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Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization or a firewall against violent extremism?

THE LEVANT NEWS — By​ ​ Marc Lynch* — The House Judiciary Committee recently passed a resolution calling on the State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. This resolution resonates with the feverish anti-Islamic politics of the Republican primary, fueled across the spectrum by candidates from Donald …

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Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey. Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been …

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Syria ceasefire talks delayed: Russia

THE LEVANT NEWS: Russia said U.N.-led talks planned for Saturday between major international players on establishing a ceasefire in Syria had been postponed, as wrangling dragged on between the various sides. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that the meeting in Geneva had been put back to …

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Libya banned from UN voting after non-payment of subs

THE LEVANT NEWS — Libya has been suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly, according to internal documents from the global body. UN Tribune, an independent United Nations monitoring website, said that Libya had now been barred from voting in the General Assembly due arrears that “equal or …

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Who Wants Change Any More?

The Levant News — By Graham E. Fuller — A renowned Arab religious scholar in the 14th century, ibn Taymiyya, is sometimes quoted as saying, Al-zulm afdal min al-fawda— “oppression is to be favored over anarchy.” Although ibn Taiymiyya was no establishment figure in his time, this perspective was welcomed …

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Sky News EXCLUSIVE: Inside ISIS Terror Weapons Lab

THE LEVANT NEWS — Experts describe the footage obtained by Sky News of a “jihadi technical college” as an intelligence gold mine.   By Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent Terror group Islamic State is employing scientists and weapons experts to train jihadists to carry out sophisticated “spectacular” attacks in …

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Army hammers militant posts on e. Lebanon border

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Tuesday pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeast Lebanon border town of Ras Baalbek. The state-run National News Agency reported that the Tuesday morning shelling came from the nearby village of Marabda in the northern Bekaa Valley. No casualties were …

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Britain uses Brimstone missiles for first time in Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS — LONDON: Britain carried out several air strikes against ISIS militants in Syria Sunday, deploying its Brimstone missiles for the first time there, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. Britain joined U.S.-led air strikes against ISIS in Syria late last year but has been …

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ISIS militant executes own mother in Raqqa

THE LEVANT NEWS — An Islamic State(ISIS) militant carried out a public “execution” of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say. Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said. Raqqa has served as IS’ de …

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ISIS attempted to raid Turkey base in Iraq

THE LEVANT NEWS — ISIS militants have reportedly attempted to carry out an attack against a military base used by Turkish forces deployed to northern Iraq without Baghdad’s approval. On Friday, unnamed Turkish military sources said Turkish soldiers had repelled the attack on the Bashiqa camp in Iraq’s Nineveh Province, …

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Syrian army kills several ISIS militants in Homs

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Syrian army has struck heavy blows to the Takfiri “JIHADI” militants in the central province of Homs, leaving a group of them dead and injured. Field sources told Syria’s official news agency, SANA, on Friday that the army and its allied forces engaged in fierce …

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EU announces $109M aid for Libya’s unity government

THE LEVANT NEWS — TUNIS: European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced a 100-million-euro aid ($109 million) package for Libya’s U.N.-supported unity government, a day after an attack killed at least 60 policemen in the Libyan town of Zliten. In a joint press conference with Libyan Prime Minister …

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Assir trial adjourned to April

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Lebanese military court Tuesday postponed to April 24 the trial of notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad Assir to give his lawyers time to prepare a defense. A judicial source told The Daily Star that Military Court chief Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim announced the trial delay after …

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