Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Syrian father threatened to kill mother
A scenario the authorities have feared for some time materialized last week when the police had to arrest the father of a family of refugees relocated to Estonia.
23.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian radicals fighting windmills
The importance of the fight against terrorism has once again grown in light of last summer's tragic attacks and last year's migration wave. While the outline of terrorism has become less clear, certain common elements some countries share stand out.
23.09.2016, Peeter Raudsik
Briti mosleminaine peeti kinni, kuna tal oli lennukis Süüria kunstist rääkiv raamat (1)
Ühendkuningriigis elav mosleminaine peeti Briti terrorismiseaduse alusel kinni pärast seda, kui lennufirma Thomson Airways meeskond teatas politseile, et naisel on kaasas Süüria-teemaline raamat.
04.08.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Servicemen sent on anti-Daesh mission
Within operation Inherent Resolve to fight the terrorist organisation Daesh, six Estonian servicemen travel to Iraq this coming Monday.
29.07.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
On road to Syria, fear nearly turned Toom back
When about to enter into Syria from Lebanon this past weekend, MEP Yana Toom (Centre Party, ALDE) said she was actually about to turn around for the sake of security. EU imposed sanctions on Syria in 2011, extended this May till July 2017.
13.07.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Yana Toom poses with Grand Mufti who threatened to blow up Europe
In Damascus, Member of European Parliament Yana Toom with colleagues met with the Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun who has threatened to blow up Europe.
13.07.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Assad hopes MEPs' visit will help end sanctions
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has voiced hope that the visit by some members of the European Parliament to Damascus will help bring change to the policies of the West visa-a-vis his government and to end the sanctions.
Toom's meeting with Assad should be welcomed, not censored - Center Party secy gen
Free Party chairman Andres Herkel's critical response to MEP Yana Toom's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a populist overreaction and opening of discussion in that region should be welcomed, not condemned, says Oudekki Loone, secretary general of Estonia's Center Party of which Toom is a member.
Free Party chair asks for Center Party's opinion on Toom's meeting with Assad
The Center Party has to give an evaluation of its member MEP Yana Toom's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who is accused of crimes against humanity, chairman of Estonia's Free Party Andres Herkel says.
Estonian MEP Yana Toom meets with Syrian president
A delegation of the European Parliament including Estonian MEP Yana Toom paid a visit to Syria at the weekend and met with President Bashar al-Assad.
Two refugees brought to Estonia go to court
Of refugees of war brought to Estonia according to European migration plan, two have had recourse to the courts not being satisfied to status awarded. By today, the police have altered the way they operate.
17.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: European unity needed to solve migration crisis
At the moment, the European Union is faced with largest migration of nations since end of WW2. People are coming from various parts of the world and for various reasons.
Next 12 refugees from Greece to arrive in Estonia next week
The next 12 refugees to be settled in Estonia under the European Union's migrant relocation program are to arrive in Estonia next week.
Unconventional warfare expert: Europe must prepare for the worst
When fighting ISIS, it is paramount to counteract their recruiting activities in Europe and this is best done by European Muslims themselves says Estonian Defence Forces Major Margus Kuul with Master's from US Naval Postgraduate School in defence analysis and irregular warfare.
13.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Initial seven refugees arrive in Estonia under quota
Arriving from Greece yesterday, initial seven refugees of war were placed in Estonia under the European migration plan, to dwell in Tallinn and Tartu.
30.03.2016, Dagne MihkelsPM
Security police head says safety is nothing absolute
As assured by Security Police chief Arnold Sinisalu, there is no need to be overly worried about terror attacks in Estonia at the moment. Neither is there any need to fear the threat arising with newly arriving migrants, there being no proof of radicals having entered thru such channel.
23.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
What Russia learns from the Syrian ceasefire
The ceasefire is good news short term for some Syrians, but bad news long term for the West.
04.03.2016, Keir GilesPM
Editorial: No end in sight with war in Syria. Relief, if lucky
As Syrian ceasefire was signed, journalists cited anonymous political sources as stating the treaty was not worth the paper it was written on. Takes optimism and lively fantasy to imagine that end is in sight for the war of five years. But there may be some relief.
Editorial: the Middle-Eastern «gunpowder keg»
At the beginning of 20th century, interests of then major European nations collided in the Balkans to the degree that the region began to be referred to as a «gunpowder keg». In 1914, it exploded to trigger WW1. Disturbingly, the Middle-East of 21st century resembles another «gunpowder keg» where interests of the West, Russia, the Arab states, Israel, Iran and Turkey clash.
Estonia gives EUR 4.1 mln to help Syria refugees
Estonia will pay altogether 4.1 million euros through various channels over the next two years to help the people who have fled the civil war in Syria.
Nighttime patrol where societies clash
It's nearing ten o'clock at night as the Estonian platoon near At Tiri, Lebanon, loads the guns and gets equipment onto two jeeps. The next five hours we spend in the darkness of the local night, on the mountain slopes where the steep declines mess with one's ears and in the rains the mud swallows whole cars. All this for just one aim: demotivate those who'd wish to disturb the peace.
19.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: Estonians the conflict solvers
UN peacekeepers were taken to Southern Lebanon in 1978 to help the central government gain control over the region. Initially the security council gave its mandate for half a year. Till today, the mission keeps going in the restless region.
Jihadist's supporters jailed
Yesterday, Harju County Court convicted Tallinners Ramil Khalilov (25) and Roman Manko (30) in support of terrorism and punished them with seven and five years physically behind bars, respectively.
