Gunmen ambush Lebanese army patrol killing 7 soldiers, updates

Militants ambushed a Lebanese army patrol near the border with Syria on Tuesday, killing six Lebanese soldiers and wounding one, a Lebanese security official said. The attack occurred in a remote region of Ras Baalbek in eastern Lebanon and was followed by fierce clashes between the two sides, said the official, speaking on condition of […]

Hezbollah chief and former Iraqi PM met in Lebanon

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki met recently in Beirut and reportedly expressed their confidence in a statement ( issued by hezbollah ) that the people and governments of the region would defeat the terrorist Islamic State group. Such groups and “their destructive plans don’t have a future in any country […]

Iranian official blames Maliki and Assad for ISIS creation

In an unprecedented development the Iranian Foreign Ministry adviser, Mohammad Ali Sobhani, yesterday blamed the Iraqi regime of  Nouri al-Maliki, and the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad for the creation of the islamic State of Iraq  and Syria  ( ISIS) In an interview with a local Iranian website «telltale News» Sobhani said  the sectarian policies during the reign of former […]

Iraqi VP Hashemi Call His Death Sentence ‘Unjust’

The vice president of Iraq, a prominent Sunni Muslim who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in a trial conducted in absentia, denounced the verdict on Monday as “false and unjust,” depicting the court’s finding as “an acquittal, confirming my innocence.” The verdict on Sunday coincided with a wave of bombings and

Explosions kill 58 in Iraq, French consulate hit

At least 58 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on Sunday, including a car bomb outside a French consulate. Iraq’s conflict has eased since its height in 2006-2007 when sectarian slaughter killed thousands. But Sunni Islamists and an al Qaeda affiliate still launch about one major attack a month in an effort to reignite […]

Iraq To Open All Borders To Syrian Refugees

AL-WALEED, Iraq- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told Iraq’s border officials to allow Syrian refugees into the county, a senior border commander said. “The order came 30 minutes ago,” General Issam Yassim told Reuters at Iraq’s southern Al-Waleed border crossing with Syria, 560 km west of Baghdad.

France quizzes Iraqi official over ‘torture’, ‘war crimes’

French police on Thursday held an Iraqi official for questioning after a member of the exiled Iranian opposition filed a complaint against him alleging torture and war crimes, a judicial source said. The Iraqi government said the allegations made by the member of the ex-rebel People’s Mujahedeen, still blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist group, […]