Category Archives: Middle East

European states urge action against IS antiquities dealing

Germany, Italy & France called Tuesday for the European Union to crack down on the illegal trade in antiquities used to bankroll attacks by the Islamic State group. The culture…

Taliban storm airport complex in Afghan city of Kandahar

Explosions & gunfire rang out as Taliban fighters stormed the airport complex in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday, officials said, with fighting still ongoing. "The insurgents managed to…

Turkey 'insists' on safe zones, support for moderate Syrian forces – Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey insists on the creation of "safe zones" in northern Syria & rapid implementation of proposals to train & equip moderate rebels, President Tayyip Erdogan said on…

Air France to resume Paris-Tehran flights after eight-year gap

PARIS (Reuters) – Air France-KLM will resume flights between Paris & Tehran from April 2016, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of improving ties between France & Iran…

Syria: Footage shows devastating aftermath of Russian air strikes

Videos uploaded to social media purport to show the devastating aftermath of Russian air strikes in Deir al-Zor, Aleppo & Damascus on 7 December. The first video appears to show…

Air France to resume flights to Tehran after nuclear deal

PARIS (AP) — Air France will resume flights to Tehran for the first time in more than seven years, as part of resuming European trade with Iran following a hard-fought…

Trump rejects criticism of his proposal to ban Muslims

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) — Donald Trump is rejecting criticism that his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is un-American & has critics comparing him to Adolf…

U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic State with 31 air strikes – statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States & its allies staged 31 air strikes in Syria & Iraq against the Islamic State militant group on Monday, the U.S. military said in…

California killing spurs concerns about fiance visa program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband came to the U.S. last year on a special visa for fiances of U.S. citizens,…

Taliban leader denies being wounded in internal dispute

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has denied being wounded in a dispute with another commander, calling it a "baseless claim" that is part of the…