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Lebanon Receives 2 Military Aircraft From US

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:27
The Lebanese army says the United States has supplied Beirut with two A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency operations.   The army said in a statement that the aircraft were handed to Lebanon on Monday at the Hamat air base north of the capital Beirut. It gave no further details.   Washington has been a major supporter of Lebanon's army, which until recently had been fighting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's Syrian branch on the...
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UAE Official Says Qatar Giving Up World Cup Could End Crisis

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:38
A top Emirati security official says the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the country directly linked the tournament to resolving the monthslong dispute. While Dubai security Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan is often outspoken on Twitter, his tweet on Sunday night on the crisis comes as those opposing Qatar increasingly target the upcoming soccer competition in their criticism. He later...
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Iran Promises ‘Crushing’ Response if US Designates Guards Terrorist Group

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:18
Iran promised on Monday to give a "crushing" response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how he wants to contain Tehran. He is expected on Oct 15 to "decertify" a landmark 2015 international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a step that by itself stops short of pulling out of the agreement but gives Congress 60 days to decide whether to...
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Fatah, Hamas to Discuss Gaza Security Under Unity Deal

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:51
Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist group Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory. The plan for 3,000 Fatah security officers to join a Gaza police force over the course of a year, part of a unity deal mediated by Egypt in 2011, would restore much of the influence of Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza and further...
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Turkey Urges US to Reverse Visa Halt

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:46
Turkey on Monday urged the United States to reverse its temporary halt to non-immigrant visa applications - a move that was quickly mirrored by Turkey the day before. A statement Sunday from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said, "Recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel. The statement did not clarify the reasons for which it is reassessing Turkey's commitment,...
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Should Jihadist Families Be Prosecuted?

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:40
Then French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared March 19, 2012, the date an Islamic militant killed a Jewish rabbi and three children in Toulouse, “a day of national tragedy.” The gunman, Mohammed Merah, a French petty criminal of Algerian descent, had targeted French soldiers a week earlier in two attacks, one at a shopping center. On March 19 it was the turn of the Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school. Dismounting a motorbike, the 23-year-old Merah unleashed a fusillade toward the...
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Syrian Airstrike on Idlib Province Market Kills 6

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 01:00
Rescuers in Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan are picking through the rubble after what they say was a Syrian military airstrike on a market Sunday. At least six were killed while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the death toll at 11. Syria's famed White Helmet rescuers pulled a man and young boy from under a pile of rocks and dust, saying they expect to find more victims. Maarat al-Numan is in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province, which borders...
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Women March Through Desert for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Voice of America - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 00:30
Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert landscape on Sunday, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace. The women, many of them dressed in white, descended through the arid hills leading to the river, where they erected a "peace tent" named for Hagar and Sarah, scriptural mothers of Ishmael and Isaac, the half-brother patriarchs of Muslims and Jews. "We are women from the right, the left, Jews and Arabs,...
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Hundreds Protest to Free Morocco's Northern Activists

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 23:45
Hundreds of people from around Morocco protested on Sunday in the nation's economic capital, Casablanca, to demand freedom for activists jailed for their roles in a protest movement that took off a year ago in a neglected northern city.   The demonstration was the latest of numerous protests demanding the liberation of activists from the city of Al Hoceima, in the northern Rif region where hundreds of protesters have been arrested.   Leading figures in the opposition...
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US Lawmakers Eye Tougher Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:40
Members of the U.S. Congress are seeking new tools to stop the flow of cash to the militant group Hezbollah in hopes of reducing its ability to recruit, raise funds and carry out propaganda.   “We have got to double down on the money that's coming in from Iran and coming in from Syria,” said Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and one of the originators of a bipartisan bill to levy new sanctions on the group. The bill is co-sponsored by...
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Somali Forces Shoot and Kill Iranian Sailor in Indian Ocean

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 22:15
Somali regional officials say the Iranian captain of a fishing boat was killed and another sailor was injured after security forces opened fire during an operation in the Indian Ocean. Officials said the shooting occurred after Puntland Maritime Police Forces spotted two boats suspected to be fishing illegally Friday in Somali waters. Colonel Mohamed Abdi Hashi of Puntland police told VOA Somali the two boats ignored orders to stop and attempted to escape. “Our security forces were...
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Thousands of Migrants Found Trapped Amid Libya Fighting

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 16:39
Thousands of migrants have been found trapped in camps in Libya the past days after they were caught amid the fighting over the northwestern city of Sabratha, officials said Sunday. Sabratha, a city on the western side of Libya's Mediterranean coast that used to be the main launching point for migrant boats, has witnessed heavy clashes over the past two weeks. Hundreds were killed in the fighting and officials said that it was triggered by an Italian deal with one of the rival...
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Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 5 al-Qaida Fighters in Yemen

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 16:29
Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five alleged al-Qaida fighters in the country's central Marib province.   They say the men were traveling Sunday in the Saud area of Rawan district when a missile hit their car, engulfing it in flames. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.   Yemen fell into chaos following its 2011 Arab Spring uprising that removed longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh, now allied with Shi'ite rebels...
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KDP Media: Kurd Leader Barzani, Iraqi Speaker Meet

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 15:37
Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri has met with Kurdish president Masoud Barzani, two weeks after Kurds in Iraq voted in a symbolic referendum for independence, Kurdish media reported. Citing a statement from Barzani's office, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) affiliated Rudaw network reported the two leaders spoke Sunday of the need to protect security and stability, avoiding further tension between the two governments. The September 24 referendum for Kurdish Independence...
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It's Not Independence, But Syria's Kurds Entrench Self-Rule

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 15:31
Adnan Hassan, a Syrian Kurd, finally has hope for himself and his people. Two years ago, Islamic State militants nearly wiped out his hometown, Kobani, along Syria's border with Turkey and killed 10 members of his family. Now with the militants driven out and going down in defeat, a new university is opening in the town, and Hassan will be its professor for Kurdish language and literature. It is the first university in the self-administered Kurdish areas, and the first in Syria to...
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Iran Warns US of Possible Missile Attack If It Imposes New Sanctions

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 15:09
The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards is warning regional U.S. military bases in the Mideast would be at risk of an Iranian missile attack if Washington imposes new sanctions against Tehran. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to declare in the coming days that Iran is not in compliance with the 2015 international agreement to curb its nuclear weapons agreement, but then give Congress 60 days to decide whether to renew economic sanctions against Tehran. But Iranian state...
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Field Commander: Final Assault on IS in Raqqa to Start Sunday

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:44
A final assault on Islamic State's last line of defense in its former Syrian capital Raqqa should begin on Sunday night, a field commander for the U.S.-backed forces operating there said. The loss of Islamic State's remaining streets and buildings in Raqqa following its defeat in Iraq's Mosul this year and its retreat from swathes of territory in both countries, would mark a big moment in the battle to destroy the jihadist group. At the height of its power two years ago...
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ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

NY Times Iraq - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:02
More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Many claim to have been only cooks or clerks.
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Suspected ISIS Members Surrender in Iraq

NY Times Iraq - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:02
In the days since Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Hawija, the group’s final urban stronghold in the country, more than 1,000 men have turned themselves in to the Kurdish authorities.
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Turkish Military Vehicles Enter Syria's Idlib

Voice of America - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 11:57
Turkish military vehicles entered Syria's Idlib province on Sunday under escort from the Tahrir al-Sham jihadist alliance, a resident of the Syria-Turkey border area and a local rebel said. They both said they saw several vehicles carrying Turkish forces entering Idlib at the Atmah crossing before Tahrir al-Sham fighters escorted them along a road. On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels backed by Turkish forces would launch an operation in that area, which...
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