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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Saturday, 20 Sep, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces expand ISIS offensive

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kurdish Peshmerga forces are preparing to launch a broad offensive against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Peshmerga forces will seek to recapture the northern city of Mosul—held by the Islamist group since August—as US and French military jets continue to target ISIS positions. “On Friday, Pehmerga forces began an extended offensive on ISIS-controlled areas east of Mosul,” a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman...

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Obaid Al-Suhaymi
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on : Friday, 19 Sep, 2014

Bahrain National Dialogue set to resume

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—Bahrain announced that an agreement has been reached between the country’s political parties for renewed National Dialogue, which will include discussions of five “core elements,” including electoral districts, legislative authority, cabinet formation, judicial reform and security. The agreement over the latest round of National Dialogue comes after Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa met with political and community leaders this ...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Friday, 19 Sep, 2014

Yemen: Government mulls fresh Houthi demands

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s central government is considering a new set of demands issued by the Shi’ite Houthi movement to end the politial unrest and bloodshed ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 19 Sep, 2014

France says it launches first air strikes in Iraq

Paris, Reuters—France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Friday, 19 Sep, 2014

Peshmerga forces ready for anti-ISIS alliance

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga Ministry formally announced its readiness to participate in the US-led international military alliance that is being formed...

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Obaid Al-Suhaymi
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on : Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014

Bahrain warns Qatar over citizenship dispute

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—Bahrain warned on Wednesday it was ready to take serious counter-measures against Qatar over Doha’s alleged policy of offering Qatari citizenship to...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014

Yemen: Iran, Oman pressure Houthis to accept government deal

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s Houthis and the central government appeared to move closer to an agreement to end the bloodshed that has recently gripped the country, ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014

Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

New York, AP—Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and ...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014

ISIS no threat to Erbil: Peshmerga official

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters currently pose no threat to the Kurdish capital Erbil, as Peshmerga forces continue to drive Islami...

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Paula Astih
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on : Thursday, 18 Sep, 2014

Lebanon to set up Syrian refugee camps, introduce new measures: minister

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Lebanese government is considering setting up “shelters” for existing Syrian refugees as it mulls the introduction of new measures banning the...

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