Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Category Archives: Middle East

Pompeo: Trump could meet with no preconditions with Iran’s Rouhani at UN

:: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming United Nations meeting, with “no preconditions.” Pompeo made the comments at a press briefing to unveil

Saudi Arabia condemns Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank’s Jordan Valley

Arab world condemns Netanyahu’s plan to annex Jordan Valley :: The Arab world condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, with Saudi Arabia leading the call, describing it as “a

African UN members urge lifting of Sudan sanctions

:: The three African non-permanent members of the UN Security Council called on Tuesday for the lifting of sanctions against Sudan as the country transitions towards the civilian rule. In a joint statement, South Africa, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea,

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stage

:: Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel. The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit,

Taliban says it will continue fighting after Trump negotiations cancelled

:: The Taliban on Tuesday vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said talks with insurgents were “dead,” saying Washington would regret abandoning negotiations. “We had two ways to end the occupation in Afghanistan,

UAE Crown Prince meets new Saudi energy minister

:: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the country’s newly installed Saudi energy minister, in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Prince Abdulaziz, who was appointed as energy minister on Sunday,

Coalition forces intercept, down Houthi drone in Yemeni air space

Colonel Turki al-Maliki

:: The Arab Coalition said that its forces intercepted and downed an armed drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia from Sanaa towards Saudi Arabia. Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the coalition, said that its forces shot down the

Iran offers citizenship to stateless people with ‘Iranian roots’ in Kuwait

:: Iran is offering Iranian citizenship to stateless people with “Iranian roots” residing in Kuwait, said the country’s ambassador to Kuwait on Sunday, according to Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai. Iran’s ambassador to Kuwait, Mohammad Irani, stressed his country’s readiness to naturalize

Turkey-US joint patrols ‘aim to keep Kurdish fighters away from border’

:: As part of their efforts to set up a “safe zone” east of the Euphrates River in Syria, Turkey and the US embarked on their first joint ground patrols on Sunday on the suggested site of the zone. The

ISIS remains resilient in Afghanistan, says UN chief Guterres

Antonio Guterres

:: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the ISIS extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite “a high pace” of operations against it by government and international forces – and is urging all armed groups not to interfere in the upcoming presidential

IRGC chief: US ‘would have collapsed’ under sanctions if it was in Iran’s position

:: The US would collapse if it received the sanctions currently imposed on Iran, claimed the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami on Monday, the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported. If the

Lebanon PM, US diplomat talk offshore gas feud with Israel

:: Lebanon’s prime minister and a US diplomat are discussing a maritime border dispute with Israel, with both sides claiming areas with potentially lucrative offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. Saad Hariri met David Schenker, the assistant secretary of

Hezbollah claims to down Israeli drone

:: Hezbollah sources claimed on Monday to have downed an Israeli drone in Lebanon. The Lebanese organization downed an Israeli drone outside Ramya, a town in southern Lebanon, according to Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV. A correspondent for al-Manar reporting from the

Jordan teachers launch strike, demand pay raise

:: Teachers in Jordan are launching an open-ended strike after negotiations with the government failed to yield a raise. A Jordanian teacher’s union announced the strike Sunday, saying the government hasn’t implemented a 50 percent salary increase agreed upon in

Explosions hit Iraqi militia sites inside Syrian border town

:: Explosions have been heard in the Deir Ez-Zor town of al-Bukamal, according to Al Arabiya sources, where Iraqi militia sites were targeted inside the Syrian town near the Iraqi border. According to the sources, the explosions targeted militant groups

Two explosive devices go off in Iraq’s Kirkuk province

:: Two explosive devices have been detonated in the province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi News Agency said on Sunday. According to the state news agency, the first device was detonated in the June First area while the second device exploded

IAEA found uranium traces at Iran ‘atomic warehouse’ – Diplomats

:: Samples were taken by the UN nuclear watchdog at what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency’s inspections work closely

Sudan’s first post-al-Bashir cabinet sworn in

:: Sudan’s first cabinet since the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in on Sunday as the African country transitions to a civilian rule following nationwide protests that overthrew the autocrat. The 18-member cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdalla

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