Lebanon: 28 including Frenchmen, Saudi charged with belonging to ISIS
8th Jul 2014

Lebanon: 28 including Frenchmen, Saudi charged with belonging to ISIS

  Lebanon on Monday charged 28 people, including a Saudi citizen and two French nationals, with belonging to the jihadi Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a judicial source told AFP. The men, only seven of whom are in … Continued

Iraq: Baghdadi attacks Gulf leaders in taped sermon, world powers mull response to ISIS threat
8th Jul 2014

Iraq: Baghdadi attacks Gulf leaders in taped sermon, world powers mull response to ISIS threat

    By: Sami Kleib   Al-Akhbar: There was no mention of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s speech. However, he did make a statement that Gulf leaders should not take lightly. He said: “I do not … Continued

Iraq: ISIS-declared ‘caliph’ al-Baghdadi makes video appearance
6th Jul 2014

Iraq: ISIS-declared ‘caliph’ al-Baghdadi makes video appearance

  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group ISIS that is in control of much of Iraq and Syria, has issued a first video appearance since the group named him “caliph” of what they call an “Islamic State”. … Continued

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki offers general amnesty to undermine militants
3rd Jul 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki offers general amnesty to undermine militants

  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered an amnesty to supporters of a jihadist insurgency, in an apparent bid to undermine it. Questions abound over the integrity of Iraq’s military and political structures.   The Iraqi premier on Wednesday … Continued

Iraq: Indians in Mosul used for forced labour
3rd Jul 2014

Iraq: Indians in Mosul used for forced labour

    By Praveen Swami   The Hindu: Indian workers construction workers trapped in Mosul have been press-ganged to build earthworks and defensive fortifications by Islamist insurgents holding the city, a senior Kurdish security official has told The Hindu. The … Continued

Lebanese man jailed nine months for beating wife
2nd Jul 2014

Lebanese man jailed nine months for beating wife

  [This YouTube video grab shows Tamara Harisi at Beirut’s Al-Zahraa Hospital after she was brutally attacked by her husband.]   A Lebanese man charged with beating his wife has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined about … Continued

US bolsters Iraq troop presence to protect embassy, assess ISIS threat
1st Jul 2014

US bolsters Iraq troop presence to protect embassy, assess ISIS threat

Washington has announced it will send more troops to Iraq, chiefly to beef up embassy defenses. The move comes in addition to an earlier deployment to assess how the US might help. US President Barack Obama said on Monday he … Continued

Lebanon: Two dead in Beirut clashes near Palestinian camp
1st Jul 2014

Lebanon: Two dead in Beirut clashes near Palestinian camp

Clashes erupted between rival groups near a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut Monday, leaving at least two people dead, according to several local media reports. Media said the clashes were between supporters of Shaker al-Berjawi, head of the Arab Movement … Continued

Iraq: ISIS declares leader al-Baghdadi ‘caliph of the Muslims,’ changes name
30th Jun 2014

Iraq: ISIS declares leader al-Baghdadi ‘caliph of the Muslims,’ changes name

  The terror group currently controlling parts of northern Syria and Iraq, ISIS, has declared its leader to “caliph” of all Muslims, a reference to the medieval title that was abolished at the end of the Ottoman Empire.   The … Continued

Iran ready to help Iraq fight ISIS militants, general says
30th Jun 2014

Iran ready to help Iraq fight ISIS militants, general says

    Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran is offering to take a larger role in battling militias threatening … Continued

Afghanistan: Five killed, 16 injured in Afghan bus accident
28th Jun 2014

Afghanistan: Five killed, 16 injured in Afghan bus accident

  MAZAR-I-SHARIF, (Xinhua): About five passengers were killed while 16 others injured Saturday when a long-distance bus crashed head-on with a truck in northern Afghan province of Balkh, police said. “The accident took place in Durrahi Hyratan area along Kabul- … Continued

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

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