Afghanistan: Suicide attack against army bus wounds 14 in Kabul
13th Dec 2014

Afghanistan: Suicide attack against army bus wounds 14 in Kabul

KABUL, (Xinhua): A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a bus carrying army personnel in Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, injuring 14 people, a local television channel Tolo reported. “It is said that 14 persons were injured as a … Continued

Iraq: Over 54 killed in bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq
13th Dec 2014

Iraq: Over 54 killed in bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): More than 54 people were killed in bomb attacks and clashes with Islamic State (IS) militant group across Iraq on Friday, security sources said. In Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin, the security forces backed by Shiite militias and … Continued

Oman arrests human rights activist
13th Dec 2014

Oman arrests human rights activist

  [Human Rights activist Saed Jadad arrested]   Omani authorities have arrested a human rights defender who led protests in the sultanate in 2011, a regional rights group said Friday. Security forces arrested Saed Jadad Wednesday at his home in … Continued

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills 6, wounds 11
11th Dec 2014

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills 6, wounds 11

    KABUL, (Xinhua): More than a dozen Afghan army personnel were killed and injured as a suicide bomber targeted a bus of national army in Kabul on Thursday, officials confirmed. “A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a … Continued

Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran
11th Dec 2014

Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran

    Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on Wednesday on unknown charges, her husband said, weeks after she was barred from practicing for three years. The couple’s car was surrounded by intelligence agents on a highway … Continued

Iraq: Car bomb kills 9 in Tikrit as millions of Muslim pilgrims head to Karbala
11th Dec 2014

Iraq: Car bomb kills 9 in Tikrit as millions of Muslim pilgrims head to Karbala

    [Archive photo: Tikirit car bombing, November 2, 2013]   A suicide car bomb killed nine pro-government fighters in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday. The attack comes in the light of an announcement by … Continued

Abu Ali al-Shishani: From pastry chef to ‘Islamic State’ emir
11th Dec 2014

Abu Ali al-Shishani: From pastry chef to ‘Islamic State’ emir

  [Photo: Anas Sharkas, aka Abu Ali al-Shishani. Al-Akhbar/Radwan Mortada] By Radwan Mortada   (Al Akhbar): Anas Sharkas, aka Abu Ali al-Shishani, lost it as soon as he heard the news of the arrest of his 22-year-old wife Ola al-Oqaili. … Continued

UAE sentences 11 people to life in prison
10th Dec 2014

UAE sentences 11 people to life in prison

    A top Emirati court on Tuesday sentenced 11 Islamists to life imprisonment for their alleged links to Islamist militant groups in Syria, official media reported. The Federal Supreme Court convicted them of bomb-making as well as joining and … Continued

Syria accuses Israel of launching airstrikes near Damascus
8th Dec 2014

Syria accuses Israel of launching airstrikes near Damascus

  Syria has accused Israel of launching airstrikes near its capital Damascus, causing damage but no casualties. Israel has not commented on the claim. The accusation came in a statement issued by the Syrian military via the country’s official SANA … Continued

Iraq: ISIS executes 13 Iraqi tribesmen
8th Dec 2014

Iraq: ISIS executes 13 Iraqi tribesmen

[ISIS executes tribe members. Archive photo] Anadolu, AFP, Al-Akhbar:The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed at least 13 members of an Iraqi tribe in Anbar’s Ramadi district, a tribal leader said on Sunday. Naim al-Keud, one of the … Continued

Syria: ISIS seizes eastern Syria air base
7th Dec 2014

Syria: ISIS seizes eastern Syria air base

    Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group seized part of the key government air base in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting on Saturday, a monitoring group said. “(ISIS) mounted a dawn … Continued

Yemen: US, South African hostages killed in failed rescue mission
7th Dec 2014

Yemen: US, South African hostages killed in failed rescue mission

    An American journalist and a South African teacher were killed on Saturday during a failed attempt by US forces to rescue the two hostages from al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. Luke Somers’s death was announced by US Defense Secretary … Continued

Lebanon: Nusra Front claims to have executed Lebanese policeman
7th Dec 2014

Lebanon: Nusra Front claims to have executed Lebanese policeman

    Anger erupted in eastern Lebanon early Saturday after Al Qaeda-linked Syrian jihadist group al-Nusra Front said it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of Islamic militants’ wives and children. Families of Lebanese soldiers held … Continued

Yemen: US journalist dies in rescue operation
6th Dec 2014

Yemen: US journalist dies in rescue operation

  American photojournalist Luke Somers has died in an attempted rescue raid by US and Yemeni forces. Alleged al Qaeda members had been holding him captive for more than a year. Journalist Luke Somers died in a joint US-Yemeni operation … Continued

Syria: Assad: US-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria ineffective
4th Dec 2014

Syria: Assad: US-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria ineffective

      The US-led strikes in Syria have made no difference, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a French magazine Wednesday, as he accused Turkey of supporting terrorism. The US-led coalition of around 60 mainly Western and Arab states was … Continued

Iran carries out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq
3rd Dec 2014

Iran carries out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq

  The Pentagon has said that Iranian fighter jets have struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq. The attacks, however, were “not coordinated” with the US. In recent days, Iran has conducted airstrikes against the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) terror … Continued

Lebanon: Terrorists ambush kills seven army soldiers in northeast Lebanon
3rd Dec 2014

Lebanon: Terrorists ambush kills seven army soldiers in northeast Lebanon

    Militants ambushed a Lebanese army unit on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck Tuesday, killing seven, sources told Al-Akhbar. For the past few months, the military has been coming under increasing armed attacks, mainly in the country’s northeastern region. … Continued

Bahrain: Prominent activist Maryam al-Khawaja sentenced to one year
2nd Dec 2014

Bahrain: Prominent activist Maryam al-Khawaja sentenced to one year

A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced in absentia prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja to one year in jail for assaulting police officers, her lawyer said. Mohammed al-Jishi told AFP that the verdict was announced in Khawaja’s absence, who said on … Continued

Yemen: Al-Q’aida bomb attack kills two soldiers
2nd Dec 2014

Yemen: Al-Q’aida bomb attack kills two soldiers

    A bomb attack blamed on al-Qaeda killed two soldiers and wounded two more in southern Yemen on Monday, while a Houthi leader got shot in the central province of Ibb. The blast targeted a 39th armored brigade checkpoint … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Rain paralyses Riyadh
1st Dec 2014

Saudi Arabia: Rain paralyses Riyadh

. [In many neighborhoods, people had to wade through ankle deep water to reach home. (AN photo by Khaled Al-Khamis)]   By MD RASOOLDEEN Riyadh, Qassim, Hofuf and the Eastern Province experienced rainfall throughout the day on Sunday. For Monday, … Continued

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