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Iraq: Ayatullah Sistani calls for lifting Amerli siege
23rd Aug 2014

Iraq: Ayatullah Sistani calls for lifting Amerli siege

    [Photo: Ayatullah Ali Sistani] (Friends of Ahlulbayt:): Ayatullah Ali Sistani, Shi’a Muslims world’s most influential scholar, said through his representative, Abd al-Mehdi al-Karbalai, “We appeal to the relevant sides to work sincerely in breaking the siege. [We also … Continued

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government
22nd Aug 2014

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government

  Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel supporters are in the capital Sanaa in a bid to topple the government. Thousands of armed rebels strengthened their position on Wednesday as they pressed on with their campaign. Led by heavily armed … Continued

Iraq: IS threat ‘must be defeated’ says Pentagon
22nd Aug 2014

Iraq: IS threat ‘must be defeated’ says Pentagon

  Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel addressing the press on Thursday said the threat posed by IS terrorism was imminent and that the group was “tremendously well funded,” and “as sophisticated a group as we have seen.” He said the US … Continued

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley
20th Aug 2014

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

    The White House has said it is assessing the validity of a video purporting to show the murder of a US journalist by “Islamic State” militants. The group says it has beheaded the missing freelance reporter James Foley. … Continued

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help
19th Aug 2014

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

    US President Barack Obama has said that Kurdish fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken the Mosul Dam from “Islamic State” militants. This followed earlier conflicting statements about who was in control of the facility. The United States president … Continued

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city
18th Aug 2014

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian air force on Sunday struck positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s northern province of Raqqa, killing 31 radical fighters, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group. The 31 … Continued

Iraq: US confirms airstrikes near Mosul dam and Irbil
17th Aug 2014

Iraq: US confirms airstrikes near Mosul dam and Irbil

    The US military has confirmed that it carried out airstrikes against “Islamist State” targets near the Kurdish capital, Irbil, and Iraq’s largest dam. Officials said the strikes were in US and humanitarian interests. The Pentagon confirmed that the … Continued

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader claims battles would have reached Beirut if party had not intervened in Syria
16th Aug 2014

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader claims battles would have reached Beirut if party had not intervened in Syria

    Al-Akhbar conducted an exclusive six-hour-long interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In a multi-part series published over the last two days, journalists Ibrahim al-Amin, Wafic Qanso, Hassan Ileik and Maha Zureikat sat down with the party’s … Continued

Iraq: Germany to send airlift, US to continue airstrikes
15th Aug 2014

Iraq: Germany to send airlift, US to continue airstrikes

  Germany has announced it would airlift goods to people stranded in the Sinjar mountains, while US President Barack Obama has pledged to continue airstrikes against IS militants in Iraq. Germany plans to send aid to northern Iraq on Friday, … Continued

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation
15th Aug 2014

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation

  The United Nations and Washington have praised Nouri al-Maliki for stepping down as Iraq’s prime minister. He bowed to domestic and international pressure, announcing his departure in a televised speech. The UN’s top envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, praised … Continued

Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”

      The Pentagon has said a possible US mission to rescue Yazidis trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar is less likely to take place after special forces assessed that there are fewer civilians trapped than previously feared. “The Yazidis … Continued

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen
14th Aug 2014

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen

    A bomb killed nine people in southern Yemen on Wednesday, a local official said, and tribal sources in the north said 15 more died in clashes between Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the Islamist Islah party. In … Continued

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”

    Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the appointment of Haidar al-Abadi to replace him as Iraq’s prime minister violated the constitution and “had no value.” In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a pending federal court ruling … Continued

Iraq: US sends more military advisers to Iraq, Germany pledges non-military aid
13th Aug 2014

Iraq: US sends more military advisers to Iraq, Germany pledges non-military aid

    The Unites States has sent another 130 military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their fight against Islamic militants. Meanwhile, Germany has pledged non-lethal military aid for Iraq’s army. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking … Continued

Iraq largest bloc names alternative to Maliki as PM candidate
12th Aug 2014

Iraq largest bloc names alternative to Maliki as PM candidate

  [Photo: Haidar Al-Abadi nominated by Iraqi National Alliance to replace incumbent PM Al Maliki]   Iraq’s National Alliance parliamentary bloc has chosen Haidar al-Abadi as its nominee for prime minister in place of incumbent Maliki, sources in parliament told … Continued

Iraq: Kurds retake two towns from IS in northern Iraq
11th Aug 2014

Iraq: Kurds retake two towns from IS in northern Iraq

ARBIL, (Xinhua): Kurdish forces retook two towns from the Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq on Sunday as the U.S. military continued to launch airstrikes against targets of the extremist group, local media reported. “The (Kurdish) Peshmerga forces and … Continued

Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul kills 4, wounds 24, Taliban claims responsibility
10th Aug 2014

Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul kills 4, wounds 24, Taliban claims responsibility

    KABUL, (Xinhua): A suicide car bomb hit Kabul city on Sunday, leaving at least four persons dead and two dozen others wounded, local media reported. “The attacker riding an explosive-laden car obviously targeted a convoy of foreign troops, … Continued

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election
10th Aug 2014

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election

Polls have opened in Turkey’s presidential election, with outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed as favorite. Erdogan has said he intends to exercise real power in what has been a largely ceremonial role. Turks have begun voting in their country’s … Continued

US planes drop food, water for refugees stranded in Iraq
9th Aug 2014

US planes drop food, water for refugees stranded in Iraq

  The Pentagon has confirmed a second humanitarian aid drop over Iraq’s Sinjar mountains, where thousands of Iraqis – mostly Yazidi – are trapped. This follows the first day of US airstrikes on militants in the region. The chief spokesman … Continued

US authorizes airstrikes ‘if necessary’ in northern Iraq
8th Aug 2014

US authorizes airstrikes ‘if necessary’ in northern Iraq

  The US has authorized airstrikes in northern Iraq following militant advances in the north of the country. President Barack Obama says the humanitarian and security situation necessitates immediate action. Obama on Friday (late Thursday local time) said the US … Continued

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