3 soldiers killed as the Lebanese army pressed its offensive against ISIS

The Lebanese army pressed its offensive Sunday in the outskirts of the eastern border towns of Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa, capturing new hills from the Islamic State group, as three soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion. The three soldiers were en route to participate in the anti-IS operation that began on Saturday, an army […]

Geagea: “No state can maintain two armies” , calls for abolishing the resistance formula

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea  called for abolishing the resistance formula  “army-people-resistance  ” and replacing it  with the “army-people-state formula”, stressing that no nation can maintain two armies  as  he hailed the Lebanese army over its border offensive against the Islamic State terrorist. “In light of what the Lebanese army is doing today in Operation Dawn of the […]

Iraq: Thanks Iran, Now Leave

Iraqi forces are closing in on the ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) occupied city of Tal Afar (65 kilometers west of Mosul and 150 kilometers east of the Syrian border). The city is the target of most Iraqi airstrikes and more Iraqi artillery units are moving close enough to fire at the […]

Analysis: Tipping the scales of political power in Iraq

Highlights Iraq’s political parties will have to balance the financial and political support they accept from external patrons such as Iran, Turkey and the Gulf states with the kind of nationalism voters in the country increasingly demand.   To that end, Iraq’s major Shiite parties will try to downplay their ties to Iran and promote […]

Iraq oil city governor flees to Iran after corruption investigation

The governor of the oil city of Basra has stepped down and fled to Iran after Iraq’s anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him, people close to him and officials said on Tuesday. Iraq’s Integrity Commission on Monday evening issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Nasrawi. A […]

ISIS was created and funded by Israeli Intelligence, insists a Shi’ite Imam in California

As Spain and Finland cope with this week’s violent attacks by ISIS sympathizers, a popular Shi’ite preacher in California who claims friendship with prominent people insists the Islamic State was created and is funded by Israeli intelligence. “All of you know who established ISIS, Al-Qaeda and all of those terrorist organizations,” Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini […]

Lebanese army recaptures territory from IS in Ras Baalbek

The Lebanese army has recaptured a third of a key region near its north-eastern border with Syria from so-called Islamic State, officials say. Government troops launched an offensive in Ras Baalbek, the last remaining IS stronghold in the country, on Saturday. The army says there are about 600 militants in the mountainous region, which IS […]

‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over, ‘ Bannon declares

With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in his unlikely path to election, a new phase of the Trump presidency begins. Given Trump’s nature, what comes next will hardly be conventional, but it may well be less willfully disruptive—which, […]