Syrian security officials expected in high-profile Jordan visit

Syrian security officials expected in high-profile Jordan visit
Jordanian news website alsaa.net reported that the delegation will be headed by Syria’s Chief of Staff Gen. Ali Ayoub. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 September 2021

Syrian security officials expected in high-profile Jordan visit

Syrian security officials expected in high-profile Jordan visit
  • Analysts say delegation trip will mark “most significant contact” since civil war began in 2011
  • Jordan looking to build relations in hopes of finding an end to fighting

AMMAN: A high-level Syrian security delegation is scheduled to visit Jordan in the coming days, local media reported on Sunday, marking a historic first high-profile state visit to the kingdom since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

Jordanian news website alsaa.net reported that the delegation will be headed by Syria’s Chief of Staff Gen. Ali Ayoub.

Citing unnamed senior government sources, the news website claimed that the Syrian delegation will arrive to Amman during the next few days.

Despite Arab News reaching out for comment, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Sakher Dudin was unavailable.

Stopping short from giving exact information on who will be attending, a government source who spoke on condition of anonymity told Arab News, however, that a “high-ranking Syrian delegation is set to visit Jordan soon.”

In past months, Jordan has been viewed as warming to Syria, with observers interpreting the strategy as a sign of the refugee-burdened kingdom’s weariness of international community inaction on Syria.

Jordan recently announced that it would reopen the Jaber-Nassib border crossing with Syria to operate at full capacity, but had to put it off as a result of the security escalation in the Syrian bordering town of Daraa.

Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Bassam Tohme was at a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh last week in Amman along with counterparts from Egypt and Lebanon, to discuss mechanisms to deliver Egyptian gas through Jordan and Syria to Lebanon.

“Jordan is required to deal with Syria using a different approach, with no one offering solutions to the more than ten years of war,” strategic analyst Amer Sabaileh said.

“Jordan needs to explore new opportunities when it comes to finding a political solution to the Syrian war, Sabaileh told Arab News, citing the security, economic and social consequences of the Syrian conflict on Jordan, primarily the refugee crisis.

According to the UNHCR, Jordan is home to about 650,000 registered Syrian refugees.

Political analyst Awni Dawood said that the proposal to export Egyptian gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria was initiated by the kingdom and was among the major topics of Jordanian King Abdullah’s meetings with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in July and August.

Dawood said that Jordan has sought an exception from the US Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which imposes sanctions on the Syrian government, including President Bashar Assad, for war crimes against the Syrian population.

“Jordan’s quest for exception from the Caesar law is for humanitarian purposes, seeking better living conditions for people of the region,” Dawood said.


UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader
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UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

TEHRAN: Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s National Security Adviser, met with Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi on Monday, state news agency WAM said in a report.
During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two nations and potential ways to enhance these ties. 
Al-Nahyan and Raisi also exchanged views on several issues of common interest.


UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader
Updated 20 sec ago

UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

UAE’s Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed meets with Iranian leader

TEHRAN: Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s National Security Adviser, met with Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi on Monday, state news agency WAM said in a report.
During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two nations and potential ways to enhance these ties. 
Al-Nahyan and Raisi also exchanged views on several issues of common interest.


Four Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed in attack blamed on Daesh

Four Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed in attack blamed on Daesh
Updated 06 December 2021

Four Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed in attack blamed on Daesh

Four Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed in attack blamed on Daesh
  • Five other Peshmerga fighters were wounded in the violence late Sunday in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD: Four Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed in an attack blamed on the Daesh group, a security official said Monday, the third such assault in less than two weeks.
Five other Peshmerga fighters were wounded in the violence late Sunday in northern Iraq that targeted an outpost north of Kirkuk, the source said.
Kurdish army forces confirmed the deadly attack but did not say how Peshmerga fighters were killed in wounded, in a statement accusing Daesh of responsibility.
It was the third attack blamed on Daesh militants in less than two weeks against the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.
On Thursday, Daesh claimed responsibility for an assault south of the Kurdish capital of Irbil that killed at least nine Peshmerga fighters and three civilians.
At the end of November, five Peshmergas were killed in a roadside bombing also claimed by the militant group.
Daesh seized swathes of Iraq in a lightning offensive in 2014, before being beaten back by a counter-insurgency campaign supported by a US-led military coalition.
The Iraqi government declared the extremists defeated in late 2017, although the Daesh retains sleeper cells which still strike security forces with hit-and-run attacks.


Israel: Palestinian car-rammer wounds guard, is shot dead

Israel: Palestinian car-rammer wounds guard, is shot dead
Updated 06 December 2021

Israel: Palestinian car-rammer wounds guard, is shot dead

Israel: Palestinian car-rammer wounds guard, is shot dead
  • Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbing, car-ramming and occasional shooting attacks in recent years
  • Most have been carried out by lone attackers with no known connection to militant groups

JERUSALEM: A 16-year-old Palestinian rammed a vehicle into an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank overnight, wounding a security guard before being shot and “neutralized” at the scene, the Israeli Defense Ministry said Monday.
Israeli media reported that the alleged attacker was killed, while a ministry official declined to comment further.
The attack came two days after a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded an Israeli man just outside Jerusalem’s Old City and tried to stab a Border Police officer before being shot and killed. Video taken by bystanders showed the police continuing to shoot the attacker after he had dropped to the ground and preventing medics from approaching him.
The shooting drew comparisons to a 2016 incident in which an Israeli soldier was caught on camera shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker who was lying on the ground. The soldier was imprisoned for several months in a case that divided the country.
The Israeli Justice Ministry said the two officers involved in Saturday’s shooting were brought in for questioning before being released without conditions. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other top officials have praised the officers’ response to the attack.
Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbing, car-ramming and occasional shooting attacks in recent years. Most have been carried out by lone attackers with no known connection to militant groups, which have praised the attacks without claiming responsibility for them.
Rights groups say Israel sometimes uses excessive force, killing suspected attackers who could have been arrested and did not pose an immediate threat. Israeli officials say forces must make split-second decisions in dangerous situations and that all such incidents are investigated.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 war. The Palestinians want it to form the main part of their future state. The territory’s 2.5 million Palestinian residents live under Israeli military rule, with the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority administering cities and towns.


Nigeria added to Bahrain’s travel ‘red list’

Nigeria added to Bahrain’s travel ‘red list’
Updated 06 December 2021

Nigeria added to Bahrain’s travel ‘red list’

Nigeria added to Bahrain’s travel ‘red list’
  • The recent directive comes amid an increase in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 omicron cases around the world

MANAMA: Nigeria has been added to Bahrain’s travel ‘red list’ as part of a new update announced on Sunday by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the country’s Civil Aviation Affairs. 
According to Bahraini authorities, the list also includes South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola and Zambia.
Passengers from red list countries are prohibited from entering Bahrain, including those who have transited through the mentioned countries; however, this does not apply to citizens and residents of Bahrain.

The recent directive comes amid an increase in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 omicron cases around the world, which was first detected in southern African nations. 

Several countries have already imposed travel restrictions on southern Africa, including the UAE, US, Britain, Brazil, Indonesia, Kuwait and the Netherlands.