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2nd Jul 2013

Jordan: Jordanian air force pilot defects to Syria’s al-Nusra Front

A Jordanian air force captain has allegedly deserted and joined Syria’s jihadist al-Nusra Front to fight against the Syrian government forces, a member of his family and a Salafi leader said on Monday. “Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali, born in 1984, … Continued

29th Jun 2013

Iraq: 14 killed, 32 wounded in bomb attacks

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 14 people were killed and 32 others wounded Friday in bomb attacks against a funeral and a checkpoint run by government-backed Sunni militiamen in Iraq, the police said. A suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden car tried … Continued

29th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Salafis confront Lebanon’s army in Sidon

Fresh clashes broke out in Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon Friday afternoon when armed supporters of fugitive Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir provoked a confrontation with Lebanese soldiers. Dozens of armed Islamists, following prayers at a local mosque, marched towards the … Continued

28th Jun 2013

Syria: Attack kills four in Damascus’ Old City

An explosion in a Christian area in the heart of the Syrian capital on Thursday killed at least four people, state television said. “A terrorist suicide bombing… in Damascus has left four people dead and several others wounded,” the broadcaster … Continued

28th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Thousands protest at funeral of man killed by police

Thousands of Shias protested against Saudi Arabia’s ruling al-Saud family at the funeral of a wanted man shot dead by police, a killing that ended months of relative calm in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. At least 20 people have been … Continued

28th Jun 2013

UAE: Prisoners systematically tortured and mistreated in “UAE 94″ case

By Chris Benoist A group of political prisoners detained in the United Arab Emirates has been tortured and systematically mistreated while in custody, a report by three human rights organizations revealed Thursday. NGOs AlKarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch … Continued

27th Jun 2013

Lebanon: 20 Syrians injured in Beirut over game show feud

A group of men attacked a minibus carrying 25 Syrians in eastern Beirut Wednesday and stabbed the passengers with knives, local media reported. Twenty of the passengers were injured as a result of the attack, AFP said. The young assailants … Continued

26th Jun 2013

Iraq: 16 killed, 33 wounded in fresh bomb attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 16 people were killed and 33 others wounded in the latest bomb attacks on Tuesday in Iraq, the police said. A roadside bomb exploded near a football playground in Baquba, capital of Diyala province in eastern … Continued

26th Jun 2013

Lebanese forces hunt Assir over army killings

Lebanese security forces launched a major manhunt on Tuesday for radical Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir, after clashes with his supporters in southern Sidon that left 17 soldiers dead. Speculation was rife as to the whereabouts of Assir, the radical cleric … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia will increase business as it changes weekends

By Sukaina Ladak   The Muslim News: Saudi Arabia has transitioned its working week from Sunday to Thursday, meanings its official weekend is now Fridays and Saturdays, despite the failure of a similar proposal in 2007.   A royal decree … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: Taliban attack on Afghan presidential palace kills 4

KABUL, (Xinhua): The Taliban attack on Afghan Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday morning left all four militants dead, police said. “Four militants involved in the attack are killed by our brave security forces,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi told … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Afghanistan: 10 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing in Kandahar

KANDAHAR,  (Xinhua): Eight Afghan women and two children were killed and three adult men were wounded Tuesday morning when a vehicle was struck by a roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, an official said. “The ill-fated minibus was … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Germany seeks postponement of Turkey EU talks

Germany has been pushing for a postponement of fresh discussions on Turkey’s accession to the European Union, but insists that it is still in favor of the negotiations. The move may see talks delayed until autumn. Germany has pushed for … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Lebanon: From Tripoli to Saida, a map of Lebanon’s battlegrounds

By Nasser Charara A number of flashpoints litter Lebanon. Reports of armed groups backed by foreign intelligence services note that they seek a climate that would drag Hezbollah into a sectarian war. Although Hezbollah is keen on showing patience and … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Sidon clashes kill 16 soldiers as Assir remains at large

At least 16 soldiers have been killed and dozens wounded in Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon over two days of intense fighting between the army and gunmen loyal to Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir. Six soldiers were killed Sunday and 10 … Continued

24th Jun 2013

Iraq: Attacks kill 6 across Iraq

Three car bombs, including a suicide attack, and a mortar round killed at least six people in Iraq Sunday, most of them in the north of the country, where analysts fear tensions could trigger all-out conflict. The deadliest attacks struck … Continued

24th Jun 2013

Lebanon: Salafis kill 10 soldiers in Sidon

Armed supporters of Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir killed 10 Lebanese soldiers and injured 35 near the southern town of Sidon on Sunday, the army said. “An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Syria: Suicide bombing rocks Damascus, casualties feared

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): A suicide bombing on Sunday hit the northern district of Rukin Addien in the Syrian capital of Damascus, leaving an unknown number of casualties, state-media said. The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the blast targeted a police station in … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Iraq: 15 killed in suicide bombing in Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 15 worshipers were killed and 30 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Qatar: Friends of Syria to provide material and equipment to opposition

Nations opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have agreed to give urgent support to Syrian rebels. They also called for Hezbollah fighters from Iran and Iraq to withdraw from the civl war. Ministers from the 11 main countries that form the … Continued

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