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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: Not so Sovereign

Britain to stop military cooperation with Burma army

From terrorism to politics: Can Tehreek-e-Labaik and Milli Muslim league become a political threat for Political parties?

US Might Not Even be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Rockets

Muharram Security Challenge: How to foil Takfiri’s nefarious designs?

Pakistan-Turkey-Iran against military solution to Afghanistan

Is Abbas ready to end his punishment of Gaza?

Kuwait ready to commence Yemen peace talks

Donald Trump : A president or a goon?

Abbasi shakes UN by bold address: Pakistan won't be a 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

Show of poor diplomacy: A wrong message to US

Collapse of Iran deal would send a 'terrible signal': Germany

Egypt’s Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UAE and Saudi Arabia to normalize their secret relations with Israel

Dodging accountability courts: Did establishment give a safe passage to Nawaz Sharif?

Netanyahu Says Trump Promised to ‘Fix’ Iran Deal

Free Balochistan: An insider to heavily funded Indian campaign against Pakistan

95,000 patients waiting for unknown fate from the continued closure of Sanaa airport

Brutal lynching: Can Pakistan courts provide Justice to Mashal Khan?

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to al Qaeda?

Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help?

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

Such TV | Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

President Trump calls for a holocaust on the floor of the United Nations

Iran infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

United States supplying weapons worth $2.2B to Syrian terrorists organization

LUBP | How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

“Go Nawaz Go” Makes it to Speed Test Server!

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

UAE’s ambassador to the U.S considers Saudi Arabia responsible for the ruining of the UAE’s good name

Rabbani seeks official response on anti-Pakistan posters in Switzerland

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

Trump says if threatened, US will 'totally destroy' North Korea

EXCLUSIVE – Interview with Dr. S.M. Kazem Mesbah Mousavi, Imam Ali Centre Canada

More than 800 Shia pilgrims have to stay at Taftan border for a week

Five eminent Shia scholars banned from entering Gilgit under unjust policy of balance

57 accused charge-sheeted in Mashal Khan lynching case

Nisar lashes out at Khaqan Abbasi, Asif for statements on ‘internal matters’

Pakistan team kicks off training, ahead of Sri Lanka series in UAE

Bank of China permitted to start operations in Pakistan

Pakistan protests with Switzerland over ‘Free Balochistan’ posters

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Was NA-120 election rigged?

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

US’ Black Hawk Down in Yemen

Outrage in Egypt over Israeli Flag in educational book

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

Arrest warrants: Should Imran Khan present himself before ECP?

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

How CIA and Raw are funding Pakistani separatists: An Inside story

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

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

Myanmar says US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

Unofficial results show PML-N’s Kulsoom set to win NA-120 by-election

Is China using North Korea to break US's Super power's myth?

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

UK arms sales benefiting most from Middle East wars

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

US policy shift: Would Pakistan turn into another Iran for US?

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

Rohingyas of Karachi struggle to deal with identity crisis

Guilt of war crimes: Suicide among US war veterans highest in west

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Off Visit to Paris for Fear of Popular Uprising

Iqna | Georgian Muslim Cleric Urges Boycotting Myanmar to End Massacre of Rohingya

Mehr News | ‘Saudi Arabia, Taliban like brothers’

Such TV | JUIF rejects hiring educated imams in KP mosques

Why US is not happy with Deir Ez-Zor’s recapture from ISIS?

The United States and Russia rejected the request of Israel to keep Iran far from the Syrian border

Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

Paradiagm shift: Pakistan’s big ‘No” to US aid

Did PML-N verbal attacks on Judiciary affected the Panama review appeal?

Saudi Arabia, Sudan banned from Labour party conference

Kulbhoshan Yadav’s case: Why ICJ will not give decision in favor of Pakistan?

Why emergence of Hafiz Saeed linked-MML in Pakistani politics is almost inevitable

UNICEF says 240,000 Rohingya kids in dangerous situation

We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea

Pakistan Still Hasn’t Received Trump’s Demand List

Saudi security: detained preachers are members of spying cell

Russia urges Syria not to retaliate against Israel airstrike

Controversial Saudi Prince detained

Facts hidden by the UAE about its military aircraft crashed in Yemen and the fate of its crew

‘Blue Whale’ taking a bite out of K-P

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

Iraq


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

1396/6/27 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
   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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
    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 | 12:58
  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 | 12:58
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 ...

ISIS men are disguising as women to escape Mosul

1396/5/8 | 12:58
  Photos released by Iraq army appear to show a captured Isis fighter trying to escape Mosul disguised as a woman.     The man plucked his bushy eyebrows before applying purple eye-shadow, mascara, foundation, blusher and lashings of red lipstick.   It even appears he added a couple of beauty spots to his cheeks to complete the makeover.He clearly  forgot about his moustache and  goatee beard and ended up looking more like the Joker.     A second snap showed him in his usual battlefield look.Jihadists ...

