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The bombings in Baghdad and north and west Iraq raise serious concerns about the ability of the country’s security forces to protect voters during Wednesday’s general election,
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Posters went up around Baghdad and across the country as candidates vie for one of 328 parliamentary seats.
AFP – A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle raged from 3am to 8.30am (0100 to 0630 GMT) in a poor Sunni Muslim district in the south of the …
Sunday’s violence mostly targeting security forces in Sunni-majority areas killed six people, security and medical officials said.
Al-Sunni was defending himself and his workplace, says lawyer
The White House waited until Monday to confirm that Obama would indeed add an unexpected stop in Saudi Arabia onto a previously announced tour of the Netherlands, Brussels and Vatican City in March.
The assassinations in particular harken back to Iraq’s brutal Sunni-Shi’a sectarian war which raged from 2006 to 2007, when corpses were often found abandoned on the streets, with the victims’ bodies bearing signs of torture.
AFP – At least 22 Shi’a pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and 20 others wounded when a bomb hit a bus in the southwest Pakistan province of Baluchistan Tuesday, officials said. The attack took place at Dringhar village on the Pakistan-Iran highway some 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Quetta, Baluchistan’s capital. “At least …
Among those executed was Adel Mashhadani, who was arrested in March 2009 and sentenced to death in November of that year for killing a young girl in a revenge attack.
AFP- Four people have been killed in fighting in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, where sectarian clashes linked to the Syrian conflict regularly break out, a security source said Monday. “Three people, a woman and two men, were killed in heavy clashes overnight in which heavy artillery and rockets were used,” the source told …
The comments came amid ongoing tensions between Syria and Saudi Arabia, which are fiercely opposed to each other.
They rose up in 2004 in their stronghold of Saada against the government of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, blaming it for marginalising them.
Violence elsewhere killed five policemen, including the police chief of Al-Sharqat district northwest of Baghdad, and wounded five others, police and a doctor said.
Sistan-Baluchestan is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims, unlike the rest of Shiite-dominated Iran, and the province has long played host to drug traffickers and Sunni militants.
One of the worst-hit neighbourhoods was Shaab in north Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded in a commercial area, killing five people and wounding at least 17.
The blasts are the latest in a wave of sectarian attacks in the city
Activists said dozens more were wounded in the clashes, but no official toll was immediately available.
Iraqi foreign minister confirms protection of Egyptians after two killed in Baghdad
A group of Shi’a Muslims was attacked by a hostile mob in a village near Cairo
Amr Hamzawy: Speech calculated to win Salafi support on 30 June
The meeting comes on the heels of a conference held in Cairo to discuss the position of Muslim scholars on Syria
Violence has killed more than 570 people in Iraq so far in May and over 1,000 in less than two months
Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns have all been used in six days of clashes in the port city, in the deadliest violence to rock the country for years.
CNN said US and Western intelligence agencies were reviewing information suggesting Israel had likely conducted a strike overnight on Thursday.
Shi’as, inspired by the Arab Spring in 2011, have been pushing to be given a greater say in the small country’s affairs
The late-April violence was the deadliest so far linked to protests that broke out in Sunni areas of Shi’a-majority Iraq more than four months ago.
Lebanon’s Shi’a Hezbollah movement came under increasing pressure over accusations it is backing regime troops in Syria
Bahrain was rocked by month-long pro-democracy protests led by the kingdom’s Shi’as in early 2011 that were crushed with the help of Gulf troops led by Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia
Warn citizens of the ‘threat of Shi’ism in Egypt’