Author: Muzamran

Explanations beginning to emerge after worst terror attack in Israel’s history They might as well have been sitting ducks. They are the tatzpitaniyot, mostly female soldiers stationed on the IDF bases near the Gaza Strip, their eyes glued to security cameras and other feeds of the border. Last Saturday morning, the Hamas terrorists who entered some of those bases with hang gliders shot at cameras and jammed some communications systems. They shot at the combat soldiers who were stationed at those bases, as well as at the tatzpitaniyot. “Yes, they surprised us, and we weren’t ready for it,” said a female soldier…

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Dubai (27/2) Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiralling, and to a level that is making it hard to see where the government is going to find the funds needed to finish the work. To complicate matters for Dushanbe, this is happening against the backdrop of calls from environmental watchdogs for international development lenders to pause the allocation of any future funds to Tajikistan pending a fresh assessment of the project. The extent of the budget overshoot is striking In a press conference on February 16, Finance Minister Faiziddin…

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The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court today terminated the tenure of Parliament Speaker Mohammed Halbousi, state media said, a decision with serious political implications that upends the career of Iraq’s most powerful Sunni Muslim politician. Reuters reported that in a video shared by his media office, Halbousi said the decision was “strange” and implied that it violated the constitution and undermined national stability, though he did not elaborate. “We are surprised by the issuance of such decisions, we are surprised by their lack of respect for the constitution,” he said. State media said the decision was related to a Federal Supreme Court…

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Copenhagen (13/11 – 37.5) When Ranil Wickremesinghe took over as Sri Lanka’s president in July after a popular uprising ousted his predecessor, the South Asian island nation was engulfed in its worst economic meltdown in 75 years. Since then, President Wickremesinghe has managed to a keep a lid on mass protests, improve supplies of essentials and on Monday, secured a nearly $3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that opens the door to restructuring about $58 billion of debt and receive funding from other lenders. He has done that despite a deeply unpopular government, his own party commanding just one…

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Military investigations launched earlier this year have revealed that US bases in Iraq and Syria have been the target of theft with “multiple sensitive weapons and equipment” having gone missing. A report by The Intercept yesterday, citing exclusive documents note that the US military presence in both countries have been unable to secure equipment, let alone personnel. This comes amid an uptick in missile and drone attacks against US bases in Iraq and Syria from Iranian-backed Iraqi resistance factions, in solidarity with Israel’s US-supported genocidal war against Gaza launched last month. The US has since stepped up its own attacks in response, including “precision…

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Iraq could reportedly reach an agreement with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and foreign oil companies this week to finally resume production and supplies from the northern Iraqi region to Turkiye after months of delays. During a visit to the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil, on Sunday, Iraqi Oil Minister, Hayan Abdel-Ghani, told reporters that Iraq has reached an “understanding” with Turkiye in regards to resumption of northern oil exports through the pipeline between the two countries, and that the supplies could soon resume as he expects to reach a final agreement with the regional government and oil companies within…

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Attacks on American troops and bases in Iraq and Syria have subsided in recent days after a tense month of hostilities, the Pentagon has announced. According to reporters who cited the Pentagon yesterday, the US military has not taken fire or spotted an attack drone sent by Iran-backed militias since 23 November, over a month after the attacks increased in mid-October. US Air Force Brigadier-General, Pat Ryder, confirmed the lull in activity, with the Pentagon’s last count of attacks amounting to 73, resulting in over 60 injuries including a number of traumatic brain injuries. All troops returned to duty soon…

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US troops stationed in Iraq have been targeted frequently in recent days, as armed factions have threatened to attack US interests following the country’s support for Israel amid the war in Gaza. A suicide drone hit an airbase in Iraq hosting US troops on Saturday, Iraqi security sources said, but the Pentagon said it could not confirm that such an attack took place. Armed factions close to Iran have threatened to attack US interests in Iraq over Washington’s support for Israel who has waged a brutal war in Gaza, killing 4,385 Palestinians and wounding over 13,000. Israel’s attacks have been carried out in retaliation for a…

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Since the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, this is the fourth provincial election to be held. Campaigning for Iraq’s provincial elections kicked off on Wednesday, 1 November, as the country witnesses increasing instability in the wake of Israel’s relentless and brutal bombardments on Gaza. Iraq is set to hold provincial elections on 18 December across 15 provinces, excluding four provinces in the northern Kurdish region. The provincial councils are tasked with providing public services to locals. However, they have often been accused of corruption. Election campaigns to commence by 1 November, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has recently announced, indicating that more…

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World leaders must believe Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli leaders without hesitation and benefit from the established method that provides the international community with extraordinary experience in how to act. One of the benefits of what is happening is that Netanyahu, the pillars of his government and his war leaders have removed useless burdens from the leaders of countries and armies, such as the need to adhere to international law, or comply with human rights, which the “friends of Israel” are not mentioning today. When any army wants to carry out the mission of crushing civilians, it is now able to…

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