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Conflicting Reports Emerge over ISIS Leader’s Death

Conflicting Reports Emerge over ISIS Leader’s Death

Conflicting reports have emerged in recent days over the fate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amid claims that he was “clinically dead.” An Iraqi intelligence source announced on Monday that the Iraqi air force had targeted a meeting of ISIS leaders in Syria in June, leaving several of them d

Lebanese Forces’ Concession Fails to Make Breakthrough in Govt. Formation Process

Lebanese Forces’ Concession Fails to Make Breakthrough in Govt. Formation Process

The optimism that surrounded the Lebanese government formation process last week dropped on Monday after concerned parties failed to resolve disputes over the Christian and Druze ministerial shares.

Asharq Al-Awsat: Paris, Berlin Bet on Four-Way Summit to Return Political Aspect to Syrian File

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks Tuesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to prepare for a four-way Syria summit with the leaders of Russia, France, Turkey and Germany next month. “What we expected has been realized concerning the need for Europeans and others t

JIAT Disproves Five Houthi Claims Against Arab Coalition Forces

JIAT Disproves Five Houthi Claims Against Arab Coalition Forces

Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen refuted five Houthi allegations promoted for by Amnesty International and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights against the Arab Coalition fighting to restore power to the freely-elected government in Yemen. JIAT also expressed its re

Iraq: Khamenei’s Representative Lashes Out at PM’s ‘Irresponsible’ Statements

Iraq: Khamenei’s Representative Lashes Out at PM’s ‘Irresponsible’ Statements

An Iraqi government official announced Sunday that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will not visit Tehran as scheduled, in a sign of Iran’s dissatisfaction with the statements of the outgoing PM on US sanctions. The Iranian stop would have been part of Abadi’s tour which kicks off on Tuesday in Tur

Syria: Death Toll in Idlib Arms Depot Blast Rises

Syria: Death Toll in Idlib Arms Depot Blast Rises

The number of people killed when an explosion ripped through a building storing arms in the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwestern Syria has climbed to 69 including 17 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. The explosion, which happened in the town of Sarmada on Sund

Yemen: Ahead of Geneva Meeting, Houthis Reject UN Resolution 2216

Yemen: Ahead of Geneva Meeting, Houthis Reject UN Resolution 2216

United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths’ call for a meeting in Geneva in September in an attempt to resume peace negotiations was met by opposition from the Iran-backed Houthi militias that rejected the national dialogue references, particularly Security Council resolution 2216.

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