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UAE: New military base boosts regional security

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The United Arab Emirates plans to establish a mili­tary base in Somaliland, underlining the growing military and economic influence of the Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia in north-eastern Af­rica and the Gulf of Aden, writes Ed Blanche. The Gulf countries’ … Continue reading

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TURKEY: ISIL raids see hundreds detained

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Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the biggest roundup to target the armed group in Turkey. Continue reading

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BAHRAIN: Manama jailbreak frees “terrorists”

Demonstrations were staged in the Bahrain capital

Bahrain terrorist jail break Continue reading

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SYRIA: the muscle flexing continues . . .

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There is one big difference between the Iranian and Russian interventions in the Syrian war to save the hide of their mutual ally, Syrian President Bashar As­sad, Ed Blanche writes from Beirut.  Iran and its Shia allies, most notably Lebanon’s … Continue reading

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ISTANBUL: Nightclub bomber dressed as Santa

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Turkish New Year’s Eve nightclub bomber Continue reading

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SYRIA: smoke & mirrors in Palmyra

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According to reports ISIS (Daesh) terror gangs have retaken control of the ancient city of Palmyra citadel. This comes hours after reports suggested Russian Continue reading

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ALEPPO: The final countdown?

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In Russia’s most concentrated bombardment since it inter­vened in Syria’s war in Sep­tember 2015, rebel-held east­ern Aleppo is being reduced to rubble, driving its heavily outnum­bered defenders underground in a fight likely to determine the out­come of the savage and … Continue reading

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Kuwait election results reflect discontent

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Kuwait election results reflect national discontent Continue reading

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Turkish jets strike targets in northern Syria

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Turkish jets carried out 26 air strikes on 18 Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), targets in northern Syria, claiming to kill between 160 and 200 militants, the Turkish army said … Continue reading

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Iranian warships deployed in the Gulf of Aden

Iranian warships have been deployed to the Gulf of Yemen

Iran warships to Yemen Continue reading

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