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 »


Tag Archives: BEIRUT

Lebanese Cabinet to look at ways to fund public sector pay rise

Saad Al-Harirs

:: Lebanon experienced a nationwide strike involving all public sector institutions as well as both public and private schools on Monday, with those on strike demanding a public sector pay rise. A new salary scale was approved by Parliament only

US-backed SDF captures major Syria gas fields

:: US-backed Syrian fighters captured on Saturday the country’s largest gas field — a pre-war gas treatment facility — from the Daesh militant group in an eastern province of Deir Ezzor that borders Iraq as they race with government forces

Lebanon takes steps toward long overdue elections

:: The speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, put forward an urgent draft law on Monday to end Parliament’s term on Dec. 31 this year, instead of May 2018. That would mean parliamentary elections — set to be held

Syria army advances towards ISIS-held Deir Ezzor

:: Syrian government soldiers and allied fighters have advanced further towards a government enclave besieged by ISIS in the country’s east, a monitor said on Sunday. Syria’s army, backed by Russian military support, has been advancing towards Deir Ezzor city

US-led coalition says ISIS Syria convoy split in two

:: An ISIS evacuation convoy trying to reach ISIS territory in east Syria has split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after others turned back into government-held areas, a US-led coalition fighting the group said on

Lebanese parties reject coordination with Syria over Daesh

Michel Sleiman

:: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s remarks about “the importance of official coordination with Syria in case Lebanon decides to start negotiating with Daesh” has provoked criticisms about pushing the government to communicate with Damascus. Saudi Minister of State for the

ISIS counterattack kills 34 Syria regime forces in Raqqa

:: At least 34 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters have been killed in an ISIS counterattack in the east of Raqqa province, rolling back regime gains, a monitor said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militant group

Lebanese Army nears victory over Daesh

:: The Lebanese Army needs to liberate Martbia, Siraj Hiqab Al-Shir and Al-Shahut in the barrens of Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa to declare victory over Daesh, a Lebanese military source told Arab News. The Lebanese military command said in a

Lebanese president signs public sector pay rise and tax hike laws

:: Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed off on public sector wage increases and related tax hikes on Monday, the national news agency NNA said. Aoun had held off ratifying the two laws since parliament approved them last month, amid concerns

Lebanese army advances against ISIS in battle on Syrian border

:: Lebanese soldiers renewed fire on ISIS group positions on the country’s eastern border with Syria on Sunday after capturing a third of the territory held by militants in the area. Lebanon’s army began its operation in the Jurud Ras

US-led strikes kill 17 in Syria’s Raqqa: Monitor

:: US-led coalition air strikes on ISIS’s remaining territory in Syria’s Raqqa city killed 17 civilians on Wednesday, including children, a monitor said. The coalition is providing air support in the form of heavy air strikes for the Syrian Democratic

US army sends Lebanon eight Bradley armored vehicles

:: In the presence of the Lebanese army commander representative and the American ambassador in Beirut, the Lebanese army received eight Bradley armored vehicles in a first batch of $100 million US military aid to Lebanon. The vehicles are part

Rebels and refugees in Lebanese enclave evacuated to Syria

:: The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported. About 300 rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham as well

US-led coalition strikes kill 29 civilians in Syria: Monitor

:: Airstrikes by a US-led coalition fighting ISIS killed at least 29 civilians including 14 children in 24 hours in the extremists’ Syrian capital of Raqqa, a war monitor said late on Tuesday. The dead included a family of 14

Lebanese govt stresses commitment to rid country of terror groups

:: Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri on Tuesday stressed the government’s commitment to clearing Lebanese territory from terrorist groups. They highlighted Lebanon’s commitment to the international coalition against terrorism, outlining “the urgent need not to waste

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Homs

:: Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the

Observatory: ISIS attacks Syrian army east of Homs

:: ISIS militants attacked Syrian government forces and their allies in countryside east of Homs and Hama on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Heavy fighting raged around the mountainous Jabal al-Shomariya area in Homs province, and the

Food access in Raqqa at ‘critical turning point,’ say aid groups

:: Food access in Syria’s battle-torn Raqqa is now at “a critical turning point,” aid organizations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles. Raqqa has been gripped by fierce fighting for nearly two months

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