defence directorate 4,000 personnel had been sent to the scene of stampede, along with more than 220 emergency and rescue units.

This comes as at least 107 people were killed in Mecca’s grand Mosque on earlier when a crane crashed possibly due to storms.

The incident took place as the Saudi authorities were preparing to host million of Muslims who converge on Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense authority through a Twitter message confirmed the incident and said around 238 others were also injured.

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Satellite image shows delivery of fighter jets by Russia to Syria http://www.khaama.com/satellite-image-shows-delivery-of-fighter-jets-by-russia-to-syria-1551 http://www.khaama.com/satellite-image-shows-delivery-of-fighter-jets-by-russia-to-syria-1551#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:12:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56657 Read the full article...]]> 4x Su-30 Syria

Russia has sent more than a dozen attack planes to Syria amid devastating civil war going on across the country since 2011.

The new satellite image providing solid evidence of Russia’s arms delivery to Syria comes amid a rapid Russian military build-up in the country.

At 16 warplanes lined-up on a runway at a government airbase near the coastal city of Latakia are shown in the satellite image.

According to the Aviationist, the fleet includes at least 12 Su-25 Frogfoot attack lined up next to the four Russian Air Force Su-30SM multirole combat planes.

A Syrian military official confirmed on Tuesday that Damascus recently received a fresh batch of arms from Russia, including at least five fighter planes, which they have deployed against ISIS fighters.

The official further added that sophisticated military equipment including targeting equipment and precision-guided missiles were also delivered by Russia to fight the Islamic State.

At least 38 ISIS fighters were killed on Monday in air strikes in jihadist-held towns in central Syria with the new Russian equipment used in the raids, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Observatory, said “The number of raids is growing and the strikes are more precise after the Syrian air force received arms and more efficient planes from Moscow.”

More than 240,000 have been killed since the start of the unrest which led to a devastating civil war in 2011 with Moscow remaining an unwavering supporter of Bashar Al-Assad.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Brings Tripped Syrian Refugee Boy Onto Soccer Field http://www.khaama.com/cristiano-ronaldo-brings-tripped-syrian-refugee-boy-onto-soccer-field-1543 http://www.khaama.com/cristiano-ronaldo-brings-tripped-syrian-refugee-boy-onto-soccer-field-1543#respond Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:20:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56554 Read the full article...]]> Cristiano Syrian refugee

The stars of Real Madrid including Cristiano Ronaldo greeted the Syrian refugee family whose plight was made famous when they were tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman.

The Syrian refugee Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab was invited by Madrid together with his sons Mohammad, 18, and Zaid, seven, to the match, which Madrid won 1-0 against Granada.

They were invited to the game as part of a wonderful show of support where they received plenty of applause from the Bernabeu crowd.

“Little Zaid got to know his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he was photographed on the pitch,” the club said in a statement alongside a picture of the family with the World Player of the Year and a host of his Madrid teammates.

The statement further added “The father of the Syrian family, who was tripped by a Hungarian journalist, and his sons met (coach) Rafael Benitez, the technical staff and the squad minutes before the final training session ahead of the game against Granada.”

Mohsen is a former coach of Syrian first division side Al-Fotuwa and has been offered a job at the CENAFE coaches’ training school run by Galan.

Al-Ghadab was among the scores of refugees fleeing the border in Hungary when he was deliberately kicked by the camerawoman Petra Laszlo.

She was immediately fired after the footage went viral in the media showing Mr. Al-Ghadab screaming in disbelief after he falls on top of the boy as they tumble to the ground with man carrying all his belongings with him.

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Dubai ruler’s son Sheikh Rashid dies of heart attack at age 33 http://www.khaama.com/dubai-rulers-son-sheikh-rashid-dies-of-heart-attack-at-age-33-1539 http://www.khaama.com/dubai-rulers-son-sheikh-rashid-dies-of-heart-attack-at-age-33-1539#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 15:32:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56507 Read the full article...]]> Sheikh RashidSon of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has died at the age of 33 due to heart attack.

