With new evidence, Turkey expects US to extradite FETÖ leader

A demonstrator walks on a poster of Fetullah Gülen during an anti-coup rally in Istanbul on July 18, 2016. Gülen's terrorist group is accused of carrying out the coup attempt.21/07/2018 (Sabah – Turkey): Clinging to Obama-era inaction on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the U.S. administration drags on the extradition process for the terrorist group’s leader wanted by Turkey. Ankara, meanwhile, hopes Washington will change its mind with more evidence clearly linking Fetullah Gülen to the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. FETÖ’s infiltrators in the military, from generals to low-ranking officers, were behind the attempt that killed 250 people, and Turkey has already sent a large cache of evidence to U.S. officials implicating FETÖ in the attempt. The new evidence spoken about by Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül on Friday was not disclosed, but it is likely a critical phone call between a coup suspect and one of Gülen’s aides in Pennsylvania in the United States on the night of the coup attempt that was leaked to the media earlier…




Archaeologists discover 4000-year-old pottery workshop in Egypt

21/07/2018 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago in the southern province of Aswan, the Antiquities Ministry said Thursday. The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 B.C., the ministry said in a statement. The Old Kingdom is also known as the age when pyramid-building flourished. Inside the workshop, archaeologists found an ancient pottery manufacturing wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base. Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery is “rare” and reveals more about the development of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history…




‘We will not kneel’: Jordanians continue protesting amid heavy security presence

10/06/2018 (Daily News – Egypt): Jordanians continued on Saturday angry protests for the fourth consecutive day against price hikes in fuel, electricity, and the controversial IMF-backed income tax bill, after the government and trade unions failed to reach an agreement to end the deadlock. Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday flooded the streets of the capital Amman and other cities amid a heavy security presence. Some protesters headed towards Prime Minster Hani Al-Mulki’s office to demand the “fall of the government,” holding Jordanian flags and signs reading “Jordanians will not kneel.” Protesters blocked roads and burned tires, while police fired tear gas to prevent demonstrators from getting close to the government’s office…



Civilians risk their lives to cross river in Raqqah

Civilians risk their lives to cross river in Raqqah20/05/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Civilians in a northern Syrian city have been risking their lives to cross the Euphrates River after bridges that the YPG/PKK terrorists destroyed have not been repaired even after a year. The bridges, which link Raqqah city center with southern and western rural areas of the country, on the river collapsed when the U.S.-led coalition forces attacked the city in January 2017 during a campaign against Daesh terrorists. Since October 2017, YPG/PKK terrorists have the control of Raqqah, which was once the enclave of Daesh terror group. The YPG/PKK terrorists do not repair the bridges to prevent return of more civilians to the city center and to hinder their free movement, a local source, who wished to remain anonymous due to security threats, told Anadolu Agency. The residents use unsophisticated motorized rafts, which provide no life safety…



Iraq sentences 19 Russian women to life for joining IS

Russians(Gulf Times – Qatar): 29/04/2018 Iraq on Sunday sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group, the latest in a series of heavy verdicts against foreign women linked to the jihadists. The head of Baghdad’s Central Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, said the women were found guilty of “joining and supporting IS”, according to an AFP journalist at the hearing.  Six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also condemned to life in prison Sunday on the same charge. The women, who have the right to appeal against the sentences, entered the court one-by-one dressed in black headscarves and pink blouses, most of them accompanied by their children.  They addressed the court through a translator, a Russian-language professor at Baghdad University hired by their embassy for the trial…

Attacks kill 47 in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Attacks kill 47 in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta07/04/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): At least 47 people have been killed in two days of attacks in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, according to sources with the White Helmets civil defense agency. The besieged district has been under intensive airstrikes and shelling by regime and Russian warplanes since Friday, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.  Civil defense teams are struggling to reach to victims under the debris of destroyed buildings, the sources said.  On Friday, the UN expressed concern over the rising airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta.  Civilians have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta since March 22 under a Russia-brokered agreement between the Bashar al-Assad regime and armed opposition groups…



Bomb blast misses Egypt’s Alexandria security director; one policeman killed

Sisi24/03/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s Alexandria security director survived an assassination attempt on Saturday that killed one policeman and injured four others in a bombing in central Alexandria that targeted the security director’s convoy, state TV reported. The interior ministry said in a statement that an improvised explosive device placed under a car detonated as the security director’s convoy was passing in El-Moaskar El-Romany Street. Egypt’s prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek has ordered that the High State Security and Sidi Gaber prosecution inspect the scene and take statements from the injured…



At least 7,000 leave Ghouta pocket to government lines, 30 killed in air strikes

17/03/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of Syrians leaving a rebel pocket in Syria’s eastern Ghouta toward government lines on Thursday had climbed to at least 7,000. The people left Hammouriyeh, which government forces advanced into on Thursday, and other towns nearby, said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the UK-based monitor. Also, air strikes on Syria’s Eastern Ghouta killed 30 civilians on Saturday, a monitor said, almost a month into a blistering Russia-backed regime assault on the rebel enclave outside Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not say who carried out the strikes on the town of Zamalka. The regime offensive has retaken 70 percent of the enclave since February 18…



Food arrives in Syria’s battered Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian soldier secures aid convoy after its return from eastern Ghouta in Damascus10/02/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): The Syrian army continued its offensive against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta Saturday, a day after an aid convoy delivered food to the hunger-stricken residents of the enclave despite heavy bombardment. Nearly 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on February 18. Eastern Ghouta’s 400,000 inhabitants have lived under government siege since 2013 and the enclave — more than half of which has over the past three weeks been retaken by regime forces — is home to a myriad of armed groups. Apart from Islamist groups such as Jaish al-Islam, jihadists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), who are mostly linked to Al-Qaeda, are also deployed there…



Egypt did not receive plans from Ethiopia on filling GERD

04/03/2018 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Egypt did not receive any notification from Ethiopia about filling the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), an official source familiar with GERD negotiations told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the technical negotiations have been halted since political unrest broke out in Ethiopia recently after the resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the declaration of a state of emergency in the country. The source said that Addis Ababa had asked the Sudanese side to postpone the meeting of the joint committee composed of ministers of foreign affairs, irrigation and intelligence chiefs from the three countries, which was supposed to be held on February 24 and 25 in Khartoum…