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ISIS- The Hour Has Struck

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Graham E. Fuller– ISIS, with its horrific attack on purely civilian targets in Paris, has established new realities about its nature, capabilities and intentions. The need for its elimination can now no longer be in doubt. It is not that Parisian lives are more important …

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Beirut attack increases will to fight ISIS: Nasrallah

THE LEVANT NEWS–BEIRUT: The double suicide attack that targeted a southern Beirut suburb earlier this week only increases Hezbollah’s determination to fight ISIS in Syria, party chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday. “If they (ISIS) assume that killing our men and women and children and burning our markets could weaken …

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Paris Attacks

PARIS – ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris, saying it sent fighters with suicide bombing belts and machine guns into the heart of the French capital. President Francoise Hollande declared the attacks “an act of war” as the city mourned its mounting dead.

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Blasts hit Beirut suburb, 23 killed, 105 wounded

The Levant News — At least 23 people have reportedly been killed and 105 wounded after two large explosions rocked a street of al-hussaynieh in the Borj al-Barajaneh area in a southern suburb of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, a Lebanese Interior Ministry source says. The Lebanese al-Manar television cited some media …

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ISIS video threatens attacks in Russia ‘very soon’

THE LEVANT NEWS — Islamic State(ISIS) has released a video threatening attacks in Russia “very soon”, the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday. Al-Hayat Media Center, Islamic State’s foreign language media division, released a Russian language video with chants of “Soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean”, …

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Turkey and the Kurds

The Levant News — By Graham Fuller — Turkey and the Kurds —The Question Mark at the Heart of the Region Predictions among Turkey-watchers about the outcome of Turkey’s 1 November elections were mostly wrong—including my own— as Erdoğan managed to regain majority control of Parliament. Anxiety over potential political …

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The Uyghurs’ Role With ISIS

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — by Dr. Geoffrey Cook*– The Uyghurs are a non-Han (Sinic) Islamic people who reside in the northwest of China (in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region) next to the (also restive) Tibetans.   Within Xinjiang, they are forty-five percent of the population, but they are spread over a …

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ISIS likely brought down Russian plane: Britain

THE LEVANT NEWS — Britain said on Thursday there was a significant possibility that Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate was behind a suspected bomb attack on a Russian airliner that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula. Russia dismissed the claim as speculation and Egypt said there was no indication so …

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ISIS executes British son of preacher Omar Bakri

The Levant News — The son of the Lebanese infamous preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed(Fostoq) who fled Britain to join ISIS has been executed by his fellow terrorists, it was claimed this morning. Mohammed Omar Bakri Mohammed, whose father was infamously known as the Tottenham Ayatollah , is said to have …

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Iraq: Abadi’s reforms threatened by his own coalition

More than 60 members of Iraq’s ruling coalition will seek to withdraw parliamentary support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reforms if he does not respond within 72 hours to their demands for wider consultation, parliamentarians said. Growing political tensions could undermine efforts to tackle an economic crisis and form a …

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How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

By Efraim Inbar for BESA —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: It is misplaced to view ISIS as posing an independent serious strategic challenge. While ISIS has ignited immense passion among many young and frustrated Muslims all over the world, on its own ISIS is capable of only limited damage. Suggestions that ISIS …

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