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10th Aug 2013

Yemen: US drone kills three more in east Yemen

A suspected US drone killed three people in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours allegedly targeting al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch. The three men were travelling in a vehicle in the province of Hadramout in an … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Gunmen abduct two Turkish pilots in Beirut suburb

(Al-Akhbar): Gunman kidnapped two Turkish pilots early Friday as they traveled in a shuttle with fellow crew members from Beirut’s international airport to their hotel, state news reported. The National News Agency said eight gunmen cut off Beirut’s airport road … Continued

9th Aug 2013

Yemen: New US drone strike in Yemen kills six

An [US] drone strike in Yemen killed six alleged al-Qaeda members Thursday, a tribal source said, a day after Sanaa reported it had foiled a militant plot to storm a Western-run oil terminal. The dawn attack, presumed to have been launched … Continued

9th Aug 2013

Lebanon:Lowdown on Hizbullah’s ambush in South Lebanon

By Ibrahim al-Amin   Al-Akhbar: Near midnight on Tuesday, August 6, an Israeli commando unit began to move from the Palestinian side toward Lebanon’s northern frontier. The unit deployed to several points along the fence before starting to cross into … Continued

9th Aug 2013

Syrian rebels claim attack on Assad convoy, government denies report

Syrian rebels said on Thursday they had targeted President Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade heading to a Damascus mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, but state television showed him unharmed and the government denied he had been attacked. The … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Syrian TV shows Assad after rumored attack

Syrian state television has broadcast images of President Bashar al-Assad unharmed and attending prayers in a Damascus mosque after rebels claimed to have fired rockets at his motorcade. Syrian rebels claimed on Thursday to have fired rockets at the motorcade … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Yemen: US kills seven in drone attack after evacuating embassy staff

A US drone strike killed seven alleged al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province early on Wednesday, tribal sources said, amid fears of an imminent attack by the network. The drone destroyed two vehicles in the town of Nasab and killed … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Israeli soldiers set Lebanese forest on fire after four soldiers injured by landmine

Israeli forces set fire to woodlands in South Lebanon near the border, the Lebanese Wednesday National News Agency reported. Civil defense and Lebanese army units were working on extinguishing the fire in Houla, the NNA added. The blaze was started … Continued

Syria: Deadly car bomb rips through Damascus suburb
7th Aug 2013

Syria: Deadly car bomb rips through Damascus suburb

[Rescuers at the scene of a bombing in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, (SANA)]   A deadly car bomb ripped through a Damascus suburb Tuesday evening, killing and wounding dozens, state media said. State news agency SANA said women and … Continued

6th Aug 2013

Iraq: 11 killed, 28 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 people were killed and 28 others wounded in the latest violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said. At least three people were killed and 20 others injured when a car bomb exploded in a … Continued

6th Aug 2013

Iran’s Rouhani appoints reformist as VP

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani appointed reformist politician Eshaq Jahangiri as his first vice president, Press TV reported Monday. Jahangiri, 56, was Iran’s former minister of industries and mines in the administration of ex-reformist President Mohammad Khatami from … Continued

Turkey: 19 sentenced to life in Turkey’s Ergenekon coup plot trial, including ex-military chief
6th Aug 2013

Turkey: 19 sentenced to life in Turkey’s Ergenekon coup plot trial, including ex-military chief

[Photo: Turkey’s former commander İlker Başbuğ and 18 other people receive life sentences on coup plot charges in the Ergenekon trial that lasted almost five years] Istanbul, (Hürriyet Daily News):Turkey’s former commander İlker Başbuğ and 18 other people receive life sentences … Continued

6th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Who is behind the attacks on Hizbullah?

[Hezbollah is in a state of high alert due to the fact that it has been forced to fight simultaneously on two fronts. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)]   By Ibrahim al-Amin Al-Akhbar: For 25 years now, Hezbollah has been engaged in … Continued

Lebanon: Over 665,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon
5th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Over 665,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, (Xinhua): The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded 665,000 with a surge of about 20,000 refugees compared to last week’s estimates, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. The UN Higher Council for Refugees (UNHCR) said the … Continued

5th Aug 2013

Iran: Rouhani calls for dialogue and respect Iran in negotiations

New President Hasan Rouhani, who succeeds Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to boost the economy and better Tehran’s international ties. President Hasan Rouhani, a moderate conservative, pledged to uphold the constitution and protect the official religion of the Islamic Republic of … Continued

5th Aug 2013

Iran: Rouhani takes oath of office amid Israeli fear mongering

Iranian President Hassan Rohani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran on Sunday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the Islamic Republic continues to pose a threat to regional security. Rohani, a relatively moderate cleric, pledged to uphold … Continued

4th Aug 2013

Turkish riot police use water cannon to break up protests

Turkish police have broken up the latest protest against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The demonstration was on a much smaller square than those that gripped the country several weeks ago. Police wearing riot gear used water … Continued

4th Aug 2013

Germany joins western nations in Yemen embassy closure over terror warning

Several western nations including Germany have closed embassies in Yemen following a US terror alert that prompted a worldwide travel warning. US officials met to review the threat after closing 21 diplomatic posts. Germany joined France, Britain and the United … Continued

4th Aug 2013

Iraq: Attacks across Iraq kill 14

Gunmen shot dead a woman and her two daughters in Iraq Saturday and a roadside bomb killed a man and his son as nine died in other attacks, officials said. Iraq is witnessing its deadliest violence since 2008. The woman … Continued

4th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Syrian airstrike in eastern Lebanon kills nine

(Al-Akhbar): Syrian fighter planes launched an airstrike in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, killing at least nine people, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The attack took place in Khirbet Daoud, east of the Lebanese town of Ersal. According to the … Continued

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