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Where does Isis get its money?

Islamic State (Isis) is now the wealthiest militant group in the world, with a reported net worth of $2bn (£1.2bn). Where is all the cash coming from? The group has built up a fortune through a combination of oil resources and wheat production to hostage taking and extortion. Unless the …

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The Arrest of Baghdadi’s Wife and the Terrorists Revenge

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem with Collaboration with L’indro.it – Last week was exceptional in Lebanon following the announcement of the arrest of Saja Dulaimy, that some believe she is the former wife of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Saja Dulaimy, has been arrested in North Lebanon with her Palestinian driver …

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What Is Genuine Leadership in the Middle East?

By Graham E. Fuller – A supreme challenge to US policies in the Middle East—especially in the Arab world—has been dealing with the no-win dilemma of leadership in the Arab world. As we look out across the wreckage of the present scene in the Middle East, many observers, including myself, …

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ISIS commander urges fight against Hezbollah inside Lebanon

An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement. Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, said in an interview …

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Power struggle rages in Yemen

By Adel Moujahed al-Shurbaji for Assafir – Translated by Cynthia Milan for al-monitor- “Ruling Yemen is like dancing on snake heads,” former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said, according to British researcher Victoria Clark. Poet Ibrahim al-Hadrani wrote, “The saddest and grouchiest people in the world are the ones who …

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Lebanon needs more help to tackle jihadi threat: PM

Source: The Daily Star- Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadi forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country’s prime minister told AFP. Tammam Salam, speaking ahead of a visit to France this week, welcomed French arms deliveries due “in …

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U.S. likely to continue raids to free hostages

Reuters – Despite three failed raids to free U.S. hostages held by militants, the United States will continue to conduct such operations, officials indicated on Sunday, as President Barack Obama grappled with a spate of kidnappings and killings of American citizens. The latest setback came in a remote area of …

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Lebanese Army arrests at least 900 in November

The Daily Star – The Lebanese Army said Saturday that troops had arrested at least 900 people in the month of November on terror and drug-related charges among other crimes. In a statement, the military said its units across the country detained 947 people of various nationalities for their involvement …

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Crimea: Islamist Movements and Danger of Radicalization

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Julia Lugovska – Kiev- Ukraine – The issue of Crimean Tatars, who survived terrible Sürgün – mass deportation from Crimea by Joseph Stalin on 18 May 1944, and who returned back home after Ukraine gained its independence, remains still unresolved and very sensitive, as Ukrainian …

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Making Sense of The Turkey-ISIS Mess

by Graham E. Fuller – Among the many confusing factors swirling around the whole ISIS phenomenon is the role, or roles, of Turkey in the situation. It might be helpful to tick off some of the major salient factors that compete to form Turkish policies towards ISIS under Erdoğan at …

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Middle East Experts Attend A Mekong Learning Journey

The Levant Exclusive – By Strategic Foresight Group – On November 17-20, 2014, members of the Blue Peace Middle East Community embarked on a learning journey to explore and learn first-hand about cooperation on the Lower Mekong River Basinin South East Asia. The delegation from the Middle East included Members …

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Saudi Arabia idle land

THE LEVANT – Saudi Arabia has made some progress in providing affordable housing to citizens but the housing shortfall remains substantial due to rapid population growth. Saudi Arabia’s population hit 30 million last year and is expected to rise by another 7 million by 2020, presenting a challenge for authorities …

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The ISIS Phenomenon: How Does It End?

THE LEVANT – by Graham E. Fuller – The ISIS Phenomenon continues to astonish—to notch up innovative new features in Islamist politics that suggest a deepening ability to exploit and feed off long-term accumulated Muslim grievances. What are the logical end-points of extremism at which these forces finally reach terminal collapse? What kind …

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The Bulgarian Winter- or do we witness a deja-vu?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Victoria Georgieva*  -According to Wikipedia “Suicide” comes from the Latin Suicidium, from sui caedere : “to kill oneself and it is “the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. Have you ever wondered about what are the reasons that could bring someone into the edge of …

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The Syrian crisis: is it the time for Geneva III?

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – With the failure of the Geneva II peace conference for Syria, the option of a political resolution seems to back on the table again. The peace talks held in Geneva faced off between the US priority of a political transition …

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Norway Stops Political Cooperation With Russia

  By Julia Lugovska – Kiev – Ukraine – Norway’s government has officially declared on Sunday, 23 November, that it stops political cooperation with Russian Federation, according to the statement of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She stated it in her interview made for Ukrainian newspaper “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” (“Weekly Mirror”). In addition to …

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Depopulation and Decarbonization

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE- By Kevin Galalae  – The mantra of the international community since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio has been to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (man-made) interference with the climate system.” At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in …

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Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq’s Ramadi

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. Parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital, and all of Fallujah to its east, fell to anti-government forces …

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