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Press Review - 2014

Why the Islamic State has no sympathy for Hamas

The Islamic State does not regard fighting Israel as legitimate and calls instead for first "purifying" the Islamic world, including challenging Hamas.

30/07/2014

Security: Tunisia troops wounded in clash with militants

Three members of Tunisia’s security forces were wounded Tuesday when militants near the border with Algeria shot at the helicopter they were travelling in, security and medical officials said. The two soldiers and a national guardsman received treatment but their wounds were not serious enough to be admitted for mor...

30/07/2014

Libya militias seize Benghazi special forces base

A special forces base in the Libyan city of Benghazi has been seized by militias, fighters and officials say.

30/07/2014

Israeli shells hit second school killing 19, UN says

UN says 19 killed while Gaza's emergency services says 'dozens' killed after the second attack within a week on a school sheltering hundreds of homeless Palestinians

30/07/2014

Hizbullah Top Official, Three Fighters Die in Qalamoun Clashes

A high-ranking Hizbullah official was killed on Monday in the ongoing battles between the party's fighters and Syrian opposition militants in Syria's al-Qalamoun region, which is strategically located on the border with Lebanon. The clashes also took the lives of three other Hizbullah fighters. These deaths were ...

30/07/2014

Army Arrests Seven Syrians Linked to Nusra Front

The Lebanese army detained overnight a number of Syrian nationals suspected of having links with an an offshoot of al-Qaida, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday. According to NNA, an army unite apprehended seven Syrians in the eastern border town of Arsal. The seven men are suspected of havin...

30/07/2014

Deputy PM advises women to avoid laughter in public

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç complained on Monday that the Turkish society is faced with a moral decay, urging men and women to protect their chasteness by remaining faithful to their spouses and avoiding laughter in public, respectively.

30/07/2014

Fighters overrun Libyan special forces base

Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, who has been battling Ansar al-Sharia fighters, abandon base after coming under attack.

30/07/2014

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq after MH17 disaster

Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect against the threat of Islamic militants on the ground.

29/07/2014

France offers Iraq Christians asylum after Mosul threat

The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

29/07/2014

Isis denies ordering that all girls in Mosul undergo FGM

Doubts grow over UN report, seemingly reliant on year-old document from Syria thought to have been doctored

25/07/2014

Iraq MPs elect Fouad Massoum as president

Iraqi MPs have elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

25/07/2014

Jordan shoots down drone near Syria border

An explosion was heard after a Jordanian missile shot down a drone in the governorate of al-Mafraq, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported early Friday. In the first such incident since the conflict started in neighbouring Syria in 2011, "the Jordanian armed forces shot down an unidentified drone with a missile as it f...

25/07/2014

PKK disarmament not far away, deputy PM says

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) may soon lay down its arms, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has said, signaling more steps in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue. “Personally, I do not see [disarmament] as being very far away. I am both very hopeful and I don’t see it as ...

25/07/2014

First UN aid convoy enters Syria from Turkey

A first convoy of humanitarian aid crossed into Syria from Turkey on July 24, under a new U.N.-authorized plan to send relief without Damascus' approval. "Nine trucks crossed at Bab al-Salam into Syria this morning," said Amanda Pitt of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). ...

25/07/2014

For Syriac Orthodox patriarch, "Mosul must be retaken"

"The planned expulsion of Christians is a barbaric act," said Ignatius Ephrem, "unprecedented in the history of relations between Christians and Muslims." There are states that support those groups, but "these acts will inevitably rebound sooner or later on those who support them."

24/07/2014

Al-Qaeda’s Quasi-Caliph: The Recasting of Mullah ‘Umar

The Islamic State’s June 29 declaration of a caliphate has yet to win mass support among the global jihadi community but it has succeeded in provoking an embattled al-Qaeda leadership to respond—in unforeseen fashion. Rather than immediately denouncing the Islamic State’s new “caliphate” as one would have expected, al-...

24/07/2014

Life in a Jihadist Capital: Order With a Darker Side

In a Syrian City, ISIS Puts Its Vision Into Practice

24/07/2014

ISIS tells Iraqi shops to veil mannequins

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has reportedly given shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul strict instructions to cover the faces of mannequins, months after seizing control of the country’s second largest city. According to The Associated Press, Mosul shop owners said they had been told to cover the faces of b...

23/07/2014

Nigerian president vows to free missing girls

President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time with parents of some of the 217 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

23/07/2014

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