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25th Aug 2013

US reviews options on Syria after chemical attack leaves 355 dead

The US president has met with security advisers to review options after the deadly chemical attack in Syria. A fourth US warship armed with ballistic missiles has been reportedly sent into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. President Barack Obama has met … Continued

Yemen: Bomb hits military bus causing several casualties in Sana’a
25th Aug 2013

Yemen: Bomb hits military bus causing several casualties in Sana’a

[Security forces collect evidence inside the bus after the bombing attack in Sana'a, killing at least 12 air force cadets aboard (Xinhua/Mohammed Mohammed)]   An explosion on board a bus carrying Yemeni military personnel has caused several casualties, according to … Continued

25th Aug 2013

Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel hideout: State TV

Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar on Saturday and some of the troops were suffocating. “Army heroes are entering the tunnels of the terrorists and saw chemical agents,” … Continued

25th Aug 2013

Syria to allow UN access to chemical attack site: Iran

Iran’s foreign minister said the Syrian government had told Tehran it would allow UN inspectors to visit areas reportedly affected by chemical weapons, Iran’s Press TV reported late-Saturday. The Syrian opposition has accused government forces of killing over 1,000 civilians … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Iraq: 43 killed, 86 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 43 people were killed and 86 wounded in attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq on Friday, amid growing tension that threatens to bring the country back to sectarian strife. The deadliest attack occurred in the evening in … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Obama asks for ‘options’ on Syria military action, says Hagel

The US defense secretary has strongly hinted the US is preparing its naval forces and assets in case President Obama orders military action against Syria. It follows allegations this week of a chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters aboard a … Continued

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

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