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Why Did Saudia summon COAS and Pakistan PM?

The difference between the Sunnis and the Takfiri Wahhabism!

Who conspired against Khatm.e.Nubuwwat (PBUH) law?

Dirty Politics: PTI’s blunder of making alliance with Taliban’s father

Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims ‘a dehumanising apartheid’: Amnesty report

Scientists warns of upsurge in major earthquakes in 2018

UNGA resolution: Is Pakistan on right track for Kashmir’s freedom?

Imran Khan paves way for father of Deobandi Taliban to his new Pakistan

Rana Sanaullah blames Intelligence Agencies for Shirazi kidnapping

Report: Saudi Arabia deficit reaches $32.4bn

Russia eyes active role in Afghanistan, breaking with three-decade restraint

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring

Afghanistan opium cultivation: A bigger threat than ISIS to Pakistan and Iran

Why Nawaz Sharif is hesitant to remove Ishaq Dar?

Can Islamabad protests lead into Military take over?

Iran: Saudi-drafted Arab League statement full of lies, worthless

Nasrallah: US did what it could to help Daesh in Syria's Bukamal

Interior Minister gets 48 hours to evict defiant Islamabad protesters

ABNA | Syrian civilian killed, material damaged in terrorist rocket attacks in Damascus

Pakistan nears its moment of truth

MERH | Study indicates discrimination against Shias in Bahrain

The Prophet, an ‘Ummi’..

Does Israel has secret ties with 'many' Arab, Muslim states?

Why Pentagon persuaded Congress to delink LeT from Haqqani network?

Security council appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim

The conditional release of Saad al-Hariri; Saudi Arabia kept his two children in Riyadh

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Egyptian authorities crack down on televised fatwas

Saudi Arabia’s empty trumpeting for war against Iran

Replacing Finance minister: Is PML-N going to make Ishaq Dar a perfect scapegoat?

Faizabad sit in: Is another model town like action in the offing?

Is Shahbaz Sharif deliberately weakening PML-N?

Would Nawaz seek a presidential pardon?

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs

Palestine to freeze ties with US if Trump admin closes mission in Washington

The Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)

Lebanese PM Accepts France Invite: Will This End Crisis?

Arab media: Baghdad not ready to host Saudi Crown Prince

Barzani seeking to mend ties with Iran, worrying US

The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

Is this the end of Nawaz dynasty in Pakistan?

US president takes issue with ‘naïve’ Times op-ed on Xi-Trump ties

Yemeni hospitals will run out of fuel in three weeks: UN

Will new chairman review NAB’s in-house legal view on Musharraf?

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

Lebanese Bankers Fear Qatar-Style Blockade by Saudis

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

New constituency’s controversy: Is PML-N trying to delay the election?

Media Silent as 1 Million Protesters March in Spain to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners

Did Israel enforce Trump to renegotiate nuclear agreement with Iran?

Non-bailable arrest warrants: Has Nawaz Sharif abandoned Ishaq Dar?

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

Zimbabwe army deploys soldiers outside Harare

Sheikh Salman to be tried later this month on false espionage charges

Startling revelations: How politician used terrorists to target their rivals?

Turkish President slams Saudi Crown prince over ’Moderate Islam’

Islamic Jihad vows retaliation for Israeli attack

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

Re-opening of Hudabiya case: What is the game behind the curtains?

UK Hindu minister urges military aid to Israel

iPhone X owners complain of ‘green line of death’ on screen of $999 device

Rapprochement with Israel carries a heavy price tag for Riyadh

MMA revival: Is it an attempt to induct extremist religious parties into politics?

Shafaqna analysis: Why Pakistan cannot bring Altaf Hussain back?

Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 450

US envoy assures Israel that US will move embassy to Jerusalem

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Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

1396/8/26 | 18:05
  A new report says Saudi Arabia has offered deals to detained princes and businessmen to fill depleted state coffers. According to a report published in The Financial Time on Thursday, Saudi authorities were negotiating settlements with individuals held over allegations of corruption at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. The report quoting people close to the negotiations said that some of the suspects were keen to secure their release by signing over cash and corporate assets. “They are making settlements with most of those in the ...

