Monthly Archives: April 2015

Can a Three Billion Dollar Arms Deal Save Lebanon From the Islamic State?

Published on Apr 19, 2015 Earlier today, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Lebanon to oversee the delivery of the first batch of Saudi-purchased French arms. The arms deal, valued at approximately $3 billion dollars, intends to bolster … Continue reading

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Israel’s Syria strikes: This time it’s different

This weekend regional media outlets claimed that the Israeli Air Force carried out two sets of strikes on multiple targets in the Syrian-Lebanese border area during the April 21-April 25 period. The first set of strikes (which also remains the … Continue reading

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Extremists’ Sleeper Cells Are Secret Weapon In Ramadi

Iraq Solidarity \ Mustafa Habib Last week’s small extremist victories in Ramadi were fuelled by the work of sleeper cells, who spread rumours and panic that saw security forces abandoning the city and locals fleeing for Baghdad. But those worst fears … Continue reading

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Kiwi jihadist calls for Anzac terror attacks

Otago Daily Times A Kiwi jihadist who claims to be fighting in Syria with the Islamic State has called for terror attacks in New Zealand to mark Anzac Day. Mark John Taylor, also known as Mohammad Daniel and Abu Abdul … Continue reading

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Invisible For Generations, ‘Hidden Armenians’ Emerge In Turkey’

NPR\Peter Kenyon A century after Ottoman forces massacred an estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, some of the remaining Armenian Turks are taking tentative steps out into the open. They survived because their ancestors were taken in by Muslim … Continue reading

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Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Tilt Mideast Power From Saudi Arabia Toward Iran, Turkey and Pakistan

Graham E. Fuller (Former vice chairman, CIA’s National Intelligence Council) HuffingtonPost Does anybody remember the old Cold War geopolitical concept of the “northern tier states?” They consisted of three countries — Turkey, Iran and Pakistan (and sometimes Afghanistan) that lay … Continue reading

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Yemen’s Houthi Leader Won’t Be Betrayed For 44 Pounds Of Gold

Vocativ Al-Qaeda has issued a bounty for Zaidi Shia leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi, but Yemen analysts say his fighters won’t give him up Yemen’s rebel leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi, 32, has a bounty of 20 kilos (44lbs) of gold on his … Continue reading

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Feds Warn Airlines to Look Out for Passengers Hacking Jets

WIRED IN RESPONSE TO reports last week that passenger Wi-Fi networks make some planes vulnerable to hacking, the FBI and TSA have issued an alert to airlines advising them to be on the lookout for evidence of tampering or network … Continue reading

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Iraq Report – February 2015

EUROPE IRAQI FREEDOM ASSOCIATION Iran’s strategy for regional supremacy has facilitated the rise of ISIS This report covers the current conflict in Iraq and asserts that the formation and rapid expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … Continue reading

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Islamic State inc: Maximisation

Via Middle East Eye \ Abe Jimenez Islamic State’s multi-divisional form of organisation allows it to maximise its ability to conduct operations, erode rival state institutions and power, and establish its own form of governance. It documents its operations by filming … Continue reading

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