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29th Mar 2013

Syria: Mideast states, US step up arms shipments to Syrian rebels

Mideast powers opposed to President Bashar Assad have dramatically stepped up weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in coordination with the US in preparation for a push on the capital of Damascus, officials and Western military experts said Wednesday.   Four … Continued

Syria: Mortar attack kills 15 at Damascus University
29th Mar 2013

Syria: Mortar attack kills 15 at Damascus University

A mortar attack on Damascus University killed at least 15 students on Thursday, state television reported, blaming rebels who have stepped up attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital.   The broadcaster, blaming “terrorists” for the attack, using the … Continued

Qatar: Arab League Summit: Doha calls the shots
28th Mar 2013

Qatar: Arab League Summit: Doha calls the shots

Al-Akhbar: Despite the failure of Arab League member-states to reach an agreement on giving Syria’s seat to the opposition National Coalition, Qatar nevertheless managed to impose its will on the League. In its drive to bring about the downfall of … Continued

Syria opposition chief slams NATO rebuff
28th Mar 2013

Syria opposition chief slams NATO rebuff

Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz al-Khatib condemned on Wednesday NATO’s rebuff of his call for Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas in the north of Syria. “Yesterday I was really surprised by the comment issued from the White House that … Continued

27th Mar 2013

Iraq: 4 killed in attacks in Tuz-Khurmato

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Four people were killed, including two local politicians, and 12 wounded in separate bombings and shootings in northern and central Iraq on Tuesday, the police said. Early in the morning, a roadside bomb struck a convoy of sport … Continued

27th Mar 2013

Yemen: Two soldiers killed in attack on army checkpoint in

ADEN,  (Xinhua): Three secessionists attacked an army checkpoint in Yemen’s southern province of al-Dhalea on Tuesday, killing at least two soldiers, a police source and some local residents told Xinhua. The pro-secession gunmen attacked a key checkpoint in a eastern … Continued

Qatar: Arab League says right to arm Syrian rebels
27th Mar 2013

Qatar: Arab League says right to arm Syrian rebels

An Arab League summit agreed that member states have the right to give military backing to Syrian rebels. Meanwhile, the UN announced details of an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Arab Leaders who met in … Continued

Syria opposition leader demands Patriot missiles, UN seat
26th Mar 2013

Syria opposition leader demands Patriot missiles, UN seat

Syria’s opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, taking Syria’s seat at an Arab summit for the first time on Tuesday, said the United States should use Patriot missiles to protect rebel-held areas from government warplanes. Khatib said the United States should play … Continued

Jailed Bahraini activist on hunger strike for “dignity”
26th Mar 2013

Jailed Bahraini activist on hunger strike for “dignity”

Published Monday, March 25, 2013 (Al-Akhbar): A jailed Bahraini rights activist who launched an open-ended hunger strike eight days ago after being denied visitation rights has published a letter explaining her actions. Zainab al-Khawaja, who is serving a six-month prison … Continued

26th Mar 2013

Arab League summit opens in Doha with focus on Syrian crisis

DOHA, (Xinhua): The 24th summit of the Arab League ( AL) started Tuesday in Qatar’s capital of Doha, with regional issues such as the Syrian crisis set to top its agenda. A total of 15 heads of state of Arab … Continued

25th Mar 2013

Syria’s opposition head resigns as fault lines emerge

The head of Syria’s main opposition group has resigned after an apparent dispute over the election of a prime minister for rebel-held areas. Meanwhile the Free Syrian Army said it would not recognize the new premier. Preacher Mouaz al-Khatib said … Continued

23rd Mar 2013

Lebanon: Mikati announces his resignation

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced his resignation Friday evening, effectively dissolving the current government. In a televised address, Mikati said he was stepping down due to an impasse over a new election law and parliament’s refusal to extend the … Continued

23rd Mar 2013

Lebanon: Clashes rock Tripoli, killing 6

At least six people were killed – including one soldier – and 18 more wounded in renewed violence in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli since Thursday night. The first death came in an exchange of fire in the Qubbeh … Continued

23rd Mar 2013

Hizbullah’s Role in Syria

Hizbullah’s Role in Syria Al-Akhbar: For quite some time there has been a great deal of talk and speculation in Lebanon, Syria, and the Arab and Western worlds about Hezbollah’s true role in the Syrian crisis. The anti-Hezbollah propaganda machine … Continued

23rd Mar 2013

Israeli PM apologizes to Turkey after Obama push

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News): Israel issued a formal apology to Turkey and agreed to pay compensation over the Mavi Marmara killings of 2010 on March 22 after a phone conversation between the two countries’ premiers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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