Lavrov: Trade exchange with Saudi Arabia doubled last year

Map. History of Middle East conflict

23 September 2018
3 week ago
The US Navy intercepted and boarded an un-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Aden Tuesday and seized hundreds of small arms, to include AK-47s, according to US officials. The boarding was carried out by the crew of the USS Jason Dunham
Qatar 's list of 250 people to influence Trump included: •Alan Dershowitz •Mike Huckabee •Steve Witkoff •John Batchelor •Chris Ruddy
UN Secretary-General 'once again reaffirms that any use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable,' adds he is 'deeply concerned' about growing risks in Idlib
Saudi-led coalition says UN experts Yemen report included "false" and "inaccurate" claims
SAA and allied militia deployed in Tal Malah village targeted Hasarayiah village with tank. North Hama
The Coalition and Maghawir al-Thowra conducted a successful night test fire at Al Tanf today
President Erdoğan hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Ankara for talks on bilateral, regional issues including developments in Syria3 week ago
President Erdoğan hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Ankara for talks on bilateral, regional issues including developments in Syria
US Secretary of State @SecPompeo discusses political situation in Iraq with Masoud Barzani.
The US State Department denies reports of an U.S. intelligence delegation visiting Damascus and their meeting with the Syrian intelligence chief
2 dead and 18 injuries in explosion in Afrin
Many civilians reportedly injured by an explosion in Afrin
Footage showing live fire exercises of HIMARS system at Al-Tanf. These exercises help ensure the Maghawir al-Thowra and Coalition are ready for any threat.
Explosion rocks city of Afrin, wounding 4 according to initial reports
3 week ago
Turkey's Erdoğan, ultranationalist ally agree to bring back death penalty
ISIS media Amaq claims - in a statement - that many US soldiers on a military column got wounded by IEDs attack, while moving from Hasakah to Tal Tamer yesterday.
Egypt- a picture of RPO-A Schmel from the findings in the ground sweep element of the operation.
More arrests in Ahwaz capital on 27-07-2018: 1- Seyed Ali Mousawi, 27, 2- Reza Sawari, 26, 3- Mohammed Sawari, 18, Also on Monday 27/08/2018 from Hamidiyeh city two Ahwazi young been arrested. 4- Hassan Biet Saeed, 26, 5- Ali Mazraeh, 27
Iran FM Zarif arrives in Ankara3 week ago
Iran FM Zarif arrives in Ankara
AQAP announced that it had raided a position of the al-Hashimi al-Amni forces in #Ahwar #Abyan
Protest of Ahwazi Jufeir village residents against lack of drinking water on Monday 27/08/2018. Jufeir village is on the estimated 2 billion oil reservoir.
3 week ago
Georgia and Ukraine allow their citizens to visit each other without passports. From on national IDs will be sufficient, according to the Georgian PM Bakhtadze
Hash al-Shaabi organizes a demonstration in Baghdad against US [@brett_mcgurk] interference in the Iraqi affairs. Iraq
Deir al-Azur Eastern countryside: Al-Assad forces launched a large-scale arrest campaign on Wednesday for a number of young people to the city of Mayadeen for forced conscription.
The demonstration of the Ahwaz steel workers in front of the Iranian central bank in Ahwaz capital with the slogan of " the root of all corruption is here".
Georgia bans the import of grains from Russia to Armenia by trucks from September 15.3 week ago
Georgia bans the import of grains from Russia to Armenia by trucks from September 15.
Libya: Footage of armed clashes for the third day in a row between militias fighting each other in South Tripoli
Rosneft will start drilling in Kurdistan region soon.
Idlib: A civilian was shot dead by unidentified gunmen near the village of Al-Jib in the area of ​​Salqin in the north-western countryside
3 week ago
Erdoğan meets Iranian FM Zarif amid Idlib worries
Egypt @EgyArmySpox statement no.27 on COS2018 includes details on combined AF-SOF operation against militant cell in Western Desert, which resulted in killing of 7 militants, destroying a vehicle loaded with weaponsandcapturing explosive belts, radios, uniforms and other equipment
Kurdish Asayish forces fire live bullets to disperse a protest in Raqqa
Al Qaim: At least 14 people confirmed dead now.
