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Press Review - 2015

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi on Monday as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries renewed efforts to retake the western Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force launched strikes at buildings captured by Islamic State...


Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?

Perhaps simply too many sympathize with the insurgency.


Jordan's Salafists switch allegiance to IS

As militant alliances continue to shift, Jordan's strategic stance on Salafist groups has become ever more complex.


Afghan blast kills 33; president blames Islamic State

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday, setting off a blast outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. President Ashraf Ghani blamed Islamic State militants, without giving further detail. If true...


Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis

As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to 1,500 the total number...


Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) waits to make a statement next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), following nuclear talks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne) April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zari...


Iran nuclear: No guarantee of final deal, Khamenei says

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has cautioned against seeing a preliminary agreement on his country's nuclear programme as the "guarantee" of a final deal with world powers.


Yemen conflict: Pakistan vote rebuffs Saudi call

Pakistan's parliament has decided against military involvement in the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, after days of debate.


Iran's Zarif due in Pakistan amid Yemen war debate

Planned talks come amid pressure to join Saudi-led campaign against Iran-allied Houthis in Arabian Peninsula nation.


Yemen crisis: Rebels push into central Aden

Fresh fighting has been reported in the southern Yemeni city of Aden between Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.


Yemen on verge of total collapse, UN human rights chief warns

The UN high commissioner for human rights has warned that Yemen is "on the verge of total collapse", as Houthi rebels battle a Saudi-led coalition backing the government.


Heavy fighting in Aden as Yemen's Houthis make gains

Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi apparently backed by Saudi-led air strikes. Witnesses heard loud explosions and saw a thick column of black smoke and a jet flying overh...


Archbishop Coutts Relaunches Appeal for Christians To Not Seek Revenge

In Light of Attacks in Lahore, Leader of Pakistani Bishops Explains Where There's Tension, Hope


Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen

At least 17 people reported killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, as Iran denounces operation as "US-led aggression".


Tunis museum attack: Gunman Laabidi was known to security services, says PM

A gunman who carried out an attack that killed 17 tourists at Tunis's Bardo museum was known to the authorities, Tunisia's prime minister has said.


Pakistan court orders release of Mumbai attacks plotter

Islamabad High Court declares detention of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi under Maintenance of Public Order void.


Militarization of Iraqi society is intensifying

The fight against the Islamic State is leading increasing numbers of civilians to take up arms and defend their territory.


Brothers stopped at Sydney airport 'attempting to join IS'

Two Australian brothers intercepted at Sydney airport are suspected of attempting to join Islamic State (IS).


United Arab Emirates, Key U.S. Ally in ISIS Effort, Disengaged in December

The United Arab Emirates, a crucial Arab ally in the American-led coalition against the Islamic State, suspended airstrikes against the Sunni extremist group in December, citing fears for its pilots’ safety after a Jordanian pilot was captured and who the extremists said had been burned to death, United States official...


Iraq probes alleged massacre by Shia militia in Diyala

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village.

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