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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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The Telegraph: ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has reportedly formed a cabinet to be in charge of his newly established “caliphate.” Documents published by The Telegraph newspaper this week revealed for the first time in details the structure of the group, which has claimed …

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Obama tells Israel U.S. ready to help end hostilities

 President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the region and said the United States was ready to help bring them to an end, the White House said. “The United States remains prepared to facilitate a …

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Moscow Ready for International Monitoring on Border With Ukraine

 Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday. “The Russian side is ready for monitoring on the Russian-Ukrainian border, ready to accept Ukrainian border guards in Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border between the two states. But, naturally, …

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Staffan de Mistura a new UN envoy to Syria

The UN has appointed its third envoy to war-torn Syria. Italian-Swede Staffan de Mistura is to take over the post, previously held by Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two years of failed negotiation efforts. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the appointment of de Mistura as UN envoy to …

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France faces radicalism backlash

PanARMENIAN Network – Jihadists planned to blow up the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and even a nuclear plant, according to a leaked conversation between an Algerian citizen living in France and a senior officer of Al-Qaeda branch in the Maghreb. French police stumbled across the malicious plot after they decrypted …

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President Hadi rolls out austerity measures

As Yemen, the poorest and yet most populous country in the Arabian Peninsula faces an unprecedented economic crisis, embattled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is calling in the cavalry to end his government’s cash hemorrhage. While Yemen has benefited from exceptional financial and political support from both the GCC countries …

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Zionists come out to play

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam –  As Israel set out to murder Palestinians in Gaza, or rather whatever has been left of Gaza under the ever aggressive territorial erosion campaign which Israeli illegal settlers have been carrying against Palestine, the Zionist media war machine rolled out the cavalry, …

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Saudi religious police turn focus on extremism

Fighting extremism has become more important than monitoring violations at local markets, the head of the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, has said. “Your mission is no longer confined to monitoring shops that remain open during prayer times or to …

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The martyrs of Gaza

May the fallen never die, May their memory we honour May their memories endure Forever engraved in our heart The blood of Gaza we will remember Its stain we will not forget Such pain we will carry Until a time when Palestine will stand Until a time when tears will …

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