Category Archives: Near East

Yemen government forces advance on strategic town of Hodeida

Hodeida has been a point of contention in Yemen’s war since Saudi Arabia and its allies started a bombing campaign.

Yemeni government forces are only around 20 kilometres from Hodeida as they advance on the key rebel-held port city, the Saudi-led military coalition said on Monday.

Shi’ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election

In Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections, the Sairoun (Forward) Alliance, whose main partners are the political forces of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party, won the largest number of seats. In the interview below, Salam Ali, the international secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, explains how Sairoun came out on top.

Israel | Dramatic understandings between Israel and Russia

Israel to maintain freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in all of Syria in historic series of agreements.

Mordechai Sones
Channel 2 News reports that dramatic understandings were reached between Israel and Russia in which the Assad army would return to southern Syria on its border with Israel, Russia will undertake that there will be no Iranian or Hizbullah presence in this area, and Israel will maintain freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in Syria.

Political analyst Dana Weiss last night reported on recent contacts between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Israeli and Russian security coordination reached a peak last Friday when the Russian Defense Minister called Defense Minister Liberman and invited him to Moscow next week.

Senior political figures say in this framework understandings were reached according to the following outline:

1) The Assad army is returning to control southern Syria on the border with Israel;

The EU will not stand by Iran and the JCPOA: here’s why

by Alexander Mercouris

Despite their anger European leaders will not risk rupture of their links with the US because of Iran.

Ever since Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) with Iran and would unilaterally impose across-the-board sanctions on that country, a procession of European leaders including the leaders of the US’s most powerful European allies – Britain, France and Germany – have publicly declared their intention to stand by the JCPOA.

Iran to Remain in Nuclear Deal if Given Guarantees: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal if other parties to the agreement guarantee the country’s interests after the US left it.

“If the remaining five countries which have been accompanying us in this agreement live up to their commitments and guarantee that Iran’s interests will be fulfilled, the agreement will remain despite the will of America and the Zionist regime,” he said Sunday.