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Three Saudi cities hit by suicide bombers

The Levant News — Suicide bombers hit targets in three Saudi cities on Monday, killing four security guards and wounding five other people. The apparently coordinated attacks come amid the Islamic State’s worldwide bombing campaign to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The four security officers died as …

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Turkey detains 13 in raids connected to airport attack

The Levant News — Police in Turkey raided 16 addresses in Istanbul early this morning and detained 13 people, including three foreigners, in response to Tuesday’s bombing of the Ataturk international airport. The death toll from the attack now stands at 42, with 128 people in hospitals, including 41 in …

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Iraq warns Saudi Arabia against meddling in its affairs

The Levant News — Iraq’s ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Saudi Arabia for its “repeated interventions in Iraqi internal matters” in a statement today. The warning follows remarks by Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday that called for the dissolution of the Shiite-dominated Popular Mobilization Forces fighting alongside …

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Lebanon foils two ISIS-planned attacks

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army says it has foiled two terror attacks that ISIS was planning to carry out at a tourist site as well as a crowded residential area. The army’s announcement comes on the wake of a series of suicide bombings in the country’s northeastern border village of Al-Qaa …

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Suicide bombers kill 6 in Lebanon

The Levant News — Suicide bombers killed at least six civilians and wounded more than a dozen others in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa in northeastern Lebanon early this morning. The attacks were carried out by four suicide bombers who blew themselves up near a Lebanese Customs center close …

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Belgian police alerted to IS fighters en route to Europe

BY PHILIP BLENKINSOP for REUTERS — Belgian police have received an anti-terror alert warning that a group of Islamic State fighters recently left Syria en route for Europe planning attacks in Belgium and France, a Belgian security source said on Wednesday. The Belgian crisis center in charge of coordinating security …

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Le Mouvement islamique «Ahrar Al Sham» : Les hommes libres du Levant

The Levant Nws — Une étude interne de l’Institut Scandinave des Droits de l’Homme (SIHR) sur Le Mouvement islamique «Ahrar Al Sham» «Les hommes libres du Levant). Adaptation en version française par René Naba, directeur du site www.madaniya.info Ahrar Al Sham, le groupe axial du Front Islamique et l’allié privilégié …

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Retaking Raqqa From ISIS

Stratfor Analysis Summary The battle for Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Syria, has begun. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are advancing toward the city, engaging the jihadist group in the villages of al-Hisha, Tal Samen and Mutamshirij along the way. Because of Raqqa’s strategic importance, the Islamic State …

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Glimmers of a Future in Iraq?

by Graham E. Fuller*– Iraqi politics are in turmoil—nothing new here. Not surprisingly, the post-invasion order is taking a long time to shake down, given the destruction of the old. Entirely new relationships had to be forged under the new, radically changed environment. What Iraq requires above all is the …

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Key Tunisian party renounces political Islam

By Tom Heneghan | for RNS — Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, the most successful Islamist party to emerge from the Arab Spring revolts early in this decade, has renounced political Islam and declared it will operate in the country’s politics as “Muslim democrats.” A party congress over the weekend in the …

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Libya forces say pushing back ISIS fighters

The Levant News — BY AYMAN AL-SAHLI for Reuters — Forces loyal to Libya’s U.N.-backed unity government pushed Islamic State fighters back toward their stronghold of Sirte on Wednesday but lost more than 30 men, including seven killed in a car bombing, officials said. In a televised statement from the …

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Il ruolo strategico degli jihadisti uiguri in Siria

di Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — Migliaia di cinesi combattono in Siria col fronte al-Nusra (Jabhat al-Nusra), con Ahrar al-sham e con l’ISIS, molti di loro appartengono alla minoranza musulmana uiguri della provincia dello Xinjiang, nell’ovest della Cina. La loro base è nella provincia di Idlib, nel nord della Siria, ma …

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L’Islam au cœur du terrorisme contemporain

Exclusive pour The Levant News – By Sarah Safa* — Les origines du militantisme islamiste à l’époque contemporaine peuvent être retracées depuis la période de la guerre froide, après l’invasion soviétique de l’Afghanistan comme une réponse au soutien américain du Pakistan après son indépendance et face à l’émergence d’une Inde …

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India cancels visa for Uyghur dissident Dolkun Isa

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, for The Economic Times — Days after giving permission to Dolkun Isa, chairman of the executive committee of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), to attend a conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamsala, India has cancelled his visa amid the hype surrounding his maiden trip to the …

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Uighur “Jihadis” Role In Syria War

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — On 21 April 2016, China’s Special Envoy on Syrian crisis Chai Cho Yan visited Damascus and met with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem, and the head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. …

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Hezbollah’s Shot at Permanency in Syria

The Levant News — Strafor Exclusive Analysis– Like other foreign and domestic actors, Hezbollah has seized on the Syrian civil war to improve its position in the country and the surrounding region. Stratfor has collected information from diplomatic sources and from sources close to Hezbollah to monitor and track the …

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