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Kurds battle for Syria town, suicide bomber hits Islamic State

France- Kurdish militia fought off a fresh assault by the Islamic State group on a key Syrian town early Monday, after one desperate woman defender carried out a suicide attack against the jihadists. IS militants attempted to storm the town of Kobane on the Turkish border from both east and west of a strategic hill to the south, but Kurdish fighters repulsed the attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Righ ...

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Risks for US Advisers and the Need for Boots on the Ground

Marrakech - President Obama insists that he will not have “boots on the ground”in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and an advisory role is perilously close, and memories of Vietnam still reverberate. Some 1,600 U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq, and they could become both targets and victims of kidnapping. They could also find themselves victims of ...

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Terrorist recruitment ring dismantled in Nador and Melilia: Ministry

Rabat - The Moroccan police and the General directorate of national territory surveillance, in close collaboration with the Spanish security services, disbanded a network, active in Nador and Melilia (northeastern Morocco), suspected of recruiting fighters for the Iraqi-Syrian jihadist group "Islamic State." A release of the Moroccan interior ministry said the operation is part of anticipation efforts to fa ...

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Robert Satloff’s 10 Key Changes in the Middle East

Marrakech - Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute, recently wrote that Israel remains a key ally of leading Gulf countries and that the Middle East continues to be the major focus of American Foreign Policy, despite President Obama’s attempt to move towards the Asia Pacific earlier this year. In his article, Satloff identifies ten changes that are influencing the situation in the Middle East. ...

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Displacement of Peoples Threatens World Security and Stability

Marrakech - The European Border agency, Frontex, is responsible for protecting Europe’s borders from the growing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Africa, who are fleeing violence, genocide and poverty, in search of a better life in the European Union (EU). Thousands are dying in unseaworthy boats, victims of unscrupulous people traffickers. Off the coast of North Afri ...

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President Obama’s Call to Action Against ISIS

Marrakech - Last night President Obama laid out a strategy calling for a coalition against the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS). The American people, weary of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, have apparently given the president their support to degrade the capability of ISIS forces and to destroy them. Bombing raids have already been taking place on ISIS forces in Iraq, and the President announced ...

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Morocco Congratulates Iraq on Appointment of New Government

Rabat - Morocco deems that earning the trust of parliament by the new Iraqi Government is a very important step towards political stability and restoring peace and security in the country, urging the international community to bring financial and humanitarian support for its reconstruction and integration in its Arab and regional environment, said a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Kingdom ...

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Former British Rock musician joins ISIS, threatens to behead Christians with a blunt knife

Rabat - A British mom of two and once an aspiring rock singer, who is believed to have joined the ranks of ISIS militants in Syria, has vowed via her Twitter account to "behead Christians with a blunt knife," according to media reports. The woman, who calls herself Umm Hussain al-Britani, has been identified by investigators as Muslim convert Sally Jones, 45, a former member of an all-girl rock band from Ch ...

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Turkey Denies Buying Kurdish Oil from the Islamic State

Rabat- Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz has allegedly denied reports that accused Turkey of buying the smuggled Kurdish oil, from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), known also as ISIL. Less than two weeks ago, CNN reported that the ISIS smuggles the Kurdish oil from the marginal fields it controls in northern Iraq, and sells it in the black market in southern Turkey. ...

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Moroccan ISIS-Jihadists Want to Return to Morocco

Rabat - The Moroccan jihadists who fight among the ranks of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) have reportedly expressed their intention to come back to Morocco in case the Moroccan authorities promised not to detain them over terrorism charges.  Dozens of Moroccans who joined ISIS directly from Morocco have allegedly expressed their desire to return to their motherland. However, they raised fears o ...

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Morocco condemns ‘despicable terrorist crimes’ against innocents in Iraq, Syria

Rabat - Morocco denounced and condemned, in the strongest terms, the despicable terrorist crimes committed by terrorist groups against innocents of all nationalities, religions and professions, including journalists mainly in Iraq and Syria, said the Ministry of foreign affairs. These terrorist acts run counter Islam teachings and are a blatant abuse of universal human values, said the ministry in a stateme ...

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ISIS Allegedly Beheads American Journalist

Washington D.C.- The so-called Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday allegedly showing the beheading of an American journalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The video was uploaded on YouTube and the victim was identified as James Foley, a freelance photojournalist who disappeared in Syria in November 2012. The graphic video has since been removed. The White House said that U.S. ...

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