Afghans fighting in Syria worry Hezb-e-Islami chief

1396/5/4 | 12:58
Veteran Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  voiced concerns over thousands of his countrymen allegedly sent to Syria by Iran. Talking to leaders of various communities from across the country at his Kabul residence, Hekmatyar blamed neighbouring countries for fueling violence in Afghanistan and using Afghans to fulfil their objectives in Iraq and Syria. “The blood of the Afghan people is considered even less than the value of oil,” he told the audience which also included representatives of ethnic Hazara from southeastern Ghazni ...

NYT: US handed over Iraq to Iran

1396/5/2 | 12:58
  Tim Arango (Jew), Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times whined: “Iran Dominates in Iraq after US Handed the country over“.   That reminds me an Israeli expert on Middle East who claimed a few years ago that “every country United States invaded to protect Israel – turned into Iranian ally.” I think the dude was right. Iraq which used to be Iran’s regional number one enemy even before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, is now Iran’s closest Arab ally – since the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.   A ...

Chutzpah: India wants to fight ISIS in Iraq

1396/4/30 | 12:58
  On July 9, Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi paid a visit to Mosul which was liberated from the US-Israel created ISIS terrorists after eight month battle. He congratulated Iraqi army, Shi’ite fighters and Iranian military advisers over the strategic victory.     Washington never stopped lying about its support for Baghdad to defeat ISIS, which according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing Israel’s dirty work in Iraq and Syria.     Now, as the ISIS gets its AZZ being kicked in both ...

Ayatollah Sistani: silent force behind ISIS defeat

1396/4/29 | 12:58
  Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced the “collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism,” on Monday June 10th. Iraq is celebrating the victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as it claims Mosul from the self-styled caliphate after months of brutal war and destruction.   Previously, Abadi announced “the end of the state-let of ISIS,” when the symbolic al Nuri Mosque in Mosul — from where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi announced the caliphate — was liberated by Iraqi security ...

Intelligence Reports Suggest IS Leader Al-Baghdadi is Still Alive

1396/4/28 | 12:58
  An Iraqi intelligence officer said Sunday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive.    Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry media said that al-Baghdadi was believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria.  U.S. officials, however, said they don't have any proof confirming the Daesh leader's death.      "Al-Baghdadi is still hiding in Syria in an area outside [the northern Syrian province of] Raqqah," Abu Ali al-Basri, the head of the intelligence and anti-terrorism department at the ...

Why West created ISIS?

1396/4/27 | 12:58
  The ISIS terrorist group is living in dire straits as it continues to sustain sweeping defeats in major battlefields in Syria and Iraq and its fighters day by day lose further morale amid fierce battle.     From alliance with the other terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Front and seizing vast areas in both Syria and Iraq to receiving weapons from foreign patrons to push for its regional barbarity and then becoming target of the US-led international military coalition whose ostensible mission is fighting the terrorist ...

Iran warns US of 'big risk' if it blacklists IRGC

1396/4/27 | 12:58
Iran's top military official has warned the US of the repercussions which Washington's possible branding of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization would have. Last month, US senators passed a bill of sanctions that target Iranian individuals and entities after they called on the State Department to designate IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. "Lumping the Guards with terrorist groups and imposing similar sanctions is a big risk for the Americans, their bases and their forces in the region," Chief ...

A secrete story of success: How Pakistan helped Iraq in defeating ISIS?

1396/4/25 | 12:58
    Pakistan quietly helped Iraq in its fight against the militant Islamic State (IS) group, which reached a major milestone this week with the liberation of Mosul from the terrorist group’s control after three years of occupation.     Pakistan was among a number of countries that supported Iraq in fighting the IS, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, said Ambassador of Iraq Ali Yasin Muhammad Karim at a press conference at the embassy. The presser was held to brief Pakistani media about the eviction of the IS from Mosul.     Pakistan’s ...

Buried caliphate of Al-Baghdadi in Mosul

1396/4/22 | 12:58
  After a gruelling military campaign, Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul has been retaken by the government.   Of course, Mosul’s recapture is highly symbolic as it is a major urban centre, while it was in the city’s Nuri mosque — now reduced to rubble — that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his ‘caliphate’.      Apart from consolidating its gains against IS, the government in Baghdad should work towards ensuring that Mosul is rehabilitated at the earliest.      Mosul is a Sunni-majority city, ...

