The situation in Yemen is dangerous, with President Hadi and the military unable to confront Al-Qaeda, the Houthi in the capital, and Al-Islah using religious tension to regain power, Catherine Shakdam of the Beirut Center for Middle East Studies told RT.
Saudi Arabia wants to use lower oil prices to pressure Russia to change its stance on Syria, to antagonize Iran, and to force US shale gas out of the market, roving correspondent for the Asia Times Pepe Escobar told RT.
On October 20, 2011, Libya’s undisputed lord, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was killed while attempting to escape from his stronghold of Sirte, following a joint attack from French aviation and anti-government rebels.
The Pentagon has publicly acknowledged an air-drop of lethal aid to Kurdish rebels fighting the hardline Islamic State in the pivotal Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, shortly after news of considerable gains made against the terrorists there.
The UK has added a Qatari financier to its sanctions list - 10 months after he was blacklisted as a ‘global terrorist’ by the US. The British government now faces scrutiny over its sanctions regime and calls to tighten up.
The Palestinian government is seeking a UN Security Council vote on a resolution in the next two months that would set a deadline – November 2016 – for the IDF to withdraw from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria have received a surprising accession. While allied forces refuse to take part in military action on the ground, several German bikers have reportedly joined the fight against the jihadists.
Concern over the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States is “way overblown” right now thanks to panic induced by mainstream media and the federal government, according to former Republican congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Russian MPs are asking prosecutors to block Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) films on Russian websites and social networks to prevent the spread of radical Islamist ideas, along with citizens’ involvement in terrorist activities.
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has urged Muslims to “defend” the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after Israeli forces restricted the entrance for Palestinians. He accused Israel of trying to seize the site, which is considered holy for both Muslims and Jews.