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Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills two soldiers, wounds 11
30th Dec 2014

Yemen: Al-Qa’ida ambush kills two soldiers, wounds 11

(AFP, Al-Akhbar) Al-Qaeda in Yemen killed two soldiers and wounded 11 others on Monday in an ambush targeting a regional army chief in southeastern Hadramawt province. According to army officials, “Members of al-Qaeda” set a surprise attack for the convoy … Continued

Syria: ISIS claims deadly Homs car bomb
30th Dec 2014

Syria: ISIS claims deadly Homs car bomb

(AFP, Al-Akhbar): A car bomb exploded near a gas plant in Syria’s Homs province on Monday killing eight people, including four soldiers, and wounding 15 others. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed the attack. Meanwhile, the Islamic State of … Continued

Bahrain detains head of al-Wefaq opposition movement
30th Dec 2014

Bahrain detains head of al-Wefaq opposition movement

AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar:  Bahraini authorities on Sunday detained the head of the kingdom’s main opposition group after he was summoned for questioning over unspecified and unknown violations. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Sheikh Ali Salman – … Continued

EU shifting its strategy on Syria, Iraq and fighting ISIS
28th Dec 2014

EU shifting its strategy on Syria, Iraq and fighting ISIS

  [Photo: Civil defense members inspect debris of a building collapsed after Syrian air forces’ ‘vacuum bomb’ attack, killed six people, three of them children, and wounded 40 others, in Ain Tarma town of Damascus, Syria on December 26, 2014. Anadolu … Continued

Lebanon: Army foils infiltration attempt, kills 3 militants
27th Dec 2014

Lebanon: Army foils infiltration attempt, kills 3 militants

    The Lebanese army foiled overnight an infiltration attempt across the Lebanese borders from Syria killing three militants, the National News Agency (NNA) reported Friday. Thought to belong to Syria’s al-Qaeda branch al-Nusra Front, the three militants, one of … Continued

Syria: ‘Islamic State’ versus al-Nusra: Will Baghdadi ask for al-Talli’s head?
27th Dec 2014

Syria: ‘Islamic State’ versus al-Nusra: Will Baghdadi ask for al-Talli’s head?

  [Photo: An al-Nusra Front fighter stationed in the Syrian region of al-Qalamoun bordering Lebanon. Al-Akhbar/Radwan Mortada]   By: Radwan Mortada   (Al Akhbar): The calm in the Qalamoun front will not last very long. The truce between the “brothers … Continued

Turkey, Iraq pledge greater cooperation in fight against ‘Islamic State’
26th Dec 2014

Turkey, Iraq pledge greater cooperation in fight against ‘Islamic State’

  [Photo:Prime Ministers Ahmet Davutoğlu of Turkey and Haider al-Abadi of Iraq address (AKP)]   Turkey and Iraq have pledged to work towards greater military cooperation in the fight against “Islamic State” militants. The ultra-radical Sunni fighters control large swathes … Continued

Iraq: Suicide attack kills 33 anti Isis Sunni fighters
25th Dec 2014

Iraq: Suicide attack kills 33 anti Isis Sunni fighters

    A suicide bomber attacked fighters opposed to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group as they gathered Wednesday to receive salaries south of Baghdad, killing at least 33 people and wounding 55 others, Iraqi police … Continued

Cairo, Doha mend ties after Al-Jazeera suspends Egypt coverage
25th Dec 2014

Cairo, Doha mend ties after Al-Jazeera suspends Egypt coverage

  As part of Saudi efforts to broker an end to the 18-month standoff over Doha’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian and Qatari intelligence officials met in Cairo to discuss a possible reconciliation, two days after the Doha-based Al-Jazeera … Continued

Syria: ISIS downs warplane over Syria, captures Jordanian pilot
25th Dec 2014

Syria: ISIS downs warplane over Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

(AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group on Wednesday shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition over northern Syria and captured its Jordanian pilot. Jordan’s military on Wednesday confirmed that one of its … Continued

Bahrain: Prominent activist reveals Bahraini officers tortured activist
23rd Dec 2014

Bahrain: Prominent activist reveals Bahraini officers tortured activist

Al-Akhbar President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab revealed Monday gruesome details of the torture endured by an activist in Thailand, where three Bahraini officers forced him on a plane back to the kingdom, online publication Bahrain … Continued

Yemen: One killed in clashes between army, south separatists
23rd Dec 2014

Yemen: One killed in clashes between army, south separatists

    A civilian was killed and another injured Monday in clashes when police intervened to disperse protesters observing a day of civil disobedience in the formerly independent region, witnesses and a medic claimed. Clashes erupted in Ataq, the main … Continued

Iraq: First Western journalist granted access to ‘Islamic State’ returns to Germany
22nd Dec 2014

Iraq: First Western journalist granted access to ‘Islamic State’ returns to Germany

  Jürgen Todenhöfer has returned to Germany from “Islamic State” territories. In an interview with German website TZ, he says IS is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than the West realizes. Following seven months of negotiations with leaders of … Continued

Afghanistan: 7 civilians killed in E. Afghan roadside bombing
21st Dec 2014

Afghanistan: 7 civilians killed in E. Afghan roadside bombing

  ASADABAD, (Xinhua): Seven civilians have been killed by a roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Kunar, the provincial governor said on Sunday morning. “A vehicle touched off a roadside bombing on Saturday evening, killing seven civilians, including three … Continued

UN votes for Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill
21st Dec 2014

UN votes for Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill

    Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during the July 2006 war. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6 with three abstentions, asks Israel … Continued

Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis
19th Dec 2014

Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis

  It has been deemed ‘the most successful’ offensive to date against the “Islamic State.” Kurdish forces announced Thursday they have broken the siege on Mount Sinjar and recaptured territory in a two-day assault. Kurdish forces, pressing deep into “Islamic … Continued

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs
19th Dec 2014

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs

    Twin car bomb attacks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia group in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah targeting Houthi militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said. “The two explosions were the … Continued

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions
18th Dec 2014

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions

    Yemen’s Houthi movement sacked top managers of the country’s second largest port and the main oil company on Wednesday, staff said, in the group’s latest move to consolidate its hold on state institutions. Houthis established themselves as Yemen’s … Continued

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children
17th Dec 2014

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children

  [Photo: Wave of car bombings hit central Sanaa on December 8, 2014. Anadolu / Mohammed Hamoud]   At least 25 people, including 15 children, died when two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda, … Continued

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June
16th Dec 2014

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June

    At least 2,700 people, mostly soldiers, are missing as a result of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Iraq, the human rights ministry said on Monday. More than half of those registered … Continued

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