Iran Middle East

Iran’s President Calls Out Western Powers for Supporting Terrorism

(GPA) Tehran – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called out Western powers for supporting and causing terrorism in the Middle East. The comments were made at the annual Muslim Unity Conference in Tehran where Rouhani emphasized the need for Muslims of all sects to unite against terrorism, Zionism, and devastation caused by colonial powers. Rouhani directly blamed […]

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U.S. Halts Saudi Arms Sale But Boasts Massive Sales to Other Gulf Allies

(GPA) Riyadh – The United States has announced they will be canceling– or at least holding off– on an expected arms sale to Saudi Arabia due to the high number of civilian casualties in Yemen. However, military aid in other areas will continue flowing to Riyadh. Other Gulf allies complicit in the Saudi-led coalition will […]

Middle East Syria

Syrian Government Forces Liberate Aleppo from Western-Backed Rebels

Syrian forces are slowly working through Aleppo. The city is almost completely liberated from rebel control. Map Update: Syrian Army captures 85% of east Aleppo, on verge of total military victory — Al-Masdar News (@TheArabSource) December 7, 2016 Video: Syrian Army captured Old Aleppo, frees civilians — Al-Masdar News (@TheArabSource) December 7, 2016 […]

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BBC Just Used the Islamic State’s Website as a Source. But Why?

(GPA) al-Qaim, Iraq – Jets carrying out air strikes missed an Islamic State target and instead hit residential buildings. Dozens of people including women and children are assumed to have been killed. Witnesses believe the strike was aiming for a Mosque frequently used by IS as a headquarters, but missed and instead hit residential buildings. It is likely […]

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Book Review: Arab Spring, Libyan Winter

If you want to learn more about the Arab Spring and its regional context from an alternative standpoint then Arab Spring, Libyan Winter by Vijay Prashad is your answer. [asa]1849351120[/asa] Prashad begins by explaining how uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt sparked a wave of grassroots protests throughout the Arab world including Yemen, Morocco, Bahrain, Syria, and […]

Middle East Syria

“Moderate” Rebels Attack Hospital in Aleppo

(GPA) Aleppo, Syria – “Moderate rebels” have attacked a hospital inside the government-controlled portion of Aleppo. One Russian female medical worker has been killed and many more residents have been injured after rebel fighters fired mortar shells at the hospital– which was set up by the Russian military to take care of civilians inside the devastated city. Russian […]

Europe Middle East

Report: Bombing Muslim Countries Results in More Attacks at Home

(GPA) According to a report from the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC), European countries who are taking part in the US-led coalition against ISIS are more likely to suffer terrorist attacks at home– and the trend is expected to rise. France ranked especially high on the list; Belgium, Germany, and the UK are also particularly susceptible to attacks. Ultimately […]

Middle East Yemen

Houthis Establish New Government in Yemen, UN Not Happy

(GPA) Sana’a, Yemen – The Houthis and their allies announced this week the formation and swearing-in of a new government in the capital city of Sana’a. The National Salvation Government immediately came under criticism from the United Nations as a “new and unnecessary obstacle” to peace. But is it? The new National Salvation Government was announced on […]

Iran Middle East Syria Yemen

Iran Seeks to Expand Maritime Influence Near Syria & Yemen

(GPA) Tehran – Iranian general General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri announced on Sunday that his country’s military would like to expand navel bases overseas– ideally near Syria or Yemen. The announcement came just days after Wikileaks released the Yemen Files— over 500 documents and emails confirming direct U.S. training and funding for the pro-Saudi Yemeni government forces. So why? […]