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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

US: Obama said troops being deployed to protect US embassy in Iraq
17th Jun 2014

US: Obama said troops being deployed to protect US embassy in Iraq

    [Photo: US embassy in Baghdad]   US President Barack Obama has told Congress that the US is to deploy up to 275 troops to Iraq, to support diplomatic staff in the capital, Baghdad. Once there, their mission will … Continued

Iraq: Signs of disagreement emerge between ISIS and Baath
17th Jun 2014

Iraq: Signs of disagreement emerge between ISIS and Baath

  By Mostafa Nasser Baghdad, (Al-Akhbar): The mask has fallen. Mosul is governed by former officers of the old army and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) controls the top administrative positions in the city. Three days were … Continued

Iraq: Once foes, US and Iran assess Iraq
16th Jun 2014

Iraq: Once foes, US and Iran assess Iraq

    The Wall Street Journal has fueled speculation that the US might open talks with its longtime foe Iran on how to halt the Sunni militant advance in neighboring Iraq. The White House says no such talks have taken … Continued

Iraq: ‘Regaining the initiative,’ says Iraq’s military
15th Jun 2014

Iraq: ‘Regaining the initiative,’ says Iraq’s military

    The advance by Sunni insurgents across swathes of northern Iraq appears to have slowed. The government says it has regained towns around Samarra, northeast of Baghdad, as volunteer Shiite fighters flocked to the capital.   Iraqi generals said … Continued

Iraq: Understanding the coup in Mosul and its consequences
15th Jun 2014

Iraq: Understanding the coup in Mosul and its consequences

  [Photo: Mosul was a “special kind of military coup” that the faction led by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former Ba’athist commander]   By Alaa Al-Lami There is a huge difference between the conspiratorial interpretation of events and the interpretation of … Continued

Iraq: Hundreds killed in Iraq, US urges al-Maliki to do more to fight sectarian violence
14th Jun 2014

Iraq: Hundreds killed in Iraq, US urges al-Maliki to do more to fight sectarian violence

The UN’s Human Rights Office warns of “acute vulnerability” for civilians in Iraq as hundreds have reportedly died. The US has called on Iraq’s prime minister to do more to fight sectarian violence.   “Reports suggest the number of people … Continued

US: Obama rules out sending US troops to Iraq, considers other options
14th Jun 2014

US: Obama rules out sending US troops to Iraq, considers other options

      US President Barack Obama has said he is not considering sending troops back to Iraq. Obama emphasized that potential US action could only work if Iraq was committed to do its part.   “We will not be … Continued

Iraq: ISIS seizes Iraq’s Tikrit as US mulls drone intervention
13th Jun 2014

Iraq: ISIS seizes Iraq’s Tikrit as US mulls drone intervention

  [Photo: Refugees from Mosul] Militants have seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit as a jihadi offensive sweeps closer to Baghdad, prompting the UN Security Council to convene crisis talks Thursday while the US mulls air strikes on the rebels. … Continued

Iraq: ISIS “success” facilitated by betrayal, Iraqi government inadequacies
13th Jun 2014

Iraq: ISIS “success” facilitated by betrayal, Iraqi government inadequacies

    By: Elie Chalhoub   Al-Akhbar: Baghdad is in a state of panic. The streets are empty. Gunmen are 20 kilometers (12.42 miles) away from the capital. Popular forces armed by the state are deployed around the city to … Continued

Iraq: ISIL seizes Turkish consulate in Mosul, takes diplomats captive
12th Jun 2014

Iraq: ISIL seizes Turkish consulate in Mosul, takes diplomats captive

  Ankara, Turkey, (Today’s Zaman): An al-Qaeda splinter group seized the Turkish consulate in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul on Wednesday and took 49 Turkish citizens captive, including the Turkish consul general. Turkish Foreign Ministry said militants from the Islamic … Continued

Iraq: Terrorists seize Iraqi city of Tikrit, prompt international concern
12th Jun 2014

Iraq: Terrorists seize Iraqi city of Tikrit, prompt international concern

  Militants have overrun the Iraqi city of Tikrit, after seizing the northern city of Mosul. The mounting rebel offensive has also closed in on an oil refinery and triggered international concern. Islamist offensive in Iraq rolls south Fighters from … Continued

Saudi Arabia: ‘Hands off Islamic law’
11th Jun 2014

Saudi Arabia: ‘Hands off Islamic law’

   [Photo: Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa] Jeddah, (Arab News): Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa has denounced international rights groups for attacking the Kingdom’s judiciary, saying laws in this country are based on divine precepts contained in the Holy Qur’an. “Any attack … Continued

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