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What’s cooking in Yemen

THE LEVANT – Is A showdown brewing in Yemen? On August 17th the Houthis, a Shia rebel group based in northern Yemen, issued an ultimatum to the government in Sana’a. Yemen’s president, they said, had five days to cut fuel prices and dissolve the government—or face a rerun of the 2011 revolution that …

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Gaza in mourning

THE LEVANT –  Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas’s military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at …

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Syria – Confession of a rebel militant

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qpon48″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/KT8KXA-XF4w?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=KT8KXA-XF4w&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3458″ /] THE LEVANT – Sharif as-Safouri, abducted by Al-Nusra Front in July, confesses to receiving antitank weapons in return for protecting the border Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel …

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Christian leaders in Iraq plead for help

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1veAiWM” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ianoA75PVi8?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=ianoA75PVi8&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3596″ /] THE LEVANT – Christian leaders in Iraq say their faith will be obliterated in communities as old as the church itself unless international troops and more airstrikes drive the Islamic State from the country. Catholics and Anglicans said yesterday they had lost confidence …

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US journalist beheaded by ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Journalist James Foley was believed to have been arrested by militias loyal to the Syrian Government in late 2012; however, video footage from the Islamic State media confirmed he was not in the Syrian Air Force Intelligence’s custody. A gruesome video posted by the Islamic State shows Foley …

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Military aid reaches Kurdistan Regional Government

THE LEVANT – The Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government said that the process of distribution of heavy weapons on the axes of fighting are going on according to the need to them, confirming that they received heavy weapons, including anti military Hummer rockets. The site of the Kurdistan Democratic Party …

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Al Abadi reaffirms his commitment towards religious authority

THE LEVANT – Assigned Prime Minister, Dr. Haider Abadi confirmed his commitment to the directives of the Supreme Religious Authority, which is to ensure the unity of Iraq and the Iraqis. Dr. Abadi stressed in a press statement, the commitment to fight corruption and eradicate it, “that’s what we confirmed …

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Ceasefire in Gaza extends for a day

THE LEVANT – The announcement that the two sides had agreed to extend the ceasefire for another day came shortly before it was set to expire at midnight local time on Monday. “Palestinians and Israelis agreed on extending the ceasefire by 24 hours to continue current negotiations,” said a statement released by the …

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Hezbollah takes out Jihadist heavy weight in Syria

THE LEVANT – Fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah fighters had killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi in the Qalamun region …

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Egypt hunts down the Brotherhood

THE LEVANT – Over the past eight months, the Egyptian government has sequestered 342 companies, 1107 charitable associations and 174 schools owned by Muslim Brotherhood figures, along with the finances of 1441 group leaders, a legal source from the movement said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told The …

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Breaking Palestine one house at a time

THE LEVANT – The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished on Monday a two-storey building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur/ Mount of Olives, leaving a family of 17 homeless, according to media sources. WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem said Israeli Police demolished a house belonging to a local Palestinian …

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Syrian army hits ISIL hard in Raqqa

THE LEVANT – Syrian government forces struck ISIL positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said on Monday, part of a growing campaign against militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold of  ISIL, which took one of the Syrian army’s last …

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Kuwait briefly detains cleric US accuses of militant financing

THE LEVANT – Kuwait briefly detained a prominent preacher less than two weeks after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion he was funnelling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer said on Monday. Shafi al-Ajmi, who was detained on Sunday on the border with Saudi Arabia while returning home from a pilgrimage, was …

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Turkey trades northern Iraq’s oil

THE LEVANT – A seventh tanker filled with northern Iraqi oil has departed from the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced on Monday. This brings the number of barrels of oil transferred via pipelines from Iraq to Turkey to 7.8 million. Relations between Irbil and Baghdad …

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Iraq’ second Sunni insurgency

THE LEVANT –  By Kirk H. Sowell – The state of Iraq in 2014 represents a dramatic reversal when compared with four years earlier. National elections in March 2010 took place during a period when the Sunni insurgency, having reached its peak in 2006, was at a low ebb, and …

