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MIDDLE EAST DAILY BULLETIN
10 FEBRUARY 2016
NO: 2101
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IRAQ, .................................................................................................................................... 4
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Barzani Meets Secretary-General of the Iraqi Islamic Party ........................................................4
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Iraqi joint force seizes cache of weapons in eastern Baghdad ....................................................4
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Iraqi Woman Charged With Role in Kayla Mueller's Death..........................................................4
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Volunteer forces kill 14 ISIS elements, foil attack southeast of Thurthar ....................................4
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OPEC's Oil Price Downs A Little ....................................................................................................5
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1 dead, 42 wounded in ISIS shelling on Ameriyat Fallujah, says District Council.........................5
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Next Year Will Be Worse Economically If The Financial Crisis Persists ........................................5
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ISIS imposes curfew on residents of Fallujah, Anbar....................................................................6
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How Canada will expand its involvement in Iraq while halting its air war against the Islamic
State .....................................................................................................................................................6
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Ten ISIS fighters killed in Iraqi airstrike northwest of Ramadi .....................................................6
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Ramadi completely cleared of IS after Iraqi forces' operation.....................................................6
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Eight ISIS fighters killed in battles southwest of Kirkuk ...............................................................7
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Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Christians, Yazidis in Iraq .................................7
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Iraqi Army Deploys Thousands of Troops to Liberate Mosul From Daesh ...................................7
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How to overcome Iraq’s economic crisis......................................................................................8
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Fears of dam collapse in Iraq spurs emergency plan by military .................................................8
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Russian Deputy PM to Head Delegation to Meet With Iraq Leadership ......................................8
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Influx of U.S. troops, weapons bolster Anbar fight ......................................................................9
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Iraq PM says to bring in technocrats in cabinet reshuffle ............................................................9
2. SYRIA .................................................................................................................................... 9
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Despite war at home, more Syrian refugees return from Iraq ....................................................9
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Shaaban: Diplomatic efforts to overcome terrorism wouldn’t be successful as long as there
are countries that support terrorist organizations ..............................................................................9
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Border camps full as Syria families escape regime offensive .................................................... 10
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U.S. official says Syrian government unlikely to collapse.......................................................... 10
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Fighting kills at least 500 in Aleppo province since Syrian army offensive began: Monitor ..... 10
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36 Iranian army officers killed in Syria in 5 days ....................................................................... 11
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Russian airstrikes kill 15 in opposition-held Syrian villages ...................................................... 11
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Syrian Army Makes Great Advances in Northern Parts of Aleppo ............................................ 11
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'Hundreds killed' in battle for Aleppo as air strikes pound villages .......................................... 11
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Syria Air Strike Hits MSF-Supported Hospital, 3 Dead............................................................... 12
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The World Bank to Asharq Al-Awsat: Aid to Syrian Refugees Will be Monitored Every 6
Months .............................................................................................................................................. 12
3. IRAN ....................................................................................................................................12
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Iran deal will delay bomb up to 15 years .................................................................................. 12
US-Iranian businessman’s jailing sends chilling message to investors...................................... 12
IRGC Commander: World Powers' Attempts to Overthrow Assad Blocked by Iran ................. 13
President of Italy Chamber of Deputies due in Iran .................................................................. 13
Air defense takes delivery of Samavat artillery systems ........................................................... 13
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Iran needs $200b to develop oil industry: Zanganeh ................................................................ 14
President: Ground prepared for Iran to make big breakthrough.............................................. 14
Iran to receive 1st batch of Russian S-300 system by 1st quarter of 2016: Dehqan ................ 14
Russia's S-300 missile system ready to be delivered to Iran ..................................................... 14
ISRAEL – PALESTINE..............................................................................................................15
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Israel extends ex-PM Olmert’s prison sentence........................................................................ 15
Gaza interior ministry denies treating wounded from Sinai ..................................................... 15
Israel locks down Palestinian village after settler stabbed ....................................................... 15
Palestinian government says willing to step down for unity .................................................... 15
New law allows Netanyahu to oust Arab parliamentarians ...................................................... 16
Israel accuses UN of promoting ‘terror’ .................................................................................... 16
State opposes plan for Arab school near east Jerusalem Border Police base .......................... 16
UN encourages Palestinian unity talks ...................................................................................... 17
Palestinian assailant wounds Israeli jogger in Gush Etzion stabbing ........................................ 17
Israeli Troops Fatally Shoot Teen near Hebron ......................................................................... 17
JORDAN and LEBANON.........................................................................................................17
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Captured Hezbollah members “received little training" ........................................................... 17
Lebanon army arrests man attempting to smuggle chemicals to ISIS: report .......................... 18
Twinning project with EU to improve Kingdom's real estate mapping ..................................... 18
Bolotin talks about the military coordination with Jordan in Amman ...................................... 18
King, Arab leaders discuss anti-terror drive, region .................................................................. 18
PM: Jordan backs Palestinian declaration of Jerusalem as Islamic cultural capital .................. 19
Geagea Urges International Community to Intervene to 'Halt Massacres in Syria' .................. 19
King, Tunisian leader discuss ties, fight on terrorism ................................................................ 19
Democratic Gathering Warns against Lebanon's Slide to 'Totalitarianism' .............................. 20
Ambassador of Tunisia, Falha discuss bilateral ties .................................................................. 20
ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE GULF OF BASRA ....................................................................20
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Yemeni VP Bahah: ‘We are on the outskirts of Sanaa’ .............................................................. 20
Kuwait backs alliances against Islamic State, but no troops ..................................................... 20
Saudi gives Yemen 4,000 food baskets ..................................................................................... 21
UAE tries ‘Hezbollah’, ‘Qaeda’ cell members ............................................................................ 21
Bahrain imprisons anti-regime protesters ................................................................................ 21
Saudis Encourage US to Send Troops, 'Fight Their War in Syria for Them' ............................... 22
Family of 5 killed in coalition strike on Yemen capital .............................................................. 22
UAE announces happiness ministerial post .............................................................................. 22
Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks ............................................. 22
Legitimate Forces in Yemen Advance Towards Sana’a ............................................................. 23
EGYPT ..................................................................................................................................23
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Jihadist attacks bring Egypt's tourist industry to its knees........................................................ 23
Egypt activists recall Mubarak ouster as a distant dream......................................................... 23
Egypt policeman jailed for beating vet to death ....................................................................... 24
Price rise fears as Egypt restricts import of 50 items ................................................................ 24
Nile dam talks breakthrough: contracts to be signed shortly ................................................... 24
Court acquits Mubarak-era information minister of corruption............................................... 24
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Egyptian killed following fight in Riyadh: Egypt's immigration minister ................................... 25
Egyptian-US relations keystone of our foreign policy over past decades: Shoukry .................. 25
Egypt's Shukri, Kerry discuss security challenges, cooperation in Washington D.C. ................ 25
Sisi stresses support toward national accord government in Libya .......................................... 25
NORTH AFRICA.....................................................................................................................26
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Algeria’s president warns his people of ‘dangerous adventures’ ............................................. 26
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Expert: Tunisia preparing for military action in Libya ............................................................... 26
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Tunisia increases military at border as Libya concerns grow .................................................... 26
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Algeria-Denmark relations,“strong” .......................................................................................... 27
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Presidency Council stalemated over defence ministry appointment granted more time by HoR
to name government......................................................................................................................... 27
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Terrorist eliminated in Bouira ................................................................................................... 27
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Tripoli authorities threaten to close Tunisian border if Tunis airport not reopened to Libyan
planes ................................................................................................................................................ 27
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Caïd Essebsi, Essid discus security situation in wake of latest developments in region ........... 28
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Cabinet meeting considers project on national territorial coverage in municipal system ....... 28
9. AFGHANISTAN – PAKISTAN ..................................................................................................28
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US to Send More Troops to Afghanistan ................................................................................... 28
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Pakistan inks long-term LNG import agreement with Qatar..................................................... 29
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Obama administration proposes $2.5b in aid to Afghanistan .................................................. 29
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PIA’s JAC delegation meets Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore ............................................................... 29
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Afghanistan risks political breakdown, warns US spymaster .................................................... 29
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Govt’s ‘vague policy’ on Saudi-led coalition worries Senate committee .................................. 30
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Terrorists Being Funded By Hostile Intelligence Agencies ........................................................ 30
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Two children killed in Kunar blast ............................................................................................. 30
10. TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST ............................................................................................30
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Explosives, Suicide Belts Found on Suspects at Syria Border .................................................... 30
Iran, Turkey deputy FMs meet amid disputes ........................................................................... 31
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1. IRAQ,
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Barzani Meets Secretary-General of the Iraqi Islamic Party
President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani discussed with Iyad al-Samarrai, secretary-general of the
Iraqi Islamic Party, the political and security situation in the region. A statement of the presidency of
the Kurdistan region said "the two sides exchanged views on the future of Iraq and the outstanding
problems between Erbil and the federal government and threats of terrorists and foreign
interference in Iraqi affairs and how to free Mosul from Daash terrorist and the situation that will
follow the liberating and working to bring the co-existence of national and religious components
especially in the provinces of Nineveh and Kirkuk.
More Details:
http://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?GvwRIVSU%252f9q8fecbCwzMbA%253d%253d
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Iraqi joint force seizes cache of weapons in eastern Baghdad
A source in the Iraqi police said on Tuesday, that a joint force had seized a store of weapons in
eastern the capital Baghdad. The source said in a brief statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “A
joint force belonging to Baghdad Police Command and Baghdad Intelligence had managed to find a
cache of weapons containing rockets and explosive devices inside a field in the area of al-Nahruwan
in eastern Baghdad.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraqi-joint-force-seizes-cache-weapons-eastern-baghdad/
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Iraqi Woman Charged With Role in Kayla Mueller's Death
The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in
federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's
death, the Justice Department said Monday.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/politics/17387-iraqi-woman-charged-with-role-in-kayla-mueller-sdeath.html
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Volunteer forces kill 14 ISIS elements, foil attack southeast of Thurthar
Saraya al-Jihad militia belonging to the paramilitary al-Hashed al-Sha’bi force announced on Tuesday
the killing of 14 ISIS elements as well as the seizure of an armored vehicle during clashes with ISIS
southeast Thurthar. The militia said in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com, that it had
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“repelled an attack by ISIS terrorist gangs in the vicinity southeast of Thurthar during their attempt to
approach the first defensive line,” adding that, “The Saraya managed to kill 14 terrorists and seize a
booby-trapped armored vehicle before detonating it by the terrorists.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/147912/
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OPEC's Oil Price Downs A Little
The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $29.00 a barrel on Monday, compared with
$29.30 the previous Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. The new OPEC Reference
Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola),
Oriente (Ecuador), Minas (Indonesia), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait
Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi
Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).
More Details:
http://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?2%252f4zIevnMyWsTZmClEKwzg%253d%253d
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1 dead, 42 wounded in ISIS shelling on Ameriyat Fallujah, says District Council
The head of Ameriyat Fallujah District Council, Shaker Mahmoud al-Isawi, announced the killing and
wounding of 43 civilians in a shelling by ISIS that targeted a popular market in the district. Isawi said
in a statement followed by IraqiNews.com, “ISIS fired tens of mortar shells and rockets since
yesterday evening and until this moment against a popular market in the district of Ameriyat (23 km
south of Fallujah),” adding that, “The ISIS shelling resulted in killing a civilian and wounding 42 others
including women and children.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/1-dead-42-wounded-isis-shelling-ameriyat-fallujah-saysdistrict-council/
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Next Year Will Be Worse Economically If The Financial Crisis Persists
An economic expert said next year would be the worst economically if the economic crisis continued
and government inaction to do economic reform continued. Durgam Mohammed Ali told the
National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "Iraq has now exhausted all available resources and even
possible borrowing, which narrows the agreed solutions for the next year after exhausting the
possibility of domestic and external borrowing after the accumulation of international loans to Iraq
without a real reform."
More Details:
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http://www.ninanews.com/News_Details.aspx?6TGOalTa4dc0tybTfXYlNQ%253d%253d
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ISIS imposes curfew on residents of Fallujah, Anbar
A local source in Anbar province said on Tuesday, that the so-called ISIS has imposed a curfew on the
city of Fallujah after a number of youths had raised the Iraqi flag over one of the bridges in the city.