How serious is Iraqi Kurdistan about reviewing ties with Washington?

1396/8/24 | 18:05
    Barzani made a bitter televised speech in which he lashed out at the US. After a string of developments including the independence referendum, the Iraqi army and Popular Mobilization Forces’ operation to retake the disputed regions that mainly quashed the Kurdish leader’s dream to split from Iraq and found independent Kurdish state, and very lately Masoud Barzani’s disinclined resignation as president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Barzani made a bitter televised speech on October 29 in which he lashed out at the ...

Strong earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 450

1396/8/23 | 18:05
A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing about 450 people, almost all of them in Iran. The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 pm local time on Sunday (0010 GMT on Monday), was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). But the highest casualties occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province. According to official tallies, ...

130 people killed in Iran’s Kermanshah as quake hits region

1396/8/22 | 18:05
Over 130 people have been killed in Iran and several more in Iraq as a 7.3 earthquake hits the region. According to Kermanshah’s deputy governor, 129 people were killed in the province alone in the Sunday night quake. “There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won't rise too much, but it will rise," Mojtaba Nikkerdar added. The province has announced three days of mourning.   According, to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake happened some 103 kilometers southeast of the Iraqi Kurdish city ...

More than 50 nationalities gather in holy city of Kerbela

1396/8/19 | 18:05
  Thousands of pilgrims of more than 50 nationalities from different countries around the world gathered in the holy city of Kerbela to commemorate the Arba’een anniversary of Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him).   Going on foot to the shrine of Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him), all pilgrims are equal; they help one another; their love for Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him) gathered them in a small city.   Reyadh Ne’meh Selman, director of Husseinian Rituals Department at Imam Hussein Shirn, said that more than 10000 groups ...

US misled Britain over Iraq war, claims Brown

1396/8/16 | 18:05
  Gordon Brown has claimed the UK was “misled” over the Iraq war because the US defence department failed to pass on information casting doubt on Saddam Hussein’s destructive capability.   The former prime minister, who was chancellor when the decision to go to war in 2003 was made, said it was “astonishing” that top-secret US intelligence was not shared with Britain. He claimed that only after leaving office did he become aware of “crucial” papers held by the US Department of Defense and believes the course of history ...

Arbaeen: a spiritual walk

1396/8/15 | 18:05
  Safar is the second month of the Islamic calendar. It is marked with many important events in Islamic history but one of the most important of these is Arbaeen (20th Safar).   In Arabic language it means forty and in Islamic history it marks the 40th day of mourning period following Ashura, the 10th of Muharram when Hussain ibn Ali (AlaihisSalam), the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ṣallā llāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) was killed and beheaded along with his family members and companions by the army of Yazid in 61 Hijri.   In ...

US in Iraq: Taking advantage of ISIS for military stay

1396/8/14 | 18:05
  American forces deployed to Iraq will hypothetically stay in that country until the ISIS terrorist group is fully defeated.     Appearing with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday night that the American forces deployed to Iraq will hypothetically stay in that country until the ISIS terrorist group is fully defeated, even if the Iraqi government asked Washington to leave. Last week, Tillerson called on the Iranian-backed ...

What’s behind Riyadh’s invitation of Iraq PM?

1396/8/6 | 18:05
  Heading a 70-person delegation, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The visit to Riyadh is the second within past few months.     The trip is reportedly aimed at forming a coordination council between the two Arab countries to assess the political and economic relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The final goal of the council is to improve the bilateral relations as Riyadh and Baghdad saw their ties frayed over the course of past few decades.   Reports say that the ...

