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2nd Mar 2014

GCC Security Pact: Kuwait holding back

BY Yazan al-Saadi Al-Akhbar: Kuwait continues to be the last bastion against the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Internal Security Pact, first proposed in 1982, revised in 1994, and finally signed by all the GCC interior ministers in 2012. At the heart … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Syrian troops kill 20 rebels in ambush near Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian troops on Friday killed 20 armed rebels in a new ambush in the eastern countryside of Damascus, just a couple of days after eliminating more than 175 others in the same area, the official SANA news … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Yemen: Dozens killed in clashes

At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in the north, tribal sources said. The fighting, in which soldiers aided by fighters from the Islamist Al-Islah party were … Continued

Iraq: 47 killed in violent attacks across Iraq
28th Feb 2014

Iraq: 47 killed in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 47 people were killed and 72 others wounded on Thursday in separate attacks across Iraq, including three deadly bombings here, police said. In the Shiite area of Sadr City in east Baghdad, a booby- trapped … Continued

28th Feb 2014

Lebanon: Israel tests the Resistance

By Ibrahim Al-Amin Al-Akhbar: Hezbollah took about an entire working day before announcing its stance on the latest Israeli aggression. In a short statement, Hezbollah said that the Israeli enemy raided one of its positions inside Lebanese territory, finally solving … Continued

27th Feb 2014

UAE military plane crashes, killing two

DUBAI, (Xinhua): A military plane of the United Arab Emirates crashed on Thursday during a routine training mission, killing the pilot and co-pilot, authorities said. A statement of the general command of the armed forces, carried by the official UAE … Continued

27th Feb 2014

Jordan MPs vote to expel Israeli ambassador

A majority of Jordanian MPs voted on Wednesday to seek the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to the kingdom after the Jewish state’s parliament debated Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Prominent lower house deputy Khalil Attieh told AFP that … Continued

26th Feb 2014

Israeli jets strike along Lebanese-Syrian border

Israeli warplanes conducted a raid near the northern area of the Bekaa Valley along the Lebanese-Syrian border late Monday night, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. It was unclear if the raid had struck within Lebanese territory, with both Israel … Continued

Turkey: Violence escalating ahead of local elections
25th Feb 2014

Turkey: Violence escalating ahead of local elections

[DHA Photo]   Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News): Neither the governing party nor the opposition parties have escaped becoming targets of violent attacks in the run-up to the local elections on March 30. In last few days, attacks have visibly escalated, with … Continued

25th Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Four civilians injured in S. Afghan bomb attack

LASHKAR GAH, (Xinhua): Four civilians were wounded in a suicide bomb attack that killed the attacker at the spot in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand on Monday, said the police. “At around 5:15 p.m. local time Monday, a suicide attacker … Continued

24th Feb 2014

Iraq: 10 killed, 26 wounded across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Seven people and three helicopter crew members were killed Sunday and 26 wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq, mainly targeting Iraqi security forces, police said. In Salahudin province, a car bomb went off near a convoy of … Continued

24th Feb 2014

Syria: Car bomb kills nine people in Atmeh

At least nine people were killed in a car bomb attack on Sunday near a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey, activists said. The hospital is owned by Ghassan Aboud, a Gulf-based businessman … Continued

24th Feb 2014

Saudi Arabia ‘seeking Pakistan arms for Syrian rebels’

Saudi Arabia is in talks with Pakistan to provide anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets to Syrian rebels to try to tip the balance in the war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a Saudi source said Sunday. The United States has long … Continued

Afghanistan: Taliban massive attack kills 19 Afghan soldiers amid gov’t peace efforts
23rd Feb 2014

Afghanistan: Taliban massive attack kills 19 Afghan soldiers amid gov’t peace efforts

[Taliban in Afghanistan. Archive photo]   KABUL, (Xinhua): Taliban militants who have been fighting to regain power in Afghanistan, in a dreadful attack on Afghan soldiers killed 19 personnel of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kunar province 180 km east … Continued

23rd Feb 2014

Iraqi forces reclaim northern town from militants

Iraqi security forces have retaken a northern area from militants after more than a week of heavy fighting during which parts of it repeatedly changed hands, an official said Saturday. Militants initially seized parts of Salman Bek on February 13, … Continued

23rd Feb 2014

Lebanon: Al-Nusra Front claims attack on checkpoint in Hermel

Al-Nusra Front’s Lebanese branch claimed a suicide bombing at an army checkpoint in northeast Lebanon, which killed at least three. A medical official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said two soldiers and a civilian were killed in … Continued

23rd Feb 2014

Lebanon: ISIS wants to spur fighting between Shia and Sunni neighborhoods in Beirut

  (Al-Akhbar): It is no longer a conjecture to say that the masterminds behind the suicide attacks want the situation to escalate in Lebanon, all the way to instigating a full-blown Sunni-Shia conflict. Naim Abbas, a prominent fundamentalist figure who … Continued

Iraqi forces retake town seized by gunmen, 48 killed
22nd Feb 2014

Iraqi forces retake town seized by gunmen, 48 killed

[Bombing in Salahuddin. Archive photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraqi security forces retook control of a town in Iraq’s province of Salahudin, which had been seized by gunmen about a week ago, an army commander said Friday, adding 48 gunmen were … Continued

22nd Feb 2014

Lebanon: Top suspect in Bir Hassan blasts detained

Lebanese security forces have detained a militant suspected of recruiting suicide bombers and assembling car bombs for a radical group that was behind attacks in Beirut, security sources told Reuters on Friday. They said Hassan Abu Afleh, arrested in Beirut … Continued

21st Feb 2014

Iran’s higher-grade uranium stockpile drops

VIENNA, (Xinhua): Iran’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium has declined for the first time in four years after Tehran implemented a landmark deal it signed with world powers, the UN nuclear agency said Thursday in a report. Iran is … Continued

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