The source reported for IraqiNews.com, “This morning, ISIS imposed a curfew on the residents of the
city of Fallujah and prevented everyone from leaving their houses in the city,” noting that, “The
curfew is ongoing until this moment.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/isis-imposes-curfew-residents-fallujah-anbar/
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How Canada will expand its involvement in Iraq while halting its air war against the
Islamic State
Last month, Canada was left out as seven major players in the fight against the Islamic State group
met in Paris. U.S. defense officials said at the time that the meeting included only those countries
with the most “skin in the game,” a comment that made front-page news in Canada considering its
long-term partnership with the United States in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/politics/17385-how-canada-will-expand-its-involvement-in-iraq-whilehalting-its-air-war-against-the-islamic-state.html
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Ten ISIS fighters killed in Iraqi airstrike northwest of Ramadi
A security source in Anbar Province announced on Tuesday, that ten fighters of the so-called ISIS
were killed and their vehicles were destructed in an air strike targeted ISIS site northwest of Ramadi
(110 km west of Baghdad). The source said in a brief statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The
Iraqi Air Force launched an air strike using Sukhoi aircrafts on a site belonging to ISIS in Albu Thiyab
area northwest of Ramadi,” pointing out that, “The operation resulted in the killing of ten ISIS
members.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/ten-isis-fighters-killed-in-iraqi-air-strike-northwest-of-ramadi/
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Ramadi completely cleared of IS after Iraqi forces' operation
Iraq's military media announced in a statement on Tuesday, February 9, that Iraqi forces were able to
completely retake Ramadi and drive Islamic State militants out. The military, Anbar province police,
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counter terrorist forces and the Public Mobilization Units (PMU) were all part of the operation that
retook Ramadi.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=37669
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Eight ISIS fighters killed in battles southwest of Kirkuk
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Mosul announced, that the bodies of eight members of the
so- called ISIS arrived to the forensic medicine department in Mosul, while pointed out that dead
fighters were killed in the military operations in southwest of Kirkuk. The Media official of Kurdistan
Democratic Party in Mosul Ghias al-surja told reporters, “The Forensic Medicine Department at
Mosul Hospital received eight bodies belonging to ISIS fighters.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/eight-isis-fighters-killed-in-the-southwest-of-kirkuk-battles/
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Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Christians, Yazidis in Iraq
Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that Congress is considering the creation of an autonomous
region in Iraq to protect Christians and Yazidis from persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS), and criticized the State Department’s lack of involvement in the ongoing discussions. “There
are discussions and there will be a resolution introduced in the House, I believe, to set up an intothe-plains, basically a protectorate, whereby Christians, Yazidis and other minorities [will be
protected],” Wolf said at an event last week at the National Press Club in Washington.
More Details:
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/jose-r-gonzalez/congress-will-push-safe-zone-persecutedchristians-yazidis-iraq
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Iraqi Army Deploys Thousands of Troops to Liberate Mosul From Daesh
The Iraqi army is sending thousands of soldiers to a northern base for operational training to retake
Daesh’s hub city of Mosul, officials said on Monday. Daesh captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city
in June 2014 and except for airstrikes it has held the city largely unopposed for over 18 months as the
country's security forces fought the militants in other areas.
More Details:
http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160209/1034452394/iraq-daesh-mosul-battle.html
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How to overcome Iraq’s economic crisis
Iraq’s economic crisis is about to get worse. The government, which relies on oil for 90% of its
revenue and 80% of foreign exchange earnings, faces plunging oil prices combined with rampant
corruption and the exorbitant cost of battling the Islamic State (IS). Iraqi officials must come up with
solutions that take all those circumstances into account. The country's economic problem is
influenced particularly by two factors. The first is related to Iraq's socialist economic system and its
absence of an economic infrastructure and free active market correlated with global markets. The
Iraqi infrastructure is significantly damaged as a result of long-term wars and sanctions. The
economic system was mostly controlled by the government for more than half a century.
More Details:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/02/iraq-economy-crisis-solutions-promote-smallbusinesses.html
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Fears of dam collapse in Iraq spurs emergency plan by military
The threat of a collapsing dam in Iraq that could send water flooding over millions of people has
forced Australia's military to make emergency plans to protect soldiers and diplomats. The Chief of
the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that military
planners were deeply worried about the state of the dam and had put "contingency plans" in place if
it collapses.
More Details:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/fears-of-dam-collapse-in-iraq-spursemergency-plan-by-military-20160210-gmqhbb.html
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Russian Deputy PM to Head Delegation to Meet With Iraq Leadership
According to the Kommersant, the delegation will arrive in Iraq with a two-day visit on Wednesday.
Rogozin will hold a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, the
paper added. During his visit, the Russian official will meet with the chairman of the commission,
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, and President Fuad Masum, the paper reported. Russian
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as well as a number of other deputy ministers are
expected to accompany Rogozin as part of the Russian delegation, according to the paper.
More Details:
http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160210/1034488197/rogozin-will-head-delegation-to-iraq.html
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Influx of U.S. troops, weapons bolster Anbar fight
American troops are making an increasing impact in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic
State (IS) group in Anbar province, four weeks after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a
new deployment of 1,800 troops to Iraq.For Anbar’s formal security forces and aligned tribal
militiamen, the American intelligence and firepower is reinforcing the victory over the IS group in the
capital of Ramadi, which is now almost cleared of IS fighters.
More Details:
http://www.iraqoilreport.com/news/influx-u-s-troops-weapons-bolster-anbar-fight-17975/
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Iraq PM says to bring in technocrats in cabinet reshuffle
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday he would reshuffle his cabinet to appoint
technocrats to replace ministers appointed on the basis of political affiliations. He gave no details
about the timing of the change or what positions would be affected, but promised decisions soon
including ones related to fighting corruption.
More Details:
http://news.trust.org/item/20160209212651-m2x9k
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Despite war at home, more Syrian refugees return from Iraq
Under a cold winter sun, 65-year-old Nazo Osi Ali and her two daughters pull their bulging suitcases
out of the back of a blue station wagon at this town in northwest Iraq across the Tigris River from
Syria. Ten months ago Nazo fled to Iraq to escape the fighting in Syria, but now she needs to return
home to her war-ravaged country for medical reasons. "I have high blood pressure and a bad tooth
and I want to see my own doctor and dentist," she says. "It is too expensive to get treatment in Iraq."
More Details:
http://www.unhcr.org.uk/news-and-views/news-list/news-detail/article/despite-war-at-home-moresyrian-refugees-return-from-iraq.html
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Shaaban: Diplomatic efforts to overcome terrorism wouldn’t be successful as long as
there are countries that support terrorist organizations
Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban said that combating terrorism and
realizing stability in the region are the basic criterion for those who want to have a solution to the
crisis in Syria.“The sides which talk about cease-fire and humanitarian aid don’t want to combat
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terrorism or realize stability in the Middle East, but they want to divide the states,” Shaaban told alAlam TV in an interview broadcasted on Tuesday.
More Details:
http://sana.sy/en/?p=69026
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Border camps full as Syria families escape regime offensive
Emergency camps along Syria's border with Turkey are overwhelmed by a flood of displaced families,
aid workers warned, as the regime kept up an assault against embattled rebels on Tuesday. In and
around the Syrian town of Azaz near the frontier, people are sleeping in the streets, or up to 20
people to a tent, having left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
More Details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75148
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U.S. official says Syrian government unlikely to collapse
The director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, said he does not think the Syrian government of
Bashar Assad is likely to collapse or be defeated in the near term because of increased support from
Iran and Russia. He said Assad’s forces will likely regain key territory in some key areas.
More Details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/09/U-S-official-says-Syrian-governmentunlikely-to-collapse.html
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Fighting kills at least 500 in Aleppo province since Syrian army offensive began:
Monitor
At least 500 people have been killed on all sides during fighting in Aleppo province since the start of a
Syrian army and allied forces offensive began in early February, a war monitor said on Wednesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said this figure included at least
100 civilians. Reuters could not independently confirm the figures.
