UAE troops return after ‘successful liberation, stabilization of Aden’

The United Arab Emirates said its troops have returned from the Yemeni port city of Aden after the completion of its role in “liberating and stabilizing” the city. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said that it is now transferring its charge to Saudi and Yemeni forces, who wil


France, Iraq diplomats hold talks on ISIL prisoners in Syria

Iraq's top diplomat has said Baghdad will take back its citizens suspected of fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria, while urging home countries of other detainees to also take the "needed measures". Mohammed Ali al-Hakim's comments on Thursday followed tal


UAE reacts to Turkish military aggression in Syria

The UAE has condemned in the strongest terms the Turkish military aggression in Syria.A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - issued late Wednesday night - noted that this aggression represents a serious development and an unacceptable, flagrant assault on the


Protests resume in Iraq’s Sadr City as uprising enters second week

 Baghdad - Iraq’s government issued a second package of proposed social reforms on Tuesday 9 October 2019 in an attempt to appease the demands of anti-government protesters who for eight days have demonstrated nationwide, with the loss of 110 lives and 6,000 wounded. Prime Minister Adil


Dozens killed on sixth day of Baghdad protests, military admits use of ‘excessive force’

The Iraqi military admitted on Monday that “excessive force” was used in a district of the capital overnight where a mass protest led to clashes that killed dozens. The number of those killed has not yet been verified, however some sources claim 13 were killed, while others reported 15.


Demonstrator says shooters of Iraqi protesters ‘Iranians speaking Farsi’

Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been shooting at people during Iraq’s recent deadly protests, according to a protester interviewed in Baghdad by Reuters. “There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire. They are all Iranian speaking in Farsi. You w


Top Shia cleric slams Iraqi govt, endorses protests

KARBALA - Iraq's revered Shia spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Friday endorsed the protests engulfing the country, and called on the government to heed them "before it's too late." Speaking through a representative, Sistani said the government "must do what it can to improve public s


Iraq: Baghdad protests enter second day after clashes with security forces

Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Baghdad for a second day on Wednesday as soldiers spread out across the city following clashes with civilians that have left four people dead. The protesters mobilised to express their anger at unemployment, corruption in the government


Sheikh Abdullah delivers UAE's message of regional co-operation for peace in Middle East

Instability in the Middle East should be tackled by greater regional co-operation, the UAE's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said on Saturday, as “rogue states” are exploiting the existing global order. In an address to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York,


UAE welcomes EU initiative to open diplomatic path with Iran

The UAE welcomes an initiative brought forward by European leaders to ease tensions with Iran and open a diplomatic path, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said on Monday. Tensions in the region have increased recently following a wave of attacks on Saudi Arabia&rsquo


Saudi Arabia will issue new visas, relax dress code for tourists

Saudi Arabia has thrown open its doors to foreign tourists, announcing that it would launch a new visa programme for 49 countries in a bid to draw foreign companies to invest in the country's tourism sector.The conservative Muslim kingdom is also relaxing strict dress codes for female visitors tha


Suspected Drone Activity Diverts Flights Coming Into Dubai

  Two flights were diverted from Dubai International Airport on Sunday due to suspected drone activity, the hub’s operator said - at least the second disruption of its kind there this year.   Arrivals were disrupted for about 15 minutes after midday (0800 GMT), said a spokesman


Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that threaten global security and stability. The Crown Prince made the statement during a phone call with South


Saudi Arabia oil attacks: Weapons debris 'proves Iran behind them'

Saudi Arabia's defence ministry has shown off what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles that proves Iranian involvement in weekend attacks on two oil facilities. It said 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were fired from a direction that ruled out Yemen as a source. Yemen's Iran-alig


Kuwait ‘strongly condemns’ Saudi oil attacks during UN Security Council speech

Kuwait on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last Saturday during a speech by its ambassador to the UN Security Council session on Yemen. “The attack represents a flagrant violation of international law,” Kuwait’s Permanent Re


Attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities launched from southern Iran: CBS News

The United States has identified the recent drone attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia as originating from locations in southern Iran, CBS News reported citing a senior US official source. The unidentified senior official told CBS News that Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have been faci


UAE’s FM Anwar Gargash says Aramco attacks are dangerous escalation

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday 9-17-2019that the Aramco attacks are a dangerous escalation. Justifying the terrorist attacks on the two oil facilities as a result of developments in the war in Yemen is “completely unacceptable,” Gargash s


King Salman says the Kingdom will defend itself no matter source of attack

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday stressed the Kingdom’s ability to deal with the attacks on the country's facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais. Addressing the country's cabinet, King Salman added that these attacks not only target the Kingdom's vital facilities, but also target


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