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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

18th May 2013

The Netherlands: Police stop 16-year-old girl heading to Syria to fight

Dutch News: A tip-off from the Dutch security service AIVD led police to stop a 16-year-old would-be jihadist leaving the country to fight in Syria, the NRC reports on Friday. Police spokeswoman Nicole Bogers told the NRC the teenager had … Continued

18th May 2013

Iraq bomb blasts cause deadliest day in eight months, killing 75

The deadliest day in Iraq in eight months has left more than 75 people dead in a series of bomb blasts. Sunni Muslim protest over Shiite-led government mistreatment are part of the cause of the conflict. Bombs struck Sunni areas … Continued

18th May 2013

Israel’s Syrian media games

By Ali Haydar   Al-Akhbar: In an unusual step, an Israeli official recently contacted The New York Times to issue threats that Israel is prepared to bring down the Syrian regime if Damascus retaliates against Tel Aviv’s earlier military strikes. … Continued

18th May 2013

Poland: Russia rebuffs criticism over Syria arms shipments

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Russia’s foreign minister on Friday brushed off Western criticism of Moscow for supplying weapons to Syria’s government. “I do not understand why the media is trying to create a sensation out of this,” said Foreign … Continued

17th May 2013

Iraq: Iraq attacks kill 20

Fighting in northern Iraq killed nine police and four gunmen Friday, while a car bomb targeting worshippers near a mosque north of Baghdad left seven dead, security and medical officials said. The fighting between police and armed men in west … Continued

17th May 2013

Saudi’s Faisal warms up to Iran…conceding nothing

By Elie Chalhoub   Tehran’s effort to court Saudi Arabia on a Syria settlement has failed after an outwardly friendly meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers did not achieve anything of substance. According to high-level Iranian sources, the meeting … Continued

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