More Details:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/369872/fighting-kills-at-least-500-in-aleppoprovince-since-syrian-army-offensive-began-monitor
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36 Iranian army officers killed in Syria in 5 days
Three Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers have been killed in Syria, bringing the total number of
Iranian officers killed in Syria over the past five days to 36, Iranian media sources reported. According
to Iranian media, the three officers were killed in battles in northern Syria, during their work as
military advisors.
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/23805-36-iranian-army-officers-killed-insyria-in-5-days
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Russian airstrikes kill 15 in opposition-held Syrian villages
Fifteen civilians were killed and another 17 injured on Tuesday when Russian warplanes struck a
handful of opposition-held villages in Syria’s Idlib province, local Civil Defense sources told Anadolu
Agency. According to the sources, Russian warplanes targeted residential areas in four villages in
Idlib. Firas Faham, a local media activist based in Idlib province’s city of Maarat al-Nuuman, told
Anadolu Agency that thousands of Syrians who had recently fled Aleppo due to fierce Russian
airstrikes had since come to Idlib seeking refuge.
More Details:
http://www.albawaba.com/news/russian-airstrikes-kill-15-opposition-held-syrian-villages-803626
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Syrian Army Makes Great Advances in Northern Parts of Aleppo
Syrian Army backed by national defense forces has established control in Aleppo, Homs, Hama,
Damascus, Lattakia, Idlib, Deir Ezzur, Dara’a and continues its advances 4 sides of the country. The
terrorist groups sustained heavy casualties and losses in tough battle with the militants across Homs
province.
More Details:
http://en.alalam.ir/news/1788002
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'Hundreds killed' in battle for Aleppo as air strikes pound villages
More than 500 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since a major Russian-backed
regime offensive in Syria's Aleppo province began this month, a monitor said on Wednesday. The UKbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources on the ground in
Syria for its figures, said the toll of 506 included 23 children killed in Russian air strikes on Aleppo city
and its surroundings since the operation was launched on 1 February.
More Details:
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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/hundreds-killed-10-day-battle-aleppo-monitor-955705045
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Syria Air Strike Hits MSF-Supported Hospital, 3 Dead
An air strike hit a hospital in southern Syria that is supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF),
killing three people and wounding six, the medical charity said on Tuesday. "The strike on Tafas field
hospital, some 12 kilometers (seven miles) from the Jordanian border, took place on the night of
February 5. It caused partial damage to the hospital building, and put its heavily-used ambulance
service out of action," MSF said in a statement.
More Details:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/201718-syria-air-strike-hits-msf-supported-hospital-3-dead
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The World Bank to Asharq Al-Awsat: Aid to Syrian Refugees Will be Monitored Every 6
Months
The Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem confirmed
to Asharq Al-Awsat that the World Bank “aims to give $20 billion to the Middle East to help ease the
Syrian crisis” within the next five years.
More Details:
http://english.aawsat.com/2016/02/article55347421/the-world-bank-to-asharq-al-awsat-aid-tosyrian-refugees-will-be-monitored-every-6-months
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Iran deal will delay bomb up to 15 years
The deal between world powers and Iran has delayed Tehran's acquisition of nuclear weapons by 10
to 15 years, the head of a top defence think-tank told AFP on Tuesday. The agreement struck in
Vienna in July between Iran and the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus
Germany (P5 plus one) sees sanctions progressively lifted in return for Tehran ensuring its nuclear
programme remains for civilian use.
More Details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75162
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US-Iranian businessman’s jailing sends chilling message to investors
When Iran and the United States sealed the implementation of a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear
programme with a prisoner exchange last month, Siamak Namazi was among the detainees some
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expected to be freed by the Iranian authorities. The businessman with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship
was on a list of four prisoners to be released published by the official Islamic Republic News Agency
and the Tabnak website on the day of the swap, Jan. 16. His name was withdrawn with an apology
but no explanation.
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http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/369770/us-iranian-businessman-s-jailing-sendschilling-message-to-investors
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IRGC Commander: World Powers' Attempts to Overthrow Assad Blocked by Iran
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami
underlined Iran's influential role in the region, and said the country stopped foreign powers from
overthrowing the government in Damascus. "All big powers were there in Syria. Iran was there too,
determined to keep Bashar Assad in power. In the end, they failed to affect regime change," Salami
said, addressing a large gathering of Basij Volunteer Force officials in Tehran on Wednesday.
More Details:
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941121000670
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President of Italy Chamber of Deputies due in Iran
President of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini will pay an official visit to Tehran to hold talks
with senior Iranian officials. Boldrini’s visit will take place at the invitation of Iranian parliament
(Majlis) speaker Ali Larijani, IRNA quoted an informed source at Iran’s embassy in Rome as saying on
Tuesday.
More Details:
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/02/09/449439/Iran-Italy-Larijani-Boldrini
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Air defense takes delivery of Samavat artillery systems
The Samavat 35mm towed anti-aircraft twin-cannon has been delivered to Iran’s air defense bases,
announced Brig. Gen. Farzad Eslamili on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, commander of the
Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, told Mehr News Agency on Tuesday that the Samavat smart
artillery control system is ‘dual-purpose’, meaning it can function as both active and passive.
More Details:
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/114318/Air-defense-takes-delivery-of-Samavat-artillery-systems
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Iran needs $200b to develop oil industry: Zanganeh
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday that $200 billion investment is required
to develop the country’s oil industry. “Internal resources are not enough to meet such need,
therefore we should attract foreign investment”, Zanganeh said in a press conference.
More Details:
http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=252897
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President: Ground prepared for Iran to make big breakthrough
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the ground is prepared for Iran to make a big
breakthrough. The President made the remarks at a ceremony to inaugurate 549 sports and
educational projects in different parts of the country.
More Details:
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/81958087/
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Iran to receive 1st batch of Russian S-300 system by 1st quarter of 2016: Dehqan
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of the
first batch of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system in the first quarter of 2016.
Dehqan, who was speaking in a televised interview on Tuesday night, said that under a contract
signed between Iran and Russia, the S-300 missile system will be delivered to Iran in two parts,
adding that the first batch of the military hardware is ready for shipment, presstv.ir reported.
More Details:
http://www.iran-daily.com/News/136542.html
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Russia's S-300 missile system ready to be delivered to Iran
Russian air defense missile system, S-300 is ready to be delivered to Iran, said the country's Defense
Minister Hossein Dehgan. Dehgan said that a part of S-300 systems will be delivered to Iran in first
quarter of 2016 and the remaining parts until the end of 2016.
More Details:
http://en.trend.az/iran/politics/2492442.html
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4. ISRAEL – PALESTINE
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Israel extends ex-PM Olmert’s prison sentence
An Israeli court extended former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s 18-month prison sentence by a
month Wednesday for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal cases against him. The
Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court rejected a plea bargain Olmert signed in January in which he pleaded
guilty to charges of obstruction of justice in an attempt to avoid additional jail time.