Iraq Rejects Tillerson Call to Disband/Expel Shi’ite Militias

1396/8/3 | 18:05
  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Baghdad on Monday, and Prime Minister Hayder Abadi is none too happy with his weekend calls for Iraqi Shi’ite militias to leave Iraq, a call he said was necessary because the ISIS war is over.       Abadi, himself a high-ranking member of one of the militias, the Badr Brigade, rejected Tillerson’s comments, praising the militias as the “hope of Iraq,” and saying they ought to be encouraged instead of opposed.   The US has had a strange relationship with Iraqi ...

Hashd al-Sha’abi commander calls for US forces withdrawal from Iraq

1396/8/3 | 18:05
  A top commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Sha’abi) has called for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq after the elimination of Daesh Takfiri terrorists. "To the US secretary of state, your military forces must prepare now to get out of our homeland Iraq immediately and without delay once the ISIS elimination excuse is over," Qais al-Khaz’ali, the secretary general of the League of Righteous, an Iraqi armed group fighting Daesh as part of Hashd al-Sha’abi, wrote on his Twitter page. The statement ...

New game plan: Saudi Arabia and Iraq pledge cooperation against Daesh

1396/8/2 | 18:05
  Saudi Arabia and Iraq convened a new joint body to coordinate their fight against Daesh and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group, the Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Riyadh on Sunday.   The rare senior meeting, signalling a thaw between states that have been at loggerheads for decades, was also attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who praised the accord between the two close US allies.   The council will also contribute to reforms that will grow and diversify ...

Iraq’s al-Sadr dispatches fighters to ‘secure’ Kirkuk

1396/7/30 | 18:05
  Prominent Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Iraq’s influential Sadrist movement, has ordered fighters from the Saraya al-Salaam, his group’s military arm, to “restore security” in the volatile Kirkuk province.   “Saraya al-Salaam’s rapid-reaction brigade set out this morning [Friday] to Kirkuk province upon al-Sadr’s instructions,” Saraya officer Ihab Mohammed told Anadolu Agency.   The deployment, he said, “is aimed at ensuring security and protecting civilians in light of recent events in Kirkuk ...

Who lies behind the curtain of Iraq’s partitioning?

1396/7/29 | 18:05
  Following the destruction of ISIS, the Middle East and Iraq were in need of a new scenario in order to create insecurity in the country according to the theory of constructive chaos, thereby keeping it from reaping the results of combating terrorism.     That is why the scenario of Kurdistan’s referendum was planned and implemented by Masoud Barzani, who had greatly cooperated with Saddam’s political structure. The originator of this scenario is America’s former ambassador to Iraq, who, owing to a few privileges, was ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdistan’s vice president

1396/7/28 | 18:05
  An Iraqi court has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), accusing him of provocation against the Arab country’s armed forces, which managed to take over Kirkuk province earlier this week. Baghdad’s Rusafa Investigation Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Kosrat Rasul, who had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as “occupation forces” in a statement he released a day earlier. In his statement, Rasul, who is also the vice president of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ...

Report: Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held Kirkuk

1396/7/24 | 18:05
Iraqi Forces have started to advance toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk, Reuters reports Kurdish and Iraqi officials as saying. The announcement was made late on Sunday, several hours after Iraq’s central government accused Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities of bringing militants from Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to the Kirkuk, saying it considered the move as a "declaration of war."  The Iraqi government has announced that it will impose its authority over Kirkuk and other disputed areas. The statement came ...

US diplomats cast doubt on America’s ability to constrain Iran

1396/7/23 | 18:05
  A number of former U.S ambassadors in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria raising doubts on the efficiency of Donald Trump’s stances towards Iran, also raised doubts on Washington’s ability to keep Tehran in check in the region.   As the U.S president announced his anti-Iran position on Friday, former U.S ambassadors raised doubts on Washington’s ability to keep Iran in check.   According to reports by some Western news outlets, Donald Trump, who had repeatedly announced his anti-Iran stance in the region and Persian Gulf, also ...