A three-day mourning period was declared in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the announcement of Sheikh Rashid’s death.

The state news agency – WAM (Wakalat Anba’a al Emarat) confirmed today that Sheikh Rashid died of a heart attack.

He was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.

Graduated from Sandhurst in 2002, Sheikh Rashid was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast. His younger brother Sheikh Hamdan is Dubai’s crown prince.

The Dubai Ruler’s Court which declared three days of mourning has announced that funeral prayers will be offered today after Maghrib (sunset) prayers at Zabeel Mosque.

He will be buried at Umm Hurair cemetery at Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai.

President Sheikh Khalifa expressed condolences to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the Al Maktoum family.

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Baby delivered alive after shrapnel wounding in Syria http://www.khaama.com/baby-delivered-alive-after-shrapnel-wounding-in-syria-1535 http://www.khaama.com/baby-delivered-alive-after-shrapnel-wounding-in-syria-1535#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:34:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56434 Read the full article...]]> unborn Syrian child with shrapel wounding

Doctors in the Syrian city of Aleppo have rescued an unborn child who had received a shrapnel wound apparently in a missile attack by the Syrian forces.

A dramatic footage of the surgery was posted by the Aleppo City Medical Council on Facebook on Friday showing the doctors performing the pregnant women and her unborn child.

The video shows doctors performing a caesarean section on the woman to deliver the child.

A piece of shrapnel is pulled from the eyebrow of the child after she was resuscitated by the doctors with the hospital officials saying both the mother and child were alive and in good condition.

The exact date when the woman and her child were injured has not been ascertained but the Syrian forces have been blamed for the attack by the author of the post on Facebook, saying “the criminal regime, which is trying to stop life in the city of Aleppo.”

Divided between Syrian opposition fighters, the Syrian government and Kurdish forces, Aleppo is the largest city in Syria where fierce clashes among the government forces and rebels have taken place since the start of the brutal civil war.

The Syrian government has targeted rebel areas with air strikes and barrel bomb attacks, which have killed thousands of civilians.

At least 75 people were killed after the Syrian army carried out a an airstrike using barrel bombs on two different areas in Aleppo province in May.

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Tripped Syrian refugee getting a job as a football coach in Spain http://www.khaama.com/tripped-syrian-refugee-getting-a-job-as-a-football-coach-in-spain-1522 http://www.khaama.com/tripped-syrian-refugee-getting-a-job-as-a-football-coach-in-spain-1522#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:31:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56337 Read the full article...]]> tripped Syrian refugeeA Syrian refugee who caught the media attention after he was tripped over by a Hungarian camerawoman is getting a job as a football coach in Spain.

Identified as Osama Abdel-Muhsen Al-Ghadab, the man was carrying his son Zaid when he was tripped over by the camerawoman Petra Laszlo, a move which sparked international outrage.

According to reports, Al-Ghadab is moving to a Madrid suburb together with his son to work at the CENAFE school that trains football coaches.

The decision to hire him as a football coach was taken after it was revealed that Mr. Al-Ghadab was formerly a football coach in the ISIS-conquered region of Deir ez-Zor in Syria.

The Madrid school have convinced him to move to Spain, according to a report by Al-Jazeera, where he will stay in an apartment near the facility in Getafe.

A member of CENAFE school Miguel Pedraza said “The first thing is to get him settled.”

“We’re giving him a hand as a humanitarian gesture. Later we’ll look for something. He’s interested in our school,” Pedraza added.

Al-Ghadab was among the scores of refugees fleeing the border in Hungary when he was deliberately kicked by the camerawoman Laszlo.

She was immediately fired after the footage went viral in the media showing Mr. Al-Ghadab screaming in disbelief after he falls on top of the boy as they tumble to the ground with man carrying all his belongings with him.

