Middle East

Qatar Prime Minister: Hoping for Peace Process in Afghanistan When NATO Withdraws in 2014

January 15, 2013

“Qatar aims to see a peace process in Afghanistan by the time NATO combat operations end in 2014, Qatar’s prime minister said on Tuesday as the Afghan Taliban movement prepared to open an office in the Qatari capital.”

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Local Coordination Committees of Syria: At Least 99 People Killed in Aleppo

January 15, 2013

“In all, at least 237 people were killed Tuesday, according to the opposition LCC.”

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Video Posted Online of Two Captured Syrian Military Officers Begging President Assad for a Prisoner Swap

January 15, 2013

“”We were captured by FSA while we were armed, and we have been treated based on the International conventions,” says Gen. Brig. Ahmed Raeidi, referring to international detention laws.”

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Russia Closes its Diplomatic Consulate in Aleppo, Syria

January 15, 2013

“The Russian Consulate General in Syria’s largest city has suspended operations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a statement.”

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United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency: Trying to Gain Access to Parchin Military Site in Iran This Week

January 15, 2013

“The International Atomic Energy Agency will seek to finalize a framework deal with Iran in Wednesday’s talks in Tehran that would enable it to relaunch its inquiry, IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts said.”

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Israeli Police Block 50 Palestinian Activists from Re-Occupying E-1 Protest Camp

January 15, 2013

“For years Israel froze building in E1, which houses only a police headquarters, after coming under pressure from former U.S. President George W. Bush to keep the plans on hold.”

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Egypt Supreme Court Postpones Ruling on the Legitimacy of the Egyptian Parliament’s Upper House

January 15, 2013

“The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Maher el-Beheiry, told reporters that the case would be referred back to an advisory legal panel to review.”

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Turkish Planes Strike Militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Targets in Northern Iraq

January 15, 2013

“Broadcaster CNN Turk said several jets attacked PKK forces in areas of northern Iraq on Sunday in the first operation in 12 days and struck again on Monday evening.”

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Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani: We Will Stand By Egypt

January 15, 2013

“Qatar’s prime minister said on Tuesday his country would stand by Egypt and did not want to see it go bankrupt, a week after the Gulf state said it would lend Cairo an additional $2 billion and grant it an extra $500 million outright.”

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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: Government Will Never Surrender to Kurdish Militants

January 15, 2013

“In a sign of Ankara’s continued hard line against the guerrillas, media reports said Turkish warplanes struck PKK targets in northern Iraq on Sunday and Monday, the first such attacks since details of the Ocalan talks emerged.”

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White House Condemns Egyptian President Morsi’s Anti-Jewish Comments

January 15, 2013

““The language that we have seen is deeply offensive,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred.””

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Italy Withdraws its Consulate from Benghazi, Libya, Following an Attack on the Italian Consul

January 15, 2013

“The Italian Foreign Ministry said the attack was an attempt to disrupt the Libyan government’s efforts, “further proof of the international community’s need to intensify support for the Libyan people and institutions.””

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International Rescue Committee: Rape Has Become a “Significant and Disturbing Feature” in Syria

January 15, 2013

“The victims are primarily women and girls who are attacked in public, at roadblocks or at home by “armed men.” The report … does not specify whether those men are primarily from government forces or from rebel ranks.”

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Explosions at the Main University in Aleppo, Syria, Kill Over 80 People; Government and Rebels Blame Each Other

January 15, 2013

“Anti-regime activists trying to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime said his forces carried out two airstrikes. Syrian state media, for its part, blamed rebels fighting the Syrian government, saying they fired rockets that struck the campus.”

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Report: Israeli Defense Forces Kill a 16 Year-Old Palestinian in the West Bank

January 15, 2013

“The IDF said there was an attempt to breach the separation barrier near Budrus on Tuesday morning. In response, soldiers shot at the suspect after warning him. The IDF added it was investigating the incident.”

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