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Arms Race: Iran Builds Third Underground Missile Factory

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported today, Thursday, according to Reuters. © Arutz Sheva, All Rights Reserved.

Iraqi Forces Make Gains, Retake Four Villages from Daesh

Pro-government fighters on Thursday captured four villages and a strategic road west of the northern city of Mosul from Daesh extremists, according to an Iraqi army officer. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

US Fails to Track Arms Transfer to Iraq

The US army failed to account for military equipment and vehicles worth more than $1 billion that were intended for the Iraqi government forces, according to a 2016 audit by the Pentagon's inspector general. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

'Many Small Toddlers' Among 34 Migrants Drowned Off Libyan Coast

The bodies of at least 34 migrants, most of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean. "Many of the bodies are small toddlers," tweeted Chris Catrambrone of the non-profit group MOAS, which was helping in the rescue ...

US Forces Killed Five Civilians in Yemen Raid, According to Rights Group

Five civilians were killed in a US military raid in Yemen, a rights group has claimed, disputing the official report that seven al-Qaeda fighters died in Tuesday's counter-terrorism operation'. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

NATO to Formally Join Trump Against Daesh

Leaders of NATO member states will welcome US President Donald Trump into their ranks for the first time on Thursday as they seek to appease the new president and get confirmation of his country's commitment to the alliance. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Jordan Independence Day: 'We Are Turning Challenges into Opportunities'

His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday said that independence is a continuous process of building and achieving, urging for instilling the spirit of initiative in the country's youth to continue the path towards the envisioned future. © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights reserved.

Brother of Manchester Bomber Arrested in Libya

The younger brother of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, at a pop concert in Manchester has been detained in Libya, a relative said on Wednesday. Hashem Abedi, born in 1997 in Britain, was arrested Tuesday evening in the city of Tripoli b Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Anti-Regime Protests Continue in Bahrain Despite Threats

Bahraini protesters have defied Manama's warning against holding more public gatherings and stayed on the streets in a show of anger against the regime's bloody crackdown on Diraz, the home village of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim. Several videos, released late Wednesday, show hundreds of ...

Two Further Arrests Made in Connection with Manchester Bombing

British police on Thursday arrested two more men in connection with the deadly attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, bringing the total number of men in custody over the blast to eight. © 2017 dpa GmbH

21 Middle Eastern Media Outlets Blocked in Egypt Amid Gulf Media War

Qatar-based media channel al-Jazeera and 21 other 'terrorist' news websites were banned in Egypt on Wednesday, the ministry of interior said, just hours after a media war erupted between Gulf states and Doha. Huffington Post's Arabic edition, Masr al-Arabiya, Arabi 21 Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Protests Hit Turkey After Teachers Jailed for Anti-Purge Hunger Strike

Lawyers for two Turkish teachers who have been on hunger strike for two months in an anti-government protest said on Monday that they had been detained by police. Literary professor Nuriye Gulmen and primary school teacher Semih Ozakca whose health is said to have deteriorated lost their jobs in the ...

Israeli Settlers Storm Al Aqsa, Just Days Before Holy Month of Ramadan

Hundreds of Israeli settlers on Wednesday forced their way into East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to a Palestinian official. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Documenting Crimes Against Humanity in War-torn Iraq

When Daesh "the Islamic State group" attacked Iraqi Kurdistan in August 2014, it infamously subjected the minority Yazidi community there to a brutal campaign of genocide, marking the first time the region has suffered such a vicious onslaught since Saddam Hussein's infamous Anfal campaign against ...

UK Fuming About US Media Leaks Over Manchester

A British minister said Wednesday it was "irritating" that details about the Manchester concert bombing had been leaked to US media before being released in Britain, saying she had spoken to US authorities. Naharnet © 2017

Dubai: 1014 Prisoners Pardoned Ahead of Ramadan

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 1,014 prisoners of different nationalities from Dubai's correctional and punitive establishments, ahead of Ramadan. © Al Nisr Publishing LLC 2017. All ...

Thousands Flee as Duterte Imposes Martial Law to Fight Islamists in S. Philippines

Thousands of residents fled a southern Philippine city on Wednesday after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the martial law he imposed to fight Islamist militants who laid siege on the municipality would be "harsh." The people were seen leaving the city of Marawi, 800 kilometres south of Manila, ...

