Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday. Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into […]

Other Lebanons have power outages too !

We in Lebanon think we are the only place that has power outages . But other Lebanons have power outages too including  those in the United States. The city of Lebanon in Warren County , Ohio made the news today because it had a power outage  but voting reportedly is continuing on election day. Brian Sleeth, Warren […]

Iraqi PM warns Turkey that it will be treated as an enemy if it intervenes in Mosul fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has warned Turkey against provoking a confrontation after Ankara sent tanks and artillery near the countries’ border not far from Mosul. Abadi said in a televised news conference that Baghdad does not want a confrontation or a “war with Turkey,” but said Iraqi forces “are ready for it” if it […]

Saudi Arabia will work with ‘whoever Lebanon elects’ as president, envoy

Saudi Arabia has vowed it will support whoever the Lebanese people elect as their president, according to statements made my Riyadh’s Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan. In an interview with Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath, Sabhan said he will meet several political leaders in Beirut in order to find a pathway for future […]

Phalange party won’t be supporting Aoun or Frangieh’s presidential bids, Gemayel

Phalange Party chief  MP Sami Gemayel declared  Thursday that he will not be supporting the presidential bid of neither General Michel Aoun’s nor Suleiman Franjieh’s  in next week’s election. “We will rather vote in accordance with our firm beliefs,” Gemayel said. He also stated the party will not participate in the “current presidential deal.” Expecting the dysfunction in […]

UN preparing for possible chemical attack in Iraq’s Mosul

BY JOSEPH KRAUSS AND QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA The U.N.’s public health agency said Thursday it has trained 90 Iraqi medics in “mass casualty management,” with a special focus on chemical attacks, as part of its preparations for Iraq’s operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group. The extremist group, which has ruled Iraq’s second largest […]

Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports

By Andrew Osborn and Simon Johnson | MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO’s build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday. There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already […]