Archive for September 3, 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015

Libyan fighters affiliated to the Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna on Sunday faced an attack carried out by fighters affiliated to General Khalifa Hafter aiming to control the city, has reported.

The Derna fighters were defending the city from the side of Wadi Abu-Dahak, to the south of Al-Mena.

A military source affiliated to the Derna fighters said that Haftar forces retreated to their bases in the west of the city, leaving six dead from the clashes. reported that this is the third time that Haftar’s forces have attempted to control Derna in the east of the country, resulting in dozens of causalities.

Meanwhile, the Derna fighters gained control over Al-Fatayeh Fodder Factory and its surroundings in the east of the city after clashes with ISIS fighters.

Derna fighters are still fighting a number of ISIS militants on the eastern coast of the country.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


Tuesday, 01 September 2015

The director of Algeria’s Al-Ra’ed Center for Studies, Suleiman Shnin, has expressed his belief that his country is heading towards a “complicated security and political situation”, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

Analyzing the repeated visits of the American officials to his country, Shnin said he expected Algeria to become a “strategic [US] ally in the war on terror,” citing the security and political “ambiguity” surrounding the visits of the officials.

In a statement, Shnin said that other international and regional officials have visited Algeria in addition to the American personnel.

“Nothing about the reasons for the visits has been declared,” he said, noting that the visit of the Chief of US National Information Department James Robert Clapper was the most important. Clapper is a security adviser for the US president.

Also significant, said Shnin, were the visits from the president of Mali and several Libyan officials.

Based on remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Algeria’s role as a “strategic ally in fighting terror”, Shnin said that “we deduce that this is an American desire to develop the Algerian role” in the fight against terror in the region.

Shnin also gave special attention to the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif amid media reports about a potential political solution for the Syrian issue, with Algeria as a possible host country for the safe exit of Bashar Al-Assad.

“Amidst of all what is going on, we, the Algerians, have no sources of information as our officials only produce briefed protocol remarks that are not longer than two lines,” he said.

Source: Middle East Monitor.