Category Archives: Middle East

Syria

Date: July 22nd 2013

The United Kingdom has announced that it no longer has any intention of arming Syrian rebels after deciding that the Assad regime may survive for years and amid growing concerns that radical Islamist militants are growing increasingly powerful among anti-government rebel fighters. The outgoing head of the British armed forces, Sir David Richards, has also warned against any ...

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Syria

Date: July 15th 2013

The Russian Federation’s permanent representative to the United Nations told reporters last week that Russia possesses evidence which shows that the nerve agent sarin had been used by Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. The ranks of rebel fighters are now even more strained however, following the assassination of a top Free Syrian Army commander by ...

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Turkey

Date: July 15th 2013

Hundreds of protesters have again gathered in Istanbul to march to Gezi Park, the focal point for civil protests that have rocked Turkey for weeks on end. Although recent crowds are much smaller compared to massive demonstrations a few weeks ago, protesters say that the fight against the AKP-led government will continue. The Turkish government has also amended ...

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Libya

Date: July 15th 2013

Up to 2000 members of the Libyan National Army will be sent to the United Kingdom for training by the British Army at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire. British Foreign Secretary William Hague underscored his government’s belief that a stable, open, and democratic State of Libya contributing to wider regional stability and security is in the United Kingdom’s interest. ...

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Jordan

Date: July 15th 2013

Due to instability and unrest in nearby Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has continued to experience shortages of critical natural gas supplies, exacerbated by repeated bombings of a key pipeline between the two countries. Jordan has nevertheless welcomed the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist government by the country’s armed forces, with King Abdullah II quick to congratulate Adly ...

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Lebanon

Date: July 15th 2013

Hundreds of supporters of radical Sunni cleric Ahmad al-Assir have taken to the streets of the southern city of Sidon in order to show their support for Assir, several weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest following deadly clashes between his followers and the Lebanese Army. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Republic’s Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said he ...

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Israel

Date: July 15th 2013

New satellite imagery has allegedly revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is targeting the State of Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran with powerful advanced ballistic missiles capable of carrying a two-ton payload. While in the past insiders have spoken of secret collaboration between Israel and Saudi Arabia in order to ensure regional peace, the countries ...

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Iran

Date: July 15th 2013

An Iranian opposition group known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a long-time foe of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ruling theocracy, has claimed that members of its organizations obtained information about the construction of a new secret nuclear facility northwest of Tehran. In the past, the NCRI, an umbrella organization that includes the former ...

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Egypt

Date: July 15th 2013

One week after the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the country’s military rulers are keen to speed up the transition to civilian rule. Subsequently, the interim presidency has appointed a little-known economist, Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister, while also selecting the internationally-respected diplomat and Nobel Laureate ...

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