Iran Pledges Weapons to Palestinians after Drone Incident

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In the wake of Iran's downing of an Israel reconnaissance drone above its air space, the Islamic Republic has pledged to arm Palestinian militants. Furthermore, Iran's air force threatened that any similar activities on Israel's part would be met with a "devastating" response. Iranian officials also pointed to deeper regional divides, claiming that the drone had launched from an unnamed "third country."

Article Source: Annahar

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Tension in Yemen after Deal with Houthis Falls Short

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The Yemeni army has been put on heightened alert after negotiations with Houthi insurgents failed, at least for now. Supporters of both sides have taken to the streets in protest. The Houthi insurgents cite failed government economic policies and rising prices of fuel as reasons for their insurgent activities; however, because they are a Shiite Yemeni community the conflict has inherent sectarian elements.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Iran in Talks with the West about ISIS

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Iran's Foreign Ministry announced that it has been in talks with the West over what to do about the self-proclaimed Islamic state. However, the Islamic Republic has also indicated that any true help on its part would have to be met with concessions in negotiations over its nuclear program.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Hamas Commander Said to Survive Airstrike

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On August 20, BBC Arabic reported that Hamas' announcement that the the commander of the Ezzeddine Brigades, the group's military wing, Mohammed al-Daif has survived an Israeli airstrike that caused the death of his wife and son. Hamas supporters have vowed revenge and warned of action against Israel's airport.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Algeria Arrests Syrians Accused of Being from ISIS

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Algerian security forces announced that they have detained more than a hundred Syrian, including women and children, claimed to have infiltrated the country to carry out operations on behalf of ISIS. Officials alleged that some of the detainees confessed that ISIS members were seeking to strike southern Europe.

Article Source: Asharq Alawsat

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Protests Over Jewish-Muslim Marriage in Israel

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On August 18, protesters from right-wing Israeli group Lehava demonstrated in front of a wedding party. The group was protesting not just the marriage - between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim man - but also because the bride had converted to Islam prior to the wedding.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Dubai Predicting Renewed Economic Growth

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The secretary general of the Dubai Economic Council Hani al-Hameli said he predicts the emirate's economic growth to continue. Hameli stressed that Dubai remains an investment hub, attracting foreigners by offering high-quality services, job opportunities, and an affluent lifestyle.

Article Source: Asharq Al Awsat 

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French Bishops Call for Use of Force in Iraq

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In response to the killing and forced migration of thousands of Christians, French bishops called for the use of force to protect Iraq's minorities. These statements stand in stark contrast to the Catholic Church's standard creed of non-violence and highlight the global outcry against ISIS' campaign in Iraq.

Article Source: Annahar

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Iraqi President Tasks Abadi, Not Maliki, to Form Government

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On August 11, BBC Arabic reported that Iraqi President Fouad Masoum has tasked Islamic Dawa Party member Haidar al-Abadi with forming the new Iraqi government instead of incumbent Nouri al-Maliki. If Abadi successfully establishes a majority coalition, he will replace Maliki as prime minister. The U.S. praised Masoum's decision and warned Maliki not to "stir the water" in its wake.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Egypt's Trade Deficit Falls 52% in April

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The Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics has released a report claiming Egypt's trade balance deficit fell by 52% this past April. The organization cited a drop in the value of various goods worldwide and lower prices for imports.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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President Obama Indicates Prolonged Campaign in Iraq

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On August 9, BBC Arabic reported that U.S. President Barack Obama stated on Saturday that the U.S. military and humanitarian aid campaign in Iraq would be a long-term effort. While the limited scope of the campaign remains in effect, the president said that operations would last more than a couple weeks.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Obama Authorizes Strikes against ISIS

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On August 7, U.S. President Barack Obama authorized the U.S. Air Force to carry out limited airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq "if necessary." In the meantime, the U.S. has begun dropping aid packages to refugee minorities in the area of Sinjar who have fled to the surrounding mountains to escape persecution and death by ISIS.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Assad Expands Compulsory Military Service

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On August 7, Annahar reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has imposed limits on earlier exemptions to mandatory military service. The law now stipulates that families who have left Syria during the fighting or who live abroad, who previously were completely exempt, now must send home one of their sons if they have between 2 and 4 children. More must return home if the family is larger. Families can pay an exemption fee instead if they have the money. For those families who do not comply, their passports will not be renewed, rendering many of them stateless.

Article Source: Annahar

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Saudi Arabia Denies Visas to Ebola-Country Residents

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On August 5, BBC Arabic reported that Saudi Arabia has decided to ban visas to Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who are coming from countries where the Ebola outbreak is spreading, namely countries in West Africa. The kingdom has dispatched special teams to to its points of entry to ensure those coming in are not infected with the virus.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Lebanese Army Fighting Syrian Rebel Group

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The Lebanese armed forces are engaged in a deadly battle with ISIS and Sunni militants from Syria after the latter attacked military bases and checkpoints near the border town of Arsal. Amid reports that Syrian refugees were among those fighting against the Lebanese armed forces, the incident has threatened to further ignite Lebanon's political and sectarian tensions and drag the country into a regional conflict.

Article Source: Annahar 

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Three-Day Israel-Hamas Truce Announced

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On August 1, 2014, Ma'an reported that international diplomatic efforts have facilitated an agreement between Hamas and Israel for a three-day "humanitarian truce" to give civilians a break from the violence. In addition, delegations from both sides are heading to Cairo to try and achieve a lasting ceasefire.

Article Source: Ma'an

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