Turkey’s Erdogan Describes Dutch Government As “Nazi Remnants”

Turkey’s Erdogan Describes Dutch Government As “Nazi Remnants”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch government as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic dispute  grows over a cancelled rally. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give President Erdogan greater powers. But the rally was banned […]

Russian Generals Suffers Severe Injuries In Syria

Russian Generals Suffers Severe Injuries In Syria

Major-General Pyotr Milyukhin of the Russian Ground Forces, has been named as the highest ranking Russian officer injured in the conflict in Syria since the start of Russian intervention there in 2015. General Milyukhin was injured in Syria’s Palmyra as the vehicle he was travelling in at the end of February, struck a mine. He […]

Assad Forces Enter Palmyra, Claim To Have Driven Out Islamic State

Assad Forces Enter Palmyra, Claim To Have Driven Out Islamic State

Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic State militants who have held the historic city since December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. A Hezbollah-run media outlet earlier reported that the Syrian army and its allies had recaptured the Palmyra citadel, on […]

Ex-CIA Operative Freed In Portugal, Escapes Extradition To Italy

Ex-CIA Operative Freed In Portugal, Escapes Extradition To Italy

A former CIA officer convicted of involvement in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy was released by authorities in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday after winning a last-minute reprieve from extradition. Sabrina de Sousa, a dual U.S.-Portuguese citizen, was waiting at Lisbon airport to be flown to Italy early on Wednesday when word […]

Turkey Lifts Ban On Female Army Officers’ Headscarf

Turkey Lifts Ban On Female Army Officers’ Headscarf

A ban on female military officers in Turkey wearing the headscarf has been lifted by the government. The Armed Forces is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been the guardian of Turkey’s secular constitution. Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s as the flailing secularist establishment tried to shore […]

Netanyahu Blasts UN ‘hypocrisy’ On First Australian Visit

Netanyahu Blasts UN ‘hypocrisy’ On First Australian Visit

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Australia for defending his nation against UN resolutions during his first visit to Sydney. Mr Netanyahu on Wednesday became the first sitting Israeli Prime Minister to visit Australia. He arrived hours after Australian Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull wrote an article criticising the UN for “one-sided resolutions”  that were not favourable to Israel. […]

Iraqi Forces Begin Assault On West Mosul

Iraqi Forces Begin Assault On West Mosul

Iraqi government forces have moved closer to the southern outskirts of West Mosul, on the second day of a fresh offensive against so-called Islamic State.   The village of Abu Saif, which overlooks Mosul, was hit by air strikes and helicopter gunships as the military advanced, before it was entered by Iraqi forces. The eastern […]

Breaking News: Large Explosion In Southern Turkey

Breaking News: Large Explosion In Southern Turkey

A large explosion has hit a building occupied by judges and prosecutors in southern Turkey, local media reports indicate. The blast occured in the town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which is in on the border with Syria. Reuters reports at least one person killed and several injured in the mainly Kurdish and Arab town. The cause of the explosion […]

Netanyahu Prepares To Meet Trump, Seeks Policy Alignment

Netanyahu Prepares To Meet Trump, Seeks Policy Alignment

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, preparing for his first meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, will work with advisers on Tuesday to align Israeli and U.S. thinking on the Middle East and ensure “no gaps” remain. Staff have cleared most of Tuesday for discussions with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, […]

Helicopter Bombs Vehicle Of Mutinous Yemeni Commander’s Loyalists

Helicopter Bombs Vehicle Of Mutinous Yemeni Commander’s Loyalists

An Apache helicopter from the Saudi-led military coalition fighting Iranian backed Houthi rebels, wounded three Yemeni soldiers when it fired a missile at a military vehicle outside Aden International Airport on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said. The attack targetted troops loyal to the airport’s chief of security, who had refused to leave his post after he […]