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Syria a Dying Nation http://www.khaama.com/syria-a-dying-nation-3899 http://www.khaama.com/syria-a-dying-nation-3899#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:37:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56174 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Now after more than four years after it began, the full-blown civil war that developed in Syria has killed over 250,000 people, half of them civilians. In addition the UN estimates nearly 8 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes. When the additional 4 million Syrians who have fled into neighbouring countries are taken into account, it follows that a humanitarian disaster has overtaken more than half of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million. In addition to taking a very high toll on humanity the Syrian conflict has devastated every component from which a country stands on its own its population, civil society, infrastructure, cultural heritage and economy. Prior to the conflict Syria was a middle-income country with an economy based on agriculture, industry, oil, trade and tourism with good health care and education. But now everything has changed after four years of civil war everything cease to exit. This calamity of war affects all aspects of people’s well-being since it was often accompanied by the loss of income and livelihoods with families struggling to meet their basic needs. Let’s see how this war has affected different sectors of the country.

A girl stands on debris next to a damaged building at a besieged area of Homs, August 2, 2012. Picture taken August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Yazen Homsy (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Economy The economic fabric has lost nearly 80% of its productive capacity since the beginning of the civil war. Even if the conflict ceased now and GDP grew at an average rate of five per cent each year, it is estimated that it would take the Syrian economy 30 years to return to the economic level of 2010. The Syrian economy has experienced massive de-industrialisation, dilapidation and degradation as a result of business closure and bankruptcy, capital flight, looting and destruction. Previously the eastern Mediterranean’s leading oil and natural gas producer, Syria has seen its production fall to a fraction of pre-conflict levels. Syria is no longer able to export oil, and as a result, government revenues from the energy sector have fallen significantly. Agricultural activities continue at a reduced level increasing the reliance on imported foodstuffs, particularly grain. Many businesses now rely on expensive foreign imports for their stock. The continuously depreciating currency has meant that US dollars are highly sought after, with some traders and businesses refusing to accept Syrian pounds. Because of all this worst impact on the economy 48.8 per cent of the workforce is unemployed. Also, more than half of the Syrian population are living in poverty, with some 4.4 million (or more than a fifth of the population) living in abject poverty.

Infrastructure– Has been damaged as a result of the conflict and direct targeting by armed groups, with widespread damage to electricity and water infrastructure, oil refineries, education facilities and agricultural infrastructure. Syrian children have already missed out on almost years of schooling. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that 37 percent of Syrian hospitals have been destroyed, and a further 20 percent severely damaged during the civil war. Civilians are forced to go to primitive field hospitals, often run in people’s homes and by local volunteers with only the most basic of medicines and training. Electricity and water service in much of the country is sporadic as a result of fighting between government, opposition forces and the Islamic State. Further, the exploration and development of the country’s oil and natural gas resources have been delayed indefinitely. Nevertheless, even if the fighting were to subside, it would take years for the Syrian domestic energy system to return to pre-conflict operating status. Syria’s domestic pipeline network used to be well-developed, now it has been severely damaged by fighting and sabotage since war broke out.

Cultural/Social Fabric Numerous archaeological sites of great importance in Syria are being systematically targeted and destroyed by the Islamic State. Museums in Syria are also a cause for concern, and there have been many incidences of looting of valuable cultural property. A large number of museums have also had their infrastructure damaged as a result of being caught in the middle of armed conflict. Syrian cultural property has disappeared from the country to end up on the black market and/or in private collections. The ongoing uncontrolled violence has led to a broad disintegration of Syrian society and created different worlds. Things have changed and there are qualitative variables that left deep scars in the conscience of the people. Once a vibrant and peace loving society is now full of hatred and distrust people of different ethnic group now can’t expect to live besides each other.

It is evident, that Syria lost all its gains throughout decades, and that all development indicators are directed towards an abyss, and that not any realistic force can change this trend. Even in the case of a political and developmental miracle, the maximum that can be achieved is a return back to up to two decades or more in development indicators. But the spirit of past Syria no longer exists now. Only time will tell that who win’s or who lose this war but one thing is certain that Syria as a country has already lost the struggle of its survival. May be in the future the coming generations of Syria will know in the stories that once a country called Syria exited on the planet.

