Category Archives: Briefings

Egypt

Date: July 22nd 2013

Demonstrations by backers of the deposed Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi are moving into their third week, as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied in Cairo and in many governorates across the Arab Republic of Egypt last week. While tensions continue to simmer following the military’s ouster of the Islamist ex-President, interim leader Adly Mansour has nevertheless ...

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Iran

Date: July 22nd 2013

In the final weeks of his often-turbulent presidency, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a two-day visit to Iraq during which he visited two of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest shrines, while also meeting separately with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen kidnapped an employee of the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa over ...

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Iraq

Date: July 22nd 2013

The outgoing United Nations envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler has expressed concern over reports of human rights abuses by the leadership of the Iranian dissident group the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI) which is based at Camp Hurriya north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Concurrently, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spent two days visiting the Republic of Iraq last week in ...

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Israel

Date: July 22nd 2013

Following years of frozen peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to resume discussions in order to establish the basis for final status negotiations and the eventual creation of a permanent peace between the two sides. As an immediate reaction, the State of Israel has agreed to release ...

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Jordan

Date: July 22nd 2013

Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II has become the first head of state to visit the Arab Republic of Egypt following the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in early July. Reports say Abdullah stayed for several hours during which he met with interim Prime Minister Hezam el-Beblawi before returning home. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is also set to ...

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Lebanon

Date: July 22nd 2013

Gunmen have assassinated an outspoken pro-Assad journalist from Syria at his home in the southern Lebanese town of Sarafand in another sign of the Syrian civil war’s impact on the fragile Lebanese Republic. Meanwhile, the Lebanese government has asked the European Union not to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist organization, arguing that the group is an ...

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Libya

Date: July 22nd 2013

Armed protesters stormed the eastern Libyan port of Zueitina last week demanding oil exports to be halted hours after workers had resumed operations following a temporary strike where they demanded a change in management, citing poor work conditions. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has once again called on the Libyan government to release the late Libyan leader Muammar ...

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Turkey

Date: July 22nd 2013

The foreign minister of the Republic of Turkey has voiced his concern over escalating violence along the Syrian-Turkish border following a week of heavy fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamist fighters aligned to Al-Qaeda which resulted in stray gunfire across the Turkish border, killing two people. Meanwhile, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the international community of ...

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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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