More Details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/10/Israel-court-extends-ex-leaderOlmert-s-prison-sentence.html
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Gaza interior ministry denies treating wounded from Sinai
A spokesman for the Palestinian Interior Minister in Gaza has denied Israeli claims that casualties
from the unrest in Sinai receive medical treatment in the besieged territory, Palsawa.com reported
on Monday. "The Israeli occupation authorities’ claims regarding the wounded from Sinai receiving
medical treatment in Gaza’s hospitals are false,” insisted Iyad Al-Bozom. “They have nothing to do
with reality."
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/23821-gaza-interior-ministry-deniestreating-wounded-from-sinai
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Israel locks down Palestinian village after settler stabbed
The Israeli army locked down a village in the occupied West Bank, the military said, as part of efforts
to find the perpetrator who stabbed a Jewish man from a nearby settlement Tuesday. The army
spokeswoman said only “humanitarian cases” would be let in and out of Nahalin, southwest of
Bethlehem and a short distance from the settlement of Neve Daniel.
More Details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/10/Israel-locks-down-Palestinian-villageafter-settler-stabbed.html
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Palestinian government says willing to step down for unity
The Palestinian government said on Tuesday it was ready to step down to enable a new national
unity government, as rivals Fatah and Hamas engaged in a new reconciliation effort. Prime minister
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Rami Hamdallah was "ready to resign to support the formation of a national unity government and to
take every effort to achieve genuine reconciliation", a statement read.
More Details:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/369769/palestinian-government-says-willing-tostep-down-for-unity
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New law allows Netanyahu to oust Arab parliamentarians
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has given overwhelming support to a new law proposed by the
Likud-led coalition government which will allow Arab Knesset members (MKs) to be ousted, Anadolu
reported on Monday. The law was first suggested by the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu as a punishment for the Arab parliamentarians who visited families of the victims of
Israeli security forces. The visits were made at the request of a civil society organisation to see if the
MKs could help to have the bodies of those killed released by the authorities for burial.
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/23816-new-law-allows-netanyahu-to-oustarab-parliamentarians
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Israel accuses UN of promoting ‘terror’
Israel has accused UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of promoting "terror" after he defended the
Palestinian uprising as a natural response to the Tel Aviv regime's illegal occupation of their lands. In
a letter to Ban on Monday, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon urged Ban to withdraw the
comments he made in last month's address to the UN Security Council.
More Details:
http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-accuses-un-promoting-%E2%80%98terror%E2%80%99803556
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State opposes plan for Arab school near east Jerusalem Border Police base
The state opposes the building of a school for Arab students in east Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood because it is slated to be built next to a Border Police base, and thus will increase
chances of terror attacks, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.
More Details:
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/State-opposes-plan-for-Arab-school-near-eastJerusalem-Border-Police-base-444445
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UN encourages Palestinian unity talks
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process expressed his support on Tuesday for
the Palestinian unity talks between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas taking place this month in
Qatar. Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement that he "welcomed" the unity talks that kicked off on
Sunday in the Qatari capital, Doha.
More Details:
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=770212
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Palestinian assailant wounds Israeli jogger in Gush Etzion stabbing
An Israeli jogger was wounded and two knife wielding female Palestinian teenagers were arrested in
three separate incidents in Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank on Tuesday.
Tomer Ditore, 28, was stabbed in the evening as he ran on the Derech Ha’avot path near the Neve
Daniel settlement.
More Details:
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Initial-report-One-wounded-in-suspected-Gush-Etzionterror-stabbing-444360
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Israeli Troops Fatally Shoot Teen near Hebron
Israeli forces Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian teen during clashes in al-'Arrub refugee camp, north
of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, according to Palestinian medical sources. Palestinian medics
at al-Mizan hospital in Hebron said that Omar Jawabra, 16 years old, was shot in the chest and head
with two live steel rounds, and was rushed into the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
More Details:
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=J2z8kGa30132499980aJ2z8kG
5. JORDAN and LEBANON
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Captured Hezbollah members “received little training"
Lebanese journalist Carol Malouf has released the entirety of her interview with two Hezbollah
members held captive by Al-Nusra Front in Syria, less than a week after local station MTV aired a
substantially abbreviated version of the video after coming under pressure from the party. In the
one-hour video—published Monday on YouTube—Hassan Nazih Taha and Mohammad Mehdi Shuaib
spoke at length about their deployment as Hezbollah technicians in Syria, working alongside the
party's fighters aiding the Bashar al-Assad regime.
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More Details:
https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/566590-captured-hezbollah-members-received-littletraining-lost
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Lebanon army arrests man attempting to smuggle chemicals to ISIS: report
The Lebanese Army Wednesday arrested a Lebanese national allegedly attempting to smuggle
chemicals to ISIS militants on the outskirts of a northeastern border town, the state’s National News
Agency reported.
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http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Feb-10/336517-lebanon-army-arrestsman-attempting-to-smuggle-chemicals-to-isis-report.ashx
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Twinning project with EU to improve Kingdom's real estate mapping
The EU and the Department of Lands and Survey (DLS) on Tuesday launched a 1 million euro twinning
project aimed at enhancing the technical and administrative capacities of the DLS in the fields of
cadastre (mapping real estate ownership and values) and administration. Finance Minister Omar
Malhas said public agencies always seek to reach solutions and make use of modern technologies to
facilitate procedures in public transactions.
More Details:
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/twinning-project-eu-improve-kingdoms-real-estatemapping
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Bolotin talks about the military coordination with Jordan in Amman
Bolotin Boris, the Russian ambassador in Amman ,Monday evening revealed that there is a
mechanism for Russian-Jordanian military assortment in Amman. Bolotin said during a meeting
between him and media people in journalists syndicate with attendance of chief of foreign affairs
committee dr.Nabeel al Shareef that there is " a communication between Jordanian militants and the
Russian".
More Details:
http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=30306#.Vrs-6fmLTcs
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King, Arab leaders discuss anti-terror drive, region
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday had several phone calls with Arab leaders and discussed with
them bilateral relations, the anti-terror drive and regional and international developments. In a
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phone call with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the King stressed the depth of bilateral relations
and voiced interest to enhance them in different fields, serving mutual interests, a Royal Court
statement said.
More Details:
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/king-arab-leaders-discuss-anti-terror-drive-region
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PM: Jordan backs Palestinian declaration of Jerusalem as Islamic cultural capital
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Tuesday Jordan would support Palestinian efforts to declare
Jerusalem as the 2019 Capital of Islamic Culture and Bethlehem as the 2020 Arab Cultural capital.
Ensour made the pledge as he welcomed Palestinian Culture Minister Ehab Bsiso, who briefed him on
his ministry's bid, and stressed the need for an Arab "umbrella" in that endeavour, particularly by
Jordan, where the holy city enjoys a special status.
