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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Sunday, 19 Oct, 2014

The Smugglers Who Fuel ISIS

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—On the road between Kirkuk and Erbil, which cuts across the fault-line between Iraq proper and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, convoys of tanker trucks can be seen travelling northwards. When you ask where they are headed, local café owner Fahmi says “They are smuggling oil to Turkey.” In the café in Altun Kupri—a town in Kirkuk province just south of Iraqi Kurdistan—Fahmi, a former tanker truck driver himself, tells Asharq Al-Awsat ...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Sunday, 12 Oct, 2014

Lifting the lid on Iraq’s ex-ISIS tribal fighters

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—With few journalists reporting from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remains a faceless organization; the world knows little about the men behind the black balaclavas. In a rare insight into the jihadist group, Asharq Al-Awsat was able to gain access to former ISIS fighters in Iraq’s restive western governorate of Al-Anbar, after receiving safety guarantees from local tribal figures. Ex-ISIS fighter Tahir Gh...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Thursday, 25 Sep, 2014

Hadi Al-Ameri: A Militia Leader Torn between Washington and Tehran

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—When the leader of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Ameri, became Iraq’s minister of transport during former prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s second...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 24 Sep, 2014

Gaza’s Youth, Lost at Sea

Gaza and Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Residents of the Gaza Strip are anxious about the whereabouts of their young relatives who fled Gaza earlier this month in the hope of ...

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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Tuesday, 23 Sep, 2014

The Gaddaf Al-Dam Files: Soup and Green Tea with Sadat

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—As one of Muammar Gaddafi’s closest aides, Ahmed Gaddaf Al-Dam—also Gaddafi’s cousin—was often sent by the late dictator to put out fir...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014

Rouhani’s Judicial Challenge

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Every year, Amnesty International releases dozens of reports about the state of human rights in country's across the world. When it comes to Iran,...

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Michel Abu Najm
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on : Thursday, 11 Sep, 2014

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: France’s Rising Star

Paris, Asharq Al-Awsat—A recent opinion poll conducted by a French newspaper showed that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s new minister of education, had become the country...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 5 Sep, 2014

Damascus’s Summer of Discontent

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—“My son is on the phone, he said the water tank is empty. The problem is that water has not been on for three days.” With this statement, Narmeen ...

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Grace Perriman
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on : Sunday, 31 Aug, 2014

British public opinion shifts after latest Gaza war

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—While the skies over Gaza have fallen silent, the struggle between Israel and the Palestinians for global public opinion continues as it has for the b...

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Kifah Ziboun
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

From the Spotlight to the Shadows

Ramallah,Asharq Al-Awsat—After five failed attempts on his life, the military commander of Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades, Mohammed Deif—known as “Abu Khaled”—h...

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