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Houthi gains in Yemen: Regional and local dimensions

THE LEVANT – By Afro-Middle East Centre – The striking advances of Houthis in Yemen, having already taken de facto control of the capital Sana’a last month, has implications for Yemen as well as for the greater Middle East. Within Yemen, they signal the return to political prominence of the Zaidi-Shia, …

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Regional dimensions to the Libyan conflict

THE LEVANT – By Afro-Middle East Centre – Air strikesaimed at the Libya Dawn militia in recentmonths could further escalate and regionalise the conflict in Libya. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is widely reported as having launched the air strikes, but the bombings seem to be part of increasing intervention in Libya …

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Hassan Nasrallah offers insight into US war on terror

THE LEVANT – Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the charismatic and powerful Secretary General of the Hezbollah, confirmed that he personally visited the Bekaa recently and “walked several kilometers on foot, between military positions”. Here are is a quick translation of some of the most important comments Nasrallah made in which he …

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The murder of Serena Shim

THE LEVANT – Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey… just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence …

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Iraqi PM in Tehran for crisis talks on IS

THE LEVANT – Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Tehran late Monday on his first visit to Iran since taking office after the crisis triggered by the advance of Islamic State militants. Iraqi state television said Abadi, whose country remains beset by IS, arrived shortly before midnight for talks …

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Why India’s Muslims Haven’t Radicalized

THE LEVANT – By Jake Flanagin – Though Muslims make up only 14.4 percent of India’s total population, the country maintains “the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million),”according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s a little more than 11 percent of the world’s total Muslim …

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Yemen’s Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of IS

THE LEVANT – Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise, “prohibits taking part in …

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18 dead in clashes in Libya’s Benghazi

THE LEVANT – Fierce clashes raged in Benghazi on Friday, killing at least 18 people, on the third day of an offensive by pro-government forces to recapture Libya’s second city from Islamist militias. An AFP correspondent said the latest fighting was the most violent since forces of former general Khalifa …

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20 die in Yemen Sunni tribe-Shiite rebel clashes

THE LEVANT – Shiite rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with Sunni tribesmen on Friday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said. Twelve Shiite rebels and eight tribesmen died in a battle for control of the predominantly-Sunni provincial capital Ibb which the rebels overran earlier this week, local government …

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Baghdad car bombs kill 18

THE LEVANT – Car bombs exploded in three crowded areas of the Iraqi capital Friday, killing at least 23 people, the latest in a string of deadly blasts in the city, officials said. One car bomb hit Baladiyat in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 13 people, security and medical officials …

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From Gaza to DASH

THE LEVANT – By Geoffrey Cook – Jewish-American Civil Society has given your author insights into the Hebrew nation that he otherwise would not have. My premise has always been that you cannot successfully prevail over your opponent unless you understand his narrative, and, if reconciliation is ever to be …

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Egypt court hands life terms to 25 Morsi backers

THE LEVANT – An Egyptian court handed down life sentences Thursday to 25 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi over violence in a southern town in August 2013, a judicial source said. The authorities have cracked down on supporters of Morsi since his ouster by the military in July …

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OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

THE LEVANT – By Emile Nakhleh – As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State’s advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani’s fate and the Islamic State’s territorial successes and defeats.   The crumbling …

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Dutch gang join fight against Islamic State in Iraq

THE LEVANT – The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime. “Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” public prosecutor spokesman Wim de …

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The Houthis seize control of Hodeidah

THE LEVANT – Yemeni rebels have captured the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, home to the country’s second most important port, just weeks after seizing the capital, a security official said Tuesday. The Houthi Shiite rebels met little resistance as they swept into Hodeidah, located 226 kilometres (140 miles) west …

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Opec output cut ruled out

THE LEVANT – Opec is unlikely to cut oil production in an effort to prop up prices because such a move would not necessarily be effective, Kuwait’s oil minister Ali Al Omair was quoted as saying. Brent crude oil settled at $90.21 a barrel on Friday after earlier falling to …

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