Iraq: ISIS claims suicide bombings near army base
12th Feb 2015

Iraq: ISIS claims suicide bombings near army base

    Three Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bombers, including a Frenchman, have allegedly detonated explosives-laden trucks in coordinated attacks on Iraqi troops and pro-government fighters, destroying their targets, the jihadist group said Wednesday. The attacks were … Continued

Yemen: US shuts Sana’a embassy as Yemen unrest grows
11th Feb 2015

Yemen: US shuts Sana’a embassy as Yemen unrest grows

  [Photo: US embassy in Sanaa]   Officials have said the US Embassy in Yemen will suspend operations amid security concerns. Employees at the American outpost in Sanaa have been temporarily relocated out of the country. Officials announced that the … Continued

Syria: Assad says Damascus receives information on US-led airstrikes
11th Feb 2015

Syria: Assad says Damascus receives information on US-led airstrikes

  [President Al-Assad being interviewed on his position on Syria crisis]   Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information to Damascus about the US-led campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria … Continued

Yemen: Two parties quit talks with Houthis
10th Feb 2015

Yemen: Two parties quit talks with Houthis

  [Photo: Houthis take over Yemen Govt] Yemeni political factions resumed UN-brokered talks on Monday with the Houthi militia that grabbed power last week, but two groups walked out underlining the complexity of the crisis. Factions including the Houthis would … Continued

Egypt: Sisi seeks to mend Gulf ties after leaked recordings
10th Feb 2015

Egypt: Sisi seeks to mend Gulf ties after leaked recordings

  [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi]   Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called the leaders of Gulf Arab states to reassure them of strong Egyptian-Gulf ties after a leaked audio recording that purports to show him and senior aides being … Continued

Bahrain shuts down news channel
10th Feb 2015

Bahrain shuts down news channel

    Bahrain on Monday announced the closure of a new pan-Arab news channel, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, which had vowed to practice “objective” journalism. The Al-Arab News Channel, launched on February 1, was on air … Continued

9th Feb 2015

Iraq: 13 killed in 2 bomb attacks in Baghdad

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 13 people were killed and 46 others injured in two separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday morning, a police source said. In one of the attacks, a suicide bomber detonated … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS claims lives of 2 Saudis, 3 more infected
7th Feb 2015

Saudi Arabia: MERS claims lives of 2 Saudis, 3 more infected

. By Md Rasooldeen   Riyadh: The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has killed three more people and infected four others over the past few days, the Ministry of Health announced Friday.   This comes in the wake of … Continued

Iraq: Bombings kill 25 in Baghdad
7th Feb 2015

Iraq: Bombings kill 25 in Baghdad

    [Archive photo bomb in Baghdad]   Two bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have killed and wounded dozens of people. The attacks come just hours before a years-old curfew was to be lifted. In the deadliest of a … Continued

Yemen: Houthis announce “constitutional declaration,” dissolve Parliament
7th Feb 2015

Yemen: Houthis announce “constitutional declaration,” dissolve Parliament

    [Photo: Transitional Council chairman Mohammed Ali al-Houthi (center) attends a meeting organized by the Yemeni Shiite Houthi movement about his vision of a new government in Sanaa, Yemen, on February 6, 2015. EFE/Stringer]   Houthi militants announced a … Continued

Syria: Secret dialogue between Syrian regime & Opposition
6th Feb 2015

Syria: Secret dialogue between Syrian regime & Opposition

  [Photo: Khaled Khoja, leader of the Syrian National Coalition, speaks during a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 5, 2015. (EPA Photos)] By: Maysam Rizk   (Al-Akhbar): Beirut has now joined the list of cities where meetings between … Continued

UAE suspends airstrikes against ‘Islamic State’
5th Feb 2015

UAE suspends airstrikes against ‘Islamic State’

  US security officials said the United Arab Emirates stopped flying airstrikes against the IS militia in Syria after its capture of a downed Jordanian pilot, since murdered. The UAE wants rescue aircraft posted closer. A New York Times report … Continued

1,000 Peshmerga fighters killed by ISIS since June
5th Feb 2015

1,000 Peshmerga fighters killed by ISIS since June

    Nearly 1,000 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group since June, a senior security official said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a monitoring group reported that ISIS has killed … Continued

Jordan executes prisoners after ‘Islamic State’ kills pilot
4th Feb 2015

Jordan executes prisoners after ‘Islamic State’ kills pilot

  [Photo: Failed Iraqi suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi executed by Jordan]   Jordan has executed two Iraqi militants in retaliation for the killing of one its citizens by the “Islamic State.” The executions came hours after the release of a … Continued

Iraq: ISIS claims to have burned alive captive Jordanian pilot
4th Feb 2015

Iraq: ISIS claims to have burned alive captive Jordanian pilot

    Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group circulated images on social media on Tuesday which they claimed showed a Jordanian hostage being burned alive. Shortly afterwards, a member of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh’s … Continued

Yemen: US drone strike kills four people
3rd Feb 2015

Yemen: US drone strike kills four people

    A drone strike killed at least four al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen on Monday, tribal sources said, the third attack in a week after Washington vowed to pursue its anti-jihadist campaign in the Arabian Peninsula. The unmanned aircraft, which … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Militants wound 2 US military contractors
2nd Feb 2015

Saudi Arabia: Militants wound 2 US military contractors

  [Alleged photo from the scene of the shooting]   A US defense contractor said Sunday that two of its American employees came under fire in the latest attack against Westerners in Saudi Arabia. It was the second time in … Continued

Iraq: Violence in kills at least 1375 in January
2nd Feb 2015

Iraq: Violence in kills at least 1375 in January

      Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in January, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on Sunday. The dead included 585 members of the … Continued

World condemns IS beheading of Japanese journalist Goto
1st Feb 2015

World condemns IS beheading of Japanese journalist Goto

  [Photo: Journalist Kenji Goto murdered by IS]   The beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto drew by “Islamic State” terrorists drew condemnation from the international community. Japan’s prime minister has vowed to pursue justice against the perpetrators. Reactions to … Continued

Yemen: Six killed, nine wounded in clashes
1st Feb 2015

Yemen: Six killed, nine wounded in clashes

  [Photo: Security forces are seen as a pro-revolutionary group march towards municipality building during a protest against Houthi rebels at the Taiz street in Ibb, Yemen on January 31, 2015. Anadolu/Adel al-Sharee.]   Three army personnel and three Houthis … Continued

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