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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Thursday, 2 Oct, 2014

Iraq: ISIS steps up attacks on civilians

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Security in Iraq has deteriorated remarkably over the past few days with Baghdad and other central and southern cities witnessing a surge in car bombs and mortar attacks, in a response to the US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, an Iraqi military official—who requested anonymity because he was not permitted to brief the media—said that ISIS’s inability to retaliate to airstrikes has led it to resort t...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Thursday, 2 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Ignoring a lesson from history

Two videos that went viral in the last two weeks summarize the current situation in Lebanon. The first one shows the execution of the third Lebanese soldier from among the military personnel kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Nusra Front terrorists. The video showed the latter murdering soldier Mohammad Hamieh as other soldiers collapsed and pleaded for their lives. The second video is that of Syrian refugees rounded up and being made to lie face down on the ground...

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Sawsan Al-Abtah
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on : Thursday, 2 Oct, 2014

Lebanese festival blends experimental dance and musical improvisation

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—In spite of security fears a new festival is underway in Lebanon. The CO² Choreographers and Composers Festival kicked off on September 28, displ...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Kurdish forces recapture Syria-Iraq border crossing

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian border from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday, according to Kurd...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Amid jihadi gains, priceless Iraqi artefacts hit black market

Paris, Reuters—Ancient Iraqi artifacts are appearing on the black market as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (SIS) militants use intermediaries to sell priceless treasures to fina...

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Paula Astih
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

International coalition target ISIS near Kobani

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—US-led airstrikes targeted the positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) near the strategic town of Kobani, located on Syria’s north borde...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites ISIS threat

Cairo, Reuters—Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stabili...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

Hong Kong, Reuters—Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations...

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Adel Al-Nouqti
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Tunisian central bank lowers 2014 growth forecast

Tunis, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Tunisian central bank said on Tuesday it was lowering its growth forecast for 2014, amid growing budget and trade deficits and a general state of e...

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Tariq Alhomayed
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on : Wednesday, 1 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Did US intelligence truly underestimate ISIS?

While US President Barack Obama has said his country’s intelligence services underestimated the strength of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Saudi Interior Minister Pr...

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