US: Obama requests $500 million from US Congress to support Syrian rebels
27th Jun 2014

US: Obama requests $500 million from US Congress to support Syrian rebels

      US President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition. The funding is part of a greater $65.8 billion overseas operations budget request.   The White House … Continued

Iraq: Muqtada al-Sadr: We will “shake the ground” under ISIS
27th Jun 2014

Iraq: Muqtada al-Sadr: We will “shake the ground” under ISIS

    Powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr vowed late Wednesday to “shake the ground” under the feet of advancing jihadi militants, days after thousands of his armed partisans paraded through the streets of Baghdad. Sadr, whose movement battled US forces … Continued

Iraq: Syria bombed ISIS-held border post
27th Jun 2014

Iraq: Syria bombed ISIS-held border post

    Syria has carried out air strikes inside Iraqi territory this week, Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was quoted on Thursday as telling the BBC. The article said Maliki confirmed that Syrian jets had bombed militants near the border … Continued

Iraq: 27 killed in attacks across Iraq
26th Jun 2014

Iraq: 27 killed in attacks across Iraq

    [Photo: Damaged car is seen at an explosion site in the city of Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad (Xinhua/Dena Assad BAGHDAD]   (Xinhua):  A total of 27 people were killed and 90 others wounded in violent attacks … Continued

Lebanon: Suicide bomber detonates self inside Beirut hotel, one killed
26th Jun 2014

Lebanon: Suicide bomber detonates self inside Beirut hotel, one killed

    [Firefighters put out flames after a suicide bomber ignited himself on the third floor of the Duroy Hotel in Beirut  (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)]   A suicide bomber blew himself up as security forces raided his hotel room in … Continued

Iraq: US advisers begin their mission in Iraq amid ISIS insurgency
25th Jun 2014

Iraq: US advisers begin their mission in Iraq amid ISIS insurgency

    The first of up to 300 US military advisers have begun their mission in Iraq. They have been tasked with evaluating the state of the Iraqi forces in their battle against Sunni militants.   The Pentagon on Tuesday … Continued

Lebanon: France confirms citizen arrested in Beirut hotel raid
25th Jun 2014

Lebanon: France confirms citizen arrested in Beirut hotel raid

    France confirmed Tuesday one of its nationals had been arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of planning an attack. Lebanese security forces on Friday detained 17 people in two hotels in Beirut following a tip-off that attacks by a … Continued

ISIS sets its sights on Jordan
24th Jun 2014

ISIS sets its sights on Jordan

      By Abdul-Rahman Abu Sneineh   (Al-Akhbar): The ramifications of ISIS’ recent victories [in Iraq] did not take long to reach Jordan, in particular the southern Maan region, a hotbed of tension where a few days ago dozens … Continued

Iraq: Kerry travels to Kurdistan to talk inclusive government amid Iraq crisis
24th Jun 2014

Iraq: Kerry travels to Kurdistan to talk inclusive government amid Iraq crisis

      US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. There he hopes to convince leaders to help form a more inclusive government in a bid to prevent war in … Continued

Lebanon: Car bomb kills one at checkpoint in southern Beirut
24th Jun 2014

Lebanon: Car bomb kills one at checkpoint in southern Beirut

    [Photo: Car bomb in the southern Beirut suburb of Tayouneh]   A car bomb shook southern Beirut on Monday night, residents said. Initial reports by Al-Jadeed said that the explosion was caused by a car bomb at a … Continued

Iraq: Nine killed in attacks across Iraq
23rd Jun 2014

Iraq: Nine killed in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of nine people were killed and 16 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings in Iraq on Sunday, police sources said. A car bomb exploded late Sunday near a funeral of Colonel Majid al-Fahdawi, commander of … Continued

Israel strikes Syrian targets in retaliation at boy’s death
23rd Jun 2014

Israel strikes Syrian targets in retaliation at boy’s death

Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early Monday, the Israeli military announced. The attacks came in response to an attack that killed an Israeli teenager on Sunday. Israel’s Defense Ministry said that nine military targets had been … Continued

Yemen: Houthi rebels attack police patrols in Sana’a
22nd Jun 2014

Yemen: Houthi rebels attack police patrols in Sana’a

SANAA, (Xinhua): Houthi rebels attacked police patrols in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, wounding 17 policemen before the rebels held them hostages, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. “A group of Shiite Houthi gunmen intercepted two police … Continued

Lebanon: ISIS’ victories revive fears of Islamic emirate in north Lebanon
22nd Jun 2014

Lebanon: ISIS’ victories revive fears of Islamic emirate in north Lebanon

Abdel-Kafi al-Samad Al-Akhbar: Informed Islamist sources told Al-Akhbar about a discussion that took place between Islamist groups and cells in Lebanon after the recent developments in Iraq. They pointed out that some of them proposed again the idea of establishing … Continued

Lebanon: Suicide bomber kills policeman at East Lebanon checkpoint
21st Jun 2014

Lebanon: Suicide bomber kills policeman at East Lebanon checkpoint

  [Photo: Security forces secure the site of a suicide blast in East Lebanon (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar)]   A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint in eastern Lebanon Friday, killing one policeman and injuring over 30 … Continued

Iraq: US willing to “share information” with Iran over Iraq crisis
20th Jun 2014

Iraq: US willing to “share information” with Iran over Iraq crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is interested in communicating with Iran to share information about the jihadist insurgency spreading across Iraq, but Washington is not seeking to work together with Tehran to address the crisis. … Continued

Kuwaiti Instagram vigilantism: Hunting for runaway domestic workers
20th Jun 2014

Kuwaiti Instagram vigilantism: Hunting for runaway domestic workers

[A cartoon depicting a maid chained to a woman happily chatting on her telephone was posted to Mn7asha's Instagram. Mn7asha was started to hunt down runaway migrant workers in Kuwait. (Source: Instagram)] Yazan al-Saadi Al-Akhbar: On June 7, a Kuwaiti … Continued

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demands vote counting be stopped
19th Jun 2014

Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demands vote counting be stopped

      Abdullah Abdullah, presidential candidate seeking to take longtime President Hamid Karzai’s spot, has demanded ballot counting be halted, alleging voter fraud. But the Electoral Commission has rejected his demand.  Former Afghan Foreign Minister and contender for the … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah: ISIS would be in Beirut if not for Hizbullah intervention
18th Jun 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: ISIS would be in Beirut if not for Hizbullah intervention

  [ISIS capture Iraqi soldiers later were killed]   ISIS forces marching towards Baghdad would today be in Beirut had Hezbollah not intervened in the war in Syria, party chief Hassan Nasrallah was quoted as saying by As-Safir newspaper Tuesday. … Continued

Iraq: Battles over northern Iraq Turkmen towns kill dozens
18th Jun 2014

Iraq: Battles over northern Iraq Turkmen towns kill dozens

  ISIS fighters attacked a northern Iraqi village inhabited by ethnic Turkmens but were repelled, police said on Tuesday, highlighting an upsurge of violence after stunning advances by the extremist rebels. The militants were beaten back from the village of Basheer, … Continued

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