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At least 107 killed after crane collapses in Grand Mosque of Mecca http://www.khaama.com/at-least-62-killed-after-crane-collapses-in-grand-mosque-of-mecca-1503 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-62-killed-after-crane-collapses-in-grand-mosque-of-mecca-1503#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:37:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=56014 Read the full article...]]> Mecca grand mosque crane collapseAt least 107 people were killed in Mecca’s grand Mosque on Friday when a crane crashed possibly due to storms, the Saudi authorities said.

The incident took place as the Saudi authorities are preparing to host million of Muslims who converge on Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage which is due later this month.

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense authority through a Twitter message confirmed the incident and said around 238 others were also injured.

The crane seemed to have crashed through a ceiling with the pictures emerged online showing pilgrims in bloodied robes and masses of debris from a part of the crane.

Due to the safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque, the kingdom reduced the numbers permitted to perform hajj last year.

The crane that collapsed today was part of the construction work taking place at the site in a bid to cope with the ever-growing numbers of worshippers.

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Al-Qaeda chief suggests cooperation with ISIS in Iraq and Syria despite denouncement http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-chief-suggests-cooperation-with-isis-in-iraq-and-syria-despite-denouncement-1495 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-chief-suggests-cooperation-with-isis-in-iraq-and-syria-despite-denouncement-1495#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:56:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55953 Read the full article...]]> Al-Zawhiri suggests cooperation with ISISThe al Qaeda network leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said the network’s fighters would possibly join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in fighting the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria despite calling the Islamic State, its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its self-declared caliphate as illegitimate.

Al-Zawahiri made the statement through an audiotape placed on the internet with the date of the recording yet to be confirmed.

Without disclosing further information regarding his intentions al-Zawahiri hinted at cooperation between the two Sunni Muslim extremist movements despite their rivalry, Reuters reported Wednesday.

He said “We don’t recognize this caliphate. Despite the big mistakes [of Islamic State], if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the Crusaders and secularists and Shi’ites even though I don’t recognize the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that.”

According to Reuters references to events suggest it is at least eight months old.

Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda terrorist network following the killing of the network’s leader Osama bin Laden by US forces in May 2011.

He has previously denounced the Islamic State group with the U.S. counterterrorism officials have long worried about a “potential competitive dynamic” between extremist factions in attacking the United States as al Qaeda splits and morphs into various affiliates and branches.

According to a report by Washington Post, the splintering among al Qaeda created ISIS, which has seized swaths of Iraq and Syria since 2013 and is vying for recruits among young militant Muslims with Zawahri’s core al Qaeda group.

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The incident reportedly took place in the city of Mosul three days back with the officials saying the woman was captured by the ISIS militants three months ago.

A spokesperson for Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Saeed Mamouzini said the ISIS commander was identified as Abu Anas.

Mamouzini further added that the woman was coerced into marrying several fighters of the terror group.

The latest claim by Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) follow documented examples of ISIS terror group systematically abusing women and girls within their captured territory.

The UN envoy on sexual violence Zainb Bangura said earlier in June this year that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is selling women captured as sex slaves at the markets for “as little as a packet of cigarettes”.

Ms Bangura said she had been to Syria and Iraq in recent months and found a war “being fought on the bodies of women”.
“This is how they attract young men: we have women waiting for you, virgins that you can marry,” she said.

In her previous testimony she spoke about the horrific treatment of women captured by the Isis regime, stripped naked and shipped around the territories it controls “like cattle”.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also obtained a secretly-filmed videos which showed strict controls enforced upon all women living in the Isis-held city of Mosul.

“We heard stories of men being flogged because their wives didn’t put their gloves on. Another woman’s parents were banned from driving their car. Those who object are beaten and humiliated,” a witness named as Hanaa said.

