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8th Jan 2014

Iraq delays major assault against ISIS in Anbar

The Iraqi army deployed tanks and artillery around Fallujah on Tuesday, security officials said, as local leaders in the besieged city urged al-Qaeda-linked militants to leave in order to avert an impending military assault. Meanwhile fighting and missile strikes in … Continued

8th Jan 2014

South Korea blocks $28 million tear gas order for Bahrain

(Al-Akhbar): South Korea has blocked a shipment of at least 3 million canisters of tear gas worth $28 million to Bahrain due to “complaints from human rights groups” that the weapon was being used to suppress peaceful protests, a report … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Iran not yet on the list for UN Syria peace talks

Iran is for the moment not on the list to join in Syria peace talks scheduled for later this month. The United Nations began sending out invitations on Monday, as fighting spread between rival rebel groups in Syria. Iran has … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Turkey: Rule of law at risk in Turkey

By Abdullah Bozkurt Today’s Zaman:  Perhaps not many people noticed European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle’s interesting choice of words a week ago when he said, “I urge Turkey, as a candidate country committed to the political criteria of … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Suspicions surround Majed’s postmortem exam

  By Mohamed Nazzal   Why were both the Lebanese judiciary and the army content with only one coroner examining the corpse of Majed al-Majed, emir of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades? Why didn’t his home country, Saudi Arabia, or his … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia: Crashlanding in Madinah that hurt 29 under probe

    [The damaged portion of the Saudia plane on the runway at Madinah airport is shown in this photo. (AN photo)]   By  Yusuf Muhammad & Irfan Mohammed Madinah, (Arab News): Twenty-nine passengers were injured when a Saudia flight … Continued

Iraq: 11 killed in series of bomb attacks in Baghdad
6th Jan 2014

Iraq: 11 killed in series of bomb attacks in Baghdad

[File Photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday, a police source said. Two car bombs went off at a … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Israel: Thousands of African refugees protest against Israeli detention law

Thousands of African migrants have again taken to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against Israel’s new detention law. This was the largest demonstration by the migrants, who entered the country illegally. News agencies cited police sources who put … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Ailing Saudi dies in Lebanese custody

The suspected leader of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday, the Lebanese army said. Majed al-Majed, a Saudi national who was wanted by authorities … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Al-Qa’ida-linked ISIS claims Beirut suicide blast

A statement in the name of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bombing in the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut that killed at least four people two days … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

By James M. Dorsey   Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials.   … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Yemen: 13 killed as troops quell oil pipeline saboteurs

SANAA, (Xinhua): At least 13 people were killed in clashes between Yemeni troops and armed tribal saboteurs who blocked access to repairing the country’s main oil pipeline, officials said on Saturday. The clashes began Friday after the tribesmen prevented workers … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: NATO soldier, 6 militants killed in attack at military camp

JALALABAD,  (Xinhua): One NATO soldier and six militants were killed Saturday morning in an attack at a joint military camp of the Afghan forces and the coalition troops in the eastern Nangarhar province, a police source said. “Six militants were … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Lebanon: DNA confirms identity of suspected Beirut suicide bomber

DNA test results confirmed the identity of a man from northern Lebanon as the suspected suicide bomber behind Thursday’s deadly attack in the southern Beirut suburbs, state news reported late-Friday.   The remains of 19-year-old Koteiba Mohammed al-Satem were discovered … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Dahiyeh residents blame Saudi for recent bombing

  The bombing does not compare to the one in Roueiss, which was much more devastating and killed dozens of people. Thursday’s bomb was smaller by comparison, reportedly containing 20 kilograms of TNT. (Photo: Haytham El-Mousawi).   By Mohamed Nazzal … Continued

Iraq: Fighting kills 32 civilians in Anbar
4th Jan 2014

Iraq: Fighting kills 32 civilians in Anbar

Fighting killed at least 32 civilians on Friday in the Anbar province cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, where Al-Qaeda-linked militants took over areas this week, security officials said. Police and tribesmen in both cities are battling militants from the Islamic … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

Iraq: Heavy fighting reported in Anbar province

Iraqi security forces have battled with al Qaeda-linked militants who seized control of Sunni-majority cities this week. The fighting erupted after a Sunni lawmaker was arrested and a protest camp dismantled. Iraqi government forces were joined by allied tribal forces … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

Israel: Kerry back in the Middle East to push framework peace deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East as part of efforts to move along peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. However, there appears to be little hope of a breakthrough. Washington’s top diplomat told … Continued

Lebanon: Several killed in explosion in Beirut suburb
3rd Jan 2014

Lebanon: Several killed in explosion in Beirut suburb

   [Photo: Residents gather near the site of the blast in Haret Hreik (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marc Abizeid)]   Al-Akhbar: An apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday, killing at … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Lebanon interrogates Saudi tied to Iranian embassy attack

  Lebanese intelligence agents are interrogating the Saudi leader of a militant group that claimed a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last November, a Lebanese security source said on Wednesday. The Lebanese source, who declined to … Continued

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