Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed

A group of Syrian pro-regime forces raise their guns in celebration on the outskirts of Kweyris near the Kweyris military air base, east of the Syrian province of Aleppo on November 10, 2015 Syrian forces said on Wednesday they had killed ISIS’ “minister of war” among other senior figures in the terrorist organization in operations in northern Syria. A Syrian source cited by regime media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior ISIS figures killed in Syrian operations east of the city of Aleppo. … Continue reading Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed

Seif: We Count on Our Friends to Support Projects for Services in Liberated Areas

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif said that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is developing projects to administer the liberated areas and provide services to the civilian population. He stressed the importance of the support offered by friendly and sisterly countries for these projects aimed at alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and improving living conditions in the liberated areas. During a meeting with the Norwegian Special Envoy for Syria, Knut Lein, on Tuesday, Seif said that the Coalition strives to carry out the duties assigned to it the day it was established, most importantly to administer the … Continue reading Seif: We Count on Our Friends to Support Projects for Services in Liberated Areas

Tunisian police use tear gas to disperse protesters

Tunisians stage a protest after a person was killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 May, 2017 Tunisian police yesterday fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who attempted to break into a gas pumping station in the south of the country as protests over jobs turned violent, Reuters reported. Protesters forced the closure of the Vana Pumping Station along with other oil and gas facilities in the area over the weekend. They called for a share in the job market and energy revenues. The Tunisian defence ministry said that it would use force to … Continue reading Tunisian police use tear gas to disperse protesters

Morocco cracks down on fighters returning from IS

Mohamed Mahzouz (L), Mohamed Alami (3rd L) and Brahim Benchekroun (fourth L, in white), three Moroccan former Guantanamo detainees and members of Harakat Sham al-Islam, in an undated photo For the last two years, Moroccan authorities have been cracking down on Islamic State (IS) fighters’ returning from the battlefields in Syria and Iraq. While they have been accused of turning a blind eye to the departure of hundreds of volunteers to jihad in the early days of the conflict in 2012, authorities are now arresting returnees, fearing they would get involved in terrorist activities at home. This zero tolerance policy on … Continue reading Morocco cracks down on fighters returning from IS

Seif Welcomes the Riyadh Declaration, Stresses Iran Is Main Sponsor of Terrorism in the Region

President of the Syrian Coalition Riyad Seif welcomed the Riyadh declaration issued at the end of the Arab-Islamic-US summit in the Saudi capital. He stressed the need to combat extremist groups, chiefly among them are ISIS, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda. Seif said that Iran is responsible for the emergence of terrorist organizations in the region as it supports the Assad regime criminal and sectarian militias in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen. Tehran’s actions in Syria led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the displacement of millions more, Seif said. He called on all countries around the world to … Continue reading Seif Welcomes the Riyadh Declaration, Stresses Iran Is Main Sponsor of Terrorism in the Region

Can a consensus candidate be found to challenge Egypt’s Sisi?

Former presidential candidate and leftist Hamdeen Sabahi is pictured during a protest against restrictions on the press, Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2016 CAIRO — Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate, has called on political and partisan forces to establish what he called a “united national front” to select a candidate for presidential elections scheduled for May 2018. In a May 5 speech at a gathering to announce the launch of the Karama Movement — the unification of the Karama Party and the Egyptian Popular Current, which he founded — Sabahi said that the front must include national and partisan leaders and serve as a “revolution organizer.” Sabahi severely criticized President … Continue reading Can a consensus candidate be found to challenge Egypt’s Sisi?

Hariri: Iran Must Be Held Accountable for Its War Crimes in Syria

Nasr Hariri, head of the opposition’s High Negotiation’s Committee (HNC) to Geneva talks, on Friday described as dreaming those who think fighting terrorism is possible while the Assad regime is still in power. As the sixth round of talks in Geneva concluded on Friday, Hariri called for achieving a political transition under the umbrella of the United Nations and for holding the Iranian regime accountable for its blatant intervention in Syria. Hariri told reporters that efforts to combat terrorism and ending the Iranian intervention in Syria are in the interest of the Syrian people. He described Iran as a “rogue … Continue reading Hariri: Iran Must Be Held Accountable for Its War Crimes in Syria