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Heart-breaking pictures show drowned Syrian boy Aylan’s haunting remains http://www.khaama.com/heart-breaking-pictures-show-drowned-syrian-boy-aylans-haunting-remains-9616 http://www.khaama.com/heart-breaking-pictures-show-drowned-syrian-boy-aylans-haunting-remains-9616#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2015 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55796 Read the full article...]]> Aylan's haunting remains

Heart-breaking pictures showing the haunting remains of a drowned Syrian boy have emerged amid international outraged sparked by shocking images of the kid who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean sea to reach Europe.

The photographs of dust-covered shoes, abandoned toys and children’s clothes among the bombed-out remains of the Kobame home of Aylan Kurdi was published by MailOnline after the tragic incident.

Aylan’s parents Abdullah and Rehan were forced to leave following ISIS militants attack and headed towards Europe by boarding a small boat in the dead of night with their two young sons.

The 3-yeaer-old Aylan died together with his older brother and mother when their boat capsized shortly after setting off towards the Greek island of Kos.

The shocking photo of Aylan washed up on a beach in Turkey sent shock waves around the world this week.

Only Aylan’s grief-stricken father, 40-year-old Abdullah, survived the tragedy and he has since returned to Kobane where he laid his family to rest.

Speaking to MailOnline from a refugee camp in Germany, Aylan’s 47-year-old uncle, Mohamad Kurdi, said the family first fled to Kobane from Damascus in 2012 after Abdullah was detained and tortured by the government.

When he was finally freed, he moved his family to the town near the Turkish border, where they lived in two rooms in the house owned by his wife’s parents for about 18 months. But soon they were given another reason to uproot once again.

“People were terrified when ISIS came in. People started leaving – it was just terrible,’ Mohamad said. ‘Almost all of the residents of Kobane fled to Turkey because nobody could live there,” he said.

Aylan’s family members including children, women and elderly relatives were among some 230 civilians killed during attack on Kobane.

“When ISIS returned, 20 to 30 people from my family were slaughtered,” Mohamad said. “They were not shot – they were beheaded.”

Rehan’s side of the family also suffered loss, her father revealed this week, including some of Galip and Aylan’s second cousins and their partners, as well as their great-aunt. Some were shot in their homes.

“Only a few months ago we lost 11 family members and now this,” the boys’ maternal grandfather, Sexo Seno Kurdi told Newsweek.

“Now my daughter and grandchildren are also fallen martyrs for Kobane.” Despite the risks, Abdullah returned to the city this week to bury his family and has vowed to stay there.

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Saudi king booked the entire 222-room hotel during US visit, paying $1m for rent only http://www.khaama.com/saudi-king-booked-the-entire-222-room-hotel-during-us-vist-paying-1m-for-rent-only-1477 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-king-booked-the-entire-222-room-hotel-during-us-vist-paying-1m-for-rent-only-1477#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2015 13:18:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55759 Read the full article...]]> Saudi King

Saudi Arabia’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz has booked the entire 222-room hotel for his 3-night stay to United States ,paying around $1,000,000 for hotel rent only.

Before his arrival to reports, the hotel was covered in gold with fleet of luxury cars and even red carpets were laid down in teh parking lot of the hotel.

The suites of the hotel – Four Seasons run for more than $2,000 a night with eyewitnesses saying they have seen gilded furniture wheeled into the hotel this week, with red carpets being laid down in the hallway and even on the asphalt of the hotel’s parking garage, according to the MailOnline citing a report by Politico.

One regular told the website “Everything is Gold. Gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps, even gold hat racks.”

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This comes as there have been growing outrage by many Arabs who are turning into social media in anger at the oil-rich Arab states for remaining reckless to provide shelter for desperate Syrians.

The outrage has been spreading both across the Arab States and elsewhere after devastating photos of a Syrian boy who drowned trying to get to Europe.

A hashtag, “receiving refugees is the people’s demand,” was started by people in Saudi Arabia and features a number of harrowing photos and powerful cartoons, the Quartz newspaper reported citing Arab spring activist Iyad El-Baghdadi.

