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US service member killed in blast near Mosul, coalition says

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on US service member killed in blast near Mosul, coalition says
A US service member died of wounds sustained from an explosion outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the US-led military coalition said. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve gave no other details. US-backed forces have been fighting to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. News of the casualty came as Donald Read More

Italy fears Isis fighters slip into Europe posing as injured Libyans

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Italy fears Isis fighters slip into Europe posing as injured Libyans
Italian investigators believe that a number of Islamic State fighters from Libya have slipped into Europe by infiltrating a scheme designed to give hospital treatment to wounded regular Libyan government soldiers. A Italian intelligence document seen by the Guardian reveals a complex network in which, from 2015, members of Isis and others linked to jihadist Read More

Maged Al-Madhaji

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Maged Al-Madhaji
My life in Yemen is dominated by fear. As director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and one of the few remaining independent voices in Yemen, I have been detained, seen colleagues assassinated, and buried friends killed by Saudi airstrikes. Now, half of my country faces famine. Even as Defense Secretary James Mattis calls Read More

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Saeed Kamali Dehghan
In Donald Trump, opponents of the Iranian establishment bent on regime change have identified a new hope. The US administration, which often talks tough on Iran, has rejuvenated fringe exiled Iranian opposition groups who are irrelevant to modern Iran, yet appeal to gullible Americans. One such group is led by Reza Pahlavi, who gets attention Read More

Pope Francis travels to Egypt amid questions over Islamic university’s fomenting of extremism 

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Pope Francis travels to Egypt amid questions over Islamic university’s fomenting of extremism 
Pope Francis will travel to Egypt for the first time on Friday, offering words of solidarity to the country’s beleaguered Christian community and delivering a speech to an international conference on peace. In a video message released by the Vatican this week, he said he was coming to Cairo as a “messenger of peace”. But Read More

Turkey: NATO’s phantom menace

2017-04-28 Jodie Waters 0
Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, during a regular briefing on April 25 said that the U.S. expresses serious concern over Turkey’s aggression in Syria and Iraq. It should be mentioned that in the morning, April 25 the Turkish Air Force struck the positions of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Read More

Israeli ambassador speaks of fresh Palestine peace initiative

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Israeli ambassador speaks of fresh Palestine peace initiative
Israel is pressing for a fresh Middle East peace initiative involving Arab states, Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, told a meeting at the School of Oriental and African Studies as pro-Palestinian activists mounted a vocal protest outside. Regev said that Israel “wants to see larger and greater involvement from the Arab world” Read More

Ibrahim Kalin

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Ibrahim Kalin
Turkey held a historic referendum this month, with a record turnout of 85%, in which 51.4% voted in favour of constitutional reform, including the adoption of a presidential system of government. What made the vote exceptional was that, for the first time in Turkey’s modern history, the people, rather than coup plotters, got to decide Read More

Briton held in Turkey as terrorism suspect spoke of Isis ‘jail’ to UK press

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Briton held in Turkey as terrorism suspect spoke of Isis ‘jail’ to UK press
A Briton who has been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of terror offences after fleeing Syria previously spoke to reporters about his attempt to escape the clutches of Islamic State, it has emerged. The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that Stefan Aristidou had this week surrendered to authorities in the Turkish town of Kilis, about three Read More

Law firm ‘cocked-up’ over list revealing Iraqi abuse claimants were not civilians

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Law firm ‘cocked-up’ over list revealing Iraqi abuse claimants were not civilians
A UK law firm acting for Iraqis who alleged they were mistreated by the British military did not attempt to mislead a public inquiry into the affair, a professional misconduct hearing has been told. Patricia Robertson QC, defending Leigh Day, said the law firm’s failure to recognise the significance of an Iraqi document that identified Read More