Suspected US-led airstrikes claim 23 civilian lives in North Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly two dozen civilians, including children, have been killed in airstrikes likely carried out by the US-led coalition on a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group says. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

Twin Bombs Attack Wedding Party in Tikrit; 23 Civilian Casualties

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SHAFAQNA - Bomb attacks at a wedding party near the central Iraqi city of Tikrit have claimed the lives of nearly two dozen people as government forces push ahead with their battle to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from Takfiri…

Israeli Lawmakers To Ban Adhaan

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SHAFAQNA - The Israeli parliament, Knesset, has given preliminary approval to a controversial bill that would ban Muslim calls to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories. The "muezzin"…

Daesh Attacks Afghan Hospital Killing Over 30 Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Others

SHAFAQNA - More than 30 people have been killed and some 50 others injured in an attack by heavily-armed militants on Afghanistan's largest military hospital in the capital, Kabul. Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said…

Women's Day; Israel Holding 65 Female Palestinian Prisoners

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SHAFAQNA - The Israeli regime is holding 65 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, "under dire conditions" in its jails, a rights group says. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said in a statement on Tuesday, the eve of the International…

Hamas spokesman hails Palestine conference in Iran

SHAFAQNA - The spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, praised the recent conference on Palestine in Tehran and said the international event raised the Palestinian issue again and made it a top priority. Speaking to…

Ahmed and Mohammed al-Khobze; Yemeni Children Killed by US Drone

SHAFAQNA - A local Yemeni official says a drone strike suspected to have been carried out by the US has left two Yemeni children dead in the south-central Bayda Province. The unnamed provincial official said on Tuesday that the incident…

Syria Paying Price for Not Bowing to US, Saudi and Allies

SHAFAQNA - The United States along with its Western and regional allies have imposed a devastating war on Syria, because the Damascus government and the Syrian people have tried to maintain their independence, says Edward Corrigan, a human…

War - Israel's Staple

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SHAFAQNA - At a glance, Israel appears a true democracy. Take a closer look, and that facade of democracy will soon dissipate, turning into something else entirely. Tuesday, Feb. 28 was one of those moments. The chain of events was as follows: An…

US troops spotted in armored convoy near Manbij, Syria

SHAFAQNA - The video was filmed amid sporadic exchanges of fire between the Kurdish-affiliated Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Turkish troops in areas west of Manbij. The US-led coalition in Syria confirmed the presence of American forces…

‘They destroyed our homes, injured our kids’: Sanaa residents speak of horror of Saudi bombings

SHAFAQNA - Residents of one neighborhood in Sanaa say it has been hit by 37 bombs and rockets from the Saudi-led coalition since Riyadh began intervening in Yemen. They have nobody to help them in the dire situation, they told Ruptly news agency. “Our…

Syria's Geneva Talks

SHAFAQNA - It is fair to say that the steadfastness of the army and unity of the Syrian state have resulted in what we have in hand today; otherwise, we would have tragically witnessed the demise of another Arab state and the fragmentation…

Saudi FM in landmark visit to Iraq

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was in Baghdad for talks on Saturday, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom in years, Iraqi officials said. He met his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a foreign ministry…

Yemenis mark the Martyrs' Day ahead of Saudi war anniversary

SHAFAQNA - Protesters staged the “Loyalty to Martyrs' Blood” march in Bab al-Yemen of the capital on Friday. A statement issued at the march stressed the significance of unity in the face of the Saudi aggression to honor the martyrs. The…

Funeral ceremony held for Istanbul's Shia cleric

SHAFAQNA - A funeral ceremony was held to pay tribute to late Shaykh Touran, Istanbul's Shia Friday Prayer leader on Monday, February 13. In this solemn ceremony, Turkish Shias attended the event while carrying pictures of Shaykh Touran…

Ansarullah captures city close to Saudi Arabia border

SHAFAQNA - The victory came after Yemeni forces attacked Saudi mercenaries in the town of Al-Kadhah in the Hudaydah Governorate. The Saudi-led coalition forces also entered the battle that lasted hours on Sunday morning south of the Kingdom’s…

Bahrain Conference – 6 years on struggle for freedom continues

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SHAFAQNA – 2017 marks the sixth year of Bahrain’s struggle for freedom, justice and political self-determination. A nation interrupted by a brutal and illegal foreign military occupation, Bahrain has been largely ignored by an apathetic…

Bahraini protesters denounce killing of 3 activists trying to flee kingdom

SHAFAQNA - On Thursday evening, protesters took to the streets in the northwestern village of Bani Jamra, chanting slogans in protest at the deaths of 29-year-old Rida al-Ghisra, Mahmoud Yahya, 22, and 35-year-old Mostafa Abedali, whom regime…

382 civilians killed, 908 wounded in Iraq violence in January: UN

SHAFAQNA - Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts across Iraq killed a total of 382 civilians and wounded 908 others in January, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Wednesday. A UNAMI statement said that…

Shafaqna speaks to Press TV on Bahrain's violence

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SHAFAQNA - Reports from the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain indicate that one person has died under torture amid growing crackdown on protesters. Bahraini activists say the man, whose identity is not revealed, was arrested and later died following…

Clashes in Bahrain escalate

SHAFAQNA - Protesters took to the streets in the village of Ma'ameer, situated about 15 kilometres south of the capital, Manama, on Monday and threw Molotov cocktails at police vehicles. The marchers also set some tires on fire. Regime forces…

Bahraini Police Attack Peaceful Rally near Manama

SHAFAQNA - Police in Bahrain clashed with protesters who took to the streets in the Bahraini village of Sanabis in response to a call by the Persian Gulf country’s opposition groups for a rally days after execution of three young activists…

Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani slams Bahraini regime due to execution of 3 detainees

SHAFAQNA - In a meeting with religious scholars from the Iranian province of Kurdistan held in Ayatollah Nouri Hamadani’s office in Qom, Iran, the Shia cleric asserted that studying religion and the efforts to introduce the world to the genuine…

Iraq’s growing mental health problem

SHAFAQNA - Iraq already had shortages of psychiatrists and psychologists before the rise of so-called Islamic State. Now, as hundreds of thousands of civilians emerge from years of IS rule, the impact of those shortfalls is becoming painfully…

Shafaqna's News Round - Ali Mousawi speaks from Iraq on the realities of Iraq's misreported war

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SHAFAQNA -  Catherine Shakdam - Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies interviewed this week Ali Mousawi - a war journalist based in Iraq to discuss the hidden realities of war and the socio-political construct…

Bahraini regime executes 3 Shiite activists amid public anger

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain has executed three anti-regime Shia activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts. The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday in defiance…

ISIS crimes documented by Imam Hussein Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA - Complying with the directives of the representative of the Islamic Supreme Religious Authority, sheikh Abdul-Mehdi El-Kerbala’e, the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine sent a delegation to Mosul City in order to document all the crime ISIS…

Ayatollah Khamenei hosts memorial ceremony for late Ayatollah Rafsanjani

SHAFAQNA - Family members of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, heads of the three branches of the Government, country's civil and military officials as well as people from different walks of life are present at the ceremony underway at Ayatollah Khomeini…