El-Baghdadi tells Quartz via email that while it’s very difficult to judge “what people feel on the ground,” the social-media response highlights the groundswell of outrage at the inaction of the region’s governments.

Other hashtags include “Syrian child drowns” and “hosting Syrian refugees is a GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] obligation.” Some highlight the temerity of Gulf leaders criticizing Europe’s response to the burgeoning refugee crisis, while others chide leaders for only donating money to humanitarian organizations instead of actively taking in refugees.

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Gunmen kidnap 17 Turkish workers in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnapped-17-turkish-workers-in-iraq-3860 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnapped-17-turkish-workers-in-iraq-3860#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:24:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55631 Read the full article...]]> iraq-4A group of unidentified gunmen have kidnapped 17 Turkish and 3 Iraqi workers from a construction site in Baghdad.

Officials say the gunmen were wearing military suits, stormed the construction site in predominantly Shia Habibiyah District and kidnapped these workers in black pick-up vehicles on Wednesday morning.

Officials added that the these people were working with a Turkish company contracted to build a sports complex.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Numan Kurtulmus, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister has said that he is in contact with Iraqi officials regarding the incident.

This is the second incident of mass abduction of Turkish citizens in two years in Iraq.

Last year, 46 Turkish and three Iraqi citizens were kidnapped by IS militants from the Turkish consulate in Mosul but they were later unanimously released after spending three months in captivity.

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Celebrity Iraqi soldier vows to cut ISIS militants like ‘Shawarma’ http://www.khaama.com/celebrity-iraqi-soldier-vows-to-cut-isis-militants-like-shawarma-1447 http://www.khaama.com/celebrity-iraqi-soldier-vows-to-cut-isis-militants-like-shawarma-1447#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55394 Read the full article...]]> Abu Azrael slice ISIS fighter like shawarmaA high-profile Iraqi commander of a Shia militia has vowed to slice the militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in an online horrific video.

The soldier – Ayyub al-Rubaie, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Azrael ‘Father of the Angel of Death’ is shown slicing the charred body of an alleged fighter of ISIS terror group.

The video was reportedly filmed in Beiji, a northern oil refinery town where Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias are battling ISIL.

Cutting up the charred body of the alleged ISIS fighter with a sword, Abu Azrael said “They sent their elite fighters they said, and look at the third one we got, slicing him off. Where will they run away from us?”

He also announced to the camera “ISIS this will be your fate, we will cut you like shawarma.”

It is also claimed that the alleged fighter was burned alive and was hanged from an electricity pylon however Abu Azrael said the militant was killed during the gun battle.

Abu Azrael is the commander of Imam Ali Brigades which are part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a coalition of Iraqi Shia militias sponsored and armed by the Iraqi government.

He has become something of an online celebrity after pledging to reduce ISIL fighters to “flour” with disappointed Iraqis putting their hope in alternative forces due to limited success by Iraqi army in fight against the terror group.

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Diplomatic Equations on Syria Changing http://www.khaama.com/diplomatic-equations-on-syria-changing-3837 http://www.khaama.com/diplomatic-equations-on-syria-changing-3837#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55356 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

The recent diplomatic activity on Syria is intriguing. Russia, Mr. Assad’s most powerful supporter, has forged new ties with Saudi Arabia, his bitter foe and a major funder of Syrian rebel groups, and brokered a meeting between Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials. Even amid high tensions over Ukraine, there was a recent diplomatic engagement between the U.S. and Moscow on the vexing question of how to end Syria’s brutal civil war, which has left more than 250,000 dead, fuelled the rise of the Islamic State, and helped to radicalize would be terrorists around the world. Now Russia is at the centre of a new flurry of Syria focused diplomacy which has followed the Iran nuclear deal, and which might even involve a new round of direct talks between Washington and Tehran, Syria’s staunchest ally. But these diplomatic engagements are also followed by the increased fighting on the ground by all the parties. The fighting has gathered pace recently, intensifying on major frontlines including near Damascus, where a government air strike on a market place killed 100 people, and in the southern city of Deraa, where the government is battling a new rebel attempt to seize the entire city. All are areas of vital importance to President Assad, who with help from his regional allies Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah is seeking to shore up control over western areas of the country after losing much of the rest to groups including Islamic State.