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http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=30312#.Vrs_x_mLTcs
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Geagea Urges International Community to Intervene to 'Halt Massacres in Syria'
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea held on Wednesday the international community responsible
for the prolongation of the war in Syria, labeling the developments in the country as a “major
humanitarian tragedy.” He urged via Twitter the international community to “intervene quickly in
Syria to halt the massacres taking place there.”
More Details:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/201754-geagea-urges-international-community-to-interveneto-halt-massacres-in-syria
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King, Tunisian leader discuss ties, fight on terrorism
His Majesty King Abdullah II and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi Tuesday stressed the depth of
Jordanian-Tunisian ties in various fields and their desire to further boost cooperation. During a
telephone call, the two leaders discussed the latest regional and international developments,
including efforts being made to combat terrorism and terrorist gangs within a holistic approach.
More Details:
http://petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?lang=2&site_id=1&NewsID=237097&CatID
=13
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Democratic Gathering Warns against Lebanon's Slide to 'Totalitarianism'
Democratic Gathering bloc MP Marwan Hamadeh has rejected to turn Lebanon into a dictatorship
through the appointment of a president rather than his election. Hamadeh told the Kuwaiti daily alSeyassah on Wednesday that “Lebanon, which has been a slogan for democracy in the Orient, should
not slide into totalitarianism where a president is appointed without elections.”
More Details:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/201727-democratic-gathering-warns-against-lebanon-s-slideto-totalitarianism
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Ambassador of Tunisia, Falha discuss bilateral ties
The Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon Karim Boudali visited on Wednesday the Director General of
the Ministry of Information Dr. Hassan Falha at his office in the ministry, with talks featuring high on
bilateral relations, especially in the media field. "The meeting was fruitful. We tackled the prospects
of cooperation and agreed to activate them. Projects and agreements in the information field will be
signed in the near future between the two countries' official radio and television," the ambassador
said in the wake of the meeting.
More Details:
http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/56516/Ambassador-of-Tunisia-Falha-discuss-bilateral-ties
6. ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE GULF OF BASRA
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Yemeni VP Bahah: ‘We are on the outskirts of Sanaa’
Yemeni Vice President Khaled Bahah said on Tuesday that his internationally recognized government
and allies are now close enough to recapture the capital Sanaa from the Iranian-backed Houthi
militias. “We are now in control of more than 80 percent of the Yemeni territories, and we are now
close to Sanaa,” Bahah, who is also Yemen's prime minister, said during the World Government
Summit (WGS) conference in Dubai.
More Details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/09/Yemeni-VP-Bahah-We-are-on-theoutskirts-of-Sanaa-.html
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Kuwait backs alliances against Islamic State, but no troops
Kuwait backs international efforts against hardline Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria although the Gulf
Arab state’s constitution prevents it from fighting in anything but defensive wars, a senior Kuwaiti
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official said. Kuwait, a U.S. ally and neighbour of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, is part of a 34-nation alliance
announced by Riyadh in December aimed at countering Islamic State and al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria,
Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.
More Details:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/369781/kuwait-backs-alliances-against-islamicstate-but-no-troops
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Saudi gives Yemen 4,000 food baskets
King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aids Center has recently distributed 4,000 food baskets in Al
Wazi’iyah District at Taiz Governorate through the Humanitarian Aid Coalition and its partners from
associations and institutions. The food baskets were distributed in the Directorate within the
“distribution of 100,000 food baskets” project; while the rest of food baskets will be distributed to
other directorates in the Governorate in the coming days. The food baskets will be distributed to 23
directorates across Yemen.
More Details:
http://www.albawaba.com/news/saudi-gives-yemen-4000-food-baskets-803784
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UAE tries ‘Hezbollah’, ‘Qaeda’ cell members
Separate trials have opened in the United Arab Emirates of three men accused of links to Lebanon’s
Shiite Hezbollah movement and 23 others for ties to Al-Qaeda, newspapers reported Tuesday. The
three Lebanese men charged with “forming and managing a group linked to Hezbollah without
obtaining a permit” appeared Monday before Abu Dhabi’s state security, Emarat al-Youm newspaper
said.
More Details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/09/UAE-tries-Hezbollah-Qaeda-cellmembers.html
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Bahrain imprisons anti-regime protesters
A court in Bahrain has sentenced four anti-regime protesters to 10 years in prison each over their
alleged role in an attack on police forces in the Persian Gulf Arab kingdom. The verdict was
announced on Wednesday. No further details have been released yet. In another development, the
European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights has condemned the continued imprisonment of
Bahraini journalist Ahmed al-Fardan, describing it as the suppression of freedom of thought and
expression.
More Details:
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http://www.albawaba.com/news/bahrain-imprisons-anti-regime-protesters-803882
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Saudis Encourage US to Send Troops, 'Fight Their War in Syria for Them'
Saudi Arabia has said that the oil kingdom is ready to participate in a US-led intervention in Syria and
send conventional troops or special operations forces to Syria if the US decides to launch a ground
offensive. "The Saudis are 'inviting' the US to put American soldiers at risk to advance their goals in
Syria because they can't do it for themselves and probably wouldn't even if they could," he noted.
They are essentially "trying to sucker the US into agreeing to fight their war for them."
More Details:
http://en.alalam.ir/news/1787898
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Family of 5 killed in coalition strike on Yemen capital
Five members of the same family were killed when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit their home in
Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, rescuers and neighbours said on Wednesday. According to
neighbours who identified the body, the father was Mounir al-Hakimi a programme director at the
Yemen Today television channel, which is owned by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
More Details:
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/family-5-killed-coalition-strike-yemen-capital-840003770
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UAE announces happiness ministerial post
The UAE is planning a major shakeup of ministries and privatisation of some public services in the
wake of falling oil revenues, the prime minister announced on Monday. As part of a plan to create a
"young and flexible" government, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, attending the World
Government Summit in Dubai, tweeted that he would establish a minister of happiness post.
More Details:
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-announces-happiness-ministerial-post-362872858
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Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of
victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the
crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's
residence in Sochi on the Black Sea coast on Monday, with Putin presenting the Gulf state ruler with
a race horse, according to the Kremlin's press office.
More Details:
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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sword-victory-presented-putin-bahraini-king-453188057
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Legitimate Forces in Yemen Advance Towards Sana’a
The Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz who is also Second Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Defense inspected Saudi troops in the southern region yesterday and
chaired a meeting in which the military situation in the region and recent military operations carried
out by units in accordance with the plans prepared were discussed.
More Details:
http://english.aawsat.com/2016/02/article55347442/legitimate-forces-in-yemen-advance-towardssanaa
7. EGYPT
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Jihadist attacks bring Egypt's tourist industry to its knees
Said Ramadan has lost count of how much he's borrowed just to stay afloat while other vendors at
Giza's pyramids have already lost hope, as jihadist attacks bring Egypt's tourist industry to its knees.