US Daesh fighter in Syria poses dilemma for White House

1396/7/22 | 18:05
  On 12 September an American member who was allegedly fighting with Daesh in Syria surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces and was handed over to the United States’ military custody in Iraq. The Department of Defence (DoD) is treating the fighter as an “enemy combatant”.   Whether the US decides to imprison him in Guantanamo Bay or fly him to US mainland to be tried in a civilian court is a major litmus test over the legality of the war against the Daesh group (or the Islamic State) in Syria, Iraq and beyond.   The ...

Takfiri terrorism’s next station could be Southwest Asia

1396/7/22 | 18:05
  The life of the takfiri terrorist groups, especially ISIS, is coming to an end in Syria and Iraq thanks to the popular resistance forces' support for the Arab countries' national armies.     The life of the takfiri terrorist groups, especially ISIS, is coming to an end in Syria and Iraq thanks to the popular resistance forces’ support for the Arab countries’ national armies. However, experts unanimously rule out obliteration of the Daeshism (from Daesh, Arabic acronym for ISIS) in the short run.   However, the ...

Israeli report claimed Hawija was recaptured within deal with IS

1396/7/21 | 18:05
  Iraq’s military command denied Tuesday claims made in an Israeli report which suggested that the Kirkuk town of Hawija, a major Islamic State bastion, was recaptured based on a deal with the militants.     “Iraqi troops had not, and will never, strike a deal with Daesh (IS), neither in Hawija nor anywhere else,” said Yahia Rasoul, spokesman of the Joint Operations Command. “There had been a ferocious fighting, hundreds of IS were killed, and hundreds of explosive devices were defused…what deal are you talking about?,” ...

Who is behind the secret death of the young leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party?

1396/7/19 | 18:05
  The Barzani family are among the most respected and influential in Iraqi Kurdistan that could remarkably promote themselves as the leadership of the Iraqi Kurdistan since Mullah Mustafa Barzani, among other Kurdish tribes, through the ups and downs of intra-tribal conflicts and inner-family conquests.   As the time passed and Mullah Mustafa aged, the rivalry between his two sons (Idris and Massoud) who have political appearances took radical aspects. But the wisdom and creative mindset of Idris every day posed him in the eyes of ...

Iraqi Sadr Movement threatens to storm parliament if electoral commission term extended

1396/7/19 | 18:05
  The Central Revolution Committee of the Sadrist movement on Monday threatened to storm the Iraqi parliament building if the electoral commission term is extended.   “The committee postponed earlier the protests to give the parliament an opportunity to choose a new election commission” committee member, Ikhlas al-Obeidi,  said at a press conference in Baghdad.   “But, apparently, this did not work” she added.   “We reject any extension of the current Election Commission term for any reason, and if the commission’s ...

US, foreign powers after creation of new Israel: Leader

1396/7/13 | 18:05
  Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States and Israel benefit from the recent referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, stressing Washington and foreign powers seek to create a new Israel. "The United States and foreign powers are untrustworthy and seek to create a new Israel in the region," Ayatollah Khamenei said. The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday. Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that holding the Kurdish vote in Iraq ...

Who are the Kurds?

1396/7/11 | 18:05
  Iraqi Kurds last month backed independence from Baghdad in a controversial referendum that has heightened regional tensions.   Indigenous to a mountain region in the northern Middle East, the Kurds are the largest stateless nation in the world. The fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, around 25 million Kurds live in a territory that spans the borders of modern-day Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.   Kurds have a distinct community, united by race, culture and language - although several dialects exist. Due ...

Iran bans oil products shipment to Iraqi Kurdistan

1396/7/9 | 18:05
Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has warned companies against shipment of oil products to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan “until further notice,” Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday. The decision is in line with Tehran’s series of measures in response to a referendum held in the semi-autonomous region on possible secession from Iraq which has drawn international criticism.   “Given the recent developments in the region, it is suitable that international transportation companies and drivers active in this field avoid ...

