Yemen army, Houthis clash near Presidential palace
20th Jan 2015

Yemen army, Houthis clash near Presidential palace

    The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters waged artillery and gun battles near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday, in the most intense clashes since the Houthis, also known as Ansarullah, took control of the capital in September. … Continued

Syria: Israel strike in Syria kills Mughniyeh’s son, 9 others
18th Jan 2015

Syria: Israel strike in Syria kills Mughniyeh’s son, 9 others

  BEIRUT, (Daily Star): n Israeli helicopter strike on Syria’s Golan Heights Sunday killed the son of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh and 9 other fighters, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star. Jihad Mughniyeh [photo above], field … Continued

Arab League condemns Hizbullah intervention in Syria
17th Jan 2015

Arab League condemns Hizbullah intervention in Syria

    Lebanon on Thursday refused to comment on the statement made by the Arab ministers of foreign affairs condemning Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria saying it had “made it a field for violence and war.” At a special meeting in … Continued

How Jordanians came to dominate al-Nusra Front
17th Jan 2015

How Jordanians came to dominate al-Nusra Front

    By: Suhaib Anjarini   Al-Akhbar: Jordanians have played a central role in al-Nusra Front since its inception. After the “jihadist divorce” between al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jordanian emigrants have enjoyed the lion’s … Continued

Iraq: 36 IS militants killed in clashes, airstrikes across Iraq
15th Jan 2015

Iraq: 36 IS militants killed in clashes, airstrikes across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes and air strikes across Iraq Wednesday, a security source said. In Iraq’s province of Anbar, U.S.-led coalition warplanes pounded a school building used as IS headquarters, leaving 13 … Continued

Turkey bans publication of reports on Syria rebel arms delivery
15th Jan 2015

Turkey bans publication of reports on Syria rebel arms delivery

  Social media sites Twitter and Facebook, along with many other websites, have been blocked in Turkey after anonymous accounts published new evidence in an ongoing case accusing Turkey of illegal arms shipments to Islamist rebels in Syria, according to … Continued

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 3, wounds 13 in Samarra
14th Jan 2015

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 3, wounds 13 in Samarra

    A suicide bomber on Monday killed three pro-government fighters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and wounded 13 others in an attack on a checkpoint outside a school in the city center that the fighters were using as … Continued

US partners conduct 27 airstrikes against IS in Syria, Iraq
13th Jan 2015

US partners conduct 27 airstrikes against IS in Syria, Iraq

  WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The United States and its allies conducted a total of 27 airstrikes against Islamic State ( IS) forces in Syria and Iraq within a 24-hour period, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement Monday. In … Continued

Turkey: Erdogan blasts Netanyahu & ‘West’s hypocrisy’ over Paris attack
13th Jan 2015

Turkey: Erdogan blasts Netanyahu & ‘West’s hypocrisy’ over Paris attack

Turkish Preisdent Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the West of hypocrisy in its response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo. He said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no business at the memorial in Paris. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, … Continued

Syria: Death toll snow storm hits 11
13th Jan 2015

Syria: Death toll snow storm hits 11

    Five more people have died of freezing temperatures in Syria, bringing the country’s death toll to 11 in a week-long storm battering the region, a monitoring group claimed Monday. Seven children, including twin baby girls, were among the … Continued

Bahrain summons Lebanon Ambassador over Nasrallah remarks
12th Jan 2015

Bahrain summons Lebanon Ambassador over Nasrallah remarks

    The Bahraini regime on Sunday summoned Lebanon’s ambassador to Manama over remarks made by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah regarding the arrest of a prominent Bahraini opposition leader. In a speech on Friday, Nasrallah criticized the Bahraini … Continued

Lebanon: Twin suicide bombing kills nine in Jabal Mohsen
12th Jan 2015

Lebanon: Twin suicide bombing kills nine in Jabal Mohsen

  Two Lebanese suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded cafe in the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli Saturday night, killing nine civilians and wounding 37 others. A security source, who spoke on … Continued

Lebanon: Establishing ‘Islamic State of Qalamoun’
9th Jan 2015

Lebanon: Establishing ‘Islamic State of Qalamoun’

  [Photo: Militants in Qalamoun, Lebanon. Al-Akhbar/Radwan Mortada] By: Radwan Mortada (Al-Akhbar): Spanning hundreds of square kilometers, from the Zabadani Mountains to the Halayem Mountains near Ras Baalbek, al-Qaa, and Ersal in Lebanon, through the Rankous plains, the “Islamic State … Continued

Lebanon: Three Syrian refugees freeze to death in brutal storm
8th Jan 2015

Lebanon: Three Syrian refugees freeze to death in brutal storm

    Three Syrian refugees, including a five-year-old, have reportedly frozen to death in Lebanon as a major storm dumped snow and rain on the country, sources told Al-Akhbar on Wednesday. Three refugees, 5-year-old Majd Kheir al-Badawi, 33-year-old Ammar Ahmed … Continued

Yemen: 50 killed in bombing attack on police academy
7th Jan 2015

Yemen: 50 killed in bombing attack on police academy

  SANA’A, (Xinhua): At least 50 people were killed and 20 others wounded early Wednesday when a car bomb went off outside the police academy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, security officials and medics said. Hundreds of high school … Continued

Turkey: Suicide bomber kills policeman in Istanbul
7th Jan 2015

Turkey: Suicide bomber kills policeman in Istanbul

  [Photo: The attack targeted the tourism unit of the Istanbul Police Department, which is located near several touristic landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern.]   Istanbul, (Hurriyet News):  A policeman has been killed in … Continued

Bahrain extends detention of opp leader for second time
6th Jan 2015

Bahrain extends detention of opp leader for second time

  [Photo: A Bahraini citizen holds the picture of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq opposition movement, during a protest against Sheikh Salman’s arrest in Manama, Bahrain on January 03, 2015. Anadolu/Ayman Yaqoob]   The head of the Bahrain’s main … Continued

Kuwait jails activist for “insulting” emir, “misusing cell phone”
6th Jan 2015

Kuwait jails activist for “insulting” emir, “misusing cell phone”

    Kuwait’s supreme court sentenced Monday an opposition activist to another 20 months in jail on charges of insulting the oil-rich state’s emir on Twitter. According to a judicial source, the court found Saqr al-Hashash guilty of insulting the … Continued

Turkey, US set to train “moderate” Syria rebels
6th Jan 2015

Turkey, US set to train “moderate” Syria rebels

  [Photo: Syria militants fire rockets and howitzers, made up by propane cylinder and named ‘hell’, around the Citadel of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria, on December 30, 2014. Anadolu/Mustafa Sultan]   Turkey and the United States aim to finalize an … Continued

Yemen: Clashes between army, tribesmen leave seven dead
3rd Jan 2015

Yemen: Clashes between army, tribesmen leave seven dead

Clashes on Thursday between the Yemeni army and tribesmen in Marib province left five soldiers and two militants dead and more than 15 injured. According to tribal sources, tribesmen in Marib region intercepted an army brigade that was traveling from … Continued

 

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