Turkey argues exceptionalism over Syria ceasefire

SHAFAQNA - Hours after Damascus confirmed that it would hold a ceasefire, and allow for diplomatic talks to resume, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu announced Turkey will not honour a planned cessation of hostilities in war-hit Syria…

EU moves for an arm embargo against Saudi Arabia over Yemen

SHAFAQNA - European Parliament lawmakers adopted a resolution calling for an arms embargo against Riyadh over its military operation in Yemen. The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling for an arms embargo against Saudi…

Aleppo strategic station liberated by Syrian forces

SHAFAQNA - Syrian forces and volunteer fighters have managed to regain control of a strategic thermal power station in the northwestern province of Aleppo. The station was fully liberated on Saturday following heavy clashes between the Syrian…

Fresh mass rallies held in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - Bahrainis have staged fresh protests across the tiny Persian Gulf island amid a wave of rallies held to mark the anniversary of the 2011 popular revolution. A march was held in the village of Abu Saiba just outside the capital…

Turkey wants Kurdish isolation - calls on US to break ties

SHAFAQNA - Turkey on Friday says America should severe ties with Kurdish fighters. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “resorting to terrorist groups like the YPG is above all a sign of weakness”. Turkish Foreign Minister…

Syrian President grants pardons to army deserters - if they turn themselves in

SHAFAQNA  - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree pardoning all army deserters and other military-related crimes. The decree grants amnesty to soldiers inside and outside of Syria as long as their crimes took place before…

NGOs Condemn Violence Against Protesters on Fifth Anniversary of Bahrain’s Peaceful Uprising

SHAFAQNA - Sunday, 14 February 2016, marked the fifth anniversary of Bahrain’s peaceful uprising. Bahraini people took to the streets protesting injustice and demanding freedom and democracy. The authorities responded with extensive use of…

Syrian army continues advances against terror militants in Latakia

SHAFAQNA -  The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade (commando brigade) of the Republican Guard and their allies are swiftly clearing the remaining hilltops in the northeastern countryside, seizing a number of sites from the Islamist rebels of…

Saudi Troops into Syria: The “Gates of Hell” Will Be Open in the Coming Months. Three Possible Scenarios

SHAFAQNA- here are three possible scenarios in Syria Participation of [Saudi] Arab troops  in Syria is not excluded. A high-ranking officer within the joint operations room in Damascus, which includes Russia, Iran and Syria and Hezbollah…

OPEC nervous as Iran resumes delivery to Europe

SHAFAQNA - Only hours after news emerged that Iran has shipped its first oil cargo to Europe in multiple years as well as an announcement by Tehran that it has made a major rise in its oil production, indications emerged that key OPEC producers…

Turkey and KSA back Daesh efforts in Syria in the open - World community keeps mum

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SHAFAQNA - As demonstrated by Turkey military efforts against Kurdish positions in northern Syria this weekend, Ankara, and its regional political hegemon: Saudi Arabia, have thrown all cares to the wind in their quest for control in the Levant. In…

Aden falls prey to chaos while under de facto military occupation

SHAFAQNA - Since the Yemeni southern seaport city of Aden fell to the control of the Saudi-led coalition, under the supervision of the UAE, al-Qaeda militants have managed to encroach themselves further onto the region, de facto turning Aden…

Riyadh prepares for ground invasion in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia will send special forces to Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) if the US-led coalition starts ground operation, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said Friday. On February 5, reports…

Anti-Syria militants receive “excellent quantities” of missiles

SHAFAQNA - Syrian militants say they have received "excellent quantities" of missiles from their foreign backers to help them stand against the government troops north of the province of Aleppo. According to a militant commander, the ground-to-ground…

Millions of Iranians Rally to Mark Islamic Revolution Victory

SHAFAQNA - Iranian people from different walks of life, carrying flags and banners in support of the Islamic Republic, poured into the streets in their millions on Thursday to hold nationwide rallies marking the 37th anniversary of the victory…

Palestinian teen shot dead during clashes in Hebron's al-Arrub camp

SHAFAQNA - Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron's al-Arrub refugee camp on Tuesday. Doctors at al-Mizan hospital in Hebron said the boy, identified as Omar…

Is Erdogan mad enough to invade Syria?

SHAFAQNA- The Russia Defense Ministry said today it has reasons to believe that Turkey is more likely planning a military invasion in neighboring Syria in light of the recent development on the borders. Russian reconnaissance planes have…

Syrian cities under siege – truth versus fiction

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this January media broke the story of Madaya, a Syrian town whose people had been made to suffer immense hardship under the weight of a de facto humanitarian blockade. Outraged, UN officials pointed an angry finger at…

Madrid airport sounds alarm after bomb threat on Saudi plane

SHAFAQNA- A general alert was issued at Madrid’s Barajas airport shortly after midday on Thursday after the captain of a Saudi Airlines plane announced the flight had received a bomb threat, Xinhua reported. The alert was made public at…

Besieged Shiite towns in Syria are finally free

SHAFAQNA - The Syrian army broke the terrorists' four-year-long siege of the Shiite-populated towns of Nubl and Al-Zahra in Northern Aleppo province a few minutes ago. The siege of the strategic towns was removed after four years in an army…

Can Hariri coexist with a strong Christian president in Lebanon?

SHAFAQNA- In potentially the most abrupt U-turn in Lebanese politics since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 between Hizbullah's Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Free Patriotic Movement's former-PM General Michel…

Death toll rises among Kurds trapped in Turkey’s southeastern Cizre district amid govt crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Over 20 injured people have been trapped in a basement for over a week in the Cizre district of Turkey’s Sirnak Province, where the Turkish military is fighting Kurdish militants. Reports say ambulances have been denied access…

Terror attack against holy shrine of Lady Zaynab in Damascus

SHAFAQNA - A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital on Sunday even as a UN mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian…

MSF Slams Saudi Attacks on Hospitals, Medical Staff in Yemen

SHAFAQNA- Jason Cone, the executive director of the group in the US, said on Friday that Saudi military aircraft has targeted three health facilities run by it in Yemen over the past three months in flagrant violation of the international…

Saudi-led Attacks on Yemeni Civilians Violate Humanitarian Law: UN

SHAFAQNA- The UN experts have called on the UN Security Council to "investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Yemen by all parties and to identify the perpetrators of such violations,” AFP…

UN panel denounces war in Yemen as a rights violation

SHAFAQNA - A UN panel of experts says Saudi Arabia’s months-long war on impoverished Yemen has violated the humanitarian law as many of the airstrikes have been carried out on civilian targets. The UN experts have called on the UN Security…

US and Iran normalize relations - air travel to resume

SHAFAQNA - Talks are underway about resuming direct commercial flights between Iran and the US. The plan is being backed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as Tehran looks to end the three-and-a-half decade long impasse. "The matter is…

Our Iraq ambassador not representing us: Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says recent controversial remarks made by the country’s ambassador to Iraq do not represent Riyadh’s official stance, in remarks that effectively put into question the nature of…