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66% of Arabs Say Israel Is Threat to Arab Security

By Nouh Anajjar Nador, Morocco - The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar, announced on September 24th the results of the Arab Index for 2014, a survey carried out in 14 Arab countries to gauge public opinion on various topics. The countries included in the survey were Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, an ...

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World leaders urge Egypt to release Al Jazeera staff

By Kevin Kriedemann London - World leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) have highlighted the importance of press freedom and called on Egypt to release the three jailed Al Jazeera staff. The wrongful imprisonment of Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy was raised by US President Obama in his first meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. According to the Deputy ...

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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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Saudi Pilots Threatened on Twitter After Successful Raids on ISIS

Marrakech - Saudi pilots who carried out air strikes on jihadists in Syria received online death threats Wednesday after their photos were published, according to AFP. Among the pilots is a son of the crown prince, according to the Saudi Press Agency which released the photographs of the eight airmen. One of the pilots involved in the raids is a son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz himself, according t ...

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Female UAE Pilot ‘leads strikes’ on Jihadists

Dubai- A female pilot has led United Arab Emirates air strikes that targeted Islamic State jihadists in Syria as part of the US-led campaign against extremists. Major Mariam al-Mansouri, 35, "led the squadron" of UAE fighter jets that participated in raids Tuesday against the extremists, an Emirati source familiar with the matter said. The UAE did not confirm officially that a woman was among the pilots tha ...

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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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Meeting Heralds Possible Thaw in Iranian Saudi Relations

Marrakech - The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia met on Monday in New York. It was the first such meeting of the two great Islamic powers since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013. An article by Iran’s official press agency IRNA reviewed by the UK Guardian newspaper quoted  Mohamed Javed Zarif as saying: “Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the fi ...

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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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