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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Friday, 18 Jul, 2014

Kurds unite around independence as Iraq falls apart

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—An independent state is not a new dream for the Kurds. In Iraq, they accepted autonomy after the fall of Saddam, largely due to pressure from Turkey and the United States—but still, independence was never far from their minds. Now, after the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept across northern and western Iraq in June, complete independence may once again be on the table. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has declared it will hold a public...

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Mohamed Al-Daameh
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on : Wednesday, 16 Jul, 2014

Misunderstood Ma’an

Ma’an, Asharq Al-Awsat—Driving into Ma’an on the international highway, which has grown shabby due to lack of maintenance, a visitor might think they are about to arrive in a quiet city where security and peace prevail. There are no pedestrians on the streets, and little traffic. But this impression quickly changes after seeing the Jordanian gendarmerie forces’ armored vehicles sealing off the governorate buildings, the court and security headquarters. There were also no police ...

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Jessica Purkiss
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on : Monday, 14 Jul, 2014

Gaza hospitals struggling to cope under Israeli assault

Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—As the Israeli military continued its latest offensive against Gaza for the seventh day on Monday, the territory’s hospitals are struggling to cop...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Saturday, 12 Jul, 2014

From Twitter to Terrorist

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—It is commonly known that social networking sites, and particularly Twitter, are being used to entice misguided youth to leave their homes and take up...

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Ben Flanagan
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on : Thursday, 3 Jul, 2014

The Muslim Brotherhood in London

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—At the Muslim Brotherhood’s London “headquarters,” located in an unlikely spot above a disused kebab shop in the northwestern district of Crickl...

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Safaa Azab
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on : Monday, 30 Jun, 2014

The Muslim Brotherhood Reshuffle

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—On the one-year anniversary of the ouster of Egypt’s first, and likely last, Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood finds itself in...

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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Sunday, 29 Jun, 2014

Egypt’s government buckles down to tackle slum problem

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Egypt’s new government has established a ministry dedicated to resolving one of the country’s most pressing problems: the ashwaa'iyya, or slums bui...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Wednesday, 25 Jun, 2014

A City Almost United as Iraq Divides

Kirkuk, Asharq Al-Awsat—With its crumbling ruins and ghostly relics of communities that have long since disappeared, Kirkuk’s ancient citadel tells the story of what may ha...

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Afshin Molavi
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on : Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2014

Fouad Ajami, his books, and the Arab political condition

“Khalil Hawi, a poet of renown and professor at the American University of Beirut, educated at that university and at Cambridge, killed himself in the evening of June 6, 1982, at...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Friday, 20 Jun, 2014

Warnings on Iraq ISIS attack ignored—KRG official

Jaloula, Asharq Al-Awsat—Intelligence and security officials in Iraq’s Kurdish region say they warned Baghdad and Western intelligence agencies six months ago about an impe...

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