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4th May 2013

Iraq attacks kill 20

Fighting in northern Iraq killed nine police and four gunmen Friday, while a car bomb targeting worshippers near a mosque north of Baghdad left seven dead, security and medical officials said. The fighting between police and armed men in west … Continued

3rd May 2013

US: Obama ponders weapons for Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has revealed that Washington is considering “all options” in its Syria policy, particularly in light of evidence of use of chemical weapons. Meanwhile, there were informal talks at the UN. Arriving at the beginning of a … Continued

3rd May 2013

Iraq: April deadliest month of violence in Iraq since 2008: UN

April was Iraq’s bloodiest month for almost five years, with 712 people killed in bomb attacks and other violence, the United Nations Iraq mission said on Thursday. Tensions are at their highest since US troops pulled out in December 2011. … Continued

Saudi Arabia: 16 die as torrential rains wreak havoc across Kingdom
2nd May 2013

Saudi Arabia: 16 die as torrential rains wreak havoc across Kingdom

  Motorists are stranded along a highway in Al-Baha after rainwater flowing down from wadis made the road impassable. (SPA) Riyadh, (Arab News): Torrential rains and flash floods in different provinces have left 16 dead and three missing. The casualties … Continued

2nd May 2013

UK: Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

  LONDON, (Xinhua): Three British soldiers were killed by a road side bomb during patrol in Afghanistan, Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) said on Wednesday. Their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device whilst on a routine patrol in … Continued

2nd May 2013

Iraq: 15 dead from bomb blasts

At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said, following a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown conflict. A suicide bomber wearing an explosive … Continued

2nd May 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: opposition cannot defeat Syrian army

 Hassan Nasrallah, Head of Hizbullah   The Syrian opposition is not capable, militarily, of defeating the Syrian army, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Tuesday. “The fight is long, and we have never encouraged a military solution, … Continued

1st May 2013

Syria: Massive explosion kills 13 in Damascus

A massive blast rocked the central Damascus district of Marjeh on Tuesday killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 70, Syrian state television said. “Terrorist explosion in Marjeh district of Damascus and preliminary information on casualties,” state television … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Cargo plane crashes in E Afghanistan, killing 7

KABUL, (Xinhua): Monday’s cargo plane crash which took place in Bagram district, eastern Afghan province of Parwan claimed the lives of all seven people aboard, a provincial source said Tuesday.   Bagram, lying some 50 km north of Afghan capital … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Iraq: Explosions across Iraq kill 36

Five car bombs exploded Monday in cities in central and southern Iraq, killing 36 civilians and wounding dozens, officials said. The attacks come amid a week-long spike in violence following clashes at a protest camp in the north of the … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Syria: Syrian PM surives deadly Damascus blast

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid on Monday, surviving a blast that targeted his convoy in Damascus, Syrian state television reported. “The terrorist explosion in Mazzeh was an attempt to target the prime minister’s convoy and Dr. … Continued

29th Apr 2013

Bahrain arrests 22 demonstrators for “terrorist attacks”

Bahrain has rounded up 22 people suspected of attacking security forces and blocking roads during protests, including in the lead-up to its Formula One race this month, police said. The arrests were related to alleged acts of violence since late … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Afghanistan: Helicopter crash kills 4 NATO soldiers in S Afghanistan

KABUL, (Xinhua): Four NATO soldiers were killed Saturday when a plane crashed in the restive southern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed in a statement.   “Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died today as a result of a … Continued

27th Apr 2013

UK: More evidence needed in case against Syria for using chemical weapons

Britain’s prime minister has said more concrete evidence that Syria has used chemical arms is needed to prompt Western military action. Meanwhile, a UN chemical investigation team has still not been allowed into Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron told … Continued

27th Apr 2013

Lebanon: Hizbullah denies responsibility for drone shot down by Israel

Lebanese political party Hezbollah denied on Thursday that it had sent a drone over the Mediterranean sea, hours after the Israeli air force said it shot down an unmanned aircraft near Haifa. “Hezbollah denies sending any unmanned drone towards occupied … Continued

27th Apr 2013

Iraq: Explosions target mosques near Baghdad, killing four

Bombs exploded at four mosques in the Baghdad area after prayers Friday, killing four people and raising the death toll from a four-day wave of violence in Iraq to 195, officials said. Iraqi security forces also began moving back into … Continued

26th Apr 2013

Iran: Rival camps of Iran’s 2013 Presidential elections

  By Elie Chalhoub   Al-Akhbar: Uncertainty continues to dominate the impending Iranian presidential elections, set to be held in June 2013. The Guardian Council has yet to vet any candidates and the election criteria is still up in the … Continued

26th Apr 2013

Bahrain cancels visit of UN torture envoy

The UN’s envoy on torture voiced his “deep disappointment” Wednesday after Bahrain, rocked by renewed clashes between security forces and pro-democracy activists, postponed his planned visit. “This is the second time that my visit has been postponed, at very short … Continued

25th Apr 2013

Iraq: Militants seize Sulaiman Bek as security forces withdraw

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Militants took control of a town in northern Iraq Wednesday evening after day-long clashes with security forces, a police source said. Iraqi security forces have completely withdrawn from Sulaiman Bek, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a local … Continued

24th Apr 2013

Iraqi forces attack protest, 26 killed

At least 26 people were killed on Tuesday when Iraqi forces and protesters clashed after troops raided their anti-government demonstration camp near Kirkuk, military sources said. The exchange of gunfire left six troops and 20 protesters dead during a confused … Continued

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