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Israel recalls envoy after Sweden recognises Palestine

THE LEVANT – Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for “consultations” Thursday, hours after Stockholm officially recognised the state of Palestine, the foreign ministry spokesman said. “This indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision, which does not contribute to a return to (peace) negotiations,” Emmanuel Nachshon told …

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First Iraqi Kurdish fighters bound for Kobane arrive in Turkey

THE LEVANT – Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga fighters travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join opposition rebels reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State jihadist group. Flashing victory signs, the fighters armed with machineguns, heavy artillery and rocket launchers received a euphoric …

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Vicious, unjust rulings in case of Rasmea Odeh

THE LEVANT – Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Oct 28 statement of Rasmea Defense Committee: Judge Gershwin Drain handed down a series of outrageous and unjust decisions, Oct 27 – 28, in the case of revered Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh. The government is going all out to …

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ISIS kills iconic Kurdiah female fighter – Rehana in Kobane

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) reportedly beheaded a famous female Kurdish freedom fighter known only as “Rehana.” The Women Protection Units (YPG) soldier fought against the terrorist group in Kobane, a strategically important border town in Syria near Turkey. A picture of Rehana making the V-sign became a widely-distributed image …

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IMF raises growth forecast for oil-rich Gulf countries

THE LEVANT – The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday lowered its economic growth forecasts for most Arab countries although it said growth in oil-rich Gulf nations will remain strong. In its semi-annual World Economic Outlook, the IMF said the Middle East and North African (MENA) region would grow by 2.6 …

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Jihadists flock to Libya’s remote south

THE LEVANT – Libya’s remote desert south has become a haven for North African jihadists who have set up training camps in what has traditionally been a hotbed of arms smuggling, experts say. Oil-rich Libya slid into chaos after veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed …

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US-led strikes pound jihadists in Iraq and Syria

THE LEVANT – US-led warplanes have bombarded the Islamic State group with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were on Sunday readying to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane. Kurdish forces, backed by US air power, have been holding out for weeks against an IS …

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Houthis enter main al Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen

THE LEVANT – Houthi fighters backed by Yemeni government forces entered an al Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, one day after Sunni Islamist fighters pushed their Shi’ite rivals back. The Houthis moved into al-Manasseh area in al-Bayda province under cover from Katyusha rocket fire from …

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Cracking down on ISIL elements in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – The Lebanese army has carried out raids in the northern city of Tripoli, searching homes of individuals with alleged links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other groups. Clashes erupted during the arrest of at least one suspect as the army raided …

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Bomb outside Cairo University wounds at least nine

THE LEVANT – A bomb claimed by an Islamist group exploded outside the gates of Cairo University Wednesday, an Egyptian police official said, wounding at least nine people, including a senior officer. Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in militant attacks, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the …

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Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt

THE LEVANT – Two Israeli soldiers were wounded Wednesday when alleged drug smugglers fired shots and an anti-tank missile from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at their vehicle patrolling the border, the army said. Troops responded to the attack, near the border community of Ezuz about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of …

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ISIL launches chemical attack in eastern Kobani

THE LEVANT – Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the Takfiri militants have used chemical weapons. Kurdish officials and doctors said on Wednesday that the terrorists released a sort of toxic gas in the eastern side of the Kurdish city late on Tuesday. Aysa Abdullah, …

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Ukrainian crisis deepens despite Milan talks

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –  Exclusive from Kiev, By Julia Lugovska – Situation in Eastern Ukrainian Donbas region still remains extremely tense, with the continuous shelling of the position of Ukrainian military and of the cities and local villages by the pro-Russian terrorists and Russian troops. Despite the recent talks held in …

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