Lebanese Army Combating Terrorist Groups in Tripoli

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On October 30, An Nahar reported that Lebanese security forces launched preemptive operations against ISIS and Al Nusra Front in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. After a number of raids and arrests, security officials declared they had thwarted plans to establish an "emirate of the north." Note the interesting (politicized) language used for "displaced" Syrians living in "complexes" in Lebanon, versus Palestinian "refugees" living in "camps."

Article Source: An Nahar

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Egypt Razing Houses to Build Buffer Zone on Gaza Border

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On October 29, BBC Arabic reported that Egyptian security forces have begun razing recently evacuated houses in the Sinai along the border with the Gaza Strip. The effort, which comes after Egyptian officials blamed Palestinian elements of being behind recent attacks against the Egyptian army, has forced the relocation of thousands who reportedly agreed to the move.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Hezbollah Criticizes Bahrain for Stopping Shiite Group's Activities

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Picture published by An Nahar

On October 28, An Nahar reported that Bahraini authorities have ordered a freeze to the activities of the Al-Wifaq Islamic Society, a Shiite religious-political institution, prompting denunciation from Shiite militant organization Hezbollah. Hezbollah and its backer Iran have been critical of the Sunni-led Bahraini government's crackdown on protests. Bahrain is a majority Shiite population.

Article Source: An Nahar

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Palestinians Seeking National Currency

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Picture published by Maan

On October 28, Maan reported that Palestinian monetary official Riyad Abu Shahada criticized the Palestinians' current monetary system of four major cash currencies being used in Palestinian markets. The official noted that Palestinians are obliged to use the Israeli Shekel, and also trade in the dollar, Jordanian dinar, and the Euro. The official said that a national currency would make the Palestinian economy less susceptible to fluctuations in the markets of those countries, over which they have no control.

Article Source: Maan

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Egyptian Defense Official Says Palestinians Involved in Attack

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On October 26, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that an Egyptian deputy minister of defense has alleged that Palestinian agents were involved in the recent attack against Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai. Egyptian President Sisi had earlier blamed foreign parties for the attack, but declined to elaborate. In the wake of the attack, Egyptian security forces have expanded operations in and are attempting to isolate much of the northern Sinai.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Domestic Workers' Rights in the UAE Violated

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BBC Arabic, citing a recent Human Rights Watch report, reported that domestic workers in the UAE routinely suffer from human rights abuses. Some of those interviewed for the report claimed they were hit, slapped, kicked, abused emotionally, raped, had their passports confiscated, and denied food and wages.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Assad Appoints New Provincial Governors

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An Nahar reported that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has appointed five new governors for the provinces of Aleppo, Lataqiya, Tartous, Edlib, and Qunaitra. The appointments came through presidential decree, despite the bloodshed and devastation of the country's ongoing civil war.

Article Source: An Nahar

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Tunisian Army on High Alert

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On October 21, Sky News Arabia reported that Tunisian security forces have been put on alert ahead of the country's legislative elections to be held on Sunday with reserve forces being called up to provide additional security. The announcement comes amid threats of terrorist attacks against unspecified targets in the country.

Article Source: Sky News Arabia

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UN Calls on Iraq to Stop Applying Death Penalty

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On October 20, BBC Arabic reported that the UN has called on the Iraqi government to suspend or stop its use of the death penalty. A UN human rights report stated that Iraq's use of the death penalty has failed to to combat crime and has not been carried out according to appropriate standards.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Israeli-Egyptian Negotiations on Natural Gas Deal

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On October 19, Maan News reported that an Israeli energy company with interests in the Tamar natural gas reservoir has signed an agreement with Egyptian firm Dolphinus to supply Egypt with 2.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The same pipeline that will be used to transfer the natural gas to Egypt used to supply Israel with natural gas from Egypt, but militants attacked the pipelines several times.

Article Source: Maan News

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Etihad Airways Offers Concessions in Acquisition Bid

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Picture published by aawsat.com

On October 15, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that UAE airline company Etihad Airways has agreed to make certain concessions in its bid to acquire a 33-percent stake in Swiss airline Darwin Airlines, which is to re brand itself as Etihad Regional. The concessions include abandoning its ambition to appoint the company's senior executive officers. The acquisition comes amid growing concerns over Etihad's expansion into the European airline market.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Protests against Houthi Insurgency

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On October 14, Al Arabiya reported that demonstrations erupted in the streets of Sanaa, Yemen against the continued control of large sections of the city by Houthi militants, as well as the coastal city of Hudaida. Political tension has once again ignited the debate in Aden about seceding from Yemen.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Kurdish Political Parties Agree to Join Iraqi Government

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On October 13, Al Sumaria reported that Kurdish ministers have agreed to join the Iraqi government under the leadership of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The decision comes amid significant differences between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government over power sharing, oil revenue, and political differences, but prompted by the need for unity during the current crisis.

Article Source: Al Sumaria

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Higher Natural Gas Output Expected in Algeria

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On October 13, Al Sharq Alawsat reported that Algerian Energy Minister Yousif Yousifi declared that Algeria's natural gas production is expected to increase 40 percent over the next five years. Youifi delivered his comments at the opening of an international natural gas conference in the country . Yousifi statements downplayed concerns among some Algerians about declining oil prices, given the amount of Algerians employed in that sector.

Article Source: Al Sharq Alawsat

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Russian Weapons Company to Open Maintenance Facilities in Egypt

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On October 9, Al Masry Al Youm reported that a Russian helicopter company plans to open maintenance facilities in Egypt and several other countries next year. The article noted that last September it was reported that Egypt would receive Russian weapons for USD 3.5 billion in accordance with a tentative agreement between the two countries. The weapons deal would provide Egypt with an anti-aircraft missile defense system and various types of artillery. 

Article Source: Al Masry Al Youm

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Fears over Fall of Kubani

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On October 8, BBC Arabic reported that the U.S. and its allies are concerned over the possibility that the Syrian city of Kobani, or Ain al-Arab, which lies right along the border with Turkey, will fall into ISIS' hands. The terrorist organization has been waging a campaign for weeks against the city, which, if taken, would afford it control over a large strip of of the Turkish border area, where it resupplies its material and personnel.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Tension on the Lebanese-Israeli Border

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On October 7, An Nahar reported that two Israeli soldiers were wounded by an IED that hit their patrol vehicle in the contested territory of the Shebaa Farms, which was once controlled by Syria, claimed by Lebanon, and occupied by Israel. The incident occurred after a Lebanese soldier was wounded by Israeli gunfire. Following the IED attack, which was claimed by "the Islamic Resistance", Israel fired several artillery rounds into adjacent Lebanese territory.

Article Source: Annahar

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Pakistani Taliban Declares Loyalty to ISIS

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On October 5, Al Sharq Alawsat reported that the Pakistani Taliban has offered its loyalty to ISIS and called on extremists throughout the region to support the group. The Nusra Front and other Al Qaeda affiliates have criticized the decision, referring to ISIS as a "cartoonish" group.

Article Source: Al Sharq Alawsat

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