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9th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Rockets strike near East Lebanon hospital

  Suspected Syrian rebels fired two rockets into east Lebanon Saturday, causing no casualties, state news reported, the latest in what has become almost daily shelling. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the rockets struck near a hospital a government hospital … Continued

9th Mar 2014

Syria: Free Syrian Army confirms new chief

The so-called Free Syrian Army has confirmed the appointment of its new chief, Brigadier General Abdel Ilah al-Bashir, after former head General Salim Idriss had initially refused to step down. The FSA confirmed “the dismissal of Idriss and the appointment … Continued

8th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: Blast kills district governor, wounds 5 in eastern Afghan city

JALALABAD, (Xinhua): A powerful blast rocked eastern Jalalabad city killing a district governor and wounding five others on Saturday, a local official said. “A bomb blast targeted the vehicle of Nazian district governor this morning killing him on the spot … Continued

8th Mar 2014

Iraq: Nine killed, 29 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and 29 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Friday, police said. Four people were killed and 18 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded at a market in Tuz … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom deisgnates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

Agencies: Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The Kingdom also ordered citizens fighting abroad to return within 15 days or face imprisonment TAssad, … Continued

Iraq: 22 killed, 97 wounded in attacks across Iraq
7th Mar 2014

Iraq: 22 killed, 97 wounded in attacks across Iraq

[Archive Photo] BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 22 people were killed and 97 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq on Thursday, including a deadly bombing attack at a cafe in the eastern city of Baquba, police said. Four people were killed … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Riyadh and Doha: A fierce but low-profile battle

By Fouad al-Ibrahim   (Al-Akhbar): What is happening is far more than a spat and an ensuing withdrawal of ambassadors. It is a relentless war in every sense of the word, albeit a low-profile one. Neither side seems to be … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: NATO airstrike ‘accidentally’ kills five Afghan soldiers

  A NATO airstrike has killed five Afghan soldiers in the country’s eastern Logar province. The military coalition confirmed to media it had “accidentally” killed the Afghan National Army personnel.   “At 3:30 a.m. this morning, due to a NATO … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Yemen: Suspected US drone strike kills three

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in northwestern Yemen on Wednesday, local officials said. The victims were traveling in a car in al-Jawf province when they were targeted, the officials said, adding that a local al-Qaeda leader, identified … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE pull ambassadors from Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Doha on Wednesday in protest at Qatar’s interference in their internal affairs, they announced in a joint statement. The statement said the move came “to protect their security … Continued

Iraq: Attackers of Samarra city council HQ blow themselves up killing several people
5th Mar 2014

Iraq: Attackers of Samarra city council HQ blow themselves up killing several people

(Al-Arab Online): Suicide bombers attacked the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Tuesday, took employees hostage and eventually blew themselves up, killing a total of five people. The attack, which followed a similar operation last December, … Continued

5th Mar 2014

Bahrain blacklists three anti-government groups

Bahrain blacklisted three anti-government groups as terrorist organizations on Tuesday, a day after a bomb killed two local policemen and an officer from the United Arab Emirates, state news agency BNA said. The attack has raised fears of more violence … Continued

5th Mar 2014

Lebanon: ISIS says behind rocket attacks on East Lebanon

Three rockets allegedly fired by a jihadist group fighting in Syria struck East Lebanon on Tuesday, while Syrian helicopters fired five missiles at valleys on a border region, state news reported, one day following a similar set of attacks. The … Continued

Saudi Arabia: 1,000 divorces in two months because of rising drug abuse
4th Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia: 1,000 divorces in two months because of rising drug abuse

  By Nadim Al-Hamid Jeddah, (Arab News): Addicted to drugs and alcohol, men are divorcing wives, with 1,000 of such incidents taking place in Jeddah only, over the past two months, said a judge on Monday. Expressing his concern about … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

Iraq: 703 people killed in February

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 703 Iraqis were killed in violent attacks in Iraq in February, according to a statement issued Saturday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The statement said that 564 civilians, including civilian police personnel, … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

Turkey shuts down schools owned by Erdogan rival

Turkey’s parliament passed legislation to shut down private preparatory schools many of which are an important source of income and influence for an Islamic cleric Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accuses of running a covert campaign to topple him. Lawmakers late … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

GCC Security Pact: Kuwait holding back

BY Yazan al-Saadi Al-Akhbar: Kuwait continues to be the last bastion against the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Internal Security Pact, first proposed in 1982, revised in 1994, and finally signed by all the GCC interior ministers in 2012. At the heart … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Syrian troops kill 20 rebels in ambush near Damascus

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian troops on Friday killed 20 armed rebels in a new ambush in the eastern countryside of Damascus, just a couple of days after eliminating more than 175 others in the same area, the official SANA news … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Yemen: Dozens killed in clashes

At least 24 people were killed on Friday as Yemeni troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in the north, tribal sources said. The fighting, in which soldiers aided by fighters from the Islamist Al-Islah party were … Continued

Iraq: 47 killed in violent attacks across Iraq
28th Feb 2014

Iraq: 47 killed in violent attacks across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 47 people were killed and 72 others wounded on Thursday in separate attacks across Iraq, including three deadly bombings here, police said. In the Shiite area of Sadr City in east Baghdad, a booby- trapped … 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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