4 policemen killed by militants in Kashmir after Hizbul commander gunned down3 week ago
4 policemen killed by militants in Kashmir after Hizbul commander gunned down
3 week ago
Lavrov: Moscow is ready to work with Washington to resolve all problems in Syria, Libya and countries in the region, but Washington is evading talk
3 week ago
Lavrov: The aim of accusing Syria of chemical weapons is to prevent the liquidation of terrorists in Idlib.
1500 Russian militarymen in Occupied South Osetia on highest alert for drill3 week ago
1500 Russian militarymen in Occupied South Osetia on highest alert for drill
3 week ago
Lavrov: European Troika banned sending chemical weapons experts to Khan Sheikun in the past
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: I call on political blocs to accelerate agreement on a government program that serves the best interests of Iraqis
3 week ago
Khamenei: JCPOA is not a goal but a means; naturally, if we conclude that it is impossible to protect national interests with JCPOA, we will put it aside. Europeans should understand from Iranian govt officials' words and actions that their measures will receive proper reactions by Iran.
3 week ago
Khamenei: It is fine to establish ties, continue negotiations with Europe; however, meanwhile you should stop having hopes in them on the issues like JCPOA or economic matters. You should strictly over the process of dealing with the matters, approaching their promises with wariness.
Opposition sources say they spotted a shipment of chemical weapons transferred by the army to the countryside of Hama.
3 week ago
Lavrov said he discussed with Saudi Arabia the appropriate conditions that would lead to Syrian refugees returning home
Syria: large underground ammo cache uncovered in S. Hama, including 7 TOW s and their launchers
Syria: large underground ammo cache uncovered in S. Hama, including 7 TOW s and their launchers
3 week ago
Lavrov: Trade exchange with Saudi Arabia doubled last year
Egypt leftist leader accused of insulting Sisi after calls for government change
3 week ago
Azerbaijan's President Aliyev dismissed Mayor of Ganja Elmar Veliyev and replaced him with Niyazi Bayramov, who served as Mayor of Mingachevir before. The dismissal reflects Aliyev sensitivity towards public anger. Veliyev was wounded in failed assassination attempt on 3 July.
Local broadcast of NRT channel halted in Kurdistan Region
SOHR: ISIS attacks al-Azraq field east of Euphrates River and clashes against SDF within its renewed targeting of their sites
Khamenei: Iran should not count on the Europeans to save the nuclear deal after the withdrawal of Washington
Graduation of the first batch of civil defence forces in Raqqa, consisting of 33 people who received 4 months of training. Their duty is to provide emergency services and protect civilians 24/7.
Iraq Ministry of Defense announces the arrival of a batch of Russian combat armored vehicles BMP-3M to Iraq
Bishkek handed over a note to Moscow after a Russian military hit and killed a woman in Kyrgyzstan
Syria: reports (pro-)Assad forces tried to shot down a Turkish reconnaissance drone with AA guns near Tell Rifaat (N. Aleppo).
US military officials arrive at the crossing point at Aid ad Dairat, Manbij, accompanied by SDF fighters
Heavy clashes between SAA and Daesh in the vicinity of the Safa area in the eastern Swaida countryside in conjunction with heavy bombing of the area
Unidentified gunmen kill a civilian near the village of Jiba in the western suburb of Idlib.
Cached of ammunition including missiles was founded in Tulul al-Humra in Hama
SAA shot down an bomb-laden UAV north to Hama
Pentagon: Manbij residents to govern Manbij
Two civilians were wounded Wednesday in a bomb attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.
IS claims responsibility for the bombing in the city of al-Qaim, Anbar. At least 10 policemen dead.
@PMBarzani : Kurdistan region parliamentary election to be held on time and no one asked us to suspend the election.
@PMBarzani: We haven't made any agreements with any Iraqi parti to form the biggest faction in Iraq
Syria: a Turkish column of 15 armored vehicles arrived early this morning in the Morek Observation Post (N. Hama), most forward TSK position in Greater Idlib.3 week ago
Syria: a Turkish column of 15 armored vehicles arrived early this morning in the Morek Observation Post (N. Hama), most forward TSK position in Greater Idlib.
Syria: ex-Jaish Alababil fighters who surrendered ao last May S. Damascus districts and joined 4th Division will also be involved in upcoming Idlib Offensive.
Somalia: ISIS claims targeted assassination a policeman in Mogadishu
A protest gathering by students from Tehran University in protest against the cost of Compensation Courses in front of University
Syrian JTS rebels arrested 30 people in Idlib this morning which wanted their towns to "reconcile" with the Assad government.
