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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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In The Eye Of The Storm

BY Safa Joudeh Over the past month, two separate attacks on on scores of tourists have taken place on Egyptian soil. The tragedies should have kicked off some serious soul-searching, and counter-terrorism tactics ought to have come under scrutiny. But the unexpected has happened. An accidental military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists, and

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Putin Vows To Hunt Militants Who Downed Russian Jet

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Nov. 17 – Vladimir Putin said Russia would intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria and launch a global manhunt after the Kremlin concluded that terrorists had placed a bomb on a Russian passenger jet which broke up over Egypt last month. “We will find them anywhere on the

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France Invokes EU’s Mutual Assistance Clause In Fighting Daesh

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 – France invoked the European Union’s (EU) mutual assistance clause for the first time on Tuesday, asking its partners for military help and other aid in missions in the Middle East and Africa after the Paris attacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He said all 28 EU member states had accepted France‘s

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Polls Show 63 Percent Of Americans Fearful of a Paris-Style Attack

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A majority of Americans want the United States to intensify its assault on Daesh following the Paris attacks, but most remain opposed to sending troops to Iraq or Syria, where the militant group is based, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. That view runs counter to comments by some 2016 Republican presidential

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Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War On Daesh

LONDON, Nov. 16 – The Anonymous hackers collective is preparing to unleash waves of cyberattacks on Daesh following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, it said in a video posted online. A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said Daesh militants who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks were “vermin” and

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Paris Attacks Prompt Tweets, Hashtags and Trends

Following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and injured 252 on Friday, social media was abuzz with reactions ranging from disbelief and anger, to solidarity and scepticism. We compiled a sample.                                          

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Israel Assists France In Investigating Paris Attacks Using Daesh Surveillance

JERUSALEM, Nov. 15 (Reuters) – Israel’s spy services are helping France investigate the Paris gun and bomb attacks, Israeli media said, with one radio station suggesting the assistance drew on surveillance of militant groups in Syria and Iraq. Israel had no advance warning of Friday’s rampage that killed at least 129 people, but within hours

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