Tag Archive for Middle East

NEWSLINK: Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

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[“Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank” – Reuters 6.30.14] Reuters covers the discovery, in the West Bank, of the bodies of three Israeli teenage Jewish seminarians. The seminarians previously had been missing for several weeks. Israel blames Palestinian faction Hamas and vows a response. The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank on Monday and Israel

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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(Stratfor.com - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

The Intrigue Lying Behind Iraq’s Jihadist Uprising

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(Stratfor – Reva Bhalla 6.16.14) Events in Iraq over the past week were perhaps best crystallized in a series of photos produced by the jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Sensationally called The Destruction of Sykes-Picot, the pictures confirmed the group’s intent to upend nearly a century of history in the Middle East. In a series of pictures set to a

Deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) reaches United States

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An American who traveled to Saudi Arabia, and later returned via London to the greater Chicago area, is the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States.  The patient is currently being treated in a hospital in northwest Indiana. MERS is a type of corona virus, a broad family of viruses that includes the common cold and SARS.  Infection can result

Israeli War Planes Reportedly Attack Convoy Inside Syria

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Israel reportedly used air power to attack inside Syria Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 2013, according to sources cited by multiple media. Rather than entering directly into the Syrian civil war, the Israeli strike was on a convoy near the Syrian border with Lebanon.  The convoy reportedly was carrying sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missiles possibly headed into Lebanon to supply Hezbollah. Nevertheless, while Israel did not enter