Middle East

Ghosts of Gallipoli formed on wall at Australian War Memorial

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Take a look at this photograph from the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial. The Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Barlass, Senior writer Can you see the ghostly shapes of three soldiers? It doesn’t take much imagination to see the legs of three servicemen with what looks like rifles or their kit by their sides. Philip Gordon made a recent visit to the ... Read More »

Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front attacks Western-backed rebels in northern Syria

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Islamic State-free ‘safe zone’ on the cards Syrians fear new terror from the sky Beirut: The al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front attacked Western-backed rebels in northern Syria on Friday, rebel groups and an organisation monitoring the war said, escalating tension between rival insurgents near the Turkish border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the monitoring group, also reported warplanes believed to be ... Read More »

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 »

Settlers clash with Israeli police in West Bank

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Jewish settlers clashed with Israeli police on July 28 as authorities took control of homes being built in the occupied West Bank, after a court ruled that the illegal structures must be demolished. Hurriyet – JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse The Israeli High Court last month ordered the two structures in the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah to be razed ... 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 »

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 »