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A marked escalation in Syria’s conflict could be a sign the warring sides are trying to strengthen their bargaining positions in case a flurry of diplomacy leads to negotiations. Despite fighting hard on the ground every party in Syrian conflict knows that there is no military solution. They just want to negogiatite from position of strength in talks. There have been a number of diplomatic initiatives, some of them secret involving Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia who together can end this war aimed at trying to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria. In Qatar, talks were held on Syria between the US Secretary of State, the Russian Foreign Minister and the Saudi Foreign Minister in Oman, one of the few countries in the region with strong ties to both Iran and the Gulf States, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem held talks after meeting with Iranian and Russian officials in Tehran. The visit has created talk of a possible meeting of Saudi, Syrian and Iranian officials in Muscat. In Riyadh, furthermore, reports have emerged of a landmark meeting of senior Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials; in Moscow there have been a number of high-profile visitors, including the Saudi Foreign Minister and a number of Syrian Opposition leaders; and the Iranian Foreign Minister visited a number of Middle Eastern and South Asian countries to promote a new peace plan.

But what has led to this sudden flurry of diplomatic activity? First of all that it is the realisation that the situation in Syria is simply unsustainable and that there can never be a military solution. However, the recent Iranian nuclear deal has meant that Teheran is now able to play more of a constructive international role and it can certainly contribute to a political settlement in Syria, which it seems it wants to do. Hard fact is that the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria all have a common enemy: Islamic State, which is a direct threat to them all and which threatens the entire region. The fact that Islamic State controls half of Syria is extremely worrying and without a political settlement in the country the jihadists will never be defeated. Another key factor is the weakening position of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, who is losing territory and military strength to a variety of opposition groups. Western and even Gulf States fear that groups like Nusra Front and the Islamic State will fill the void if the regime of President Assad falls and that will be the worst case scenario. So the high time for starting a new peace talk’s initiative in Syria is high on agenda of everyone.

 Syria clearly represents a failure of the international community, in particular the UN Security Council. The situation is indeed bleak: four- and-a-half years after the civil war more than 250,000 people have died, including at least 11,493 children, and more than 1.5 million are believed to have been wounded. Over 12 million Syrians have fled their homes: 7.6 million are internally displaced, while the rest have escaped to neighboring countries. Syria represents the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Considering all these sufferings of Syrian people now at least peace should be given another chance and all the parties in the conflict and their allies should put a sincere efforts for promoting talks and negotiations as this is the only way to end this conflict which is taking every high toll on humanity.

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US airstrike kills al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-al-baghdadis-senior-deputy-3697 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kills-al-baghdadis-senior-deputy-3697#respond Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:37:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55019 Read the full article...]]> ISISA senior deputy of the Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq.

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was said to be the second-in-command within ISIS who took part in several key offensive for the militant group.

One offensive that he took part in led ISIS to capture Mosul, the country’s second largest city,  last summer where they reportedly killed about 600 Shias.

Ned Price, spokesman for White House’s National Security Council said al-Hayali was involved in the organization’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics.

He was  was also accused of moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the group’s stronghold in Syria and Iraq whom according to.

Al-Hayali who was a lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Special Forces who later served time at the US forces’ Camp Bucca in Iraq.

Before joining ISIS, al-Hayali was reportedly an operative of al-Qaeda.

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Syrian man walks in on his own funeral after 36 hours stuck under rubble http://www.khaama.com/syrian-man-walks-in-on-his-own-funeral-after-36-hours-stuck-under-rubble-1416 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-man-walks-in-on-his-own-funeral-after-36-hours-stuck-under-rubble-1416#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:23:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=54988 Read the full article...]]> Syrian man walks in on his own funeralA man walked in on his own funeral after he was presumed dead following a series of deadly airstrikes by the Syrian Army Air Force which left over 100 people dead.

