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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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Saudi Arabia calls for the isolation of Assad

Rabat - Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal called on the international community to take 'practical steps to weaken the Syrian regime' while reaffirming the need for the political isolation of Bashar al Assad, Arab News reported. Speaking at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Prince Saud said that Saudi Arabia would take action against the terrorist groups ISIS and Al Qae ...

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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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The origins of ISIS and Al Qaeda

Marrakech- To Western observers, ISIS seemed to emerge almost out of nowhere. All Arab states united to denounce Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi when he proclaimed himself caliph of the Islamic State. Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have all participated with the US in its air attacks on ISIS bases in Syria. In fact, the emergence of ISIS has united the Arab Sunni leaders. ISIS clearly bases ...

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Obama Stays Quiet about the Costs of War on ISIS

Marrakech- President Obama is staying quiet about how a long drawn-out war with ISIS would be funded. Moreover, the White House is refusing to provide any estimates on the cost of the operation so far, or what it will cost in the future. The war against ISIS is unbudgeted and the administration has paid for the airstrikes out of the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. This is an $85 billion pool to draw ...

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US-led Coalition Launches First Airstrikes on ISIS

New York- The US-led international coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS), also know as ISIS, has started on Monday night, the Pentagon said in a statement. The airstrikes, which are believed to be carried out without the consent of the Syrian regime, are underway, the same resource added. "I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists ...

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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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Over 100,000 Kurds Cross Syrian Border to Turkey Fleeing ISIS Atrocities

Marrakech- The border crossing between Syria and Turkey close to Ain Al Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, has seen over 100,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees fleeing ISIS (known also as ISIL) atrocities over the last 48 hours, according to the United Nations. The same source added that the number of refugees is likely to increase. Eyewitnesses reports that ISIL terrorists are executing men women and children at r ...

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Morocco hosts second informal meeting on foreign fighters in Syria

Rabat - Rabat is hosting this Tuesday the second informal meeting on foreign fighters in Syria, co-sponsored by Morocco and the European Union. The meeting, held after the Brussels session held last February, is co-chaired by secretary general of the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the EU counterterrorism coordinator Gilles De Kerchove. Several EU member-states, Ara ...

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Morocco Absent from Paris Conference on ISIS

Rabat- Morocco will not take part in a conference scheduled to be held in Paris on Monday to devise a strategy to destroy the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The conference, which is being convened by French President, Francois Hollande, will be attended by 30 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emi ...

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David Cameron Says Murder of David Haines ‘Act of Pure Evil’

New York - Immediately after the release of the a new video in which the ISIS claims it has beheaded a British Hostage, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said on Saturday night his murder “in an act of pure evil.” Reacting to the news on killing of the British citizen, said on his Twitter. “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to his family who have shown extraordinary c ...

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