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Posted: 05-05-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest. From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: September 16, 2014
SYRIA. IS fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. has assembled an unlikely coalition of more than 40 nations with a shared stake in defeating IS, an effort that's counting on Iraqi troops and moderate Syrian rebels to retake and hold territory the extremists have seized.
Posted: September 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people."
Posted: September 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. David Cameron called the attack "a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker" and "an act of pure evil;" Barack Obama offered US support for its "ally in grief".
Posted: September 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The answer to the security challenges is not the Assad regime. They have created this security vacuum. They have lost legitimacy to lead, period," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The one power that can effectively move against IS in a manner that would appear legitimate to other Muslims is Saudi Arabia; The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing.
Posted: September 11, 2014
SYRIA. Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs after a devastating blast that killed nearly 30 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In a widely anticipated, 13-minute White House speech, Obama said he would hunt down Islamic State militants "wherever they are" in a drive to degrade and ultimately destroy the group.
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The world's chemical watchdog on Wednesday confirmed the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria, according to a report by its team investigating alleged attacks there.
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Barack Obama is prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria as part of a strategy to battle IS; He will lay out his strategy in a prime-time speech Wednesday evening.
Posted: September 9, 2014
LEBANON. The kidnap and murder of Lebanese security forces by jihadists from Syria has sparked new tensions in Lebanon, including a backlash against Syrian refugees and a string of sectarian kidnappings.
Posted: September 8, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group has published its Qatar Economic Insight, September 2014 report. The report analyzes how the economy continues its diversification phase through double-digit non-hydrocarbon growth, which is expected to accelerate through 2016.
Posted: September 8, 2014
EGYPT. "What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically," Nabil al-Arabi said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers.
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own."
Posted: September 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The upcoming Scottish election, whichever way it goes, demonstrates the enormous power of the desire for national self-determination. If it can corrode the British union, it can corrode anything.
date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has picked up in the wake of recent monetary policy easing by the ECB; U.K. unpopularity deepens as Scottish independence vote looms.
date:Posted: September 15, 2014
UAE. In the rental market, Cluttons expects affordability to remain central to the rental value growth equation, with rises likely to slow further in the coming months; Residential values in Dubai rise by 3.8%; 19% growth in Abu Dhabi residential capital values over the same period.
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