Kurdish referendum: Start of another war in Iraq

1396/7/6 | 18:05
  While the referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not pleased the Iraqi government among other regional countries it was nonetheless a historic day for the Kurds.   Hours before the results of the Kurdish referendum were to be announced, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issued a stern warning to the Kurdish regional government in Iraq.      Turkey has bitter memories of the uprisings that the Kurdish people carried out against it between 1925 and 1935. This in turn limited both the ...

Iran closes airspace to all flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan

1396/7/4 | 18:05
  Iran has closed its airspace to all flights to and from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq at the request of the country's federal government, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says.     “At the request of the central government of Iraq, all flights from Iran to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports as well as all flights through our country’s airspace originating in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have been halted,” Keyvan Khosravi, a spokesman for the SNSC, said on Sunday.     He added that ...

Leader’s aide warns of new US, Israeli plot to partition Iraq

1396/7/4 | 18:05
A senior Iranian official says a highly controversial referendum on independence of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region is a new US-Israeli plot in the Middle East to partition the country, warning that the Kurds will suffer as a result of the plan. “After the defeat of Daesh [terrorist group] in Syria and Iraq, Kurdistan’s referendum will result in escalation of tensions and crisis in the region,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Monday. Iraq's ...

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border

1396/7/3 | 18:05
  Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region.     Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Gara region on Saturday after spotting militants preparing to attack Turkish military outposts on the border.     Iraq’s powerful neighbours, Iran and Turkey, strongly oppose the Kurdish ...

Iraqi militia ‘will fight wherever Iran’s Syed Khamenei wants’

1396/7/2 | 18:05
  A Shia militia in Iraq has said that it is ready to fight wherever Iran’s Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei wants it to, Eremnews.com reported on Friday. Al-Nujaba is part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a state-sponsored umbrella body of around 40 militias in Iraq.     Senior commander Akram Al-Ka’bi revealed the group’s readiness during a speech in Iran. “The resistance groups in Iraq are fighting under the leadership of Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei and are ready to fight wherever and whenever he wants against the ...

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

1396/6/27 | 18:05
  Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has denounced a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad would not tolerate the establishment of “a second Israel,” after the occupying regime became the only entity to support the so-called plebiscite. Maliki, who was also Iraq's prime minister from 2006 to 2014, made the remarks in a meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, in the capital Baghdad on Sunday, adding that the leaders of the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan must “call off the ...

Sadr’s announcement on Hezbollah-IS deal

1396/6/11 | 18:05
Iraqi Shia cleric and militancy leader Muqtada al-Sadr has urged the Iraqi government to ensure protection for its borders with Syria after a controversial deal between Islamic State militants and Lebanese militia Hezbollah helped the group redeploy there.   “The Iraqi government is required to secure the borders with Syrian al-Boukamal region,” Sadr tweeted on Thursday. “We are fully prepared to cooperate with it (the government)”. A deal between Hezbollah and Islamic State fighters, approved by the Syrian government, has gone ...

Terror next time: Daesh’s story is not over yet

1396/6/7 | 18:05
Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, has been reduced to rubble. It has been finally conquered, snatched back from the notorious group, Daesh, after months of merciless bombardment by the US-led war coalition, and a massive ground war.     But ‘victory’ can hardly be the term assigned to this moment. Mosul, once Iraq’s cultural jewel and model of co-existence, is now a ‘city of corpses’, as described by a foreign journalist who walked through the ruins, while shielding his nose from a foul smell. “You’ve probably ...

Official invitations, Al-Sadr to set on Europe tour

1396/6/6 | 18:05
  Influential Shia cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr will set on a European tour responding to official invitations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.     London-based al-Hayat said Sadr is preparing for a tour including France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Vatican, and would hold meetings with senior officials at those countries.     The purpose of the visit, as the paper put it, will not differ from that of his recent Arab region tour, focusing on Iraq’s openness to other countries and encouragement of ...

