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24th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Saudi Arabia takes off the gloves

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: For the first time, Hezbollah is openly accusing regional intelligence services (read: Saudi Arabia) of being behind the recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and working to keep the Resistance out of any future government. The statement … Continued

Lebanon: Twin bombing kills 27 and wounds 352 in Tripoli
23rd Aug 2013

Lebanon: Twin bombing kills 27 and wounds 352 in Tripoli

  Al-Akhbar: 27 people have been killed and 352 wounded when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other outside separate mosques in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Friday, state news and private television networks reported. One of the bombs exploded … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Iraq: 37 killed, 64 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Separate attacks across Iraq killed at least 37 people and injured 64 others on Thursday, the country’s police said. Nine people were killed and 27 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded during a wedding ceremony of a … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Lebanon: Israel strikes at Lebanon target after rocket salvo

The Israeli air force has bombed a military target in Lebanon after four rockets were fired across the border, apparently by an al Qaeda-linked group. Israel has said it holds the Lebanese government responsible. Israeli aircraft struck on Friday morning, … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Lebanon rockets fired towards Occupied Palestine

Four rockets were fired from south Lebanon into Occupied Palestine on Thursday, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The Israeli army told AFP that the Iron Dome defense system had intercepted one of four rockets fired into northern Occupied Palestine. … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Syria: World powers call for UN inspection of Syria’s Ghouta attack

World powers, including Russia and France, demanded immediate access for a team of UN inspectors already in Syria to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Thursday. The Syrian government has flatly denied allegations that … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Syria: Damascus massacre: Civilians pay heaviest price of war

By Marah Mashi Damascus, (Al-Akhbar): Just as the Syrian army was preparing to launch a major ground offensive on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday morning, reports emerged of a horrific massacre – possibly due to the use of a … Continued

Syria: UN seeks ‘clarity’ on chemical weapons claim in Syria
22nd Aug 2013

Syria: UN seeks ‘clarity’ on chemical weapons claim in Syria

  The UN Security Council has announced that it will seek “clarity” and a full investigation into the latest allegations of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian military, a claim the government denies. The current president of the Security … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Lebanon: Why Western media frames civilian areas as “Hezbollah strongholds”

By Sharmine Narwani Al-Akhbar: Beirut was thrown into turmoil on Thursday evening as a terrorist attack against residents of Dahiyeh – a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital and a predominantly Shia neighborhood – threatened to draw the country into … Continued

20th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Hills of Ersal: Where killers roam

By Radwan Mortada The Baba Amr Martyrs Brigade is a self-styled band of mercenaries and smugglers, who, following the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, christened themselves revolutionaries. Al-Akhbar tracks the group’s alleged involvement in the Bir al-Abed car bomb, the … Continued

20th Aug 2013

Kuwait to deport nine Egyptians for protesting crackdown

Kuwait is to deport nine Egyptian Islamists for participating in protests outside their embassy in the Gulf emirate which bans foreigners from demonstrating, a newspaper said on Monday. The men were among a group of some 70 protesters who staged … Continued

19th Aug 2013

Iraq attacks kill six across the country

Attacks in Iraq killed at least six people including a local council member on Sunday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence plaguing the country. Security forces have in recent weeks carried out some of their biggest operations … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Syria: Several Christians killed in attack by Syrian rebels near Homs

Syrian rebels have killed at least 11, including civilians, in an attack on a checkpoint near the town of Homs. The day before, government troops reportedly killed at least 16 people in the northern city of Aleppo. Christians represented most … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Iran: EU calls for nuclear talks as Iran promises to tame rhetoric

[Photo: Mehr] The international community’s chief negotiator in talks about Iran’s nuclear program has called for fresh impetus to resolve matters. New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has promised a change in foreign policy. European Union foreign policy head and chief … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Two options for Lebanon: Deterrence or collapse

  Following the Roueiss bombing, the army command found it necessary to take practical public measures, to push all parties concerned to assume their responsibilities. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   By Ibrahim al-Amin Al-Akhbar has learned details of the radical jihadis’ … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 4, wounds 3 in clinic in W Afghanistan

FARAH, (Xinhua):  A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a private health clinic in Balablock district of the western Farah province, leaving four people dead including the attacker and three others injured on Saturday, police said.   http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-08/17/c_132638884.htm

16th Aug 2013

Iraq: Spate of car bombs kills dozens in Baghdad

A series of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 on Thursday, with one exploding near the “Green Zone” diplomatic complex, the latest attacks in some of the worst violence in years. Iraqi … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Nasrallah: How to face Israeli threats

  [The secretary general also underscored the fact that the Resistance protected Beirut during the July war, not Lebanon’s political leadership. (Photo: Archive)]   Al-Akhbar: Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has issued a new warning to Israel, affirming that the … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Lebanon:Several killed and scores wounded in Beirut suburb explosion

Al-Akhbar: An explosion rocked the southern suburbs of Beirut Thursday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 212, Lebanese media reported. The blast occurred at a busy intersection between the heavily populated neighborhoods of Roueiss and Bir al-Abed at around … Continued

15th Aug 2013

Bahrain: Police fires tear gas at opposition protests

Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but there were no reports of casualties. A Reuters correspondent saw police dispersing the demonstrators, who had approached a barbed wire fence erected the night before on … Continued

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