Apparently, Saudi Arabia seems to be no longer respected by the various Emirates of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a sign, no doubt, that this regional power is undermined from within, despite the loud arrival on the national and regional scenes of Prince Mohammad Bin Salmane, the new strong man in Saudi Arabia. Qatar had…

Twenty-one civilians, including children, were affected on monday 22 January 2018 by suffocation and respiratory distress symptoms, following the shelling of the besieged city of Duma, east of Damascus. Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdulrahman, pointed out, in a statement, that bombings of the Assad forces on the western section…

The Trump administration announced that it is cutting 65 million dollars from its 125-million-dollar aid package to UNRWA, the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, according to the US Department of State. In a letter, it said it will ask the agency for a “fundamental re-examination” of its operations. The US will disburse the remaining…

The Palestinian Central Council has called on Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to suspend recognition of Israel in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the Tel Aviv regime’s capital. On Monday, the council voted in favor of ordering the PLO to halt its recognition of Israel until it officially recognizes…

On Monday, January 15,2018, the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon renewed warnings to its nationals wishing to visit or already in Lebanon. At its site,, the Embassy indicated that this warning, dated 10 January 2018, was still valid. The Embassy calls on those wishing to visit Lebanon to “exercise great caution in view of the unpredictability…

Suicide bombers back in action in Baghdad – 19 killed in Iraq Iraki troops clear the Hawija region Iraqi troops announced the clearance of Islamic State militants from 360 villages in the Hawija area. The maneuvers allowed for the reopening of a highway between Kirkuk and Tikrit. Operations in Diyala province are ongoing. Iraq has…

An organization claiming to be part of the Islamic State (ISIS) group assured that all Sahelian jihadists were “reaching out” to fight the joint force of five countries in the region. The group, led by Adnan Abu Walid Sahrawi and called “Islamic State in the Greater Sahara” (ISGS), claimed on Friday a series of attacks,…

A Russian airbase in western Syria was targeted by opposition fighters for the second time in two weeks on Saturday, as rebels to bomb the military site with drones. No deaths or material damage were recorded in the attempted attack on Hmeimem airbase, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), with the drone…

The United States has frozen $125 million in funding for the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, Axios news site reported on Friday, but a State Department official denied a decision had been made on the payment. Days after President Donald Trump threatened to withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, Axios said the…

Tarik Jadaoun from Verviers, a jihadist linked to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), is in prison in Iraq, where he risks the death penalty. In mid-December 2017, he asserted in an interview  that he wished to collaborate with Belgian security services, and had not actually fought for Daesh (ISIS). Yet, a completely different reality…