Three reasons why Kurdistan independence can stir civil war

1396/6/4 | 18:05
  Opportunities to found an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq are sliding almost to zero as an array of sides, most importantly the central Iraqi government and the people themselves, as well as regional and international sides have come against the expected September 25 independence referendum.     The Kurds account for an overwhelming majority of the northern Iraqi region, however, the matter of independence also concerns a series of neighbors like Iran, Turkey, and Syria as they have Kurdish minorities as part of ...

Afghan Shias under attack: ISIS avenges defeat of Iraq

1396/6/4 | 18:05
  Twelve people were killed in an hours-long suicide bomb and gun attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, an official said.     “We have ten civilians martyred and over 40 wounded. One police and one special forces member were also killed,” Najib Danish, deputy interior ministry spokesman, told AFP, adding that the attack was over.   Earlier, gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion and pushing into the shrine, officials said.     In ...

Saudi Arabia Courts Iraq Alliance, Offering Reconstruction Aid

1396/5/30 | 18:05
v  Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia reopened the Arar border crossing with Iraq, for the first time in 27 years. The move marks a significant turning point in the two nations’ relationship, and points to Saudi efforts to try to set up an alliance with the Iraqis.     Iraq would be a strange ally for Saudi Arabia, as the Sunni kingdom keeps its distance from most Shi’ite-dominated states. From the Saudi perspective, the main goal appears to be to split Iraq from its main ally, Iran, who the Saudis consider their primary ...

ISIL Terrorists Paying Thousands of US Dollars to Human Traffickers While Fleeing Iraq

1396/5/29 | 18:05
A member of the Iraqi Parliament reported that human traffickers are taking $3,000 to $5,000 for transferring members of the ISIL from the Northwestern city of Tal Afar after the recent victories of the Iraqi forces.   Abbas al-Bayati said that based on intel the ISIL terrorists are paying $3,000 up to $5,000 to human traffickers to transfer them from Tal Afar that is on the verge of full liberation following the Iraq forces' liberation operation in the region. He went on to say that the traffickers are those who have smuggled and sold ...

With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer

1396/5/28 | 18:05
It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shia Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington’s main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq. For Sadr, who has a large following among the poor in Baghdad and southern ...

Why is Tal Afar liberation significant?

1396/5/27 | 18:05
Media quoting the Iraqi military sources reported  that airstrikes have been launched, ushering in an operation to recapture Tal Afar from ISIS terrorist group. Earlier, the chief of Iraq army general staff had told the reporters that the armed forces were staying alert for an order from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to commence the liberating campaign. The spokesman to Iraq’s ministry of defense Mohamad al-Khadhri on Thursday told Sputnik news agency of the beginning of the offensive, adding that a coalition of Iraqi forces was waiting ...

Saudi Arabia denies seeking mediation with Iran

1396/5/26 | 18:05
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that it is seeking mediation with regional Shia rival Iran.An official Saudi source said today that the current Iranian regime “cannot be negotiated with”.   “Saudi Arabia has not requested any mediation in any way with the Republic of Iran,” the source said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency. The denial came after Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji said Riyadh has officially asked for Iraq’s mediation to ease tensions with Tehran. The Saudi source renewed accusations that ...

Mending fences with Sunni states: After Saudia, Muqtada al-Sadr reaches UAE

1396/5/23 | 18:05
  An influential Iraqi Shia cleric plans to visit the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, strengthening his ties with Sunni-ruled states of the Middle East.     It will be the second such trip in as many months for Muqtada al-Sadr, who commands a large following among Iraq’s urban poor. He visited Saudi Arabia at the end of July. The Emirati government will send a special plane to fly Sadr to the UAE and return him to Iraq, according to a statement on the cleric’s website.     The cleric is one of few Iraqi Shia ...

