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Mounting death toll in Gaza

The death toll from the Zionist regime’s seven-day air campaign against Gaza civilians rose to 182 on Monday, as a UN official said more than a quarter of those killed were children. In the latest bloodshed, an Israeli missile struck a motorcycle east of the south Gaza city of Khan …

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Bahrain regime’s promises are hollow – Sheikh Salman

Sheikh Ali Salman, Al Wefaq Secretary General, has said that the expelling of a top US official from Bahrain last week has proven what a sham any talk of reform is, including of the coming elections. Speaking during a Ramadan gathering on Saturday night he said, “The elections battle ended …

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Social Justice Coalition is formed in Egypt

At the recommendation of the National Association for Change (NAC), thirteen leftist parties and movements formed the Social Justice coalition to run in the next parliamentary elections. The coalition calls for abolishing the protest law, refusing aid from the United States and conducting speedy trials for the corrupt who they …

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The Arab War(s) on Terror

By Patryk Pawlak and Florence Gaub for European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) – With jihadi groups in control of swathes of Iraq, deadly attacks occurring on a weekly basis across the region, and governments adopting harsher measures to counter the spiral of violence, terror- ism is back on the …

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Explosions in Iraqi capital

Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, while two car bombs in the capital killed a reported 14 people, officials said. The clashes in Duluiyah are part of the Islamic State extremist group’s larger offensive across Iraq as it tries …

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A few words from an Arab-Muslim

By Nasser Sahah  – When we look at the world today, we see a world on fire. When we look at the Muslim ummah, we see an ummah on fire. Palestine on fire.   Iraq on fire.   Syria on fire.   Pakistan on fire.   Myanmar on fire. Egypt on fire. Nigeria on …

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Slaughtering the innocent

By Scott Long – “Civilian casualties” in Gaza and Israel, and before, and beyond The injunction against killing civilians in war is now basic to international human rights and humanitarian law, along with the prohibitions against genocide and torture: so much so, it’s easy to forget it’s not even 70 …

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Dr. Ashrawi: “Palestinian leadership commits to concrete steps to deal with the horrific situation in Gaza”

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, “Following the meetings of the Palestinian leadership, particularly the Political Committee and the PLO Executive Committee, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is undertaking several steps and measures to deal with the horrific situation in Gaza.” The work plan includes the following steps to …

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HRW – Drop all charges against Bahrain opposition

Bahrain should immediately drop charges against two prominent opposition members for meeting with a US diplomat on July 6, 2014. Bahrain should repeal the law that bars leaders of political societies from meeting with foreign diplomats without government permission. On July 10, Bahrain’s public prosecutor brought charges against Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader …

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“Rachel Weeping for Her Children”

By Dr. Geoffrey Cook – THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – In this my third opinion piece in a row, I take my title from my own transl ation into English of the (poetic) Twelfth Hymn of the Latin Church Father, Aurelius Prudentius’ (Fourth Century [C.E.]), Liber Catemerinon.  I choose to do …

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Run Palestine run!

Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. …

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Nuclear ISIS?

By Dr. Bryan R. Gibson for Islamist Gate –   In the aftermath the terrorist attacks against the United States in September 2001, President George W. Bush warned of the consequences of terrorist groups or rogue states of acquiring nuclear materials. At the time, top White House officials warned: “The problem here …

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Israel’s new mouth-piece – the BBC

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE  – By Catherine Shakdam – Days into Israel’s unwarranted aggression on Gaza, angry protesters gathered before the offices of the BBC in Britain to denounce what they called BBC’s bias against Palestine. Thousands took to the streets on Saturday, keen to denounce BBC’s propaganda against Palestinians, urging top …

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The Blue Peace: Forging New Means of Cooperation

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – by Dr Hasan Z. Sarikaya and Ms Safia Al Suhail – On a bright day in Geneva, June 2014, fifteen distinguished political leaders, parliamentarians, former ministers, senior government officials and water experts from Iraq and Turkey met under the auspices of the Blue Peace initiative. The …

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How Saudi Arabia helped ISIS take over the north of Iraq

Written by Patrick Cockburn – For The Independent – How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict across the Islamic world? Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in …

