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Yemen: Gunmen kill 20 soldiers
25th Mar 2014

Yemen: Gunmen kill 20 soldiers

[Yemeni soldiers] Gunmen in Yemen killed 20 soldiers Monday at a checkpoint in Hadramawt province, the official Saba news agency said of the latest in a wave of attacks blamed on al-Qaeda. “Twenty soldiers were killed in the armed attack … Continued

Lebanon: Pro- and anti-Assad groups clash in west Beirut, killing one
24th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Pro- and anti-Assad groups clash in west Beirut, killing one

  A firefight erupted in the Lebanese capital early Sunday between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. Clashes erupted 3:00 am in southwest Beirut near Sports City, and lasted more than five hours. … Continued

Bahrain: Thousands protest sectarian discrimination
22nd Mar 2014

Bahrain: Thousands protest sectarian discrimination

[Photo: Thousands of Bahrainis, mainly from the Shi’a majority, demonstrated near Manama Friday against what they described as “sectarian discrimination”] Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrated near Manama Friday against sectarian discrimination targeting the majority Shia sect in the US-backed kingdom. “No … Continued

Syria: Unknown role of Kuwait’s Salafis in Syria
22nd Mar 2014

Syria: Unknown role of Kuwait’s Salafis in Syria

[Photo: Rebel forces in Syria. Archive photo] By Shuaib Anjarini Al-Akhbar: Kuwaiti Salafis have played a central role in supporting armed groups in Syria. They have established support entities, and most of them do their work in public and are … Continued

Turkey blocks Twitter, after Erdoğan vowed ‘eradication’
21st Mar 2014

Turkey blocks Twitter, after Erdoğan vowed ‘eradication’

  [‘We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says,’ Turkish PM Erdoğan said at his campaign rally in Bursa. DHA Photo] Hurriyet Daily News:   Turkey has blocked access to Twitter, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed … Continued

Afghanistan: Nine killed in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel weeks ahead of elections
21st Mar 2014

Afghanistan: Nine killed in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel weeks ahead of elections

  [Archive photo] A Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul has killed several civilians, including children and foreigners. The attack comes just weeks before Afghanistan’s presidential election.   At least eight civilians were killed during an assault by … Continued

Iraq violence kills 30
20th Mar 2014

Iraq violence kills 30

  Violence across Iraq, including shelling and clashes in a militant-held city on Baghdad’s doorstep, killed 30 people on Wednesday amid a protracted surge in bloodletting with polls looming next month. The bloodletting also wounded dozens more as the authorities … Continued

Syria: One killed as Israel strikes at Syrian army in Golan
20th Mar 2014

Syria: One killed as Israel strikes at Syrian army in Golan

Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions early Wednesday and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers. The Syrian armed forces said in a statement … Continued

Afghanistan: Many killed in suicide attack in northern Afghanistan
18th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: Many killed in suicide attack in northern Afghanistan

More than a dozen people have been killed and many others wounded in bomb blast at a busy market in northern Afghanistan. This is the latest attack carried out in the run-up to the country’s presidential election. The governor of … Continued

Lebanon: Four rockets strike East Lebanon amid security fears
18th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Four rockets strike East Lebanon amid security fears

  [Archive photo] Four rockets struck residential neighborhoods in Lebanon’s eastern town of Labwe and its outskirts on Monday injuring at least one person, the army said, as security forces struggled to contain violence fueled by a Syrian army offensive … Continued

Lebanon: Suicide bomber kills two in East Lebanon
17th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Suicide bomber kills two in East Lebanon

جبهة النصرة في لبنان @jabhalb    Follow بيان16 جبهة النصرة في لبنان عملية استشهادية على معقل حزب إيران اللعين في منطقة النبي عثمان http://justpaste.it/nabyothman  8:38 PM – 16 Mar 2014 348 Retweets           96 favorites     A suicide bomber killed two … Continued

Afghanistan: Karzai insists Afghan military can handle security in final parliament speech
15th Mar 2014

Afghanistan: Karzai insists Afghan military can handle security in final parliament speech

Afghanistan’s departing president, Hamid Karzai, has targeted the US during his final address to parliament in Kabul. Karzai said Afghan troops no longer needed international help to defend the country.   Karzai, whose final term in office expires after  next … Continued

15th Mar 2014

Syrian army enters rebel-held Yabrud

Syrian soldiers entered eastern districts of the town of Yabrud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, on Saturday and advanced towards the main street, al-Mayadeen television said. The Beirut-based station broadcast footage showing soldiers charging … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Lebanon: Two killed, including child, in North Lebanon clashes

At least two people were killed, including a young girl, and 10 people injured when clashes erupted between rival neighborhoods in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a site of frequent battles related to the war in Syria, state news … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Yemen: Eight killed in firefight near Sana’a

Six rebels and two soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa on Thursday, as Huthis press on south towards the Yemeni capital, tribal and security sources said. Eight of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God), … Continued

Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey
12th Mar 2014

Turkey: Protests over young Gezi victim Berkin Elvan’s death grip Turkey

Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Several demonstrations were staged in 32 provinces across Turkey to protest against the death of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old teenager who died earlier March 11 after spending 269 days in coma after being hit in the … Continued

11th Mar 2014

Syria: Number of children affected by Syrian war doubled in last year, says UNICEF

    The number of children affected by Syria’s civil war has more than doubled in the last year, according to a UNICEF report. Child casualty rates are the highest of any recent conflict in the region.   The United … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Yemen: 42 African refugees drown off Yemeni coast

SANA’A, (Xinhua): About 42 African refugees drowned on Sunday evening off the Yemeni coast after their boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden, while about 30 people on the boat were rescued, the Yemeni defense ministry said in a statement. … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Syria: 13 kidnapped Syrian nuns, 3 others released

[13 Syrian Greek Orthodox nuns, who were seized by rebels battling to overthrow the Syrian regime from their convent of Mar Takla in the village of Maloula, are seen upon arrival at Jdaidet Yabous on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on 10 March. … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Iraq: 41 killed in separate attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Forty-one people were killed and some 129 others wounded in separate attacks, including a massive suicide bombing, in Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said. In one attack, at least 34 people were killed and over 120 … Continued

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