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US airstrikes top 1,000 against IS in Iraq and Syria

USS EISENHOWER, Persian Gulf –  One after another, fighter jets catapult from the flight deck of the USS Eisenhower, a thousand-foot (305-meter) American aircraft carrier, afterburners glowing amber above the blue Persian Gulf, on their way northwest to join the fight in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State. The fighter jets refuel on the way before receiving from coalition ...

Saudi Arabia working overtime to ‘disappear’ Yemen as a political entity

What you are witnessing today in Yemen is a religious and cultural genocide, Catherine Shakdam, Director of Programs at Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, told RT. The Saudi ambassador to the United States has called the Saudi-led bombings in Yemen “righteous” and “legitimate” and that they will continue“no matter what.” However, he was less clear over their use of ...

Saudi Aramco plans massive oil investment

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Defying the weakness of crude oil prices, Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil (Saudi Aramco) has pledged to invest $334 billion in oil facilities and projects during the decade to 2025. With the announcement, the company left no doubt that it will continue spending huge sums of money to maintain and expand its ...

Defected deputy governor says Kiir is the problem of South Sudan

The former deputy governor of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, John Ivo Mounto, confirmed on Sunday his defection to the armed opposition faction under the leadership of Riek Machar, charging that the country will never be at peace if President Salva Kiir continues to play a central role in the affairs of the young nation. Mounto told Sudan Tribune on ...

Syria Conflict: bombardment in Jayrud, 43 dead

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil 43 people are dead after a fierce government bombardment on a opposition-controlled Syrian town, casualties included children and medical staff according to a monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the airstrike and shelling lasted for hours on Saturday, striking Jayrud, a town situated 60 kilometers north-east ...

Syria Conflict: Kerry tells Russia patience is not “infinite”

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has warned the Syrian regime and its main military backer Russia, to respect the “frayed” ceasefire and said that its “patience was not infinite” amid mounting death tolls. The US Secretary of State addressed the Oslo Forum on conflict resolution and mediation, he stated ...

Cabinet disputes over state security, dam issues: threatens to paralyse government

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The controversial Janna dam project and the State security agency issues threaten to further cripple the work of an already crippling government, the differences over both topics will be discussed by the Cabinet at a meeting on Thursday. The meeting comes at the same time as two Kataeb Party ministers ...

Frangieh nomination initially proposed by Britain, US and Saudi Arabia

  Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil On Thursday night Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk revealed that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s nomination of MP Sleiman Frangieh for the presidency was initially proposed by Britain, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. “MP Sleiman Prangieh’s nomination did not come from Saad Hariri. But from the British Foreign Ministry and ...

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for four days

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday saw Egypt reopen its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip –in both directions – for the second time in a month to “humanitarian cases” and Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing. The Rafah crossing will be open for four non-consecutive days according to Gaza’s border authority, ...

Egyptian Authorities hire recovery team to assist in search of black box

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Egyptian Authorities hired a deep ocean survey and recovery company to join the hunt for wreckage of the EgyptAir jet that went down over the eastern Mediterranean last week as new satellite evidence emerged to help narrow down the likely crash site. The country’s civil-aviation ministry signed a Deep Ocean ...

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