"I have no money to buy clothes for my children ... I hardly make any money as so few tourists are
coming," Ramadan, 42, said at his dilapidated one-storey brick house near the world heritage site.
More Details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75170
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Egypt activists recall Mubarak ouster as a distant dream
As the sun began to set on February 11, 2011, the protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square wavered
between hope and despair, waiting for a signal that Egypt's autocrat would step down. Hosni
Mubarak had been expected to resign the day before, after 30 years in power. Instead, he delivered
a truculent speech insisting he would stay on until September. But the military had already decided
his fate: he would have to go after days of protests had paralysed the country. So just before sunset,
the announcement came.
More Details:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/369832/egypt-activists-recall-mubarak-ouster-as-adistant-dream
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Egypt policeman jailed for beating vet to death
An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced a policeman to eight years in prison for beating to death a
veterinary surgeon in custody, a judicial official said. Mohammed Ibrahim was tried on charges of
killing the vet in November in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, and forging official documents to
falsely accuse him of being a drug dealer.
More Details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75164
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Price rise fears as Egypt restricts import of 50 items
Tensions between Egyptian manufacturers and importers increased yesterday after the Ministry of
Commerce and Industry restrict the import of 50 commodities. Earlier this year, the Minister of
Industry and Trade, Tarek Kabil, issued the decision which includes some food products, cosmetics
and garments. According to the decree, the items cannot be traded unless they are produced by
factories registered at the ministry.
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/23822-price-rise-fears-as-egypt-restricts-importof-50-items
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Nile dam talks breakthrough: contracts to be signed shortly
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan discussed on Tuesday the technical proposal to study the effects of the
under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has troubled Egypt. After a meeting in
Sudanese capital Khartoum, the three countries, each represented by a technical committee, arrived
at a joint memo of their observations on the study proposal handed to them by two French firms that
have been selected by the trio.
More Details:
http://www.albawaba.com/business/egypt-renaissance-nile-dam-talks-positive-contracts-to-besigned-shortly-803728
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Court acquits Mubarak-era information minister of corruption
Cairo Criminal Court has acquitted Mubarak-era information minister Anas al Fekky during his retrial
on corruption-related charges Wednesday, Youm7 reported. In February 2014, the same court
sentenced Fekky to a suspended sentence of one year in prison and fined him 1.8 million EGP ($210
million) over charges of illicitly gaining 33 million EGP while he was in office.
More Details:
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http://thecairopost.youm7.com/news/193598/news/court-acquits-mubarak-era-informationminister-of-corruption
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Egyptian killed following fight in Riyadh: Egypt's immigration minister
An Egyptian citizen was killed after being run over following a fight with Saudi nationals in Riyadh,
Egypt's immigration and expatriate affairs minister Nabila Makram said on Tuesday. Makram said in a
press statement that Saudi officials confirmed that four of those involved in the killing of Egyptian
national Walid Hamdy El-Sayed were arrested, adding that an initial report by the Saudi officials said
that the cause of death was 'intentional running over.’
More Details:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/187132/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-killed-followingfight-in-Riyadh-Egypts-i.aspx
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Egyptian-US relations keystone of our foreign policy over past decades: Shoukry
Egyptian-US relations have been the keystone of Egyptian foreign policy throughout the past
decades, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said Tuesday. Shoukry told journalists, after his
meeting with US secretary of state John Kerry Tuesday in Washington, that Egypt is committed to
strengthening relations with the US on the political and economic levels, to address bilateral issues.
More Details:
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/02/10/egyptian-us-relations-keystone-of-our-foreign-policyover-past-decades-shoukry/
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Egypt's Shukri, Kerry discuss security challenges, cooperation in Washington D.C.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday as part
of Shukri's three-day visit to Washington D.C. The visit, which began on Sunday, aims to bolster
bilateral ties, Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.
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http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a3544f2c-c109-477c-9370-4c6ad281b406
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Sisi stresses support toward national accord government in Libya
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi highlighted on Tuesday Egypt’s support toward the political process in
Libya sponsored by the United Nations as well as the efforts for forming a government of national
accord. Sisi’s remarks came on Tuesday after receiving Akila Saleh, the president of Libya's
parliament.
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More Details:
http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/sisi-stresses-support-toward-national-accordgovernment-libya
8. NORTH AFRICA
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Algeria’s president warns his people of ‘dangerous adventures’
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has warned the Algerian people of what he called
“dangerous adventures” similar to the experiences that resulted in “chaos and civil wars” in some
Arab countries. Algeria’s al- Khabar newspaper reported President Bouteflika on Monday calling on
the Algerian people not to forget the devastating period of terror that prevailed in their country.
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/23804-algerias-president-warns-his-people-ofdangerous-adventures
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Expert: Tunisia preparing for military action in Libya
A former Brigadier-General in the Tunisian Armed Forces and Head of the Tunisian Centre for
Comprehensive Security Studies Mokhtar Ben Nasr has said that military intervention in Libya is a
matter of time and Tunisia must prepare for all possibilities. In remarks published by Tunis Afrique
Presse, Ben Nasr said that the Tunisian army and security units are fully prepared and have increased
joint patrols and coordination between the various units, which will make Tunisia safer in the event
of military action in Libya.
More Details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/23803-expert-tunisia-preparing-for-militaryaction-in-libya
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Tunisia increases military at border as Libya concerns grow
The meeting of the security co-ordination and monitoring unit, on Tuesday, in the government palace
in Kasbah, was devoted to the examination of the security situation in the country and the latest
developments in Libya in light of the proliferation of Daech group in this country and the attempts of
infiltration of the terrorist elements on the Tunisian soil.
More Details:
http://www.albawaba.com/news/tunisia-increases-military-border-libya-concerns-grow-803610
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Algeria-Denmark relations,“strong”
The relations between Algeria and Denmark are “strong,” said Tuesday the Danish minister of
Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen, underlining that his visit to Algiers allowed to “further strengthening
them.” “We discussed the bilateral relations that are strong,” Jensen told the press at the end of the
audience granted to him by the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
More Details:
http://www.aps.dz/en/algeria/10747-relations-between-algeria,-denmark-are%E2%80%9Cstrong%E2%80%9D
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Presidency Council stalemated over defence ministry appointment granted more time
by HoR to name government
Facing stalemate over the choice of defence minister the Presidency Council meeting in Skhirat has
been given until next Sunday to name its government. The extension, which had been requested by
the Council, was agreed at a session of the House of Representatives (HoR) yesterday in Tobruk. The
selection of a defence minister caused a bitter divide among some members of the Council, largely
between Ali Gatrani, an ally of Khalifa Hafter, on the one side and, on the other, Misrtan
businessman Ahmed Maetig, Mohamed Ammari, and Abdussalam Kajman.
