PARIS: France on Tuesday accused Iran of holding French Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah only for political aims, after the judiciary upheld a five year jail sentence against her. Adelkhah, a prominent anthropologist specializing in Shia Islam, was arrested in Tehran on June 5, 2019, and has been held behind bars ever since. We condemn this decision by the Iranian authorities who persist in holding Mrs.Fariba Adelkhah only for political aims, in the absence of any serious evidence or fact, the foreign ministry said in a statement. We remain determined to secure the release of our compatriot, it added. In May Adelkhah had been ordered to serve five years in prison after being convicted on national security charges. Iran s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed Tuesday that the sentence had been upheld. She will serve five years including time served since her arrest, Esmaili told journalists. The French foreign ministry said this could only have a negative impact on relations and substantially reduces the confidence between our two countries. A France based support committee for Adelkhah denounced the ruling as a parody of justice. It called for her release, especially given the spread of COVID 19 in Iran, with Adelkhah still weak after a 49 day hunger strike she waged from December to February. Relations between Tehran and Paris have deteriorated in the past year. Both were parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. But last week, France was among the countries that passed a resolution at the UN s nuclear watchdog calling on Iran to clarify whether it had undertaken undeclared nuclear activities in the early 2000s a move condemned by the Islamic republic. Also Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary said that Iranian opposition activist Ruhollah Zam had been sentenced to death following his arrest last year. Zam, a refugee for several years in France, disappeared on a trip to Baghdad in October. Paris based Press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has accused Iran of abducting him in Iraq to face trial back home. TOKYO: Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi stressed that the Japanese government has supported and will continue to support a two state solution for Israel and Palestine, effectively rejecting Israel''s annexation plans for the West Bank.
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They were conducted over northern Iraq and all hit their terrorist targets, military chiefs have confirmed.
In the message reportedly read by the group''s chief spokesman Abu Hamza al Qurayshi, released late Thursday, al Qurayshi asked why mosques are being closed and people being prevented from praying at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, hinting that Muslims are immune to the coronavirus.The virus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia in late March banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the minor pilgrimage to Mecca. In other countries in the Middle East, Friday prayers were also suspended to limit the spread of the virus.
BAGHDAD As it struggles to rear its head again, ISIS issued an audio recording Thursday threatening governments it accused of supporting the international coalition fighting against it.The terror group s threat against Iraq, whose incoming Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi has close ties with the US, was expected. But their anger at Qatar, which has itself been accused of supporting extremism, raised questions.
LONDON Iraq has arrested a leading ISIS figure who was once a candidate to succeed the slain caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the Iraqi Intelligence Service announced. Today, the terrorist named Nasser al Qirdash, the candidate to succeed the criminal (Abu Bakr) al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, has been arrested, the intelligence agency said in a brief statement May 20.
Beyond the Marines bravery, the event was notable for three reasons. First, these were the first U.S. combat deaths in Iraq since last August. Second, the COVID 19 crisis had just begun in Iraq with the government in Baghdad announcing restrictions and border closings days earlier. Third, since then, ISIS has engaged in a number of attacks not just in Iraq and Syria but across the globe that demonstrate its hope to capitalize on the pandemic.There is reason to worry that the pandemic is creating favorable circumstances for ISIS. The U.S. has now suspended anti ISIS operations in Iraq involving U.S. personnel, like the one that resulted in the March gun battle in Northern Iraq. Moreover, I learned from a source that U.S. special forces in Syria also halted their on the ground anti ISIS operations and were instructed that their current priority is force protection and ensuring U.S. personnel do not contract COVID 19. In addition, in Iraq and Syria, military training programs run by U.S. personnel for forces it partners with in combating ISIS have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID 19.
With the strategic dialogue between Baghdad and Washington kicking off next month, Iraq announced a new strategy for fighting the terrorist organization ISIS.Iraqi General Abdul Wahab al Saadi, in his first speech since being appointed head of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), has vowed to crush ISIS.
The Lead Inspector General quarterly report to the U.S. Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve shows that the damage done to ISIS during President Donald Trump;s tenure has left the terrorists scattered, as they have lost most of their control in the region. The report, publicly released on Monday, confirms previous reports that, although the Trump administration has severely weakened ISIS, they are still operative. We are seeing ISIS come back as an insurgency, as a terrorist operation, with some 14,000 to 18,000 terrorists between Syria and Iraq, said the U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Ambassador James Jeffrey, in January. Jeffrey also stated that the United States did not plan to withdraw its troops from Syria in the near future.
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The Islamic State (ISIS) is once again setting agricultural fields ablaze in north eastern Iraq as the harvest season begins, devastating the livelihood of local farmers as it reminds Iraqis of the terror group s lingering threat.ISIS has long used the threat of crop burnings to extort locals into paying taxes. Last year, tens of thousands of acres of wheat and barley fields were scorched in northern Iraq, resulting in an estimated millions of dollars in losses for already struggling communities.
In an interview with Arabic language Almaalomah news agency on Sunday, Sadiq al Hosseini, a senior official of Hashd al Sha abi said that the Daesh senior leader was killed in Haoz al Waqf area, northeast of Diyala.He said that precise intelligence collected or received by the PMU led to the killing of the terror leader in the area, which is some 25 kilometers northeast of Baqubah, the provincial capital, stressing that with his killing, Daesh suffered yet another blow from the Iraqi forces.
COCAINE 19: the pandemic and traffickers The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc with the global narcotics trade, scrambling its supply chains, and causing street prices for some illicit drugs to skyrocket, says a new UN report. In normal times, cartels ship most of their stuff hidden in planes and ships carrying otherwise legitimate goods. But as coronavirus lockdowns close borders, cripple air travel, and reduce maritime trade, drug producers are struggling with shortages of labor and precursor chemicals, while smuggling their final product is getting a lot riskier. Mexican opioid producers, for example, can''t get the chemicals they usually import from China. Poppy farmers in South Asia are seeing demand, and prices, for their crops collapse as opportunities to export shrivel. Latin American drug lords are risking bigger shipments to Europe, which are easier to detect. Drug shortages can push down consumption, but they also raise prices on the street, which can stoke violence over smuggling routes and markets. More broadly, with the coronavirus pandemic set to plunge as many as 500 million people into poverty, the UN warns that as economies open up again, traffickers will have a huge group of willing, vulnerable recruits.ISIS exploits Iraq''s COVID crisis We previously wrote about the fear that militant groups might take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to wreak havoc as governments are distracted. That''s precisely what''s playing out in Iraq, where ISIS has exploited COVID 19 lockdowns in recent weeks to launch fresh attacks in urban areas like Baghdad and Kirkuk, killing scores of Iraqi soldiers. Although ISIS holds little of the territory it once ruled (mostly in rural areas) the group has more breathing room now as Iraqi security forces are stretched thin policing the public''s compliance with lockdown requirements. The surge in violence comes as the Iraqi government struggles to fill the security void left by the US decision to withdraw its own troops because of coronavirus concerns. (In a blow to the Iraqi government, US led coalition forces that played a central role in the fight to defeat ISIS had already started withdrawing from Iraq as part of a planned troop drawdown.) Even before the COVID 19 crisis, Iraq was plagued by political instability, having failed to install a stable prime minister for five months until yesterday, while also facing rising popular unrest over corruption and economic stagnation.
The United States military released a video Wednesday showing coalition aircraft destroying an Islamic State tunnel system in the Hamrin Mountains in Iraq.
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