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Guns Won't Stop People Smuggling

[African Arguments] Europe seems to think force and arms are the solution to reducing people smuggling in the volatile and fluid Libya. Even Gaddafi …

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Syrian forces 'committing war crimes by starving Palestinian camp'

Amnesty International has accused government forces of starving the population and targeting doctors in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp<p>Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have committed war crimes by deliberately starving civilian inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp during their …

Middle East

Syria's civil war explained from the beginning

The Syrian civil war is the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed so far.<p>The Syrian conflict will soon enter its eighth year.<p>More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, over a million injured and over 12 million - half the country's prewar population - have been …

Homs: a tale of two cities

Once seen as the capital of Syria's revolution, Homs is now caught in a vicious stalemate between regime and rebel forces. James Harkin visits a divided city, where kidnappings are rife and chemical disarmament a low priority<p>I first met Abu Ali at the end of February 2012, both of us standing in an …

Inside the 'Ant Trade' - how Europe's terrorists get their guns

Weapons black market is served by army of underworld footsoldiers who smuggle arsenals in bit by bit<p>When they first pulled him over for a routine check on the Bavarian Autobahn, police saw little unusual about the middle-aged motorist in the rented VW Golf.<p>Aged 51 and from Montenegro, he told …

Syria's Grinding War Takes Toll On Children

Alexandra Chen, a specialist in childhood trauma, is on her way from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to the southern town of Nabatiyeh, where she's running a workshop for teachers, child psychologists and sports coaches who are dealing with the Syrian children scarred by war in their homeland.<p>"All of …

Syria's suffering revealed in satellite images

<b>The "terrible human suffering" inflicted on the people of Syria has been revealed in satellite imagery, the UN's Institute for Training and Research (Unitar) says.</b><p>Markets, power supplies, schools and hospitals are among sites destroyed amid the country's conflict, Unitar's analysis of the images …

Middle East

Raw and Unflinching Photographs of First Responders in Syria

Sebastiano Tomada documents the volunteers who risk their lives to save the lives of others in the besieged city of Aleppo<p><b>Editor’s note</b><i>: This is the</i> …

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

The insurgents would be unable to topple the Assad government despite their recent gains in battle, including this week's capture of Palmyra by the …

Middle East

The 20 Award-Winning Photos From The War In Syria Everyone Should See

With President Barack Obama appealing to Congress and the nation to support a military intervention, now seems an appropriate time to look at the 2013 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, a gripping series of 20 photos from Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, …

Middle East

Knesset discusses racism against Ethiopian Israelis

Leaders of the protest movement by Ethiopian Israelis participated on Tuesday in a discussion of their struggle in the Knesset. Testimony was heard …

Israel

Hizbullah in the crosshairs

IT WILL seem paradoxical, but for all the tumult around it, Israel has rarely seemed more secure. Egypt, after the counter-revolution of Abdel-Fattah …

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5 Battles That Changed the Middle East Forever

The Middle East is the cradle of civilization—and the cradle of organized warfare between states and tribes. The oldest recorded battles in history, …

The economics at the heart of Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM | January 2015 | (IRIN) | –<p>Of all the hurdles to peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, perhaps the largest is the 150 …

A Five-Step Plan to Destroy the Islamic State

More so than encompassing narratives, such as Pan-Arabism and Islamism, local identities have gained in recent years in the Middle East, politicizing …

INSIGHT - As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter | Reuters

BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city of Mosul in looted U.S.-built Humvees, armored cars and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.<p>A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, …

Boko Haram Carving Out Its Own ISIS-Style State In Nigeria - The American Interest

Africa's God Wars<p>Boko Haram Carving Out Its Own ISIS-Style State In Nigeria<p>Posted: 2014-09-03 17:00:04

Saudi Arabia does not support Islamic State terrorists – or any others

Richard Norton-Taylor suggests that Saudi Arabia has been “funding the most intolerant brand of Islam” in his blog (UK weapons trump human rights in Israel and Saudi Arabia, 11 August)<p>He suggests this is “Wahhabi absolutism”. Hearsay and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He supports his …

Expedition Yemen: inside one of the world's most dangerous countries

As the Adventure Travel Film Festival begins, here is a sneak preview of one of the films on show<p>Fans of adventure, film or both who are free this weekend might want to check out the British leg of the Adventure Travel Film Festival.<p>Organised by adventurer and travel writer Lois Pryce, the festival …

Opinion: History and The Third Iraq War

An undated image of Iraqi Security Forces.<p>No one blames President Richard Nixon and his Vietnamization policy for the disastrous collapse of South …

US gives details of its military presence in Somalia

<b>The United States has for the first time in recent years given details of its military presence inside Somalia.</b><p>US officials told Reuters news agency that there were "up to 120 troops on the ground".<p>The BBC has seen some of these soldiers, who work with African Union and Somali government troops …

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