Egyptian court blacklists, segregates Hamas’ armed wing as terrorists

The special Egyptian court that deals with urgent cases Saturday banned the Palestinian Hamas’s armed wing the Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization. It was charged with aiding and abetting the large-scale quadruple assault staged Friday by the ISIS wing Ansar Bait al-Maqdis on Sinai towns next door to the Gaza Strip. Between 40 and 50 Egyptian security officers and troops were killed in the attacks. Hamas’ parent, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, was earlier placed outside the law.

The ban bars access to Cairo international airport for Hamas operatives on their travels to maintain the Palestinian organization’s ties with the Arab world and Iran. Furthermore, any Qassam Brigades member entering Egypt faces arrest as a terrorist.


Sisi vows to defend Egypt’s Sinai in ‘face of terror’

Egypt’s president promises to defend region, two days after a string of attacks left dozens dead.


Bibi's last stand

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be fighting for his political life when he addresses the U.S. Congress in March.Netanyahu’s already-controversial March 3 speech on Iran will come exactly two weeks before Israeli elections,…


Navy Takes Lead in Taiwan Military Reshuffle

Taiwan’s military has undergone a major reshuffle among its top brass with naval officials rising to top positions — which could bode well for the service in future budgets. The turnover marks the first time the Navy has taken the top slot of minister of defense since Adm. Lee Jye served from 2004-7.


Details about Hezbollah leader’s assassination could intensify shadow war with militant Lebanese group

BEIRUT — Revelations that the CIA cooperated with Israel’s Mossad spy agency to assassinate the top military commander of Hezbollah are poised to intensify a shadow war with the militant Lebanese group that could involve retaliation against U.S. interests around the world, analysts said.Read full article >>


Tolstoy’s Love Letter to Lincoln

Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy once regaled a Muslim chieftain in the Caucasus about the greatness of Abraham Lincoln.


Falklands/Malvinas: Celac summit, including Commonwealth members, support Argentina’s ‘legitimate’ claims

The two day deliberations were not that harmonious since Niacaragua's Ortega walked out
The Celac summit held in Costa Rica and which brings together all Latin American and Caribbean countries released a declaration expressing full support for Argentina’s ‘legitimate’ rights over the Falklands/Malvinas, recalls that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Resolution 2065 (first UN Assembly General resolution on the Falklands dispute) and again call on the goods offices of Ban Ki-moon to help start negotiations on the Argentina/UK dispute.


CIA-Mossad operation reportedly killed senior Hezbollah figure in 2008 car bombing

A joint operation with CIA and Mossad agents reportedly helped trigger a car bomb that killed a senior Hezbollah official in 2008.


Qatar buys part of British Airways, prompting security concerns

Critics question whether Gulf state, with close links to Hamas, Nusra Front and al-Qaeda, compatible with British values


Daesh chemical weapons expert killed by air strike: Pentagon

The Pentagon says a US-led airstrike has killed a “chemical weapons expert” working for Daesh in northern Iraq.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Pentagon’s Central Command said the airstrike was conducted last Saturday near the city of Mosul, killing Abu Malik, who once worked for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The expert reportedly worked under Saddam Hussein's regime before joining Al-Qaeda and then Daesh. (Photo:AFP/File)

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