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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An advisor to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the Damascus International Fair for the first time in the war “sends a message that the war has ended … and we are at the start of the path towards reconstruction.” With the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, Damascus has shored up its rule over much of the country’s populated west. Now, it is marching eastward towards the Deir al-Zor region near the Iraqi border. The war, which has killed hundreds of thousands […]

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Swedish #WalkToPalestine activist: Israel’s occupation is apartheid

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a vow of British support for the establishment of a Zionist homeland that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. To mark the occasion and express support for the ongoing Palestinian cause, 24-year-old activist Benjamin Ladra has pledged to walk to Palestine from Sweden, with a Palestinian flag on this back. “I know people will perceive it [the trek] as very tough, so that will bring attention and raise awareness. And a lot of people are going to ask why, and so I can tell them about the situation in Palestine and try and spread some knowledge about the occupation there.” Although Ladra previously worked as a fundraiser for the […]

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Egypt reassures Israel of Saudi’s vow to uphold peace treaty

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egyptian media revealed yesterday that three letters were exchanged between the Egyptian foreign minister and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Riyadh’s commitment to the existing arrangements regarding the Tiran Strait and the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir which Egypt recently ceded to Saudi Arabia. In April 2016, during a visit by Saudi King Salman to Cairo, the Egyptian government signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia stipulating the handover of the two islands to Saudi sovereignty, which sparked public outrage and rare street protests. The agreement’s opponents accused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of selling the islands to Saudi Arabia in return for Saudi aid, but Al-Sisi defended the deal in a number of speeches and public statements. […]

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Somalia: US troops call in air strikes against Al-Shabaab

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The United States called in air strikes against Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Garowe reported yesterday.
Three air strikes were called in according to the US Department of Defence, killing seven Al-Shabaab fighters. The precision attack was executed in Jilib,…

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Syria: 30 civilians killed in coalition bombing on Raqqa

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The international coalition’s planes yesterday committed a massacre against civilians, killing at least 30 in Raqqa, Syria, according to the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently campaign. The group said international coalition planes killed 30 civilians in a new massacre committed after the homes of civilians near Muawiya Ibn Abu Sufyan School in the Al Mala’ab Al-Aswad area in Raqqa city were bombed. Raqqa is witnessing on-going battles between Daesh gunmen and the Syrian Democratic Forces militias, supported by raids by the US-led international coalition forces. The militias have taken control of over two-thirds of the city. Nine Daesh gunmen were killed in an airstrike that targeted a car transporting them between Maadan and Al-Tabani in Raqqa’s eastern suburb. This coincided […]

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Houthis: US is obstructing Yemen peace

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The head of the Houthi’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee claimed the United States is obstructing dialogue on the war in Yemen, the local news agency Saba News reported. US aggression in Yemen is working to obstruct all means to obstruct dialogue and prevent the cessation of war, said Mohamed Ali al-Houthi. Read more: Trumps ‘temporary’ battlefields in Yemen and Somalia The group launched a campaign called “America is killing the Yemeni people” on Wednesday due to US’ involvement in the conflict in the country, Al-Houthi said, adding that it has received popular support among the organisation’s supporters. The Houthi armed group deem the United States as an enemy and aggressor in the Yemen civil war. US military and special operations teams […]

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Trump again calls for using pig’s blood to deter Islamic terrorists, after Spain attacks

August 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Hours after a deadly terror attack struck Barcelona, Spain, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter suggesting Islamic terrorists should be executed with bullets soaked in pig’s blood. The tweet, which referenced a disredited stort of a 20th century event, read: “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 This is not the first time Trump has made reference to the false story from the Moro rebellion in the Philippines between 1901 and 1913. […]

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