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Tehran: Significant gaps remain in nuclear talks

A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says significant disagreements remain in the ongoing talks between Iran and the P5+1 aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. “There are differences in almost all important issues and we have not been able to narrow the gaps in any [such] issues,” Iran’s …

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Tribal dissidents blow up oil pipeline in Yemen

Tribesmen blew up Yemen s main oil pipeline Saturday, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea, provincial and tribal sources said. The pipeline, which carries some 100,000 barrels of oil per day from fields in the restive eastern province of Marib, …

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Israel send troops in Gaza – massacre continues unabated

Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. …

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The Caliphate and Consequences

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem  – For The Islamist Gate – As I had expected in November 2013[http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/11/al-qaeda-zawahri-baghdadi-split.html], The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) has announced [on June, 30] the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate, and has named its emir, Abu Bakr Ibrahim Al-Baghdadi, as “emir of the believers” and …

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AL Nusra is not done just yet

It has been revealed that the emir of al-Nusra Front Abu Mohammed al-Joulani is leading efforts, with direct support from Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Mohaisany, to reorganize and reinvigorate his group. Leaked audio recordings have unveiled a plan by al-Nusra to establish an Islamic Emirate of the Levant. The recording, …

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Gertrude Bell & The Birth of Modern Iraq

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Geoffrey Cook –Your correspondent is revisiting and expanding upon an article originally published a few years back by the Muslim Observer (U.SA.), and was datelined Berkeley (Calif.) at its publication.  Since, with the raise of the Islamic (pseudo-)”State” of Iraq and the Levant (a.k.a. ISIL), …

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Dozens of women killed in a mysterious attack in Baghdad

Armed men have killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people while storming two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound, Iraqi police and government sources say. The AFP news agency reported quoting the officials that the compound was being used for prostitution. “Twenty-five women were killed and eight people …

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Houthis hand back army camp to Yemeni government

The Houthi Yemeni group, “Ansarullah”,  handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said, to try to defuse tensions caused by the capture of a provincial capital north of Sanaa this week. The fall of Omran, some 50 kms (31 miles) north …

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Two rockets fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel

The Israeli Army confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel and landed in open areas north of Nahariya on Saturday night, according to the Jerusalem Post. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the area of the attack in Nahariya and Shlomi. There were no injuries or damage reported …

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Israel Bombs Gaza Center for the Disables

Israel continued its relentless assault of Gaza for a fifth day Saturday, vowing no let-up in a bombing campaign which has killed 127 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and injured nearly 1,000. Defiant fighters from Gaza responded by firing nine more rockets towards Israeli occupied territories, with Hamas rejecting international calls to …

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Iran deplores UN silence on Israeli Gaza onslaught

The Iranian president has strongly censured the UN Security Council for its continued silence in the face of the Israeli regime’s brutal onslaught against the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip. “We should all do something to make the Zionist regime  understand that the Muslim world and regional countries …

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Hamas rains rockets on Beersheba and Ashkelon

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – The Islamic Resistance – Hamas – and its military arm, al Qassam Brigade have confirmed that they fired dozens of rockets against settlements in Beersheba and Ashkelon in retaliation for the atrocities Israel has perpetrated against civilians in Gaza. The Levant – Israel is responsible for …

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The List – Gaza’s dead

The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of 98 Palestinians so far in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault early Tuesday. Among those killed, at least 22 were aged 16 or younger. The two youngest victims were both 18 months old. Mohammed Malakiyeh was killed along …

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US and Iran security cooperation could help save Iraq

By  Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al Monitor – Syria and Iraq are spiraling into total chaos and appear headed toward a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords and a haven for extremist terrorist groups. The deep fear, as expressed by US President Barack Obama June 22, is that the militants that have seized territories in Iraq …

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Death toll reaches over 100

A fourth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 11 more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll in the coastal enclave to at least 96, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said. Facing a possible Israeli ground invasion, militants warned international airlines they would fire rockets …

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Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

 Laura Chiatroni Madrigali, the leader of Italy’s ‘Forza Popolare’ party, called for an immediate halt in financial and arms supports for the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ISIS or Daesh), warning that the group is a vital threat to the whole world, specially the European states. …

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