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Irreparable crack develops in the AKP

Re-blogging Yavuz Baydar’s piece on the irreparable cracks inside Turkey’s ruling party, and how t he outcome of any rift within the AKP will define the destiny of Turkey, since Erdoğan is currently facing no other challengers. Definitely worth reading. … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016-Week 5 ( Feb 1-7)

  Top Headlines Italian student found dead in Egypt. Thursday Italian foreign ministry calls for joint investigation into student’s death Cessation Court accepts appeal against 149 death sentences in the Kerdasa massacre. Wednesday Police kill 2 alleged members of Ajnad … Continue reading

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Hersh: ‘Uighur jihadists pass to Syria via Turkey’

Seymour M. Hersh has written a fascinating piece on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war, including the Turkish role in Syria’s ugly war , which is highlighted in this blog piece by Yavuz Baydar.  Hersh: ‘Uighur jihadists pass to … Continue reading

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Stories From Egypt

In this Christmas season, and amidst the doom and gloom in the Middle East, I like to share these two stories from Egypt. First, Mohamed Ayman Shaweeka, a young Egyptian soldier, saved the life of 16 of his comrades in … Continue reading

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The Islamic State Was Coming Without the Invasion of Iraq

Originally posted on The Syrian Intifada:
By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on December 12, 2015 From top left clockwise: Fadel al-Hiyali, Ibrahim al-Badri (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), Adnan al-Bilawi, Samir al-Khlifawi (Haji Bakr), Adnan as-Suwaydawi (Abu Ayman al-Iraqi), Hamid az-Zawi (Abu Omar…

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Egyptian Aak 2015- Week 50 (Dec 7-13)

Top Headlines Bomb attack kills four security personnel in North Sinai. Tuesday Formation of pro-Sisi majority bloc underway in the Egyptian parliament. Wednesday Israeli imprisoned as spy in Egypt freed is freed after 15 years in prison. Thursday A court … Continue reading

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The Islamic State’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

Originally posted on Talisman Gate, Again:
This is not a journalistic investigation. I am just sharing concerns that are circulating in Baghdad about the caliphate’s financing. An Iraqi banking source has told me that the Islamic State (IS) is making…

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Egyptian Aak 2015 ( Week 49 Nov 30 – Dec 6)

Top Headlines Egyptian journalist Alexandrani is arrested and charged with spreading false information. Tuesday Egypt orders retrial for Muslim Brotherhood leaders including general guide Mohamed Badie. Thursday  28.3% turnout in both of both stages of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. Friday Egypt … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 48 (Nov 21- 27)

Top Headlines IS militants claim hotel attack that killed seven in Sinai. (Tuesday) Egypt to buy advanced weapons from Moscow. (Wednesday) Pope Tawadros II breaks with predecessor’s ban, flies to Jerusalem for bishop’s funeral. (Thursday) Egypt cancels reservations on the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 47 (Nov 16 -22)

Top Headlines • Two Egyptians confirmed dead in the Paris terrorist attacks. (Monday) • Russia confirmed that a bomb brought down Russian jet in Egypt. (Tuesday) • Second phase of parliamentary elections launched in Egypt. (Sunday) Egyptians vote in the … Continue reading

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