King of Jordan warns IS militants on rise again Jan 14, 2020 0 108 12345 AFPParisKing Abdullah of Jordan on Monday warned that the Islamic State group was regrouping and was once again on the rise in the Middle East.Months after the ousting of IS last year from their last Syrian holdout, Abdullah said his “major concern is that we have seen over the past year the re-establishment and rise of Isis, not only in southern eastern Syria but also in western Iraq.“We have to deal with the reemergence of IS,” the king added in an interview with TV channel France 24 ahead of talks this week in Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris. He also said many foreign fighters from Syria were now in Libya.“From a European perspective, with Libya being much closer to Europe, this is going to be an important discussion in the next couple of days,” Abdullah said.“Several thousand fighters have left Idlib (Syria) through the northern border and have ended up in Libya, that is something that we in the region but also our European friends will have to address in 2020.” Regarding last week’s spiking of tensions between Iran and the United States, Abdullah said he hoped that “in the next several months we set the right tone for the region, which is really to bring the temperature down”.“So far it looks like de-escalation, we hope that that continues to be the trend. We can’t afford instability in our part of the world.“Whatever happens in Tehran will affect Baghdad, Amman, Beirut, the Israeli Palestinian process.” Abdullah added that the recent deployment of Turkish troops in a training capacity to Libya “will only create more confusion” in the country.Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.A UN report in November said several countries were violating the arms embargo on Libya in place since the overthrow of Moamer Qadhafi in 2011. RELATED ARTICLES Iran denies ‘cover-up’ as public anger mounts over downed airliner Jan 14, 2020 0 136 Libya’s Haftar delays ceasefire signing at Moscow talks Jan 14, 2020 0 112 Al-Shabaab kills three teachers in attack on eastern Kenya school Jan 14, 2020 0 1003 Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly militant attack Niamey: Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history. The new armed forces chief of staff is General .. Israeli MPs vote to start Netanyahu immunity talks AFP Jerusalem Israeli lawmakers on Monday voted in favour of discussing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request, bringing the premier’s legal woes to the fore weeks ahead of an election. Netanyahu lodged .. One dead in Guinea as sweeping anti-govt rally starts Conakry: One man was shot and killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since .. German FM warns Iran doubt about troops in Iraq Amman: Iran needs to stop interfering in regional conflicts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday during a visit to Jordan. “We are agreed. If Iran wants to de-escalate, then it must stop agitation in its .. Trump defends targeted killing of top Iranian general on Twitter post DPA Washington US President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to defend the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani after critics questioned the “imminent” nature of the threat Trump said ..