13.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Two Estonian men deny supporting Islamic terrorism in court
Two Estonian men whose trial on charges of supporting Islamic terrorism began in a Tallinn court on Monday pleaded not guilty.
Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defence
Right after the tragic Friday, it was obvious that France was not going to be left alone in fighting ISIS. Meanwhile, the way military assistance is being provided sets a presedence and may lead towards improved defence cooperation in European Union.
Incoming foreign intelligence chief says Russia is playing itself into international picture
A long-time chancellor at defence ministry, come New Year Mikk Marran (37) will assume leadership of Estonia's foreign intelligence, the Information Board. Drawing on his current job at the ministry while peeking into the future, he admits to be troubled by Russia's deepening aggressiveness and closeness.
18.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: don't forget Ukraine
In the wake of Paris terrorist attacks, the voices of those concerned about Ukraine have again spoken up: while having compassion on the victims in Paris, they worried that the scattered public opinion would further drift from events in Ukraine. Indeed, nit just the attacks in Paris but the refugee crisis in Europe and the situation in Syria have taken Ukraine off the Western orbit. Meanwhile, support from the West is almost the only thing Ukraine may hope in right now. But the hearts of politicians are where the public focus is. And the heart has begun to beat to another rhythm.
Estonian govt approves package of foreign mission bills for 2016
The Estonian government on Thursday approved proposals of the defense minister for using members of the defense forces to fulfil Estonia's international obligations on different missions.
Icelander's campaign makes pen-selling Syrian single dad a wealthy man
Abdul, a refugee from Syria, was in the right place at the right time. A photo taken of him became a global hit and by now the single father of two has been donated over €142,000. What will he do with the money? Underneath, an Icelander behind the campaign Gissur Simonarson talks to Postimees.
01.09.2015, Marian MänniPM
Finland seeks to make migrants go home for money
A large yet little discussed problem for the overwhelmed EU immigration policy are asylum seekers whose need for asylum goes unconfirmed.
12.08.2015, Martin DislisPM
Editorial: Turkey tackles ISIS crisis
No doubt, active involvement in Syria and permission granted to allies to use its İncirlik airbase is quite a change in Turkish policy and may serve to significantly advance the fight against ISIS.
Refugee reception in precautious preliminary preparation
While local leaders listen rather placidly to soothing talks by ministers responsible to receive the migrants, Vao asylum seekers center chief harbors painful memories from recent meeting in South Estonia.
23.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: a nuke deal better than the alternatives
Yesterday, a nuclear deal was achieved between Iran and six major powers – USA, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany – in hopes to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. In return, sanctions imposed on the Islamic state will be eased. Meanwhile, it is feared that the agreement (already called «morally dubious») may strengthen the Iranian regime known as a dedicated and capable financer of terrorism.
The road to Europe is paved with dead refugees
Dwelling in the Southern Swedish city of Malmö, Hassan – hailing from Syria – is satisfied indeed: no need to worry about safety like back home. The way to Scandinavia wasn’t easy, though...
05.05.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Militants from Estonia face criminal cases
On basis of information obtained by Security Police and published in media, Office of the Prosecutor General will in near future determine launch of criminal proceedings regarding two terrorist militants from Estonia. This, for the men, may mean jail from five years to life.
26.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
Report: Muslim convert from Estonia fighting with IS in Syria
A 31-year-old man from the Tallinn borough of Lasnamae has been fighting in Syria alongside Sunni extremists of Islamic State (IS) already for some time, the Pealtnagija (Eyewitness) investigative journalism broadcast of Estonia's public broadcaster ERR said on Wednesday.
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
From Estonia to Syria – to do battle
As stated in Internal Security Service (Kapo) annual review, certain members of Estonian Moslem community departed for Syria last year to fight against forces of president Bashar al-Assad. Also, several have shown interest to participate in jihad.
15.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia is for UN Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical weapons
Estonia considers speedy and successful implementation of the agreement on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons to be important and believes the UN Security Council should adopt a relevant resolution.
Editorial: Moscow the Mighty, Washington the Vacillating
After August 21st, for a brief moment, one may again have gotten the feeling that the Assad regime was facing its Doomsday, with armies of US and European allies intervening in a week and no later. That was... optimistic.
Head of Estonian Lutheran church calls to pray for peace in Syria
The head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Archbishop Andres Poder, has issued a call for the people to pray for peace in Syria.
Editorial: Syrian chemical weapons must be destroyed
It is no easy task to choose sides in the Syrian civil war. By US president Barack Obama himself, use of chemical weapons was declared the red line; now, however, that the line has been crossed, he has opted to seek broader support for attacking the forces of the Syrian regime.
Paet: External intervention in Syria last resort
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that external military intervention is the last resort while talking to his Finnish colleague Erkki Tuomioja in Helsinki about the situation in Syria.
Formin: Chemical weapons use in Syria is totally unacceptable
Use of chemical weapons in Syria is totally unacceptable and the international community must react to it in order to avoid it in the future, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said.
Paet: international community must give more aid to four million Syrian refugees
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is rapidly intensifying and close to four million people need immediate humanitarian aid. The international community must focus even more than before on supporting the refugees, reported Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Urmas Paet: International Community Must Give Refugees of Syria Conflict Stronger Support Than Before
At the meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the international community must provide stronger support than before to Syrian refugees and to the countries that have put forth a great deal of effort to receive them, reported Ministry of Foreign Affairs.