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Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

THE LEVANT – Jordan’s tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say. By recalling its ambassador to Israel, the Hashemite kingdom sent a message that deploying police inside the mosque compound …

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Jerusalem, a sanctuary for all

By Prince Hassan bin Talal –  For Al-monitor- What is to be done about Jerusalem? Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this region is witnessing new walls being built in vain attempts to contain problems between people. When will we realize that walls for separating cultures and people only …

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Denmark sends 25m in emergency aid to Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Denmark is to send a further 25m kroner to Gaza to help the Palestinian children, announced Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen. The minister said that the latest funding, which is in addition to the 11m kroner sent in July, was to help the children of …

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Assessing trauma in Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By John Simmens – The Gaza Strip is not a place most world travelers would eagerly visit. But Olympia clinical psychologist John Van Eenwyk, 68, is not your typical world traveler. He founded the International Trauma Treatment Program in Olympia and has spent much of his …

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Tensions rise over Al Aqsa

THE LEVANT – The leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, has described the continuous violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque at the hands of Israel as “an indication of the occupation’s arrogance and its increased stupidity,” Al-Araby Al-Jadid news website reported on Tuesday. Salah further explained that, “the …

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Israel wants to imprison a toddler

THE LEVANT – Palestinian Jerusalemite Bassam Zeidani confirmed that Israeli forces stormed his Jerusalem home yesterday and ordered the arrest of his nephew Hamza Zeidani, a child who is only two years old. Zeidani added that Israeli forces entered his home with a warrant for Hamza’s arrest and when they …

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Arabs seem to have lost direction

THE LEVANT – By Sobhi Ghandour – Islam has once again taken centre stage in the western media, with headlines dominated by terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims. However, acts of terrorism committed by non-Muslims are just seen as violent crimes by individuals. The concept of “Islam and the West” in modern …

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The new era of combatting terrorism

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh –   The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The focus of the fight against regional terrorism on IS has increased global coverage highlighting …

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Who stands behind Daash

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – while the media have solely focused on denouncing what they perceive as Islamic radicalism, aligning Daash sickening ideology and perversion with Islam,thus perpetuating the belief that Islam is inherently flawed; Muslims have recognized the manipulation for what it is – ultimate propaganda. Beyond the ideology, beyond …

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Britain sells her soul to Qatar, says British writer

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – Andrew Gilligan from the Telegraph wrote in his latest report that Britain has quite simply “sold her soul to Qatar,” slamming the British government for openly engaging and dealing with Qatar even though it continues to harbour ties with well-known terror groups …

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Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?

THE LEVANT – By Hisham Melhem – President Obama’s letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is …

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Syrian Army recaptures Shaer Gas Field

The Levant Exclusive  – By Zainab B. Mashi – Damascus – The ISIS recent attempts to infiltrate the biggest Syrian gas field, “Shaer”, East of Homs – Syria, have failed. The ISIS is seeking to control the airport (T4) from the field’s area. After a week of the ISIS control of …

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The war on Daash – part 5 –

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Geoffrey Cook – Your author comes back to his larger project of his first chapter of a  monograph on the present War in the Middle East.  This book will be based on several symposia.   The specific one here was put together by the Center for …

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Saudi blames Al-Qaeda for deadly anti-Shiite attack

THE LEVANT – Saudi authorities have blamed militants linked to Al-Qaeda for an unprecedented attack that killed Shiite worshippers and stoked sectarian tensions in the Sunni-dominated kingdom. Saudi authorities have blamed militants linked to Al-Qaeda for an unprecedented attack that killed Shiite worshippers and highlighted sectarian tensions in the Sunni-dominated …

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US-led air strikes hit Al Qaeda branch in Syria

THE LEVANT – US-led coalition air strikes hit Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only the second time, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The strikes against Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria killed several jihadists as well as two children, the …

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The chaos that is Libya

THE LEVANT – Libya’s supreme court on Thursday invalidated the internationally recognised parliament, setting the stage for deepening political chaos in the violence-wracked North African nation. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, prompted celebratory gunfire in the capital Tripoli where Islamist-led militias have been in control since August, an AFP …

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Palestinians call on UN – Do something!

THE LEVANT – Jordan told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it was ready to take measures to stop Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem after Israeli forces stormed the compound. “Jordan considers such serious and outrageous actions by Israel an unprecedented escalation,” said Ambassador Dina …

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How did Islamists receive American weapons?

THE LEVANT  -By Robert Fisk for the Independent – Syria’s special forces troops are strung out across a pinnacle of hills here just north east of Lattakia on one of the country’s most dangerous front lines, under daily missile attack from reinforced rebel forces now supported by Isis. The officers, all …

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