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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’


Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Saudi-backed rebels from Army of Islam shell major Syrian cities

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic rebels have conducted one of their biggest rocket attacks in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Islamic militia attacks on at least three major Syrian cities. The British-based opposition group said the […]

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ISIL looks to Afghanistan but faces resistance from the Taliban, Pakistan, China

ISIL forces in Syria.

Special to By Brian M Downing The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant is seeking to capitalize on its summer offensives in Syria and Iraq by establishing itself as the leader of Islamist militancy – this, at the expense […]

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Hamas plans to open passenger port to ‘link Gaza with the outside world’

Artist's concept of an expanded port.

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has disclosed plans to expand its sea port for passenger travel. A Hamas ministerial committee said the Gaza City port would be prepared to accept passenger vessels. The panel said the port would […]

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Report: Germany classified list of companies that helped build Syria’s CW stockpile

A U.N. chemical weapons expert holds sample from an alleged chemical weapons near Damascus, Syria in August 2013. / Mohamed Abdullah / Reuters

Special to LONDON — Germany concealed a list of companies that helped Syria’s chemical weapons program. A leading German publication asserted that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to release a list of German companies suspected of […]

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Kurds advance, launch rocket attacks against ISIL in Mosul

The rocket attacks "struck great fear into the hearts of the terrorists," the Kurdistan Democratic Party said.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraqi Kurdish forces have reported significant progress in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Kurdish Regional Government said security forces were moving toward ISIL headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of […]

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New Saudi king appoints young 2nd generation princes to key posts

Prince Mohammed, son of King Salman. / Hassan Ammar / AP

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s new king has appointed a second-generation prince to the line of succession. King Salman has appointed Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef as deputy crown prince. The position was seen as a […]

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Saudi King Abdullah was hands on until death; Salman, 80, backed by new Crown Prince Muqrin

King Salman, 80.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has lost its king at a time  of increasing tensions with Iran. Saudi King Abdullah died after being hospitalized for more than three weeks for what was termed pneumonia. The king, said […]

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Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

Ali Akhbar Velayati.

Special to LONDON — The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President […]

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Obama’s fuzzy State of the World no substitute for American resolve


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of […]

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