Entries by asadian

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

SHAFAQNA – MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi said that there is no agreement on exchange of pilgrims between the Iranian and Iraqi officials so far, adding that a […]

Photos: Masjid al-Sahlah, the Mosque of Imam al-Mahdi (aj)

SHAFAQNA – The Al-Sahlah Mosque or Masjid al-Sahlah (Arabic: مسجد السهلة‎) is one of the primary significant mosques in the city of Kufa, Iraq. The mosque is of great importance to Shia Muslims, and it is believed that the mosque was initially established in Kufa as a neighborhood mosque for the followers of Ali, the early members of the Shia. The mosque is […]

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA – ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government’s suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, […]

World Cup 2018: Iranian referee may judge the Final match

SHAFAQNA – The distinguished judgment of Iranian referee during Germany-Mexico match in 2018 FIFA World Cup is taken widely into account among soccer lovers so that huge debates have circulated in social media and professional websites about his management, decisions and performance in the game.  Despite a few critics, the main body of commentators in social […]

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not […]

Iran’s response to Tramp: Iran has changed their attitude toward the US government more than the past

SHAFAQNA – After the withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, less conversations or statements from Tramp heard in which there is no mention of Iran or threatening Iran. The US president recently said in a conversation with Fox News that he believes the Iranians will return one day and say they are going to negotiate […]

Iran-Iraq trade balance hit $10b: Envoy

SHAFAQNA – IRNA:  The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad reached ten billion dollars for a one-year period, Iran‘s ambassador to Iraq announced on Wednesday. There are many historical, cultural and political commonalities between the two countries which should be used for further bilateral ties, Iraj Masjedi said at an Iftar ceremony in this […]

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

SHAFAQNA – Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu Kamal city in Syria. Iraqi Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari highlighted, as he received the message from Syrian […]

Cyberspace should promote religious teachings: Iran minister

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Quran should be emerged in cyberspace and this space should be used to circulate the Quranic and religious knowledge and teachings, the Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance said. Abbas Salehi told IRNA that his Ministry is to strengthen the relations between art, media and Quran. Cyberspace, today, has turned into a new […]


SHAFAQNA – Reuters | by Moayed Kenany: Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.   A letter from the Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office seen by Reuters showed the ministry […]

Humanitarian disaster in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war

SHAFAQNA– Thousands of troops backed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates forces began the biggest battle of the war in Yemen this week, launching an attack on the port of Hodeidah and putting the main supply route for food into the country at risk, the Times reported. The assault began after the expiry of a deadline […]

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

SHAFAQNA – The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from his seat outside the wooden shed that serves as Holbæk’s boat club. “But I think people here are becoming […]

How tensions in the Middle East overshadow 2018 World Cup

SHAFAQNA- Political tensions in this soccer-crazy part of the world overshadow the current World Cup. From the sanction of Nike against Iranian players to Saudi-UAE moves to gain the control of global soccer governance, 2018 World Cup is maybe another battlefield for Middle Easterns.     BESA center anticipates that a possible Saudi-Iranian clash on the […]

Ayat. Khamenei to lead Eid-al-Fitr prayers in Tehran

SHAFAQNA – Mehr News Agency : The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei will lead the Eid-al-Fitr (the fast-breaking feast) prayers in Tehran, to be held at the Imam Khomeini Prayer Grounds on Friday, June 15.    Office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has communicated a statement announcing that Eid al-Fitr […]

Prince William’s Middle East tour to build a relationship with the people of the region

SHAFAQNA – Metro| by Amy Duncan : While Kate Middleton remains on maternity leave, Prince William is preparing to head on his first solo tour to the Middle East. It is the first time a member of the British Royal Family has officially visited the Middle Eastern countries. During his tour, the father of three will visit Israel, […]

Top US official eyes Israel’s Egypt border for Trump wall ideas

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Eye : US homeland security secretary visited Israel’s southern border for ideas on wall project along US southern border US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel‘s fenced-off border with Egypt on Tuesday for ideas for the US border with Mexico, where President Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall, Israel […]

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition, despite previous polemics

SHAFAQNA : Despite provoking serious polemics in the past, The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. According to Reuters, the party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency […]

Eid shopping across Pakistan in full swing

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Eid shopping in full swing across Pakistan and almost all markets in different cities of the county are crowded with people buying new clothes and other accessories on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims […]