Kuwait breaks up new ISIL cell: ministry

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Kuwait has broken up a new five-member cell of alleged members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group one month after a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque, the interior ministry said July 30. Hurriyet – KUWAIT CITY – Agence France-Presse Authorities arrested four men while the fifth was killed in a “terrorist” operation in ... Read More »

Taliban conflict: Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar ‘death’ claim

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BBC – The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency. The sources said the reclusive militant leader had died two to three years ago. The latest claims of Mullah ... Read More »

Under Cover of War on Jihadists, Turkey Settles Score With Kurds

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Just weeks after his grip on power looked to be slipping, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is widening the net in an offensive against militants to root out political opponents and shore up his power base. BloombergBusiness – by Benjamin Harvey Erdogan called on Tuesday for parliament to lift the immunity from prosecution of lawmakers from the Kurdish party linked ... Read More »

Study: Christian population in the Mideast is dropping rapidly

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Studies show the remaining Christians in most – but not all – of the Middle East are in dire straits. By Haaretz The dire fate of the Christian communities in the Middle East has become headline news lately. The murderous civil war in Syria; the rise of the Islamic State; the turmoil in countries such as Iraq, Libya, and in ... Read More »

Turkey joining Islamic State offensive — so why is it targeting the Kurds?

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Between 03.40 and 03.53 on July 24, three Turkish F-16 jets bombed three Islamic State targets in Syria. This was the first time the Turkish military has taken direct action against the terrorist group. The Conversation – Simon Mabon * As the airstrikes began, Turkish police arrested a large number of suspected IS sympathisers across the state. The Turkish government ... Read More »

Turkish military hit positions of Syrian Kurdish forces in Kobane

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ARA News Urfa, Turkey – Turkish army bombed military bases of Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) west Kobane, north Syria, military sources reported on Monday. The YPG’s leadership in Kobane announced that some locations of the YPG and FSA fighters in the village of Zor Maghar (35 km west of Kobane) were exposed to bombardment ... Read More »

Russia must revive Soviet Union to beat the West

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What is the main problem of the Russian authorities? How should Russia resist to the ongoing pressure from the West? What future can Russia expect? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these and other questions to deputy of the State Duma, coordinator of the National Liberation Movement, Yevgeny Fyodorov. “Our country was betrayed in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet ... Read More »

Kurds, Palestinians and Double Standards

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Who really deserves statehood? The Washington Post headline on June, 2, 2015, read: “Obama Makes an Impassioned Case for a Palestinian State.” While President Obama and his administration are eager for the establishment of another unstable and likely terrorist Arab (there are 21 Arab states, and Palestine is the 22nd) state called Palestine, they have largely ignored if not betrayed ... Read More »

South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

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Nairobi/Addis Ababa/Brussels, ICG - Africa Report N°228 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For more than eighteen months, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body mediating peace negotiations to end South Sudan’s civil war, has struggled to secure a deal in the face of deep regional divisions and the parties’ truculence. To overcome these challenges, it announced a revised, expanded mediation – ... Read More »

Europe and US divided on Turkish airstrikes

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Differences over mission likely to dominate NATO meeting set for Tuesday. Politico - By Antoine Sander Europe and the United States have staked out different positions on Turkey’s airstrikes on ISIL in Syria and Kurdish forces in Iraq, setting the stage for tense divisions at an emergency NATO meeting Tuesday. Turkey called the meeting to discuss its recent involvement in the war ... Read More »