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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014

New Libyan Defense Minister to be appointed within days, says parliamentary speaker

Tobruk, Asharq Al-Awsat—Libyan Speaker of Parliament Aqeela Saleh said that a new Minister of Defense is set to be appointed within the coming few days, but refused to divulge the name of the ministerial candidate that the Tobruk-based parliament is set to discuss. The appointment of a Defense Minister would be an important step for Libya’s legitimate government against a rival government and parliament that remain present in Tripoli amid an ongoing offensive against Islamists in...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Iraqi army drives ISIS out of key Shi’ite district

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi army forces raised the national flag on government buildings in the Jurf Al-Sakhr district, 43 miles (70 km) south of Baghdad, on Friday after a months-long battle with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Shi’ite-majority area. “Army forces have recaptured the center of the Jurf Al-Sakhr district, controlling state buildings and main roads, after violent clashes with the terrorist gangs of ISIS,” an Iraqi security sou...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Houthis seize historic castle in western Yemen

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Houthi militants captured a historic castle in Al-Hudaydah Governorate on Friday following clashes with members of Hirak Al-Tuhami, an anti-Houthi...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Egypt: Sisi warns of “existential” battle after Sinai attack

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said “foreign hands” were behind Friday’s attack on troops in the country’s restive Sinai Peninsul...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Attack on Egypt army post kills 25

El-Arish, Egypt, AP—An attack on an army post in the restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula caused a large explosion and killed 25 people, according to security...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Kurds need heavy weaponry to defend Kobani from ISIS, say Kurdish officials

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Kurds fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Syrian town of Kobani need heavy weaponry more than reinforcements, senior member...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Yemen presidency “frustrated” by Houthi advances: source

Sana'a, Asharq Al-Awsat—As officials consult with the Houthi leadership over forming a new government, Yemen’s presidency is “frustrated” by the Shi’ite militia...

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Sawsan Abu-Husain
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Yemen: Former PM-candidate says Houthi advance will backfire

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Recent advances by Yemen's Houthi movement will ultimately backfire against the Shi’ite group, a former Yemeni prime ministerial candidate has sa...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 23 Oct, 2014

Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500

Beirut, AP—US-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as warplanes tar...

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Hamdan Al-Rahbi
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on : Thursday, 23 Oct, 2014

Yemen: Houthis storm Interior Ministry, set up Iranian cultural centers in Hajjah

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Houthi fighters continued to advance across Yemen on Wednesday and Thursday, storming a government building in the capital Sana’a amid fears o...

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