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Press Review - 2014

Turkish PM reveals contentious domestic security package

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu outlined 11 pillars of a domestic security package that the government will submit to Parliament in the coming days. “We are making a revolutionary reform. A committee for the surveillance of police forces will be formed in line with EU standards,” Davutoğlu said, addressing his parlia...

21/10/2014

Head of Iran's chief clerical body dead at 83

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader, has died. He was 83. Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors ...

21/10/2014

Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored, fueling resentment

The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the extremists...

21/10/2014

Yemen's Houthis push south into Ibb

Sanaa province's governor resigns and diplomat returns from UN to take up PM's post as Shia group takes over new town.

20/10/2014

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. Washington said the arms had been supplied by Iraqi Kurdish authorities and had...

20/10/2014

Iraqi forces launch anti-ISIL operation north of Tikrit

Iraqi security forces launched an operation on Oct. 17 aimed at regaining ground from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group north of the militant-held city of Tikrit, officials said. Security forces backed by air support have begun "an operation to liberate areas north of the city of T...

17/10/2014

U.S. says Baghdad is not under ‘imminent threat’ from ISIS

The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from ISIS jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country’s west and recent car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby acknowledged several deadly bombing attacks in Baghdad earlier Thurs...

17/10/2014

Eight-year-old Kosovo boy rescued from ISIS

An eight-year-old Kosovo boy, taken to Syria five months ago by his father who Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants there, has been brought home after an intelligence operation, officials said Thursday. “The Kosovo Intelligence Agency (AKI) has successfully completed an operation of locating, detecting a...

17/10/2014

Report: Nasrallah in Military Fatigues during Visit to Party Fighters on Border with Syria

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has reportedly visited his party's fighters on the Lebanese-Syrian border dressed in military fatigues in a strong show of support. Al-Liwaa newspaper said Friday that Nasrallah met the fighters in their posts after he visited some families in the eastern Bekaa Valley to exten...

17/10/2014

Turkey won’t embark on adventure in Syria: PM Davutoğlu

Turkey will not embark on an “adventure” in Syria without certain agreements from the international community, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said, reiterating Ankara deems establishing safe havens and no-fly zones in northern Syria as a must for Turkish participation in the international coalition. “Turkey will no...

15/10/2014

Rebels in Aleppo stretched thin between regime and IS

Rebel supply lines to the city of Aleppo are at risk of being cut as the rebels simultaneously fight government forces and the Islamic State in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

15/10/2014

Iraq: Shia militias 'killing Sunnis in reprisal attacks'

Shia militias in Iraq have kidnapped and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months, a report by campaign group Amnesty International has said.

14/10/2014

Six top TTP commanders announce allegiance to Islamic State's Baghdadi

PESHAWAR: Six top commanders of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, including spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, have announced their allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State and an allegiance statement was also issued in this regard.

14/10/2014

Islamic State crisis: Kurds 'recapture key Kobane hill'

Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) say they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey.

14/10/2014

Turkish fighter jets bomb PKK positions for first time since start of peace bid

Turkish fighter jets have bombarded positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) following militant attacks on military outposts in southeastern Turkey, in a first since the start of the peace process. The Turkish General Staff ordered the bombing of the PKK’s positions in the Dağlıca district the south...

14/10/2014

126 mosques to be razed in Saudi Arabia for Madinah mosque expansion

Some 95 properties and 126 mosques will be demolished to carry out the expansion work of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, said director general of the Madinah branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments Dr. Muhammad Al-Amin Al-Khatri. Several of these buildings have been vacated while work is ongoing to va...

13/10/2014

Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases for operations in Iraq and Syria, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says.

13/10/2014

Turkey Seeks Buffer Zone on the Border With Syria

ISTANBUL — With the United States continuing to pressure Turkey to do more in the fight against the Islamic State, Turkey’s position has hardened around an idea it has pushed for years as a strategy to confront the chaos of the Syrian civil war: a buffer zone along its frontier with Syria. The idea is emerging as a ...

10/10/2014

Is Islamic State symptom of the Assad problem?

Turkey's policymakers need to take seriously the Islamic State's growing power, instead of dismissing the group as a "symptom" of Bashar al-Assad's regime.

10/10/2014

Police crack down on Kobane protests at Ankara universities

Police have fired tear gas and water cannon against students protesting in support of Syrian Kurds in Kobane on the Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ) campus, while 25 people have been detained in a separate protest at Ankara University. Dozens of students had gathered on the campus of Ankara University to ...

10/10/2014

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