According to the activists, Mohammed Rayhan woke up from under the rubble after 36 hours and made his way home where his family members believed he was among those killed since he failed to come home.

The activists further added that Rayhan was in the market which was bombed by the Syrian Air Force that left at least 117 people dead including 16 children and 7 women.

With dust still covering his hair and beard, Rayhan arrived just in time to disrupt the final day of his own as wakes typically last three days.

London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said stories similar as the one of Mohammed Rayhan “happens many times in Syria now”.

Rami Abdurrahman, the activist group’s director, told The Independent “Lots of people go missing, get lost in rubble, and only turn up later.”

He said “It often happens with children – I have heard of three-year-old children who have been mourned by their families and then found alive in rubble.”

At least six missiles were fired by the Syrian Army on Douma which is a densely-populated residential area with the regime forces saying the bombing was in response to the mortars that exploded in central Damascus last week, killing six people.

Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s most senior humanitarian official, said he was “appalled” by the total disrespect for civilian life “on both sides” and “reports of air strikes causing scores of civilian deaths”.

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16 ISIS fighters to become suicide bombers after contracting AIDS from sex slaves http://www.khaama.com/16-isis-fighters-to-become-suicide-bombers-after-contracting-aids-from-slaves-1412 http://www.khaama.com/16-isis-fighters-to-become-suicide-bombers-after-contracting-aids-from-slaves-1412#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:05:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=54975 Read the full article...]]> ISIS fighters with HIVThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has ordered sixteen of it’s fighters to become suicide bombers after contracting HIV from two Moroccan sex slaves, it has been reported.

According to the doctor who was forced to treat the ISIS fighters, the men were quarantined by terror group’s leadership after they went through medical tests, confirming they had HIV.

The doctor whose identity has not be revealed further added that the men were treated at an ISIS-run hospital i the eastern-Syrian city of Al-Mayadeen.

He said the men who are mostly foreign nationals had unprotected sex with two Moroccan sex slaves.

“Most of those infected are foreign militants who had sexual intercourses with two Moroccan women. The women passed on the disease to the militants before their infection was revealed,” the doctor quoted by ARA News – a Syrian independent press agency, said.

He said “We were ordered by the group’s local leadership to transfer the infected militants to a quarantine center in the city.”

He also added that the two Moroccan women escaped to Turkey “for fear of execution by the IS”.

In order to avoid further spread of the disease, the ISIS leadership issued a decision through its Sharia Commission to run tests for AIDS on its members in Deir ez-Zor, following a state panic caused with the spread of the news.

A civil rights activist in al-Mayadeen said “IS leadership is planning to assign suicide attacks for its militants who are tested positive with AIDS.”

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Al-Baghdadi repeatedly raped US hostage Mueller before her murder http://www.khaama.com/al-baghdadi-repeatedly-raped-us-hostage-mueller-before-her-murder-3758 http://www.khaama.com/al-baghdadi-repeatedly-raped-us-hostage-mueller-before-her-murder-3758#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:59:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=54697 Read the full article...]]> amABC news reports that the US counter-terrorism officials believe that ISIS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi has repeatedly raped American hostage Kayla Mueller before her murder.

Kayla Mueller’s parents Carl and Marsha Mueller have told ABC news that they were told by the government their daughter was severely tortured and that she was considered as the property of al-Baghdadi.

“We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi, we were told that in June by the government.”

The news agency further states that after the kidnapping, Kayla Mueller was held captive in the home of a top ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf with whom al-Baghdadi would make contacts for the abuse.

US officials have told the news agency that it was during these visits that al-Baghdadi would sexually abuse Kayla Mueller.

US officials have said that this information was gathered after taking statements from two Yazidi girls who were being held as sex slaves in Abu Sayyaf’s compound.

Mueller, 26, was murdered by ISIS earlier this year after spending 18 months in their captivity.

She was kidnapped by ISIS gunmen after leaving a hospital of Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, northern Syria in August 2013.

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