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27th May 2013

Iran: Guardian Council clears presidential field for conservatives

By Elie Chalhoub Iran’s Guardian Council removed two key candidates from the race, giving conservative candidates the edge in the upcoming June 15 presidential election. Two key presidential candidates in Iran’s presidential election – Ali Akbar Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim … Continued

27th May 2013

Jordan to deploy Patriot missiles along border with Syria

Jordan, which shares borders with war-torn Syria, said on Sunday it is in talks with “friendly countries” to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory after a similar move by Turkey. “Jordan wishes to deploy Patriot missile batteries in order to … Continued

27th May 2013

Lebanon: Rockets hit southern Beirut suburb, injuring four

[Pic tweeted: car dealership company targeted by 1 rocket in #Beirut, missile didn't fully go off #Lebanon #Syria pic.twitter.com/pC7F9ijGVV 6:48 AM - 26 May 2013]   Two rockets landed in the Beirut suburb of Chiyah Sunday morning, wounding four people, … Continued

26th May 2013

Lebanon: We cannot side with the beheaders in Syria, says Nasrallah

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah   Beirut, (Al-Akhbar): There are two major security threats currently facing Lebanon: Israel, and the presence of radical salafis fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Saturday. Nasrallah, … Continued

25th May 2013

Syria agrees to attend international peace conference, Russia says

The Syrian government had agreed in principle to attend an international peace conference proposed by Russia and the United States, Russia said on Friday, and criticized what it called attempts to undermine peace efforts. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said … Continued

24th May 2013

Turkey: Syrian committees draft new peace proposals ahead of Geneva 2

Members of the Arab League and the Syrian National Coalition have drafted new proposals aimed at ending the Syrian civil war. Their plans come in anticipation of a US-Russia backed peace conference slated for June. Two separate committees of Middle … Continued

24th May 2013

Syria: Israel fears war of attrition in Golan

Israel Fears War of Attrition in Golan By Ali Haydar Recent incidents in the Golan Heights continue to cast a shadow on the attitudes of Israeli leaders amid reports that Israel plans to carry out new strikes in Syria. These … Continued

24th May 2013

Lebanese army pulls out of Tripoli’s streets

The Lebanese army pulled out its troops from Tripoli Wednesday, ceasing its patrols in the city’s streets and its interventions in the crossfire, after clashes overnight left five people dead and many wounded. “The army is being subjected to a … Continued

23rd May 2013

Lebanon: Clashes in Tripoli kill 11

Al-Akhbar:  Eleven people – including at least two officers – were killed and dozens were wounded in fighting in Tripoli, as violence escalated Wednesday on the fourth day of clashes in the northern Lebanese city. “The death toll is up … Continued

22nd May 2013

Afghanistan: Bicycle bomb kills 1, wounds 5 in Ghazni

GHAZNI,  (Xinhua): One Afghan civilian was killed and five others were wounded Wednesday morning when an improvised bomb went off in Ghazni city, the provincial capital of eastern Ghazni province, police said.   “An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached to … Continued

22nd May 2013

Iran authorities remove Rafsanjani from presidential election

Iranian election authorities have excluded former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from running in June’s election. The protege of the current president has also been omitted, eliminating potential election surprises.   The Guardian Council did not include Rafsanjani (pictured) and Esfandair … Continued

22nd May 2013

Lebanon: On Hizbullah’s Syrian intervention

  By Ibrahim al-Amin The matter is very simple: If the forces backing the Syrian opposition could have provided them with more support, they would have already done so. In fact, there is little left they have not given them … Continued

22nd May 2013

Saudi Arabia: Ten more arrested in Iranian espionage case

By Ghazanfar Ali Khan RIYADH, (Arab News): An official spokesman from the Saudi government has confirmed the arrest of 10 people involved in an Iranian espionage cell who were allegedly associated with the same spy network that was dismantled in … Continued

21st May 2013

Iraq: Scores die in spate of attacks across Iraq

Bomb attacks have killed scores of people in Iraq, during one of the deadliest days of violence in months. The bloodshed comes as tensions between the Sunni minority and Shiite-led government show no signs of abating. The day began with … Continued

21st May 2013

Iraq: Car bombs, gun attacks kill over 50 across Iraq

An attempted hostage rescue and two assaults by gunmen on police stations killed 24 policemen in Iraq’s restive Anbar province, as a series of car bombs in Baghdad and Basra killed another 31 people, police and doctors said on Monday. … Continued

20th May 2013

Iraq: 10 policemen killed in attack in western Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Unidentified gunmen attacked a police station in western Iraq on Sunday evening and killed ten policemen in the deadly clash, a police source said. The gunmen clashed with the policemen with various kinds of weapons in the town … Continued

20th May 2013

Syria army regains large part of strategic al-Qussair city

DAMASCUS,  (Xinhua): The Syrian army on Sunday launched a wide-scale operation to recapture the border city of al-Qussair near Lebanon, and has regained large swathes of the strategic city, local media reported. The offensive aims to cut the rebels’ main … Continued

19th May 2013

Iraq: Eight killed, 8 policemen kidnapped in violence across Iraq

RAMADI,  (Xinhua): Eight people were killed in separate attacks across Iraq on Saturday, while gunmen kidnapped eight policemen in the western province of Anbar, the police said. In western Iraq, two people were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Iraqi … Continued

19th May 2013

Syria: President Assad tells Argentine newspaper he won’t step down

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he won’t step down before elections. On Saturday, rebels kidnapped the father of Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Assad’s comments to the Argentine newspaper Clarin highlight difficulties the international community faces in getting Syrian … Continued

19th May 2013

Syria: Deadly car bomb hits Damascus killing many

A car bomb exploded in a northern district of the Syrian capital on Saturday night killing an unknown number of people. The state broadcaster said the bomb was placed in a car in the Rukneddin neighborhood and that a disposal team … Continued

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