ISIL burns own senior member on disclosing death of Al-Baghdadi

1396/4/16 | 12:58
A well-informed local source in Northwestern Iraq reported that ISIL has burned Abu Qatibeh alive on charges of implying the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist group’s ring leader, in his sermon on Friday Prayers in the town of Tal Afar.   The sources said that only a few hours after arresting Abu Qatibeh on charges of internal sedition, the terrorist group burnt him in front of tens of people in the Central part of Tal Afar. “Abu Qatibeh, who was a close friend to al-Baghdadi, implicitly endorsed earlier revelations about ...

Sectarian strife: Who is attempting to turn Pakistan into another Syria?

1396/4/10 | 12:58
  There can be no two opinions that Pakistan is currently facing immense challenges both at internal and external fronts requiring complete national unity and solidarity to address them and foil designs of our enemies.   It is, however, regrettable that some elements are fully exploiting the uncertain political situation and are knowingly or unknowingly strengthening enemy hands by further polarising the society on sectarian lines.   Unscrupulous elements are misusing the social media and indulging in propaganda campaign ...

Is US relocating ISIS terrorists to Afghanistan, Central Asia?

1396/4/6 | 12:58
After a string of defeats in Iraq and Syria, ISIS Takfiri terrorists are now relocating to Afghanistan and neighboring states.   ISIS terrorists have almost completely been routed in Iraq and they will be eliminated from their last bastion in Mosul soon while in neighboring Syria, they have virtually been surrounded in their de facto capital, Raqqa. As they face defeat, some of the terrorists are returning to their home countries in Europe where they are expected to spread mayhem, while many more a moving Central Asia and even further afield ...

Nightmare for Zionism: How Hezbollah’s future war with Israel can draw fighters even from Pakistan?

1396/4/4 | 12:58
  Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan  Nasrallah said that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Pakistan, Iran and Iraq.     His comments indicated that the same array of Iranian-backed militias - but not countries - currently fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad could take part in any future conflict with Israel.     Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel in recent months since Donald Trump ...

Rise of a war monger: Why Pakistan would be more under pressure by new crown prince?

1396/4/4 | 12:58
  Pakistan’s policy regarding the Saudi led Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) remains ambivalent. The Prime Minister agreed to join the alliance which excluded Shia majority countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria long before there was any clarity about its precise purpose.     On Wednesday, while explaining the government’s position before a Senate Committee, Sartaj Aziz said Raheel Sharif could not be recalled because he had joined the alliance in his personal capacity. Within hours, FO was  to clarify that the Adviser was  ‘misquoted ...

Takfiri Daesh blows up Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’

1396/4/1 | 12:58
Daesh militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled “caliphate” spanning parts of Syria and Iraq. ”Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,” Iraqi Prime Minister said in a brief comment ...

The doomsday in Mosul: An untold story of ISIS brutality

1396/3/31 | 12:58
  The United Nations has said up to 150,000 civilians are still trapped in Mosul’s old city where Iraqi forces’ battle to retake the area has entered its final stages. ISIS fighters are reportedly shooting at anyone trying to flee.      Civilians are also facing a shortage of food with many dying of starvation. The world is clearly turning a blind eye to the plight of civilians stuck in this war zone and the desperate humanitarian situation there. Towards the end of last month, Iraqi forces had dropped leaflets urging ...

REUTERS | Saudi says captures three Iranian Revolutionary Guards from boat

1396/3/30 | 12:58
The Saudi navy has captured three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat seized last week as it approached the kingdom's offshore Marjan oilfield, the Saudi information ministry said on Monday. Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. "This was one of three vessels which were intercepted by Saudi forces. It was captured with the three men on board, the other two escaped," ...

Shias under attack in Afghanistan: Daesh takes revenge of its defeat in Iraq and Syria

1396/3/27 | 12:58
  Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shia mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramazan.     At least eight others were wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.   The carnage comes at a time Kabul is already on edge following a wave of deadly bombings, which triggered angry public protests calling ...

How was ISIS founded and why Iranian troops are fighting in Syria and Iraq?

1396/3/23 | 12:58
It all started from a Congress; it was about 12 years ago that a Congress was held in Tel Aviv named "how to control Muslims."   At the Congress, a Jewish Rabbi spread out a carpet and put a Quran in the middle of the carpet; then he told the crowd: “who can pick up the Quran without putting a foot on the carpet? No one could. “I can do it,” the Jewish rabbi said. He began rolling up the carpet until he reached the Quran and threw it aside and rolled up the carpet completely. “We can never directly destroy Islam,” he told the crowd. ...

