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    Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—While Western and international media continue to shine a spotlight on the mass exodus of Mosul’s Christians at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (I...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Thursday, 31 Jul, 2014

Elite Iranian force enters Iraq via Kurdistan: official

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—A heavily armed Iranian military force landed at Sulaymaniyah International Airport this week, deploying to Kirkuk to defend Shi’a shrines from radical Sunni militants, an Iraqi Kurdish security source told Asharq Al-Awsat. A senior Kurdish security official, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said that a 200-strong elite Iranian military force tasked with protecting Shi’a shrines has b...

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Heavy shelling, clashes resume in Libya’s Tripoli

Tripoli, Reuters—Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli, where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst clashes since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Around 200 people have been killed since the clashes erupted two weeks ago in the capital and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former rebels have overrun a major army base in the city. Thuds of artillery ...

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Argentina braces for market reaction to second default in 12 years

Buenos Aires, Reuters—Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after hopes for a midnight deal with holdout creditors were dashed, setting up stock and bond prices...

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Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

Jerusalem, AP—Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers in a three...

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“Complacent” NATO unprepared for Russian threat: British lawmakers

London, Reuters—NATO is not prepared for the threat of a Russian attack on one of its members, British lawmakers said on Thursday, calling for more equipment and troops t...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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Divided US chamber approves lawsuit against Obama

Washington, AP—Contending that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law, a sharply divided US House of Re...

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Yousef Al-Dayni
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Opinion: Islamic Self-Delusion

I was recently speaking with a well-known “moderate” Islamist figure about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how this terrorist group has managed to defame the tru...

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Vivian Haddad
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Pay-what-you-want restaurant concept arrives in Beirut

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—New restaurant Motto, just off Mar Mikhael’s main street in Beirut, is the first in Lebanon to invite customers to draw up their own bills. The ...

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Amir Taheri
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Four Women’s Stories at a Time of Turmoil

Over the past four decades, many Muslim-majority countries have suffered from conflict, revolution, war and terror while trying to face the challenge of finding their proper place ...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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Opinion: ISIS violations are an Islamic responsibility

This year's International Religious Freedom Report was prepared by the US government prior to the tragedy in Mosul, where Christians were forced to flee their homes. However, the r...

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