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Iran Military Chief: Little chance enemies will attack with ground forces

September 3, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Enemies are unlikely to attack Iran, especially on the ground, the country’s military chief predicted on Saturday, saying even “unwise” leaders in the West know that any such conflict would have huge costs for them. US President Donald Trump, adopting an aggressive posture towards Iran after its test launch of a ballistic missile, said in February that “nothing is off the table” in dealing with Tehran, and the White House said it was putting Iran “on notice”. “In the remote case of an aggression (by enemies), this won’t be on the ground because they would face brave warriors,” Iran’s semi-official news agency Tasnim quoted military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri as saying. Read: Trump’s risky gamble on Iran “Thank God, […]

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Germany declines Turkish request to freeze Gulen assets

September 3, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Germany has rejected a formal request from Turkey to freeze assets of members of the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating last year’s failed coup, Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday. The move is likely to worsen already strained ties between the two NATO allies after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Germany should react decisively to Turkey’s detention of two more German citizens on political charges. Without naming its sources, the magazine said the Turkish government had asked the Foreign Ministry in Berlin at the end of April to freeze the assets of the Gulen organisation and its members in Germany. It attached a list with 80 names, it said. The German government officially […]

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Daesh attack on power plant leaves 15 dead in northern Iraq

September 3, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

At least 15 people were killed and 11 more injured on Saturday when Daesh terrorists staged a suicide attack on a power plant in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, according to local security sources. “Joint security forces killed eight Daesh suicide attackers who attempted to storm the Al-Jalesiyya power plant in Saladin’s city of Samarra,” an Iraqi military source, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media. According to Police First Lieutenant Numaan al-Jubouri, seven other people — mostly security personnel — were also killed in the attack, while 11 others were injured. “Security in the area has since been stepped up, while army reinforcements have been brought in from Samarra,” al-Jubouri told Anadolu Agency. Saturday’s suicide attack comes amid […]

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Saudi authorities issue more than $1.33m in fines for illegal pilgrim trafficking

September 3, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi authorities have issued more than SAR5m ($1.33m) in fines to citizens and residents for illegally transporting pilgrims without Hajj permits. As many as 90 administrative decisions have been issued against violators with penalties ranging from fines, prison sentences, deportation, defamation and confiscation of transport, the General Directorate of Passports said on Thursday. A total of 69 citizens and 22 residents were discovered transporting 498 pilgrims without permits into Makkah, at Shemeissi, Tanneim, Bahitah and Kar. Authorities issued SAR5,245,000 ($1.398m) of fines, with the regular punishment SAR50,000 ($13,333.5) per pilgrim and imprisonment for up to six months followed by deportation for foreigners. Foreign residents will also be banned for returning to the kingdom and face having their vehicle confiscated. Saudi […]

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Tashreeb

Tashreeb is the name given to any dish with broth-soaked bread topped with meat or vegetables. This is because the word “tashreeb” in Arabic means “to soak”, making it a very fitting name! It is a very rustic Iraqi concept that started out as a dish made by the poor who were able to put whatever they had to hand in the stew and then serve it over bread in order to make it filling. Nowadays, it has become a staple in many Iraqi and Middle Eastern households and for good reason; it is absolutely delicious! This dish has many variations and differs from one family to another. This recipe was given to me by my husband’s aunt who was […]

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