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22nd Jul 2013

Yemen: Armed men kidnap Iranian embassy employee in Yemen

An employee of the Iranian embassy in Yemen has been abducted by armed men. Various groups have been known to take hostages to manipulate Yemeni officials, but it was unclear who kidnapped the Iranian national. Unidentified gunmen reportedly halted an … Continued

21st Jul 2013

Iraq: 24 killed, 88 wounded in spate of car bomb attacks in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 32 people were killed and 96 wounded in a series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Saturday evening, an interior Ministry source said. A booby-trapped car went off in New Baghdad district in … Continued

19th Jul 2013

UAE: Foreigner jailed for filming local beating van driver

An Asian man has been arrested for filming a video that has gone viral on the Internet showing a UAE citizen beating up an Indian van driver in Dubai, local media reported Thursday. The witness, whose nationality was not known, … Continued

18th Jul 2013

Afghanistan: 4 policemen killed in N. Afghan checkpoint attack

KUNDUZ, (Xinhua): Four policemen were killed and one was wounded early Thursday morning when militants launched an attack on a police checkpoint in Kunduz, the capital city of northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said the police. “Militants numbered three or … Continued

17th Jul 2013

UN says Syria crisis ‘worst since Rwanda’

According to the United Nations, Syria’s civil war has now generated the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nearly 1.8 million people are now registered as refugees in countries surrounding Syria. Five thousand people a month are dying … Continued

17th Jul 2013

Kuwait’s foreign labour: Here today, gone tomorrow

By Yazan al-Saadi Kuwait City, (Al-Akhbar): On the morning of June 26, Kuwaiti security forces conducted one of their largest raids ever, in the poorer, neglected Kuwaiti governorates of Ahmadi and Hawally. According to the local press, 445 expats were … Continued

17th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Roadside bomb injures two in East Lebanon

A roadside bomb exploded in East Lebanon on Tuesday injuring two men travelling in a convoy of vehicles, state news reported. Lebanon’s National News Agency said Hussein Ali Deir and Fadi Abdul Karim were rushed to a hospital after the … Continued

16th Jul 2013

Syria: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base, claims RT

RT: Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a reliable source told RT. Israel has been under scrutiny since last week, when it was reported to be responsible for … Continued

15th Jul 2013

Iraq: Violence kills more than 160 in four days

BAGHDAD,  (Xinhua): At least 40 people were killed and over 137 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, bringing the death toll over the past four days to more than 160. A suicide attacker detonated … Continued

14th Jul 2013

Iraq: 27 killed, 77 wounded in separate attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 27 people were killed and 77 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, including a bombing attack against a Sunni mosque in the capital city, police said. A roadside bomb went off on Saturday … Continued

14th Jul 2013

Lebanon: March 14 loses the battle, continues war on the army

  ]Army chief Jean Kahwaji issued four different statements in which he said that the army had carried out its duties without giving more details about the clashes. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)]   By Maysam Rizk Al-Akhbar: March 14 MPs were … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Iraq: Suicide bomb kills dozens in northern Iraq

A suicide bomb blast has ripped through a teahouse in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, leaving dozens of people dead. The attack came after another suicide bomber targeted a police patrol in Mosul earlier in the day. A suicide … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Two Saudis sentenced to prison for protesting monarchy

A Saudi special court has sentenced two men to eight and nine years in jail, respectively, for taking part in protests in Eastern Province, SPA state news agency said on Friday. The first defendant was found guilty of joining three … Continued

12th Jul 2013

Iraq: Wave of terrorist attacks rip through Iraq at start of Ramadan

A string of deadly attacks have claimed dozens of lives across Iraq. The violence came as Iraq began celebrating the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Bomb and gun attacks claimed the lives of at least 30 people across Iraq on … Continued

12th Jul 2013

Lebanon: CIA: Al-Qa’ida dispatched 16 tons of explosives to Lebanon

[The American side claimed to have credible information that an al-Qaeda-linked group rigged two large trucks with up to seven tons of explosives each for detonation in Dahiyeh. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)] By Hassan Illeik Al-Akhbar: Nearly a week before the … Continued

12th Jul 2013

Iraq: Suicide bombers kill five policemen in Iraq

Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in western Iraq on Thursday, killing at least five policemen, police sources said. The first bomber opened fire on a checkpoint as he approached the police station, shooting two dead before entering the … Continued

11th Jul 2013

Afghanistan: 5 Afghan killed in twin blasts in Helmand province

LASHKAR GAH, (Xinhua): Five Afghans lost their lives as twin bombs went off in Marja district of Helmand province, 555 km south of Kabul, on Thursday, a provincial government spokesman said. “A mine planted by militants struck a civilian car … Continued

11th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Targeting Hizbullah: Who is behind Dahiyeh bombing?

[It was later discovered that the operation was carried out by local CIA operatives and financed by Saudi Arabia by way of the kingdom’s ambassador in Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Bombing in March 1985 (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)] By Ibrahim … Continued

11th Jul 2013

Lebanon: Syrian rebel group claims responsibility for Beirut suburb blast

A little known Syrian rebel group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that hit the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, wounding 53 people. It also claimed it was behind an attack on a Hezbollah convoy in eastern … Continued

10th Jul 2013

UN: Russia gives UN forensic proof rebels used chemical weapons in Syria

By William M. Reilly UNITED NATIONS,  (Xinhua): A day after Syria invited United Nations chemical weapons investigators to talks in Damascus, Russia said on Tuesday it had forensic proof that rebels have used a “lethal” sarin compound and handed its … Continued

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