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The Arab [Persian] Gulf states plan to 'win' the war in Yemen

– we should be wary about what their victory would look like
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Yemen Facing Aggression for Its Anti-Israeli Stance: Houthi Leader

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The secretary general of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement said a Saudi-led coalition’s aggression against Yemen that has been ongoing for two years was launched due to the Arabian Peninsula country’s opposition to Israeli plots. ...
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Air strike kills 16 civilians near Damascus

Beirut (AFP) - At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an air strike on a rebel-held area outside Syria's capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said....
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Israel launches surprise military exercises in south

The Israeli army has conducted two drills in the southern part of the occupied territories amid recent tensions in the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula....
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Israeli Cabinet Protests as Netanyahu Threatens Snap Elections

Ruling Likud Party Deeply Divided on Such a Move...
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Posters comparing Gaza to Auschwitz spread on Illinois campus

One poster compared Zionism to Nazism, calling Gaza the “largest concentration camp in the world.” ...
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How Egypt’s Activists Became ‘Generation Jail’

Six years after the Arab Spring, the country’s democracy activists live under constant threat of prison — or worse....
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Iraqi troops seize main bridge, advance on mosque in battle for Mosul

Iraqi government forces battling Islamic State for Mosul took control of a main bridge over the Tigris river on Wednesday and advanced towards the mosque where the group's leader declared a caliphate in 2014, federal police said....
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Islamic State leader Baghdadi abandons Mosul fight to field commanders, U.S. and Iraqi sources say

U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival....
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As drugs flood into Gaza, Hamas to get tougher on smugglers

Marijuana and prescription painkillers are flooding into the Gaza Strip as never before, prompting officials from the ruling Islamist group Hamas to seek tougher punishments for smuggling drugs into the blockaded territory....
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