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Surge in violence spurs new fears in Iraq

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FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2012, file photo, people carry the body of a victim of a car bomb attack in the Washash neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. June was the second-deadliest month since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in mid-December, but more significant than the numbers was the fact that insurgents appeared able to sustain the level of violence over a longer period than usual. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)A half year after the U.S. military left Iraq, dire predictions seem to be coming true: The country is mired in violence and the government is on the verge of collapsing. With no relief in sight, there's growing talk of Iraq as a failed state as al-Qaida's local wing staged near daily attacks that killed at least 234 people in June.

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Categories: Arab News Tags: Al-Qaida, half year, sight, surge, verge

Former Israeli PM Shamir dies at 96

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FILE - In this April 10, 1989 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir gestures during a news conference in Chicago. Shamir detailed some of the issues he discussed last week in his meeting with President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker III. Shamir was wrapping up a weekend visit to Chicago. Israeli media are reporting that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has died. He was 96. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayhau mourned Shamir's death Saturday, saying in a statement that Shamir "led Israel with a deep loyalty to the nation." (AP Photo/Charles Bennett, File)Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who clung throughout his life to the belief that Israel should hang on to territory and never trust an Arab regime, has died. He was 96.

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Iraq attacks kill 11 people

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Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb that exploded in a popular market in Baghdad on June 28Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed four police, two soldiers and five civilians on Saturday, security and medical officials said.

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Ways ahead

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Mohamed Mursi faces a daunting path as Egypt’s first democratically elected president, reports Dina Ezzat
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Categories: Arab News Tags: Egypt, Mohamed, mursi, path, president, Source

Mursi’s first government

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The first freely elected president is in intensive negotiations ahead of naming a new cabinet, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
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Your Libyan fiasco

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Au cours des dernières semaines, des affrontements tribaux ont fait plus d’une centaine de morts, le consulat des Etats-Unis et un convoi transportant l’ambassadeur de la Grande-Bretagne ont été attaqués, les bureaux du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge ont été visés, des responsables de la Cour pénale internationale ont été détenus et l’aéroport de Tripoli a été occupé. Auparavant, des travailleurs tunisiens avaient été kidnappés ; les atteintes aux droits de l’homme de prisonniers et de migrants ont fait l’objet de rapports d’organisations internationales ; et les combats entre milices n’ont pas connu de répit. Aujourd’hui, le gouvernement de transition a déclaré une partie du territoire «zone militaire» autorisant les forces de sécurité à y utiliser «tous les moyens nécessaires» pour le rétablissement de l’ordre.” (thanks Mahmoud)

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I love this sentence; it is very honest

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Cairo’s relationship to Israel is a concern for western powers warily watching Egypt’s transition from autocracy to pluralism since last year’s revolution.”  I mean, they are so honest.  (thanks Laleh)


PS “warily watching” is another term for “freaking out”.

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Categories: Arab Blogs Tags: autocracy, Cairo, pluralism

Sons of Zayid and the Palestinian cause

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Donors, too, are tired. Cash from the Gulf [to the PA] has dwindled, partly because the United Arab Emirates, which used to send $200m a year, seems to have sided with Mr Dahlan.” (thanks Ahmet)

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Pakistani Drone Strikes! Now, with 10% More Enemies!

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“…Since Obama became President (and since the drone campaign accelerated in Pakistan), the number of Pakistanis who regard us as an enemy has gone up 10%, 5% in just the last year, to 74%.More dangerous still, Pakistanis don’t want our help fighting extremists, nor do they want to use the Pakistani army to fight extremists in their own country.
Additionally, over the last few years, Pakistanis have become less willing to work with the U.S. on efforts to combat extremist groups. While 50% still want the U.S. to provide financial and humanitarian aid to areas where extremists operate, this is down from 72% in 2009. Similarly, fewer Pakistanis now want intelligence and logistical support from the U.S. than they did three years ago. And only 17% back American drone strikes against leaders of extremist groups, even if they are conducted in conjunction with the Pakistani government.
Since 2009, the Pakistani public has also become less willing to use its own military to combat extremist groups. Three years ago, 53% favored using the army to fight extremists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but today just 32% hold this view. …”



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"Regrettably, Washington, Ankara & Riyadh have failed to ponder the consequences of the overthrow of Assad & feel unduly confident of managing them!"

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“… This factor weighs heavily with the policymakers of China, dependent on Middle East oil supplies. In collaboration with the Kremlin, the Chinese have consistently opposed any move, covert or overt, by Western powers at the UN Security Council to bring about regime change in Damascus. The Beijing-Moscow stance is in line with a common aim to create and sustain a multipolar globe on the ashes of a unipolar world dominated by Washington.Such global visions do not inform FSA commanders, who routinely foreswear any sectarian bias. Yet the FSA consists almost entirely of Sunnis, many followers of the clandestine, deeply rooted, anti-Shia Muslim Brotherhood. Most FSA units are named after historical Sunni warriors who battled Shias.
al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri called on Muslims in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and elsewhere to join the fight against ‘the pernicious, cancerous regime’ of Assad last February – and many militant jihadists heeded the call.
Terrorist attacks on the Syrian government’s targets have been claimed by Jabhat al-Nusra li Ahl Ash-Sham, or Support Front for the People of Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate. Farouq Brigade, composed mainly of al-Qaeda operatives, is an openly recognized part of the FSA, and performing better than other FSA units.
Regrettably, leaders in Washington, Ankara, Riyadh and Doha have either failed to ponder the probable consequences of the overthrow of Assad or feel unduly confident of managing them: a bloody civil war destabilizing the region, at worst; the post-Assad regime inheriting a fractured country where al-Qaeda militants have free rein, at best; and an inevitable spike in oil prices for a world in the midst of the longest recession since the 1930s Great Depression.”



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