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Maliki’s Last Option

By  Abdulrahman Al-Rashed for Ashar Al Awsat – Gaza’s crisis will not succeed in diverting attention away from the wars in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, these two wars, particularly Iraq, may alter the course of the region, and Iraqis may finally succeed in achieving a safe and smooth transition to a new government …

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Truce, Peace and Gaza

THE LEVANT – A definitive end to the four-week conflict in Gaza appeared possible on Tuesday morning as an agreed 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into effect and the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from the Palestinian territory. The suspension of hostilities came into force at 8am on Tuesday and is due to be followed …

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Never ask me about peace again

By Asmaa Al Ghoul for Al Monitor  – Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family …

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Israel has failed in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve the objectives of his war on the Gaza Strip, the Anadolu news agency reported a Hamas official as saying today. Sami Abu Zuhri, the movement’s spokesman, said in a statement: “Netanyahu has utterly failed in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is still …

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Fighting ISIL in Mosul – A resistance movement is born

THE LEVANT – Iraqis living under Isis rule in Iraq, where non-Sunni residents have been forced from their homes and tens of mosques have been deemed idolatrous and marked for destruction, have started to push back against the extreme interpretation of Islam being imposed on them. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has …

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The “Islamic state” is an Intelligence Work – The future of the “Islamic state” in Iraq and Syria

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Jassim Mohammed, Counter terrorism and intelligence writer – It seems that Iraq is rushing strongly towards radicalism and terrorism. After failing to achieve their demands through demonstrations and sit-ins, some tribal and political Sunni leaders have built alliances with the “Islamic state” to overthrow Baghdad government. From the other side, Iraqi political blocks and Shia militias were rushing towards and hiding …

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Jihadist in Syria pose new threat

THE LEVANT -Islamic State jihadists, building on vast land grabs in Iraq, have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said Sunday. On another front in Syria’s complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar Assad’s ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said …

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WFP shifts from relief toward resilience in Yemen

THE LEVANT –  By Eva Donelli – Yemen finds itself in the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, its people having to deal with rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources, internal conflict and political instability. According to Bishow Parajuli, World Food Program’s country director in Yemen, food and fuel prices …

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Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

THE LEVANT – Thousands of people displaced by recent heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in the city of Amran in northern Yemen are looking to return to their homes following a recent Houthi withdrawal, but they face significant challenges. The conflict began over three months ago after clashes …

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The Shadow Government in Qom

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Islamist Gate Seminary Teachers in the city of Qom, known as Hawza, is becoming a shadow government in Iran as it supervises the work of the president, government, media and other institutions in the country. The establishment makes sure that the red lines of the Shiite …

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The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts

By PATRICK COCKBURN for The Independent Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government …

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Gaza’s health sector on brink of collapse

THE LEVANT – Dr. Mohammad Abu Arab has warned, in an exclusive interview with the PIC, that medical services in Gaza city are on the brink of collapse as the Israeli aggression against the Strip continues for the 20th day running, calling for immediate action to save Gaza health sector. Abu …

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Gaza – One child killed every hour

THE LEVANT – The Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, has described the situation in Gaza as “dire”, as the organization revealed that one child has been killed every hour in the conflict for the past three days. According to the latest situation report from Gaza by the Office for the …

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IS dynamites Prophets shrines in Iraq

THE LEVANT  – Sunni militants from the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said on Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” …

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Death toll rises in Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Gaza residents on Saturday used a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas on a UN request to pull out several bodies from mounds of rubble and metal of bombed homes, as the Palestinian death toll climbed to nearly 1,000. With the temporary ceasefire …

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More soldiers die by the hands of Al Qaeda

THE LEVANT –  At least five Yemeni policemen were killed Friday evening when suspected Al Qaeda gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, an interior ministry official said. “Heavily armed gunmen fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades on a checkpoint manned by police troops near the main entrance of …

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Open letter to Israeli academics

An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014 To see the statement signed by the Israeli academics we have called upon, and the list of signatories, see this link For Background notes and joining details, see this link   The list of signatures for this Call closes on Friday, July 25, 2014 …

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Khan Younis, another day, another massacre

PRESS RELEASE – MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA – Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city. The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and …

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