3 week ago
Four Daesh members arrested in Kabul
The Syria nArmy's 1st ad 3rd divisions broke through ISIL front-lines in the Safa region this morning at the Hawi Awad area in the northern part of the desert in Suweida. The SAA managed to capture the strategic water dam.
In the multinational exercises, forces from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, India and Pakistan take out Islamist "caliphate" in Central Asia.
3 week ago
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry: Armenian armed units violated ceasefire 89 times
Russian Air Force (223rd Flight Unit ) Tu-154M airborne from Khartoum3 week ago
Russian Air Force (223rd Flight Unit ) Tu-154M airborne from Khartoum
Syria: remains of another weaponized drone, this time in Suqaylbiyah (N. Hama). A Rebel DJI UAV was also downed nearby yesterday.
Israeli forces demolish a house in the town of Barta'a, southwest of Jenin.
Sudanese and Egyptian agri ministers met yesterday, FMs to meet today to resolve import ban of Sudan of agricultural products from Egypt
5 soldiers killed and 3 wounded after an armed attack from Al-Qaeda targeted a security point belonging to the security belt forces in "Ahor" Abyan Governorate in South Yemen
William Roebuck The chief adviser of the Coalition Forces to fight IS in Syria, visited al-Basira area and met with elders' tribesmen of DeirEzzor and stated we are concerned and want to insure of the withdrawal of Iranian/ proxies and committed to Geneva proses
Reuters is confirming parts of yesterday's al-Akhbar report about US officials travelling to Syria for talks with security chief. Also says communication ongoing regading fate of Austin Tice, ISIS remnants and gov's chemical weapons stockpile
Israel and US have established a team to track the implementation of the Sanctions against Iran
Syrian state media reports that thousands of people have returned to their homes in Darayya for the first time since government forces clawed it back from rebels two years ago
21 casualties in the blast that targeted a joint point of the Iraqi army and the PMU militias in the district of Qaim in Anbar
Local official: 8 PMU killed in a car bomb explosion in the Qaim city in western Iraq
Iraqi authorities announced a curfew in the Qaim district of Anbar province after the suicide bombing
3 week ago
Yemen's Houthis fire ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia's najran region: Houthis' TV
3 week ago
Russian strategic aviation is active
Smuggled 'priceless treasures' of Roman, Greek, Persian, Islamic civilizations seized by Istanbul police3 week ago
Smuggled 'priceless treasures' of Roman, Greek, Persian, Islamic civilizations seized by Istanbul police
Iraq Ninawa Police arrest 11 ISIS in Islah Zara'i neighborhood in West Mosul. Included were ISIS financial, media and livestock officials from time of ISIS occupation of Mosul. (Livestock official confiscated cattle and sheep from residents of Ninawa Plains).
Suicide bombing in the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim in Anbar province.
UN says Syria's Idlib offensive could spark 'worst humanitarian emergency'
US Navy P8 Poseidon submarine hunter airborne over the Mediterranean near between Kriti and Libya3 week ago
US Navy P8 Poseidon submarine hunter airborne over the Mediterranean near between Kriti and Libya
3 week ago
Earthquake of magnitude 4.8 - 31km NE of Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran
3 week ago
Maritime patrol aircraft US Navy P-8A Poseidon LX-N90459
3 week ago
Turkish military reinforcements arrive at Turkish observation post near Morak town, north of Hama.
Egypt- eventful day in North Sinai yet again yesterday, with Amaq reporting on ISIS attack in al-Arish causing 3 casualties, an IED attack against a military vehicle, and another IED attack on a military ambulance, probably as part of a planned ambush for first responders
Heavy artillery shelling by the Syrian government forces targeted the village of Hasraya, North countryside of Hama, Syria.
National Liberation Front: casualties among government forces in ambush on the axis of Al-Rashidin in West Aleppo
3 week ago
Police, Army and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) are carrying out operations to engage militants in Jammu And Kashmir
SAA Artillery shelling reported on Kafrzita in north Hama
Udhampur: J&K police organised a 5-day 'Bharat Darshan' tour for students under civic action prog where 52 students from the dist are participating. SP says'It's organised every year but this year we're sending them by air.They're going to Delhi.3 week ago
Udhampur: J&K police organised a 5-day 'Bharat Darshan' tour for students under civic action prog where 52 students from the dist are participating. SP says'It's organised every year but this year we're sending them by air.They're going to Delhi.
