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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk

October 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said. Major-General Qassem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, travelled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region to meet Kurdish leaders at least three times this month before the Baghdad government’s lightning campaign to recapture territory across the north. The presence of Soleimani on the frontlines highlights Tehran’s heavy sway over policy in Iraq, and comes as Shia Iran seeks to win a proxy war in the Middle East with its regional rival and US ally, Sunni Saudi Arabia. Soleimani met leaders […]

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US House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

October 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The US House of Representatives will vote next week on new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and on Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, senior House Republicans said on Friday, seeking to take a tough line against Iran without immediately moving to undermine the international nuclear deal. “It is Congress’ responsibility to work with the executive branch on a clear-eyed strategy to stop Iran’s reckless behavior,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the number two House Republican, and Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a joint statement emailed to Reuters. They said: Immediate action towards this goal will come from the House next week as we vote on legislation that furthers sanctions on Hezbollah and Iran’s missile […]

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Israeli official confirms: Bin Salman visited Tel Aviv last month

October 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An Israeli official told AFP on Friday that Saudi Crown Prince Emir Mohammed bin Salman secretly visited Tel Aviv in September. The official, who requested that his identity remains anonymous, refused to reveal the nature of bin Salman’s meetings in Tel Aviv, the people he met, as well as the results of his discussions with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli official’s statement confirmed the accuracy of what the official Hebrew radio broadcast earlier, when it revealed that “an emir from the Saudi royal court visited the country secretly on 7 September and discussed with senior Israeli officials the idea of ​​pushing forward regional peace.” During that time, journalist Ariel Kahana, who works for the nationalist and right-wing […]

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Microchip Powerhouse TSMC Credits High Performing Quarter to Cryptocurrency Mining

October 21, 2017 Samuel Haig 0

Microchip Powerhouse TSMC Credits High Performing Quarter to Cryptocurrency MiningThe world’s largest independent semiconductor foundry, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has attributed its high performance for the third quarter of 2017 to surging demand for cryptocurrency mining hardware. Also Read: Research Shows Half a Billion People Are Mining Cryptocurrencies Without Knowing It Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Saw an Increase in Revenue by 17.9% During […]

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3 police officers killed, 8 injured in shoot-out in Giza

October 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Three police officers were killed and eight others injured in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Giza, southwest of the Egyptian capital, two security sources said on Friday. The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year. The suspected militants fled after the exchange of fire there, the sources said. Read: Egyptian security forces kill 10 suspected militants in Cairo Egypt accuses Hasm of being a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group it outlawed in 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood denies this. A militant insurgency in the […]

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France’s Macron says Raqqa fall not end of battle against Daesh

October 21, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that France’s military would continue its fight against Daesh in Syria, but that the fall of the militant group’s bastion in Raqqa needed to lead to an inclusive political system to restore stability. “The battle against Daesh did not end with the fall of Raqqa and France will maintain its military effort as long as necessary,” Macron’s office said in a statement. “The challenges of stabilisation and reconstruction will not be less than those of the military campaign.” In a declaration formally announcing Raqqa’s liberation from Daesh after four months of battles, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday that Raqqa would be part of a decentralised federal Syria. France has supplied […]

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