Thursday , 22 August 2019

Middle East

#Libya oil production down 70 percent

Tripoli, 1 August 2013: At yesterday’s press conference, Oil Minister Abdelbari Arusi announced that Libya’s oil production is down 70 percent due to armed stoppages at the various oil terminals. Arusi said that production at Sidra, Ras Lanuf, Brega, and Herega were stopped due to armed industrial action. He said that only 30% was being produced at Zawia. Together with …

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Iran and Syria sign $3.6bn oil deal

Iran has agreed to supply Damascus with $3.6bn in oil in exchange for the right to invest in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA has said. “An agreement was signed [on Monday] in Tehran by the Iranian and Syrian central banks, granting Syria a credit line worth $3.6bn,” the agency reported on Tuesday. The deal stipulates that Syria will pay back the …

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Chechen Wahhabis aid militants in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry has formally recognized the presence of Chechen warlords in the war in Syria. The ministry said in a statement that one of the Islamist groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad is headed by Chechen native Abu Musab. Kommersant has ascertained that more than 100 Chechen militants are fighting in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that Chechen …

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Exclusive: Syrian government forces now in control of #Homs’ Khaldiyeh district (video)

Destruction is everywhere here; this is the Khaldiyeh district in the central Syrian city of Homs. The Syrian army managed to retake this district after fierce fighting that went on for over a month. This neighborhood was the main stronghold for foreign-backed insurgents in Homs, and their main operation room in the city. These destroyed buildings hide a lot of …

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CIA’s favorite Saudi prince is laying the groundwork for a post-Assad Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar bin Sultan fell in love with the United States when he was still an air force pilot and took aerobatics training on an American air base. The romance was renewed several years later when he was named the Saudi ambassador to Washington, a tenure that lasted 22 years. He was a regular guest of George H.W. …

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Tunisia on brink of internal conflict after assassinations

Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Spring and widely seen as the country that made the most successful transition from dictatorship to democracy, is now teetering on the brink of internal conflict as the Arab world continues to be engulfed by upheaval and war. There are concerns as the political upheaval grows, elements of the former regime of Zein Abidine Ben …

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Bahrain: The Arab Spring Protests You Don’t Know Anything About

I am astonished by how little the media has covered the ongoing protests in Bahrain, Kuwait, and eastern Saudi Arabia. You would think that the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council states would be under a microscope, because what happens there immediately affects oil prices. But large media corporations have opted not to cover events in these countries, so as not to …

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American Passport Found In Al Qaeda Camp In Syria

If you are an American citizen and you’re fighting with al-Qaeda linked rebels in northern Syria,your passport has been found. Among documents recovered in northern Syria by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was a passport issued by the United States, belonging to a 32-year-old American named Amiir Farouk Ibrahim, who has dual citizenship between the United States and Egypt. He was born …

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