Islamic State leader in Greater Sahara killed, claims France

Middle East 09/16/21, 05:15

French President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday, Sept. 15, announced that it had neutralized Adnan Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi, leader of Islamic State in Greater Sahara. “It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” the president Tweeted, given that the French military had been able to terminate the ...

Afghan interpreters and their families are being executed

Middle East 09/15/21, 04:38

Since seizing power in a lightning offensive, the hardline Islamist group has tried to reassure Afghans by promising "no revenge." However, there is growing concern that there will be a gap between what they say and do.According to Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, ...

Ex-convicts seize control of Afghan capitol’s largest prison

Middle East 09/14/21, 21:36

Taliban fighters have been appointed to run the same prison complex that once held them on Sept. 13. Pul-e Charkhi is under new management, and will be run by ex-convicts who once inhabited the very cell blocks they now administrate about 20 kilometers (13 miles) east of downtown Kabul. BL understands this ...

Israel to scan passengers at its main airport for COVID-19

Middle East 09/14/21, 16:04

Following the contradictory results of Israel's intensive vaccination campaign, authorities are further tightening measures against the COVID-19 or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus by genetically scanning travelers arriving at its international airport, Ben Gurion, located in Tel Aviv.  "We are working on a scanning system for everyone who comes into Israel," ...

State Secretary Blinken explains Afghan withdrawal to Congress

D.C. 09/13/21, 22:46

Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser will testify about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Antony Blinken is widely expected to be strongly criticized when he appears before the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Sept. 14 and 15. Republicans will seize on their opportunity to grill the secretary of state ...

New video surfaces months after al-Qaeda leader’s rumored death

Middle East 09/13/21, 19:59

A militant Sunni Islamist chief, who many thought was dead, made a video appearance on Sept. 11. Ayman al-Zawahri's video message on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 caught some observers off-guard. The al-Qaeda leader, who was previously rumored to have died several month ago, praised the terrorist group's January attacks on Russian ...

Spies inside Al-Qaeda could have prevented 9/11 attacks

Middle East 09/13/21, 05:40

The exciting stories of three spies who infiltrated Al-Qaeda for Western intelligence are worth revisiting as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. Why was the information they could have offered not used more effectively? The popular belief, repeated many times since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is that recruiting informers and deploying ...

Taliban: Women can attend university but classes must be separated

Middle East 09/13/21, 03:20

Afghanistan women can continue to study at universities, even at post-graduate levels. Still, classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress will be required, the new Taliban government's higher education minister said Sunday.The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, said the new Taliban government would "start building the country on what exists today," ...

Thousands protest vaccine passports, mandates in Turkey

Middle East 09/12/21, 22:47

More than two thousand people opposed new COVID-19 protocols on Sept. 11. The dramatic protest came after the Turkish government demanded all residents to either show proof of full vaccination, or a recent negative COVID-19 test result, before using public transport and attending major events. Masks and social distancing are mandatory in ...

US forces destroy double Iranian drones bound for Iraqi airport

Middle East 09/12/21, 20:48

A pair of arm drones heading for Erbil International Airport of Iraq was shot down, the U.S. military said on Sept. 11. A U.S. official confirmed a counter-rocket known as the artillery and mortar system (C-RAM) struck down two explosive laden, and Iranian made, drones. One drone exploded inside the airport ...

Fort Bliss houses up to 10,000 Afghan evacuees

Middle East 09/12/21, 18:24

Thousands of unaccompanied children who crossed into the United States will now stay in a Texan refugee camp that also temporarily houses about 10,000 Afghan asylum seekers. The Biden administration held a media tour of Fort Bliss in El Paso, on Sept. 10. Afghans who were successfully evacuated are now being ...