BEIRUT (Reuters) – Militants from the Islamic State group seized control of Syria’s largest oil field from rival Islamist fighters on Thursday, strengthening its advance across the eastern Deir al-Zor province, an opposition monitoring group said.
The capture of the al-Omar oil field gives Islamic State control of crude reserves which could be useful to its advancing fighters, and underlines how the al Qaeda offshoot has eclipsed its militant rivals by capturing territory and assets across Syria and Iraq in the past few weeks.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon faces the threat of political and economic collapse as the number of refugees pouring in from Syria is set to exceed a third of the population, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said on Thursday.
Derbas said the total was expected to hit 1.5 million by the end of the year, an excessive burden for a country of just 4 million people.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic “caliphate” and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on Islamist websites and Twitter said on Sunday.
The move poses a direct challenge to the central leadership of al Qaeda, which has already disowned it, and to conservative Gulf Arab rulers.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Militant Islamist groups in Syria are recruiting children as young as 15 and sending them into battle after promising them a free education, a Human Rights Watch report said on Monday.
The report said the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has made rapid territorial gains across the border in Iraq, had given children weapons training in Syria and told them to carry out suicide bombings.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kurds in parts of northern Syria have carried out arbitrary arrests and failed to investigate the killings and disappearance of political opponents, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in a report documenting rights abuses.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in neighboring Turkey, has run three Kurdish enclaves in northern Syria since 2012, when Syrian government forces withdrew from the areas.
DUBAI/KUWAIT, May 22 (Reuters) – In the space of just 72
hours last week core OPEC oil producer Kuwait lined up $15
billion worth of gas supply from BP and Royal Dutch Shell to
help meet soaring demand.
So why is it that Kuwait – along with neighbouring OPEC
powers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – is left
wanting for gas when the region houses around 30 percent of the
KUWAIT, May 21 (Reuters) – Doha Bank plans to
raise additional capital in 2015 to underpin fast asset growth
and potential acquisitions, the chief executive of Qatar’s
fourth-largest bank by assets said on Wednesday.
The bank is looking at several options to raise capital,
such as a rights issue, CEO R. Seetharaman told reporters at a
news conference in Kuwait.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister has resigned, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, after a senior U.S. official said he had called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.
Last month Nayef al-Ajmi rejected the comments made in March by U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen as “groundless and baseless”, and was backed by the cabinet.
KUWAIT, May 11 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said people handling
camels should wear masks and gloves to prevent spreading Middle
East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), issuing such a warning for the
first time as cases of the potentially fatal virus neared 500 in
Health experts say camels are the most likely animal source
of infection for the disease, which the Saudi Health Ministry
said on Sunday three more people had caught and four had died
KUWAIT, May 7 (Reuters) – Gulf Arab oil exporters have to
make concessions if they want their customs union to be fully
operational by the beginning of 2015 as planned, Kuwaiti Finance
Minister Anas al-Saleh told his counterparts at finance
ministers’ meeting on Wednesday.
The six Gulf Cooperation Council states, which also include
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain,
first launched a partial customs union – a free trade area with
a common external tariff – in 2003.