China has started building a training camp for Afghan troops in a narrow corridor Wakhan that connects the two countries. China is likely to send hundreds of military personnel – at least one battalion's worth[500 troops]– to Afghanistan's isolated Wakhan Corridor.3 week ago
China has started building a training camp for Afghan troops in a narrow corridor Wakhan that connects the two countries. China is likely to send hundreds of military personnel – at least one battalion's worth[500 troops]– to Afghanistan's isolated Wakhan Corridor.
Jammu And Kashmir: An encounter has started in Anantnag's Munward. 1-2 militants are believed to be trapped. Police, Army and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) are carrying out operations. Mobile internet services have been suspended in the district.
Iran arrested 'tens of spies' within the government - Iranian minister.
Houthi claim repelled attack from Shurajah axis. Also they posted long video of sniping in Kirsh.3 week ago
Houthi claim repelled attack from Shurajah axis. Also they posted long video of sniping in Kirsh.
3 week ago
RuAF RA78776 Il-76 from Mozdok to Latakia, Syria
Turkish warplanes bomb Bradost in Kurdistan Region
SAA Artillery shelling is targeting Al Ziyara, West Hama
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: I call on the political blocs not to fight for positions, but to move the political process towards a strong state that serves the citizens, and continues the overall development of Iraq
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: The next government must continue the current government's approach to maintaining security, extending the rule of law, developing the economy and supporting the private sector.
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: The provision of potable water to the citizens is essential. We sent a delegation to the province of Basra to work out the obstacles and reach a solution
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: I call for cooperation between the political blocs to develop an integrated government program that provides services to citizens, supports the reconstruction process and provide employment opportunities to our citizens
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: We held a series of meetings with @siemens_me, and agreed on an integrated roadmap and a program to solve the electricity issues. We will launch a program that will respond all citizens' needs
3 week ago
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: The @IraqiGovt is working to build Iraq's national economy through an integrated plan. We are optimistic about the increase in the oil price, and that the Iraqi economy is solid
Islamic State East Asia claims to have killed 3 Filipino soldiers, after IED exploded in Isulan Town, Sultan Kadarat Philippines
3 week ago
Turkish military says a Turkish pilot has flown with F-35 jet for the first time today. Trainings continue in the US
Mattis says Turkey has a choice to make, a sovereign decision to make. But clearly Turkey bringing a Russian anti-missile system into NATO, we cannot integrate that into NATO, and yes it does concern us. We do not recommend that.
In @VP phone call today with Afghanistan President @ashrafghani there was a discussion about the "need for political inclusion to enable the long-term stability and effectiveness of the Afghan government."
The first BMP-3s have begun arriving to Iraq.
First U.S. drone strike in Libya since June; days after French airstrike killed a top ISIS affiliate leader in northern Mali
According to Syrian state media, a delegation of the Polish ministry of foreign affairs visited Damascus to explore opportunities for refugee return, promising to fund a pilot settlement for 100 families "in a place picked by the Syrian state",
US Special Envoy for Iran: We are working to address Iran's threats in cyberspace
US Special Envoy for Iran: Our military presence in Syria will help us protect our national security
US Special Envoy for Iran: We want to defeat ISIS and prevent its appearance again
3 week ago
US aircraft bomb Afghan army headquarters in Faryab after withdrawing cause of Taliban attacks.
US special envoy for Iran: Tehran supports Houthis with rockets to bomb Riyadh
US Special Envoy for Iran: The Iranian government suppresses religious freedoms and does not tolerate any new ideas in society
US Special Envoy for Iran: The Iranian government is like a mafia
U.S army convoy heading from Hasakah towards its new base in al-Shadadi town.
The US military conducted an airstrike near Bani Walid, Libya on Aug. 28 "killing 1 ISIS-Libya terrorist," according to @USAfricaCommand. Strike was carried out "in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord." It's the first reported US strike in Libya since June 13
Damascus has no plans to use chemical weapons in Syria - Russian envoy to UN
SDF security forces shooting at Christen protesters outside of Mary Church in Qamishili. SDF closed several Christen schools over the last weeks.
SDF security forces shooting at Christen protesters outside of Mary Church in Qamishili. SDF closed several Christen schools over the last weeks.