Trump at Private Audience with the Pontiff

Pope Francis received US President Donald Trump at the Vatican on Wednesday for a short private audience on the third leg of his overseas trip. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the US election campaign last year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in ...

US Endorses Government of National Accord in Libya

The US ambassador to Libya made a fleeting visit to Tripoli on Tuesday to endorse the UN-backed government based in the capital, and is the first such visit by Washington's envoy to the North African country in three years.During the two-hour visit, Peter Bodde met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj ...

Manchester: 3 Suspects Arrested in Relation to Monday Attack

The investigation into Monday's deadly Manchester suicide bombing continued full pace on Wednesday with police arresting three more suspects. The latest arrests bring the total number of detentions related to the terror attack to four. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Trump, Abbas Call for Revival of Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks

President Donald Trump called for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian relations after he met Tuesday in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Copyright © UPI, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Fake News War Erupts as Qatar News Agency is Hacked

Qatar News Agency has been targeted by hackers, Doha said on Wednesday, with "fake" comments attributed to its ruler sparking a regional media war. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

US Airdrops Forces in Eastern Syria, Launching 'Operation Desert Volcano'

The US-led international coalition forces have conducted an airdrop of forces in east Syria against ISIS, killing eight militants, as the Free Syrian Army kicked off its desert volcano' battle to remove Iranian militias' from the so-called triangle area where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq ...

Gaza Facing Health Crisis With Shortage of Medical Supplies, Electricity

A senior official of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned on Tuesday of a real disaster' due to shortages of medicines and medical supplies in the coastal enclave. Since 2007, Gaza's roughly 2 million inhabitants have groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that has deprived them of ...

UK Raises Terror Threat to 'Critical' Following Manchester Attack

Prime Minister Theresa May raised Britain's terrorism threat level to the highest level of "critical" on Tuesday, meaning a further attack is likely or "imminent," as police identified a suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester and chased potential accomplices. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Tensions in Tunisia Escalate Over Protester's Death

Thousands of people on Tuesday attended the funeral of a protester killed a day earlier during clashes in southern Tunisia amid escalating tensions over social and labor issues across the North African country. Anouar Sakrafi, in his early 20s, died of wounds sustained on Monday, when he was run ...

Egyptian Rights Lawyer Detained Over Handing Over Islands to Saudi Arabia

Former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer who challenged the government for handing over islands to Saudi Arabia was detained Tuesday on suspicion of illegal political work, a judicial official said. Naharnet © 2017

Daesh Claims Two Deadly Syria Attacks

Daesh claimed Tuesday a blast in a regime-held area in Syria's central province of Homs that killed at least six people, as well as an attack on a checkpoint near Damascus. The death toll in Homs includes the two suicide bombers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa, adding that at least ...

Iraq: 13 Pro-Government Fighters Killed in Mosul

At least 13 pro-government fighters were killed in the fight to capture the center of al-Qayrawan district in western Iraq's Mosul city from Daesh terrorist group on Monday night, according to a militia commander on Tuesday. The Hashd al-Shaabi militia wrestled control of the district's center from ...

Manchester Police Name Attack Suspect as 22-Year-Old Salman Abedi

Police in Manchester have named a man they suspect of carrying out Monday night's bomb attack at Manchester Arena which claimed at least 22 lives. Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the suspect was 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Reuters had earlier reported that US intelligence ...

Syrian Refugees Scapegoats for Lebanese Government's Failings

On Monday 10 April 2017, the UNHCR announced that the Lebanese army had ordered the eviction of 10,000 refugees living in the Bekaa Valley in informal settlements. Citing "security reasons", the army told the refugees living close to the Rayak Military Air Base that they would have to relocate. ...

Trump Brands Those Responsible for Manchester 'Evil Losers in Life'

In a press conference from Bethlehem, US President Donald Trump offered his prayers for the people of Manchester following the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. In the wake of the attack Trump expressed his 'deepest condolences' to the victims of the Manchester attacks, ...

