Iraq’s al-Nujaba resistance movement has called for a complete pullout of American forces from the country, saying the planned withdrawal under the newly-inked agreement between Baghdad and Washington must include the US military’s “criminal” air force.
The comments followed a meeting between Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and US President Joe Biden in Washington, where they sealed an agreement formally ending the US “combat” mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after US troops were sent to the country.
A woman who crossed the border into Syria earlier this year and was returned in a prisoner swap mediated by Russia was sentenced by a court in Nazareth to eight months in prison on Monday.
The woman had been charged with illegally leaving the country and illegally entering Syria. After she was returned in the prisoner swap, she fled a mental institution where she was staying, but was caught.
This was not the first time the woman has illegally crossed borders or put herself at risk with Israel’s neighbors. She has also tried entering or nearing the borders of Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.
Life in Lebanon these days, where a 21-month-long, government-engineered economic implosion — the World Bank calls it “a deliberate depression” — has transformed everyday tasks into a gantlet of fuel, power, water, medicine and basic goods shortages that residents dub tawabeer al-thul, or “queues of humiliation.”
Behind Lebanon’s financial crisis is a power-sharing political system that in 1990 corralled the country’s dizzying mix of sects and loyalties into ending the 15-year civil war.
The international community spoke vaguely of corruption but continued to pour aid into Lebanon with little regard for how it was spent.
About 90% of Lebanon’s needs…
Women in occupied Afrin by Turkish-backed forces were hanging themselves using belts, some pens or other sharp objects which they jabbed in their throats. Then there were the poor girls who just banged their heads against the wall until they collapsed.
With the bulk of its Kurdish population forcibly displaced and reduced to minority status, Afrin stands as a grim testament to the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition’s shift from revolutionary zeal to unfettered greed and criminality — a laboratory for Turkey’s experiments in demographic engineering and cultural imperialism, underpinned by a determination to prevent Syria’s Kurds from establishing self-rule.
Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded.
A report by the General Directorate of State Security on events leading up to the explosion included a reference to a private letter sent to President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab on July 20.
While the content of the letter was not in the report seen by Reuters, a senior security official said it summed up the findings of a judicial investigation launched in January which concluded the chemicals needed to be secured immediately.
Two rockets were fired from south Lebanon towards Israel early Tuesday morning, IDF responded with tank fire.
The two rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon at around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, setting off incoming rocket sirens in communities along the border, including Rosh Hanikra, Shlomi, Kibbutz Kabri (near Nahariya) and Hanita.
Israel wants to see a “prosperous, peaceful and stable Lebanon,” Gantz said later at Tel Aviv University’s Cyber Week cybersecurity conference, adding that the situation is worsening because of Hezbollah and other terrorist groups that are acting against the interests of Lebanese citizens.
With the Lebanese economy in a free fall, the IDF is concerned that there may be an increase of incidents along its northern border. It is still unclear who fired the rockets.
Mansour Abbas, head of Israel’s United Arab List, is probably going to confront a couple of troublesome choices throughout the next few many months if, as appears to be likely, he and his gathering structure part of another overseeing alliance in Israel.
Regardless of whether the marriage of accommodation will keep going long enough is another matter. Whenever supported in the Knesset, the alliance will stop the 12-year prevalence of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Against this troublesome background, what will Abbas’ partaking in government mean, in functional and emblematic terms, for Israelis, Palestinians living in Israel, and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza?
A Firman from the Taliban demanding for a list of girls above 15 and widows below 45 years of age to be compulsorily married off to their Jihadi fighters, much like the ISIS brides.
The Taliban has reportedly demanded them to be married off to their jihadi fighters and taken to Pakistan’s Waziristan, where they will be converted to Islam.
Nothing seems to have changed much in the barbaric attitude of the Jihadi outfit, as the regular Afghani citizens are very fearful that the Taliban will take away their daughters and forcefully marry them and turn them into sex slaves.
Egypt’s highest civilian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a group of 13 people including two prominent activists who were disputing their placement on a terrorist list for a period of five years, a judicial source said.
The 13 have been detained since 2019 in the Hope coalition case, in which authorities accused the group of being funded by the Muslim Brotherhood to incite revolution and commit violence.
They were put on the terrorism list in April 2020.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has been going all out on a preemptive diplomatic strike aimed at garnering support in Brussels, Washington, and the international community to stop Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from revealing “surprises to the world” during a scheduled visit to the island on July 20.
While it is expected that statements about Varosha, an abandoned ghost town in the north set to reopen, would draw strong reactions from Greek Cypriots in the south, there were other rumors on social media that could have raised the alarm in Nicosia.
Cyprus has been divided for decades between a Turkish Cypriot north and a Greek Cypriot south, which also functions internationally as the Republic of Cyprus.
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