US Secretary of Defense: Our goal to let Syrian people to choose a new government, not the government selected by Assad
NATO confirms Russian naval build up off Syria, calls for restraint
Mattis shoots down the Erik Prince contractor plan for Afghanistan: "When Americans put their country's reputation on the line, privatizing it is probably not a good idea."
SAR envoy at UN Al-Jaafari: Any aggression against Syria will be an aggression on regional and international peace and security and support for terrorism and targeting the efforts of Syria and its allies to fight it
Iraqi Security Forces are searching for 3 men in Zab town wanted for collaborating with ISIS and giving them people to target.
British envoy at U.N.: We have reports that the Syrian government is preparing for military action in Idlib
U.K. envoy at UN: We call on Russia to convince the Syrian government not to attack Idlib and not to use banned weapons
"Our problem is not with Iran. It is with the Iranian government leadership, not the Iranian people." - Mattis
"It's a lot easier to be the criminal in a town than it is to be the policeman," Mattis says of the Taliban.
"There's very few YPG left in Manbij, if any." - Dunford
Image of the aftermath of a PKK IED targeting a MRAP belonging to the Turkish army in Hakkari. Turkey.3 week ago
Image of the aftermath of a PKK IED targeting a MRAP belonging to the Turkish army in Hakkari. Turkey.
SecDef Mattis says US support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen "is not unconditional" says Pentagon "constantly reviewing" US support
Air Force of Azerbaijan conducted training flights3 week ago
Air Force of Azerbaijan conducted training flights
"We have to destroy ISIS" before US troops can leave Syria, Mattis says. Two other 'musts' are the training of local troops and for the UN process "to start making traction" to end the war.
Mattis says US "might be reducing our troops" in Syria if local partners prove capable. America has 2,200 troops in Syria by the current estimate.
Mattis says ISIS is down to two percent of the land it once controlled in the Middle East.
Dunford outlines two priorities with 77 nation coalition anti-ISIS campaign. Syria: Enable 50,000 SDF to retake the Euphrates River Valley. Iraq: Support military missions against ISIS
"We're still planning with the Turks for combined patrols" in Manbij, Dunford says. One thing needed is an agreement for rules of engagement. He says both are satisfied with the pace of the planning.
Mattis says the @StateDept has been in "recent, active communication" with Russia to prevent the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
U.S. is watching to see if Assad and Russia move chemical weapons into Idlib
More Turkish reinforcements arrive in Syria
More body counts, in Ghazni and Paktika, courtesy of the Afghan military: 29 Killed in Ghazni, 15 in Paktika airstrikes.
Sources: Drone strike in Bani Walid (western Libya) kills an alleged Islamic State member identified as Walid Abu Hreibah.
Reuters: France asks its diplomats to postpone unnecessary travel to Iran
Alnabaa sources: Bani Walid's Dahira district attacked by airstrike believed to be by foreign aircraft
A suspected US airstrike killed one ISIS fighter in Al-Dahra district in the town of Bani Walid, about 90 miles southeast of Libya's Tripoli
3 week ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 - Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan
US Department of Defense: Concerned about the possible Syrian government's use of chemical weapons
Houthi continue repelling joint Saidi and pro-Hadi forces attacks in Baqim valley. Streit Group Cobra burned on video.
ISIL group claims to have shot and killed a security officer in Mogadishu
3 week ago
Turkish military sent a proposal to Turkish foreign ministry regarding creation of naval base in Northern Cyprus, Turkish-supported separatist part of Cyprus.
Government forces arrested at least 50 students after protesting in Umayyad Square in Damascus calling for another exam course to avoid going to military service, young men who fail 2 years forced to go to military conscription or leave the country for 4-5years
UN Group of Experts report accuses all sides in Yemen conflict of war crimes. Says airstrikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities.3 week ago
UN "Group of Experts" report accuses all sides in Yemen conflict of war crimes. Says airstrikes have hit "residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities."
The recruiter Mustafa Ahmed Abed Rabbo from Fayoum city was killed two days ago in the terrorist attack kilo 17 in Arish. Sinai
3 week ago
Maritime patrol aircraft US Navy P-8A Poseidon LX-N90459
Egypt, Ethiopia agree to overcome obstacles during Grand Renaissance Dam negotiations, FM PM Abiy Ahmed and President Sisi expected to meet in Sept on the sidelines of a China-Africa cooperation forum in Beijing.
3 week ago
Merkel to Trump: Russia needed to restrain Syria's Assad from attacking Idlib
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