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Inching Closer to Saudi Arabia, Israel Moves to Ban Al Jazeera

Tel Aviv (GPA) – In a move in line with their warming relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel has moved to close the Jerusalem Al Jazeera branch and ban the outlet’s journalists. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara announced at a press conference on Sunday that officials would start taking steps to shut down Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem location. […]

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Africa Egypt

Libya Delegations and Egypt to Start Talks This Week

WESTERN RESPONSE On 31 July, delegations from Misrata and eastern Libya, including House of Representatives (HoR) president Agilah Saleh, traveled to Cairo to attend meetings facilitated by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, and Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Hijazi. The talks are due to start on 1 August, but the topic and intended outcome of […]

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Middle East Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria

Salafism Vs Wahhabism: Qatar-Saudi Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism

Idlib (MPN) – Salafi jihadist scholar Abdullah al-Muhaysini is one of many agents working on behalf of Qatar to combat Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist ideology. Their battleground is Syria, where a so-called “civil war” is covering up a silent fight between competing political movements. Qatar’s main man operating in Syria is Saudi Arabian Abdullah al-Muhaysini. He […]

Africa Sudan

Will Sudan Side With Russia And Iran if Sanctions Are Not Lifted?

Khartoum (MEMO) – The expectation that the United States will completely lift economic sanctions against Sudan is by no means certain. Just days before the 12 July deadline, Sudanese diplomats around the world are getting ready to either welcome the lifting of sanctions and see Sudan amerced into the international community; or defend a dramatic new foreign policy direction which could see a return to an anti-US stance should sanctions be re-imposed. The uncertainty over the decision is being fuelled by the unpredictable mercurial nature of US President Donald Trump’s administration which has broken the normal […]

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In Cairo, the Pot Boils

Cairo (MEE) – On the anniversary of the military coup which brought Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power, Egyptians are bursting with anger at his regime. Here are three ways this could boil over. “Sisi has failed himself and Egypt,” Bahey Eldin Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, told me last night, the eve of the […]

Africa Libya

Libya’s HoR Announces Cutting (Non-Existent) Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

ISIS IN ACTION On 5 June, the anti-crime unit of Misrata’s security forces released a recording that claims to show the ‘confessions’ of ISIS fighter Ahmed al-Mshiti. Known as Aseeda, he was one of the leading ISIS figures in the Sabri area of Benghazi, and was captured on his return to Misrata after receiving medical […]

Middle East Qatar

Qatar: ‘No Justification’ for Cutting Diplomatic Ties

Doha (Tasnim) – Qatar said there is “no legitimate justification” for several Arab nations cutting diplomatic ties after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain announced they would suspend relations with the Persian Gulf state. The Saudi kingdom made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday, saying it was taking action for […]

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Africa Libya

Libya’s UN-Backed Government Condemns Egypt’s Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION According to local sources, on 24 May militias clashed with ISIS fighters near Bani Walid. Four ISIS fighters were killed. ISIS fighters are still active in the area after dispersing into the desert south-west of Sirte following their defeat at the hands of the Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus forces last year. Locals report […]

Africa Libya

Libyan Rivals Rumored to Meet Again in Cairo This Week

ISIS IN ACTION On 7 May, ISIS’s official media arm claimed responsibility for an ambush of fighters belonging to the Government of National Accord (GNA) affiliated Misratan Third Force 100km south-west of Sirte. The Misratans were attacked in the al-Loud agricultural district as they were being transported by bus from Jufra to Misrata. Two Misratans […]