16year old German girl converts to Islam, flees home and Joins ISIS, now faces Death Penalty

1396/5/22 | 18:05
The video of the capture of a runaway 16-year-old German girl who fled her home state and joined ISIS has emerged online.    Locals from her hometown told RT that the teen deserves a second chance, expressing concerns over the radicalization of German youths. The footage shows the visibly scared and partly crying girl paraded through the street and the baying Iraqi soldiers holding her by the arms.   Linda Wenzel, dubbed the “Jihadi Bride” or “ISIS bride,” was snatched in July in the ruins of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ...

 ‘Daesh looted $835m from Iraqi banks’

1396/5/20 | 18:05
The Iraqi Central Bank revealed on Tuesday that Daesh has looted around $835 million from the government and private sector banking systems, Anadolu has reported.     More than 120 branches of state and private banks have been seized by the extremist group in the Nineveh, Saladin, Diyala and Anbar provinces since 15 June 2014.     In addition to the looted money, said the Central Bank, Daesh has been making up to $2million per day through its illegal sale of oil. According to Anadolu, this is the first time that ...

Saudi Arabia in Iraq… What has changed?

1396/5/20 | 18:05
  The visit by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, to Saudi Arabia in the midst of the Gulf crisis resulting in a four-country siege on Qatar, and nearly two months after the Riyadh-Islamic-American summit, has raised a number of questions regarding the nature of this visit.   This is particularly because it did not evolve from the previous visits of Iraqi officials to Saudi Arabia or Saudi officials to Iraq. From the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir’s visit to Baghdad to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider ...

Russia joins Israel for Iraqi Kurdistan oil

1396/5/17 | 18:05
   Russia put its hands into an Israeli cookie jar by signed a major oil deal with Iraqi Kurdistan government. Russian Rosneft Oil Company is ready to dip its dirty fingers into Iraqi Kurdistan’s estimated natural reserves of 45 billion bbl of oil and 5.66 trillion m3 of gas.     Russia has agreed to import annually one billion dollars worth of oil/gas plus it has pledged to invest another three billion in the Iraqi autonomous region. The oil fields Russia has now gained acces used to be controlled by the central Iraqi ...

US forces attack Hashd al-Sha’abi's Units base, kill 30: Report

1396/5/17 | 18:05
  US forces have reportedly attacked an Iraqi military base affiliated to the country’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), killing over 30 troops and injuring many more. According to a statement released by the Sayaed al-Shuhada brigades on their website on Monday, their base was targeted by US artillery fire and smart bombs. In the statement, the brigades called on the Iraqi government to launch an extensive investigation into the incident, while noting that the US’ actions will not remain unanswered.   The PMUs, aka Hashd ...

What is the deal?  Muqtada Al-Sadr orders removal of anti-Saudi posters in his country

1396/5/15 | 18:05
    Iraq’s influential Shia leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, has ordered his followers to remove all anti-Saudi posters in the streets of the country, media sources reported on Friday.     The order was issued after Al Sadr had concluded a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia during which he met with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. This was his first visit since 2006.     After the Saudi authorities had executed the Saudi Shia cleric, Nimr Al-Nimr, over terrorism charges in January 2016, Iraq’s Shia posted ...

The inside story: Why Muqtada al-Sadr visited Saudia?

1396/5/10 | 18:05
  Iraq's influential Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia, where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials and most of the world is wondering about this surprise visit amid Iran-Saudia tension.   However, fact is that Muqtada al-Sadr was invited to Kingdom because of Iraq’s new emerging against ISIS and its close ties with Iran.       Sadr, who last visited Saudi Arabia in 2006, attended "discussions of common interest" during his trip to the Red Sea port city ...

Kabul attack: Suicide bombing near Iraqi embassy in the Afghanistan capital

1396/5/9 | 18:05
A car bombing targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, officials in the Afghan capital have said. Two police officials say the car bomb exploded outside the embassy, followed by an attempt by gunmen to enter the building. A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gunbattle was under way. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion followed by gunfire and seeing smoke billowing from Share Naw neighbourhood. The number of casualties is not yet known. No one has taken responsibility for the attack, though both the Taliban ...