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Iraq war – Mosul Dam is back under state control

THE LEVANT – Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted …

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WFP to aid Yemen destitutes

THE LEVANT – The World Food Program – WFP – announced on Sunday working to provide aid to six million impoverished Yemenis over the next two years. “We want to help [Yemeni] people help themselves,” Bishow Parajuli, WFP project director, said in a statement. He added that the WFP’s upcoming project …

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Saudi Prince is attacked in Paris

THE LEVANT – Kalashnikov-wielding robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing “sensitive” documents, French police said Monday. The theft took place in northern Paris as the motorcade was making its way from the Saudi embassy …

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Japanese national remains in the hands of ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Japan’s government said Monday it was investigating a video posted online that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being roughly interrogated by Syrian militants. The video, which surfaced over the weekend, shows a man who identified himself as Haruna Yukawa lying on the ground with blood …

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Earthquake in Iran claims lives

THE LEVANT – A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, causing injuries and damage, Iranian state television said, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre …

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Trauma Kits and Body Bags Now Fill Aleppo School

THE LEVANT – By Shelly Kittleson – Volunteer civil defense units operating here in Syria’s largest city careen through crater-pocked routes of precariously hanging, pancaked concrete where barrel bombs have struck. Greyish dust blankets the dead, the alive and the twisted steel jutting out.  The panicked confusion immortalised in innumerable …

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Israel accused of mass executions in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Three weeks on, Rami Qaddih can still easily recall Israeli troops’ “war crimes” of mass-executing Palestinians outside their homes in his battered Khuza’a town in the Gaza Strip. “I saw with my own eyes Israeli troops shoot displaced residents who had been trying to flee the town under …

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Jordan says it will not ban the Muslim Brotherhood

THE LEVANT – Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has denied reports about planning to ban the Muslim Brotherhood in the Hashemite kingdom. “There is no plan to disband or ban the Muslim Brotherhood,” Ensour told a press conference on Saturday. “We guarantee the right of the Brotherhood to operate legally …

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Yemen peace committee negotiates with the Houthis

THE LEVANT  -A committee appointed by Yemen’s presidency to mediate a ceasefire in the northern Al-Jawf province between the army and allied tribes on one hand and Zaidi Houthi militants (branch of Shia Islam) on the other was reassigned to try to restore calm in the volatile province, a tribal …

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Egypt’s Brotherhood refutes violence claims in statement

THE LEVANT – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has refuted accusations by Egyptian security authorities of forming “cells” to sabotage power facilities across the country. “We have nothing to do with the allegations made by police and army spokespersons and their allied media figures,” the Brotherhood said in a statement on Sunday. The …

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ISIL the butcher of Syria

THE LEVANT – Those executed are all members of Al-Sheitaat tribe, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director says. ‘Some were arrested, judged and killed.’ The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of …

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Israelis demonstrate for peace

THE LEVANT – Thousands of Israeli supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority to end the Gaza conflict demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The pro-peace protest was the largest in Israel since it launched operation Protective Edge on July 8, an offensive that has seen at least 1,980 …

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No water in Gaza makes life unbearable

THE LEVANT – Feriel al-Zaaneen hasn’t had a shower in more than a month. Like thousands of Palestinians, she doesn’t have enough water to wash, adding to the miseries of life in war-battered Gaza. In searing summer heat, where temperatures can reach 34 degrees Celsius, (93 Fahrenheit), Feriel is one …

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Speech Commemorating al-Quds day

THE LEVANT – Speech full transcript In His Name I take refuge in Allah from the stoned devil. In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be upon the Seal of Prophets, our Master and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad, on his chaste and pure Household, on …

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Hassan Nasrallah – Hezbollah will claim victory over chaos

THE LEVANT – [embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1v4OEsG” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/o1MLnCRiKoo?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=o1MLnCRiKoo&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep5369″ /]   Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stated on Friday that Lebanon is facing an existential threat by ISIL and the countries backing it, yet stressed that this threat can be confronted and defeated with deed. In a televised …

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