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1st armored division attacks protesters in Yemen | ReliefWeb

The 1st Armored Division, soldiers loyal to defect general Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, attacked demonstrators staging a sit-in in front of vice president Abd Rabo Mansur Hadi’s home. Abdulsalam Al-Maili, Major Colonel of the 1st Armored Division told the Yemen Times that those protesters were “armed thugs” who wanted to disturb the peace. “We caught them, armed with guns, Kalashnikovs, bombs ...

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U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes | NYTimes.com

The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials. The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ...

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Gareth Porter: How the US Wars Have Served Al-Qaeda | CounterPunch

Al-Qaeda strategists have been assisting the Taliban fight against U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan because they believe that foreign occupation has been the biggest factor in generating Muslim support for uprisings against their governments, according to the just-published book by Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist whose body was found in a canal outside Islamabad last week with evidence of having ...

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Making peace with the Taliban? UN pressed to lift Afghan sanctions | The Guardian

Britain and the United States are pressing for United Nations sanctions against 18 former senior Taliban figures to be lifted later this month in the strongest indication yet that the western powers are looking for a negotiated peace with the Taliban. Candidates include the controversial former head of the regime’s religious police, Mohammed Qalamuddin, whose officers were responsible for some ...

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Gaza: A View From the Ground | Global Research

Here in Palestine, disgust expressed by civil society reformers about Barack Obama’s May 19 policy speech on the Middle East and North Africa confirms that political reconciliation between Washington and fast-rising Arab democrats is impossible. Amidst many examples, consider the longstanding U.S. tradition of blind, self-destructive support for Israel, which Obama has just amplified. Recognizing a so-called ‘Jewish state’ as ...

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Lloyd Greif: Obama and the Quest for Mideast Peace | Huffington Post

So, why was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu steaming when he came out of his tête-á-tête with President Barack Obama on May 20? The president’s inherently pro-Palestinian, con-Israeli stance may have been another rude awakening for the prime minister, but the handwriting’s been on the wall for some time now. Read more here: Lloyd Greif: Obama and the Quest for ...

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France to pursue Mideast conference despite U.S. reservations | Haaretz

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says France will pursue efforts to organize a Middle East peace conference despite reservations expressed by the United States and Israel, AFP reported on Wednesday. “I have the feeling that our initiative has moved things” in the peace process, Juppe told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York. “I think there will be ...

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Syrians Flee Town Of Jisr Al-Shughour, Where Scores Of Security Men Were Killed, As troops approach | Reuters via Huffington Post

Syrians fled a restive town toward the Turkish border, fearing bloodshed as troops with tanks approached, under orders to hit back after the government accused armed bands there of killing scores of its security men. Though accounts of days of killing in Jisr al-Shughour ranged from an official version of gunmen ambushing troops to residents’ reports of an army mutiny, ...

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Yemen facing humanitarian crisis | UNICEF via AlertNet

Yemen is facing a humanitarian catastrophe as an explosion of violence strains a country that is already one of the poorest in the world, Yemen representative for the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. People in the capital Sanaa are very scared and the country is in desperate need of water and fuel, Geert Cappelaere said. “This country is ...

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Revealed: the untold story of the deal that shocked the Middle East | The Independent

Secret meetings between Palestinian intermediaries, Egyptian intelligence officials, the Turkish foreign minister, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal – the latter requiring a covert journey to Damascus with a detour round the rebellious city of Deraa – brought about the Palestinian unity which has so disturbed both Israelis and the American government. Fatah and Hamas ended four ...

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Yemen Facing Humanitarian Catastrophe: UNICEF | Common Dreams

Yemen is facing a humanitarian catastrophe as an explosion of violence strains a country that is already one of the poorest in the world, Yemen representative for the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. People in the capital Sanaa are very scared and the country is in desperate need of water and fuel, Geert Cappelaere said. Read more here: ...

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