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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 20 Oct, 2014

US airdrops weapons to Syrian Kurds

Ankara and Beirut, Reuters/Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, while the United States airdropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Washington said the arms had been supplied by Iraqi Kurdish authorities and had been dropped near Kobani, which came under ISIS attack in September and is now besieged to the east...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Monday, 20 Oct, 2014

Yemen: Houthis push for key ministerial portfolios

Sana’a and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Houthi movement is pushing to secure the defense, interior and finance portfolios in Yemen's new cabinet, despite stern opposition from President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, sources in the Yemeni government told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday. The sources added that Hadi met on Sunday with newly appointed Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, Yemen’s former UN representative, who returned from New York on Sunday to assume his post. The two held “lengthy dis...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Monday, 20 Oct, 2014

Arab League vows support for Iraq against ISIS

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Arab league Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said the organization and its members would "defend all countries against the Islamic State of Iraq and S...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 20 Oct, 2014

Egypt and Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest

Cairo, AP—Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya's military against Islamic militants in a bid to restore stability...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Sunday, 19 Oct, 2014

Houthis seize town south of Yemeni capital

Sana’a, AP/Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen's Shi’ite rebels captured a town south of the capital Sana’a early on Sunday, when they also blew up the house of a rival Islamist politici...

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Nazeer Rida
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on : Sunday, 19 Oct, 2014

US officials in contact with Syrian Kurds “for more than two years”: PYD spokesman

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Representatives from the main Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been in contact with US officials “for more than two years,” an...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Sunday, 19 Oct, 2014

Iraq parliament approves new Defense, Interior ministers

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi lawmakers on Saturday approved the appointment of Khaled Al-Obeidi as Iraqi Defense Minister and Mohamed Al-Ghabban as Interior Minister, e...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Saturday, 18 Oct, 2014

Yemen: Houthis continue southern advance, clashes intensify

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Houthi militants are on course to expand into southern Yemen after overrunning the strategically-important city of Rada’, south of the capital S...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 18 Oct, 2014

Ramped-up air strikes stall ISIS advance on Syrian town

Mursitpinar, Turkey, Reuters—Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants against Kurdish fo...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 18 Oct, 2014

GCC dispute over Qatar close to being resolved: Omani official

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—A senior Omani official has said that the inter-Gulf dispute between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain is close to b...

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