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9th Jan 2014

Syria: ‘Friends of Syria’ meet in Paris, as ISIS chief calls for ‘crushing’ of rebel rivals

Ministers from the “Friends of Syria” grouping are to meet in Paris Sunday with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month. Meanwhile, an al-Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq and Syria … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Turkey: Fight over graft probe deepens as 16 police chiefs dismissed overnight

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Ankara Police Chief Kadir Ay was relocated only a day after 350 officer under his command were dismissed. The massive purge of Turkey’s police department has reached the highest echelons as police chiefs of 15 provinces … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia: Flood-hit Jubail residents seek help from big firms

[Jubail residents want big industrial companies to help fix the city’s damaged infrastructure after flooding (AN photo)]   By Sultan Al-Sughair Jubail, (Arab News): Jubail residents have called on major companies in the region to help clean up and rebuild … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Iraq: Ten policemen killed in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 policemen were killed and five others wounded in three violent attacks in Iraq on Tuesday, police said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a police patrol near Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, killing seven policemen, a … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Syria: First chemical-arms material shipped out of Syria

A first batch of chemicals from Syria’s weapons program has been shipped out of the war-torn country. Syria’s government agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in a deal last year to avoid a US bombing campaign.  The United Nations and … Continued

8th Jan 2014

US: Former US defense chief criticizes Obama leadership in Afghan war

    In his new memoir, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Obama’s leadership during the Afghanistan war. According to Gates, Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy.” A figure who enjoys bipartisan … Continued

8th Jan 2014

Iraq delays major assault against ISIS in Anbar

The Iraqi army deployed tanks and artillery around Fallujah on Tuesday, security officials said, as local leaders in the besieged city urged al-Qaeda-linked militants to leave in order to avert an impending military assault. Meanwhile fighting and missile strikes in … Continued

8th Jan 2014

South Korea blocks $28 million tear gas order for Bahrain

(Al-Akhbar): South Korea has blocked a shipment of at least 3 million canisters of tear gas worth $28 million to Bahrain due to “complaints from human rights groups” that the weapon was being used to suppress peaceful protests, a report … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Iran not yet on the list for UN Syria peace talks

Iran is for the moment not on the list to join in Syria peace talks scheduled for later this month. The United Nations began sending out invitations on Monday, as fighting spread between rival rebel groups in Syria. Iran has … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Turkey: Rule of law at risk in Turkey

By Abdullah Bozkurt Today’s Zaman:  Perhaps not many people noticed European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle’s interesting choice of words a week ago when he said, “I urge Turkey, as a candidate country committed to the political criteria of … Continued

7th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Suspicions surround Majed’s postmortem exam

  By Mohamed Nazzal   Why were both the Lebanese judiciary and the army content with only one coroner examining the corpse of Majed al-Majed, emir of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades? Why didn’t his home country, Saudi Arabia, or his … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Saudi Arabia: Crashlanding in Madinah that hurt 29 under probe

    [The damaged portion of the Saudia plane on the runway at Madinah airport is shown in this photo. (AN photo)]   By  Yusuf Muhammad & Irfan Mohammed Madinah, (Arab News): Twenty-nine passengers were injured when a Saudia flight … Continued

Iraq: 11 killed in series of bomb attacks in Baghdad
6th Jan 2014

Iraq: 11 killed in series of bomb attacks in Baghdad

[File Photo]   BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 11 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday, a police source said. Two car bombs went off at a … Continued

6th Jan 2014

Israel: Thousands of African refugees protest against Israeli detention law

Thousands of African migrants have again taken to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against Israel’s new detention law. This was the largest demonstration by the migrants, who entered the country illegally. News agencies cited police sources who put … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Ailing Saudi dies in Lebanese custody

The suspected leader of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday, the Lebanese army said. Majed al-Majed, a Saudi national who was wanted by authorities … Continued

5th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Al-Qa’ida-linked ISIS claims Beirut suicide blast

A statement in the name of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bombing in the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut that killed at least four people two days … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

By James M. Dorsey   Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials.   … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Yemen: 13 killed as troops quell oil pipeline saboteurs

SANAA, (Xinhua): At least 13 people were killed in clashes between Yemeni troops and armed tribal saboteurs who blocked access to repairing the country’s main oil pipeline, officials said on Saturday. The clashes began Friday after the tribesmen prevented workers … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: NATO soldier, 6 militants killed in attack at military camp

JALALABAD,  (Xinhua): One NATO soldier and six militants were killed Saturday morning in an attack at a joint military camp of the Afghan forces and the coalition troops in the eastern Nangarhar province, a police source said. “Six militants were … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Lebanon: DNA confirms identity of suspected Beirut suicide bomber

DNA test results confirmed the identity of a man from northern Lebanon as the suspected suicide bomber behind Thursday’s deadly attack in the southern Beirut suburbs, state news reported late-Friday.   The remains of 19-year-old Koteiba Mohammed al-Satem were discovered … Continued

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