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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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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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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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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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THE UIGHUR ISSUE

By GIANCARLO ELIA VALORI — The autonomous region of Xinjiang, in the People’s Republic of China – with a relative majority of Turkmen Muslim people (45%) and the Han Chinese who since 1949 have risen from 6% to 41% of the population – is an issue not only for China, …

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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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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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“Al Arabiya” Chops Beirut Bureau

By Magda Abu-Fadil* — Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon — It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total closure. “My wife is pregnant and will deliver in a month,” said one …

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