More Details:
https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/02/10/presidency-council-stalemated-over-defence-ministryappointment-granted-more-time-by-hor-to-name-government/
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Terrorist eliminated in Bouira
A terrorist was eliminated, Tuesday afternoon in Bouira (122-km east of Algiers), by units of the
People's National Army, said the Ministry of National Defence in a communiqué. "As part of the fight
against terrorism, a detachment of the People's National Army of the operational area of Bouira (1st
Military Region) has eliminated, this afternoon of 9 February 2016, a terrorist during a combing
operation near the locality of Kaf Lehssane in the commune of Souk Lakhmis," said the communiqué.
More Details:
http://www.aps.dz/en/algeria/10745-terrorist-eliminated-in-bouira
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Tripoli authorities threaten to close Tunisian border if Tunis airport not reopened to
Libyan planes
The Tripoli-based administration led by Khalifa Ghwell has threatened to shut the border with Tunisia
if the Tunisian authorities do not reopen Tunis airport to Libyan carriers. Speaking at a press
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conference in Tripoli today, Tripoli’s “foreign minister”, Ali Abuzakuk, said that it would take action
on the basis of what he claimed was “reciprocity”.
More Details:
https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/02/09/tripoli-authorities-threaten-to-close-tunisian-border-iftunis-airport-not-reopened-to-libyan-planes/
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Caïd Essebsi, Essid discus security situation in wake of latest developments in region
President of the Republic Béji Caïd Essebsi and Premier Habib Essid Wednesday discussed the
security situation in Tunisia, in the wake of the latest developments in the region. The state of affairs
in the country and the furtherance of development projects designed to increase employability and
improve the economic and social situation were also addressed, said a Presidency press release.
More Details:
http://www.tap.info.tn/en/index.php/politics2/33293-caid-essebsi-essid-discus-security-situation-inwake-of-latest-developments-in-region
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Cabinet meeting considers project on national territorial coverage in municipal system
An inner Cabinet meeting, on Tuesday, considered a project on national territorial coverage in
municipal system. The meeting held at the Government Palace in Kasbah under the chairmanship of
Prime Minister Habib Essid discussed the national strategy on the generalisation of the municipal
system to achieve an overall territorial coverage in all local communities in such a manner as to
uphold the principle of equity and equality between citizens in political, civil and socio-economic
rights.
More Details:
http://www.tap.info.tn/en/index.php/politics2/33284-cabinet-meeting-considers-project-onnational-territorial-coverage-in-municipal-system
9. AFGHANISTAN – PAKISTAN
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US to Send More Troops to Afghanistan
The US Army will deploy hundreds of soldiers to the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where
government forces have been pushed to the brink by Taliban militants, a US military spokesman said.
It will be the largest deployment of US troops outside major bases in Afghanistan since the end of the
NATO combat mission in 2014, the Houston Chronicle reported.
More Details:
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http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941121000601
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Pakistan inks long-term LNG import agreement with Qatar
Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday inked an agreement for supply of around US one billion dollars
worth of Liquified Natural Gas to Pakistan annually to help the country meet its energy shortfall. The
agreement on Long Term LNG Sale and Purchase was signed during the visit of Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s two-day visit to Qatar.
More Details:
http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/97339-Pakistan-inks-long-term-LNG-import-agreement-withQatar
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Obama administration proposes $2.5b in aid to Afghanistan
The Obama administration proposed $2.5 billion in financial assistance to Afghanistan on Tuesday
when Secretary of State, John Kerry said the aid would reinforce the country’s security and
development. “Our proposal requests $2.5 billion for programmes that reinforce Afghanistan's
security and development by maintaining the gains of the last decade, supporting military training
and assistance…” Kerry said in his proposal to the Congress.
More Details:
http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2016/02/10/obama-administration-proposes-25b-aid-afghanistan
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PIA’s JAC delegation meets Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore
A five-member delegation of Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) Joint Action Committee (JAC) is
holding a meeting with Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today (Wednesday). JAC
Chairman Sohail Baloch is leading the delegation. Other members include Nasir Mehdi Janjua, Anjum,
Zakir Naek and Shahid Qureshi.
More Details:
http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/97330-PIAs-JAC-delegation-meets-Shahbaz-Sharif-in-Lahore
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Afghanistan risks political breakdown, warns US spymaster
Eroding political cohesion, assertions of authority by local powerbrokers, recurring financial shortfalls
and sustained attacks threaten Afghanistan with a political breakdown, the US spymaster has
warned.
More Details:
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http://www.pajhwok.com/en/subscription-required?redirect_from=445974
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Govt’s ‘vague policy’ on Saudi-led coalition worries Senate committee
The government has avoided informing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs whether
or not it has decided to join the 34-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia which is reportedly planning a
ground operation in Syria. At a meeting of the committee held here on Tuesday, its members
expressed concern over the possibility of Pakistan’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
More Details:
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238578/govts-vague-policy-on-saudi-led-coalition-worries-senatecommittee
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Terrorists Being Funded By Hostile Intelligence Agencies
The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presided over a Corps Commanders meeting at the
Army General Headquarters. According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations
(ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the participants of the meeting took a holistic review of the internal
and regional security situation including reconciliation with Afghanistan and the security of the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
More Details:
http://www.geo.tv/latest/101020-Terrorists-being-funded-by-hostile-intelligence-agencies
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Two children killed in Kunar blast
Two children have been killed in a blast in Wata Poor District of eastern Kunar province. Police said
the incident took place in Managy area around 5 pm on Tuesday. According to Kunar’s police chief
Abdul Habib Sayedkhil and his spokesperson Faridullah, the blast was caused by an old shell,
apparently left over from the Soviet time.
More Details:
http://www.khaama.com/two-children-killed-in-kunar-blast-4565
10.TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
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Explosives, Suicide Belts Found on Suspects at Syria Border
Turkish security forces seized explosives and four suicide vests in the baggage of a group of suspects
stopped at the border with Syria, the Turkish army said on Wednesday. "Between 12 and 15 kilos of
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explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags," the army
said in a statement.
More Details:
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/201736-explosives-suicide-belts-found-on-suspects-at-syriaborder
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Iran, Turkey deputy FMs meet amid disputes
After 6 months since FM Zarif’s visit to Turkey was canceled, deputy FM Rahimpour met his Turkish
counterpart in Ankara on Tue. and discussed regional issues and bilateral relations. Ebrahim
Rahimpour, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific and Commonwealth Affairs, arrived in Ankara on
Tuesday and held talks with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Fereydoun Sinirlioğlu on regional
developments and bilateral relations.
More Details:
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/114322/Iran-Turkey-deputy-FMs-meet-amid-disputes
*This media summary is prepared by ORSAM Middle East Research Assistant Firuze Yağmur Gökler.
It covers news and commentaries as reported by the national media sources publishing in the Middle
Eastern countries. The views expressed are not those of ORSAM and their inclusion does not imply
factual accuracy.
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