Police Detain Man in Relation to Suicide Bombing in Manchester

British authorities believe they know the identity of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people including children at a pop concert, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, as police said they had arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Bahraini Police Open Fire on Home of Leading Shia Community Cleric Isa Qassim

Bahraini police opened fire Tuesday on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the latest unrest to hit the Sunni-ruled Gulf state. Naharnet © 2017

Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base Kills 10 Soldiers

At least ten soldiers were killed when Taliban militants attacked an army base in the southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan, defense officials said on Tuesday. Nine people were wounded in the attack on Camp Achikzai in Shawali Kot district. It began just before midnight on Monday, the Afghan ...

Trump Tells Abbas 'Peace Can't Take Root if Violence is Tolerated' in Bethlehem Meetings

Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a joint press conference after meeting on the last day of the US president's visit to the Middle East. Mr Trump firstly expressed his condolences to the people of Manchester saying: we stand in absolute solidarity with people of the ...

US Forces Kill Seven Al-Qaeda Suspects in Ground Raid in Yemen

US forces have carried out a ground raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday. The raid took place in Marib province in the early hours of Tuesday local Yemeni time and was conducted with the support of Yemeni government authorities. Copyright @ ...

Rouhani: 'Trump Anti Terrorism Summit 'Only A Show'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has scoffed at joint efforts by the United States and Iran's regional rivals to combat Islamist terrorism, dismissing President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia as "show. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert; 22 Dead

An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed twenty-two people and injured another 59 in at 10.30 pm Monday, May 22nd, British time. The explosion occurred at the end of the concert, as concertgoers were leaving the Manchester Arena. Reports from medical services suggest the bomb ...

Former Syrian Militant On Trial for War Crimes in Germany

A court in Germany has put on trial a former Syrian militant leader, who stands accused of allegedly leading a rebel group responsible for torture and killings of civilians supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Copyright © 2017 Press TV. All rights reserved.

Trump Encourages Israel to Team Up With Arab Neighbors Against Iran

US President Donald Trump encouraged Israel to make good with its Arab neighbours through their shared enemy, Iran, while in Jerusalem on Monday during his first trip abroad as US president. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Afghanistan: Pro Government Religious Scholar and Minister Shot Dead

A pro-government religious official was shot dead on his way to a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. Mawlawi Abdul Ghafoor, deputy head of Logar province's Ulema Council, was the fourth Islamic official linked to the government to be killed this month. © Copyright Andolu ...

US Ambassador Breaks With Policy, Recognizes 'Jerusalem Day'

The United States' new ambassador to Israel may have broken protocol within his first month in office by becoming the first US ambassador to attend Israel's Jerusalem Day celebrations. David Friedman sat between Israel's President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the event on Sunday evening, ...

Libya: Haftar Forces Carry Out Airstrikes in Retaliation for Airbase Attack

Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar have bombed rival forces in retaliation for a deadly attack on an airbase in the south of the country, media reported on Sunday.The airbase attack on Thursday killed at least 141 people, most of whom were Haftar loyalists. Copyright @ 2017 The ...

Turkey Holds Mass Trial for Suspects in Failed Coup

The first day of the trial of the main suspects in last year's attempted coup in Turkey began Monday. There were heavy security measures outside and inside the court in the Sincan district of Ankara, with around 500 security personnel deployed in the area. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

What to Expect From Trump's Visit to Israel

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Bold Claims from King Salman, Iran 'Spearhead of Global Terror'

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday accused regional rival Shiite Iran of exporting extremist Islamic movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the Islamic State group. Naharnet © 2017

Six Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Daesh Suicide Bombing at Training Center

At least six soldiers were killed and around fifteen others were injured in an attack on a military base in eastern Iraq on Monday morning. Five militants attacked the Kirkush military base, located to the east of Balad Ruz in Diyala province, according to one Iraqi military official who spoke with ...

Trump Greeted by Netanyahu at Start of Israel Visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally greeted US President Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel. Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday and were welcomed by Netanyahu and his wife on the red carpet during a grand ...

Egypt: 48 Daesh Suspects Referred to Military Court Over Church Bombings

The Egyptian military judiciary on Sunday received 48 suspects for involvement in three deadly church bombings. The suspects are believed to be members of the Daesh terrorist group, which is mostly active in Iraq and Syria. Copyright © 2017 Press TV. All rights reserved.