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

14th Aug 2013

Bahrain cages in villages with barbed wire ahead of rally

[S.Yousif  Almuhafda          @SAIDYOUSIF: #bahrain goverment is putting up barbed wire today morning around villages to prevent #tamarrodbh protest tomorrow pic.twitter.com/Z4tzpFHeyZ  12:07 PM - 13 Aug 2013] Bahraini forces on Tuesday used barbed wire to cage in entire villages one day … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Iraq: 30 killed, 104 wounded in separate attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 30 people were killed and 104 others wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq on Monday, the police said. An unidentified suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a cafe in Balad, some 80 km north … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Humiliation of Israel in South Lebanon: unreported by Western media

(Al-Akhbar): My friend Amer was commenting to me how the failed Israeli terrorist “commando” raid in South Lebanon did not receive much coverage in the Western press. It is true, failures of Israel don’t get reported in the Western media. … Continued

12th Aug 2013

Iraq: Anger boils after holiday attacks on cafes, markets kill dozens

Iraqis angrily blamed authorities on Sunday for failing to prevent attacks that killed 74 people as they marked the end of Ramadan holiday. The violence, which also wounded more than 320 people, was roundly condemned by the international community. The … Continued

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims
11th Aug 2013

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): More than 60 people were killed and over 200 others wounded in a wave of bombings attacks across Iraq on Saturday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, according to latest data given by officials and local media. A total … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Yemen: US drone kills three more in east Yemen

A suspected US drone killed three people in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours allegedly targeting al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch. The three men were travelling in a vehicle in the province of Hadramout in an … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Gunmen abduct two Turkish pilots in Beirut suburb

(Al-Akhbar): Gunman kidnapped two Turkish pilots early Friday as they traveled in a shuttle with fellow crew members from Beirut’s international airport to their hotel, state news reported. The National News Agency said eight gunmen cut off Beirut’s airport road … Continued

9th Aug 2013

Yemen: New US drone strike in Yemen kills six

An [US] drone strike in Yemen killed six alleged al-Qaeda members Thursday, a tribal source said, a day after Sanaa reported it had foiled a militant plot to storm a Western-run oil terminal. The dawn attack, presumed to have been launched … Continued

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