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Iraqi Sunni scholars disavow ISIL-supporting clerics

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi cabinet’s scholars committee on Wednesday (July 30th) disavowed clerics who support the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). The group, a Sunni institution, decided to disavow clerics who support ISIL or keep silent over ISIL crimes and do not do their duty: warning people …

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ISIL orders Iraqi women to wear full veil

THE LEVANT – ISIL, the off shoot of Al Qaeda has ordered the women to wear full veils in their controlled area. The militants have issued a warning that states that women do not wear full face veil will be punished under Islamic law. Earlier the militants have captured the cities …

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IS dynamites Prophets shrines in Iraq

THE LEVANT  – Sunni militants from the Islamic State group that controls large parts of Iraq have blown up a Shiite shrine in the city of Mosul, an official and witnesses said on Saturday. Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” …

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The Kurdish Fouad Masoum named president of Iraq

Iraq’s parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency. Iraq’s politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The next step, choosing a prime minister, …

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Stop violence in the name of religion

Prince El Hassan bin Talal In recent days, we have read with horror about Christians being asked to leave the city of Mosul within 24 hours. We have also heard about the desecration of Christian holy spaces and their symbols — the bombing of churches and a cross being removed from …

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Lebanon: ISIS, Israel have committed ‘war crimes’

 Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Friday condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza, and ISIS’ against Iraq’s Christians, as “war crimes,” saying that the government has approved the ministry’s request to the ICC to launch probes into the recent events. For the first time in its diplomatic history, Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to …

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Mosul Christians flee before ISIL

THE LEVANT – The last Christian in Mosul, Iraq fled the city on July 19 at noon, according to reports. Hundreds of thousands of Christians evacuated weeks ago because of increasing violence at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and thousands more left after the …

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The Blue Peace: Forging New Means of Cooperation

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – by Dr Hasan Z. Sarikaya and Ms Safia Al Suhail – On a bright day in Geneva, June 2014, fifteen distinguished political leaders, parliamentarians, former ministers, senior government officials and water experts from Iraq and Turkey met under the auspices of the Blue Peace initiative. The …

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How Saudi Arabia helped ISIS take over the north of Iraq

Written by Patrick Cockburn – For The Independent – How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict across the Islamic world? Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in …

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Gertrude Bell & The Birth of Modern Iraq

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Geoffrey Cook –Your correspondent is revisiting and expanding upon an article originally published a few years back by the Muslim Observer (U.SA.), and was datelined Berkeley (Calif.) at its publication.  Since, with the raise of the Islamic (pseudo-)”State” of Iraq and the Levant (a.k.a. ISIL), …

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US and Iran security cooperation could help save Iraq

By  Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al Monitor – Syria and Iraq are spiraling into total chaos and appear headed toward a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords and a haven for extremist terrorist groups. The deep fear, as expressed by US President Barack Obama June 22, is that the militants that have seized territories in Iraq …

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ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire

“The sound of the shelling was terrifying. In my street no-one was left. We were the last family to leave,” explained Janda, an Assyrian Christian from Iraq. Her family of six fled the town of Qaragosh (also known as Bakhida and Hamdaniya) 30km east of Mosul, in northern Iraq, leaving …

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Lebanese Hezbollah unlikely to intervene in Iraq crisis

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – In a private meeting with Imam al-Mahdi Scouts this past June, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah was reported as saying, “In Syria, I said, ‘The Sayyida Zeinab [daughter of Imam Ali] shrine will not be taken captive twice,’ and in Iraq I say, ‘The time when we allowed anyone in …

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Iraq warns UN ISIL gained access to chemical arms depot

Iraq’s government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to “armed terrorist groups” and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country’s UN envoy has informed the United Nations. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public on Tuesday, Ambassador …

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Many Iranians want military to intervene against Isis

Revolutionary Guards in Tehran raise their fists in support of Supreme Leader’s order for the country’s armed forces to take measures against the Taliban in Afghanistan, 15 September 1998. Photograph: Atta Kenare/EPA The Guardian – Tehran Bureau correspondent Merila, 30, has no love for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, but …

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Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK – The New York Times JULY 5, 2014 RIFFA, Bahrain — Black and yellow concrete barricades block the roads entering this wealthy Sunni enclave, where foreign-born Sunni soldiers in armored personnel carriers guard the mansions of the ruling family and the business elite. Beyond the enclave are impoverished villages …

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