Articles by: Hassan Iran

Iraqi intelligence official claims Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘alive’ in Syria

February 12, 2018 1:46 am
Iraqi intelligence official claims Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘alive’ in Syria

Daesh’s ringleader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (File photos) A top Iraqi official says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “alive” and is being treated in a field hospital in Syria, less than a year after sources announced the death […]

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‘Two-state’ solution only way to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

February 6, 2018 8:19 am
‘Two-state’ solution only way to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (Photo by AFP) United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has emphasized that the so-called two-state solution is the sole way out of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, warning that the “negative trends” unfolding in the region could endanger the bid. “There is no Plan B. A […]

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Syria deploys anti-aircraft missiles, air defenses in Aleppo, Idlib

7:53 am
Syria deploys anti-aircraft missiles, air defenses in Aleppo, Idlib

A Syrian army defense missile system (file photo) Syria has deployed anti-aircraft missiles and new air defense systems in the country’s Aleppo and Idlib provinces. A Syrian government commander made the announcement on Monday, noting that “they cover the air space of the Syrian north.” The northwestern province of Idlib, […]

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US deploys troops to occupied territories for joint war games with Israel

February 2, 2018 7:19 am
US deploys troops to occupied territories for joint war games with Israel

Picture published by the official website for US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa shows an American sergeant troubleshooting satellite connection during exercise Juniper Cobra 16 in Israel, February 22, 2016. The US has deployed military forces to the Israeli-occupied territories ahead of a joint war game with […]

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Iraqi parliament votes to lift sanctions on Kurdistan-based banks

January 29, 2018 8:38 am
Iraqi parliament votes to lift sanctions on Kurdistan-based banks

This file photo shows a view of the Iraqi parliament in session. The Iraqi lawmakers have voted to end sanctions imposed on banks operating in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, some four months after the Central Bank of Iraq ordered private banks to halt their branches’ operations in Kurdistan following […]

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Kuwait slaps blogger Abdullah Mohammed al-Saleh who insulted Saudi Arabia with ten-year sentence

January 26, 2018 10:59 am
Kuwait slaps blogger Abdullah Mohammed al-Saleh who insulted Saudi Arabia with ten-year sentence

Kuwaiti blogger and activist Abdullah Mohammed al-Saleh Kuwait’s Criminal Court has sentenced Kuwaiti blogger and activist Abdullah Mohammed al-Saleh to ten years in prison for allegedly insulting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the wake of the the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against energy-rich Persian Gulf […]

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Russia: The United States seeks Syria breakup, not political resolution of crisis

January 25, 2018 8:20 am
Russia: The United States seeks Syria breakup, not political resolution of crisis

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova Russia has accused the US of not contributing to a political settlement of the Syria crisis but rather seeking to divide the war-torn Arab country. Speaking at a news briefing on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova cited a recent speech by US Secretary of […]

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United Nations aid agency calls for nearly $3 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen

January 21, 2018 12:33 am
United Nations aid agency calls for nearly $3 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on January 16, 2018. The United Nations is calling for what it refers to as a record $2.96 billion aid for war-ravaged Yemen where Saudi airstrikes, looming famine, and cholera have claimed the lives of thousands of people. […]

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US reneges on pledge to pay $45 million for Palestinian refugees

January 19, 2018 1:43 am
US reneges on pledge to pay $45 million for Palestinian refugees

A Palestinian man walks past the building of the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City on January 8, 2018. (AFP photo) The United States has reneged on a pledge to contribute $45 million to a United Nations agency tasked with providing services for Palestinian refugees, adding to cutbacks announced earlier this […]

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United Arab Emirates files formal complaint with UN over Qatar’s alleged flight ‘interceptions’

January 18, 2018 1:30 am
United Arab Emirates files formal complaint with UN over Qatar’s alleged flight ‘interceptions’

An Emirati passenger plane (File photo) The United Arab Emirates says it has lodged a formal complaint with the UN over Qatar’s purported “interception” of two Bahrain-bound Emirati passenger planes earlier this week. According to a report by the UAE’s official news agency, WAM, on Thursday, the complaints were filed […]

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Turkey sends armored vehicles to southern border with Syria: Sources

January 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Turkey sends armored vehicles to southern border with Syria: Sources

Turkish army tanks are stationed near the Syrian border in the town of Karkamis, southern Turkey, August 25, 2016. (Photo by AP) Turkey has reportedly dispatched a convoy of over 40 military vehicles and tanks to the southern regions along the Syrian frontier amid growing Ankara-Washington tensions over a US […]

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Syria vows to end US presence; Russia, Turkey warn over ‘border force’ plan

January 15, 2018 1:32 am
Syria vows to end US presence; Russia, Turkey warn over ‘border force’ plan

US military vehicles drive in the Syrian town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Damascus says it is determined to end US military presence after Washington declared plans to build a 30,000-member “border force” in the Arab country that Russia says could lead to Syria’s partition. […]

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Jailed billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal negotiating settlement: Official

January 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Jailed billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal negotiating settlement: Official

Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal (Photo by AFP) Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, who has been detained for more than two months as part of a royal purge, is reportedly negotiating a possible settlement with authorities, amid reports that he has been subjected to torture in detention. A senior Saudi […]

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Qatar files complaint to United Nations over ‘airspace violation’ by United Arab Emirates fighter jet

January 12, 2018 1:57 am
Qatar files complaint to United Nations over ‘airspace violation’ by United Arab Emirates fighter jet

The file photo of an F-16E fighter jet belonging to the UAE air force Qatar has lodged a complaint with the United Nations about what it calls a violation of its airspace last month by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) fighter jet, warning that Doha reserves the right to defend […]

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Qatar seeks compensation for Saudi-led blockade, sanctions

January 10, 2018 1:48 am
Qatar seeks compensation for Saudi-led blockade, sanctions

People walk on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) A high-ranking Qatari official has described the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against his energy-rich Persian Gulf country as “economic warfare,” stressing that Doha plans to seek compensation for those hit by the […]

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