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15th Mar 2014

Syrian army enters rebel-held Yabrud

Syrian soldiers entered eastern districts of the town of Yabrud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, on Saturday and advanced towards the main street, al-Mayadeen television said. The Beirut-based station broadcast footage showing soldiers charging … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Two killed, including child, in North Lebanon clashes

At least two people were killed, including a young girl, and 10 people injured when clashes erupted between rival neighborhoods in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a site of frequent battles related to the war in Syria, state news … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Yemen: Eight killed in firefight near Sana’a

Six rebels and two soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa on Thursday, as Huthis press on south towards the Yemeni capital, tribal and security sources said. Eight of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God), … Continued

Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey
12th Mar 2014

Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey

Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Several demonstrations were staged in 32 provinces across Turkey to protest against the death of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old teenager who died earlier March 11 after spending 269 days in coma after being hit in the … Continued

11th Mar 2014

Syria: Number of children affected by Syrian war doubled in last year, says UNICEF

    The number of children affected by Syria’s civil war has more than doubled in the last year, according to a UNICEF report. Child casualty rates are the highest of any recent conflict in the region.   The United … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Yemen: 42 African refugees drown off Yemeni coast

SANA’A, (Xinhua): About 42 African refugees drowned on Sunday evening off the Yemeni coast after their boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden, while about 30 people on the boat were rescued, the Yemeni defense ministry said in a statement. … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Syria: 13 kidnapped Syrian nuns, 3 others released

[13 Syrian Greek Orthodox nuns, who were seized by rebels battling to overthrow the Syrian regime from their convent of Mar Takla in the village of Maloula, are seen upon arrival at Jdaidet Yabous on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on 10 March. … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Iraq: 41 killed in separate attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Forty-one people were killed and some 129 others wounded in separate attacks, including a massive suicide bombing, in Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said. In one attack, at least 34 people were killed and over 120 … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Iraq: Al-Maliki accuses Saudi, Qatar of supporting terrorist movements

  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (above) has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year. Security forces … Continued

Iraq: 31 killed in violent attacks across Iraq
9th Mar 2014

Iraq: 31 killed in violent attacks across Iraq

[Archive photo] BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 31 people, including a candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections, were killed and 49 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, police said. In Sharqat, 280 km north of Baghdad, unidentified … Continued

9th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Rockets strike near East Lebanon hospital

  Suspected Syrian rebels fired two rockets into east Lebanon Saturday, causing no casualties, state news reported, the latest in what has become almost daily shelling. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the rockets struck near a hospital a government hospital … Continued

9th Mar 2014

Syria: Free Syrian Army confirms new chief

The so-called Free Syrian Army has confirmed the appointment of its new chief, Brigadier General Abdel Ilah al-Bashir, after former head General Salim Idriss had initially refused to step down. The FSA confirmed “the dismissal of Idriss and the appointment … Continued

8th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: Blast kills district governor, wounds 5 in eastern Afghan city

JALALABAD, (Xinhua): A powerful blast rocked eastern Jalalabad city killing a district governor and wounding five others on Saturday, a local official said. “A bomb blast targeted the vehicle of Nazian district governor this morning killing him on the spot … Continued

8th Mar 2014

Iraq: Nine killed, 29 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and 29 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Friday, police said. Four people were killed and 18 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded at a market in Tuz … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom deisgnates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

Agencies: Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The Kingdom also ordered citizens fighting abroad to return within 15 days or face imprisonment TAssad, … Continued

Iraq: 22 killed, 97 wounded in attacks across Iraq
7th Mar 2014

Iraq: 22 killed, 97 wounded in attacks across Iraq

[Archive Photo] BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 22 people were killed and 97 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq on Thursday, including a deadly bombing attack at a cafe in the eastern city of Baquba, police said. Four people were killed … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Riyadh and Doha: A fierce but low-profile battle

By Fouad al-Ibrahim   (Al-Akhbar): What is happening is far more than a spat and an ensuing withdrawal of ambassadors. It is a relentless war in every sense of the word, albeit a low-profile one. Neither side seems to be … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: NATO airstrike ‘accidentally’ kills five Afghan soldiers

  A NATO airstrike has killed five Afghan soldiers in the country’s eastern Logar province. The military coalition confirmed to media it had “accidentally” killed the Afghan National Army personnel.   “At 3:30 a.m. this morning, due to a NATO … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Yemen: Suspected US drone strike kills three

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in northwestern Yemen on Wednesday, local officials said. The victims were traveling in a car in al-Jawf province when they were targeted, the officials said, adding that a local al-Qaeda leader, identified … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE pull ambassadors from Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Doha on Wednesday in protest at Qatar’s interference in their internal affairs, they announced in a joint statement. The statement said the move came “to protect their security … Continued

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