Source: S. Arabia Intends to Builds Military Bases in Iraq's Kurdistan in Return for Supporting Independence

1396/3/22 | 12:58
An informed Kurdish official revealed that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan have demanded the Iraqi Kurdistan officials to allow them to build military bases in the region for supporting their decision to declare independence.     "Based on this agreement, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan received promises to estalish military bases in Dahouk and Erbil with the aim of confronting Iran and Turkey's influence in exchange for supporting a referendum for independence and then formation of a Kurdish state," the source said in an interview with ...

Shafaqna Special: The rise of ISIS in Afghanistan

1396/3/11 | 12:58
  At least 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital just days into the holy fasting month of Ramazan.     It was not immediately clear what the target was. But the attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan, where a military beset by soaring casualties and desertions is struggling to beat back the insurgents. Over a third of the country is outside government control.     Wednesday's ...

Car bombs kill 14 in central Baghdad

1396/3/9 | 12:58
Two car bombs killed at least 14 people and wounded 50 others in streets packed with crowds preparing for the Ramadan fast early on Tuesday, security sources said. The militant Islamic State (SI) group claimed responsibility for the first blast just after midnight that killed at least 13 people and wounded 40 in the commercial Karrada district. A few hours later, a second bombing killed one person and wounded 12 more near a government office in Karkh district. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attackers struck during the ...

Proxy wars: Is Britain paying price of waging illegal war in Iraq and Yemen?

1396/3/8 | 12:58
    Britain is reaping what it sowed. From Iraq, Libya to Syria and Yemen it has waged an illegal war.   Britain’s deal with those whom it sent to fight as proxies in yet another overseas war was a sort of reverse option to the CIA rendition programme.     Under Britain’s ‘open door policy’ those who had counter-terrorism control orders placed on them in the immediate aftermath of 7/7 — including remaining at a registered address for up to 16 hours a day — were obviously know to the authorities.     Yet ...

Wahhabism to ISIS:How Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism

1396/3/5 | 12:58
The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West.   Many have been perplexed and horrified by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?” HISTORY RETURNS WITH ISIS It is not hard to understand ...

Blackwater returns to Iraq under new name

1396/2/29 | 12:58
The Iraqi government has signed a contract with a US security firm to secure a road between Baghdad and Amman, the Jordanian capital.   Doctor Muwaffak al-Rubaie, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee has revealed that the Olive Group is notorious Blackwater security firm which rebranded to Security Consultants Group following killing of the civilians in Iraq. The company again renamed to Olive Group after merger with a British protection company with the same name. Now it is returning to Iraq with an all-new ...

Iranians to vote in pres. election in 102 countries: Foreign Ministry

1396/2/29 | 12:58
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says expatriates can cast their ballots in the country's 12th presidential election at 310 polling stations in 102 countries. Hassan Qashqavi, the deputy foreign minister for consular, parliamentary, and expatriates’ affairs, told IRNA on Thursday that there would be 55 polling stations in the US, 21 in the United Arab Emirates, 22 in Iraq and 12 in Britain, where Iranian nationals would be able to vote. As previous talks for holding elections in Canada failed to bear fruit, it has been agreed that several ballot ...

ISIS executes 47 inmates with different nationalities in Kirkuk’s Hawija

1396/2/20 | 12:58
ISIS forces kill another group of 47 prisoners in Kirkuk by methods that are described inhumane but are not explained yet.   Local sources in Iraq report that ISIS forces killed 47 prisoners in Hawija. The number includes 12 of their own members executed for multiple reasons. The main reason for killing their comrades was fleeting the wars. The execution is reported to have been filmed, but nothing has been published yet. There is no information about the method of execution either. Hawija is a city in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq. ...

US Defense Of Saudi, Defense Of Terrorism: Former US Diplomat

1396/2/10 | 12:58
  The United States security umbrella for Saudi Arabia amounts to defense of terrorism by Washington, suggests a former US diplomat in the Middle Eastern country. Michael Springmann made the comments in an interview with Press TV this week, while commenting on President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the long time US ally. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, the new president asserted his campaign stance that Washington is “losing a tremendous amount of money in defending” the monarchy. “There is absolutely no need ...

Why did Iran refuse to join Saudi led military alliance?

1396/2/8 | 12:58
[caption id="attachment_43895" align="alignnone" width="873"] President Mamnoon Hussain and President of Iran Mr. Hassan Rouhani at Nur Khan Air Base before the departure of visiting dignitary on March 26, 2016.[/caption]   Pakistan has failed so far to convince Iran to positively consider the offer joining the Saudi-led military alliance..     Senior officials at the foreign ministry said that Pakistan had been making efforts to persuade Iran to join the multi-nation alliance.Iran, however, sees the Saudi-led coalition as an ...