Iraq: Bomb attacks shake Iraq, killing around 75
16th Jan 2014

Iraq: Bomb attacks shake Iraq, killing around 75

  A series of attacks have left dozens of people dead in Iraq. The worst single attack came at a funeral service, while a series of car bombs in the capital Baghdad added to the death toll. At least six … Continued

16th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: President Karzai says US strike responsible for children’s death

Afghanistan’s president has said seven children were killed as a result of a United States military attack. The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, however, said the operation was under the supervision of Afghan forces. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said via a … Continued

16th Jan 2014

Hariri murder trial opens in The Hague

  Former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri was on his way home for lunch when a van full of explosives equivalent to 2.5 tons of TNT detonated as his armored convoy passed in downtown Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   The … Continued

14th Jan 2014

Syrian women demand role at Geneva II

Syrian women activists meeting in Geneva are demanding they be given a key role at peace talks set to begin in Switzerland next week. The UN says massive funds are needed to aid Syrians affected by three years of war. … Continued

14th Jan 2014

Syria: Yarmouk starves as relief convoys attacked

By Laith al-Khatib Al-Akhbar: In Damascus’ Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, the specter of death from hunger continues to threaten lives. The Palestine Liberation Organization will try again to bring in a convoy of humanitarian aid to the camp, after five previous … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh records half-a-million traffic offenses in 2 months

   By Sharif M Taha Riyadh, (Arab News): Some 505,173 traffic violations were recorded in Riyadh in the past two months, local media reported quoting monthly data released by the Riyadh Traffic Department. The traffic offenses included inter-city over-speeding (72,483 … Continued

Iraq: 34 killed across Iraq’s violence as battles persist in Anbar
13th Jan 2014

Iraq: 34 killed across Iraq’s violence as battles persist in Anbar

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Violence across Iraq killed 34 people and wounded some 94 on Sunday, while fierce clashes continued against al-Qaida militants in the country’s western province of Anbar, police and officials said. Armored vehicles and tanks backed by helicopters continued … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Iran and P5+1 say nuclear deal to take effect this month

    Iranian state media has reported that Tehran and the P5+1 – the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – have agreed on deal to scale back its nuclear program. The deal is to go into … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Turkey: Conflict between Gülen Movement and Turkey’s ruling AKP reflected in business world

  By Mustafa SÖNMEZ Hurriyet Daily News:   It is like this in every country. The semi-official civil organizations of the business world are known to be the most important pressure groups steering economic, social and political developments of each country. … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Iraq: Seven killed in two car bombings in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least seven people were killed and 26 others wounded in two car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday, a police source said. A car bomb went off at a busy intersection of Adan … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Iraq: 60 killed in ongoing clashes in Anbar province

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 60 people were killed and some 297 others wounded in clashes between the security forces and militant groups over the past two weeks, as the battles continued on Saturday, a local official and a police source … Continued

12th Jan 2014

Israel: Ariel Sharon, the “Butcher of Beirut,” is dead

    By Marc Abizeid Al-Akhbar: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose legacy includes the killing of tens of thousands of Arabs over his six-decade military and political career, is dead. He took his final breath on Saturday afternoon … Continued

11th Jan 2014

Syria: Hundreds killed in rebel-on-rebel clashes

Scores of people have died in fighting between Syrian rebel groups and al Qaeda-linked militants. The intra-rebel conflict has reportedly overshadowed the war against the Syrian regime in some parts of the country. Syria’s anti-regime opposition has increasingly splintered into … Continued

11th Jan 2014

Al-Qa’ida leaks: Baghdadi and Golani fight over Levant Emirate

  By Radwan Mortada   Twitter user @wikibaghdadi is exposing what he calls “the secrets of Baghdadi’s state,” revealing the hidden affairs of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s rule. The person behind the account shadows Baghdadi, the emir of ISIS, and recounts … Continued

10th Jan 2014

Lebanon’s Saudis in a league of their own

Saudis are seen to enjoy a position of seniority among groups due to their wealth and the ideological wellspring of al-Qa’ida and its ilk. (Photo: Haytham El-Mousawe). By Radwan Mortada   Dozens of Saudi members of al-Qaeda are incarcerated in Lebanon, while dozens … Continued

9th Jan 2014

Iraq: More than 13,000 Iraqi families flee Fallujah after gunmen takeover

More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah in the past few days amid clashes and shelling after the city fell to al-Qaeda-linked militants, the Iraqi Red Crescent said on Wednesday. Masked gunmen remained in control of Iraq’s Fallujah Wednesday even … Continued

9th Jan 2014

Syria: ‘Friends of Syria’ meet in Paris, as ISIS chief calls for ‘crushing’ of rebel rivals

Ministers from the “Friends of Syria” grouping are to meet in Paris Sunday with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month. Meanwhile, an al-Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq and Syria … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Turkey: Fight over graft probe deepens as 16 police chiefs dismissed overnight

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Ankara Police Chief Kadir Ay was relocated only a day after 350 officer under his command were dismissed. The massive purge of Turkey’s police department has reached the highest echelons as police chiefs of 15 provinces … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia: Flood-hit Jubail residents seek help from big firms

[Jubail residents want big industrial companies to help fix the city’s damaged infrastructure after flooding (AN photo)]   By Sultan Al-Sughair Jubail, (Arab News): Jubail residents have called on major companies in the region to help clean up and rebuild … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Iraq: Ten policemen killed in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 policemen were killed and five others wounded in three violent attacks in Iraq on Tuesday, police said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a police patrol near Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, killing seven policemen, a … Continued

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