U.S. Will Destroy Syrian Air Defense If Planes Are Downed

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Al Arabiya, citing accounts in the New York Times, reported that U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. would destroy Syria's air defense systems if the Syrian regime took down a U.S. plane during an attack on ISIS positions. The president noted destroying the regime's systems would be easier than hitting ISIS positions. President Obama's words followed the threats of an advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning that the country might shoot down U.S. planes.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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U.S. to Lead Arab Coalition against "Daa3ich"

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On September 11, Al Arabiya reported that the United States reached an agreement with 10 Arab states to coordinate a comprehensive strategy to destroy the terrorist organization ISIS. The coalition consists of several majority Sunni Arab countries but conspicuously lack Turkey, who has several dozens of its citizens being held hostage by the group.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Basra Province Planning Consulate Complex

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Picture published by Al Sumaira

On September 10, the provincial council in Basra, Iraq announced that it is planning to designate certain areas of Basra city to construct a complex to house the four foreign consulates the province hosts. The decision was not unanimous. At least one dissension noted that Basra does not have a lot of room and the consulates - which include the U.S., Iran, and Russia - might not agree to the idea.

Article Source: Al Sumaira

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Egyptian Transportation Minister Explains Problems with Egypt's Railway System

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On September 9, Al Masry Al Youm reported the Egyptian transportation minister's recommendations for developing the country's railway system. The minister touched on various problems facing Egypt's railway system, including the need for repairs, constant thefts, and the deterioration of the trains.

Article Source: Al Masry Al Youm

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Iranian Media Acknowledges Khamanei Has Cancer

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On September 8, Al Arabiya reported that official Iranian news agencies have acknowledged for the first time that the country's supreme leader has prostate cancer. The news of Khamenei's condition was first reported in the foreign press a few years ago but the Iranian regime had been quick to deny any serious health issues. 

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Houthis Set Up Protest Camps on Main Sanaa Road

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On September 7, Al Masdar reported that armed Houthi activists blocked off a main road in the Yemeni capital Sanaa leading to the airport. The activists, protesting the government's refusal to comply with their demands for reforms, set up make-shift camps outside of the ministries of communications and electricity and forced employees in those buildings to leave.

Article Source: Al Masdar

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Petroleum Eyeing Share in Indian Refinery

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On September 4th, Asharq Alawsat reported that the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation is seeking to acquire a major share in India's Paradip refinery and to sign a deal to become its largest crude oil supplier. The move comes amid a growing demand in the U.S. for shale oil and India's expansion in refinery services.

Article Source: Asharq Alawsat

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Yemen Prepares for Anti-Government Demonstrations

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On September 5, BBC Arabic reported that Yemen is preparing for anti-government protests by Houthis as well as demonstrations supporting the government. The planned protests come just days after the Yemeni president's proposed initiative to settle the differences between the two sides was rejected by the Houthis. 

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Israel and Jordan Discussing Gas Deal

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On September 3, BBC Arabic reported that Israel and Jordan are conducting negotiations on a deal that would transport Israeli natural gas to the Hashemite Kingdom. An official from U.S. energy company Noble Gas was cited as saying that Jordan would import natural gas drawn from the Leviathan field off of the Israeli coast.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Saudi Arabia Arrests 88 People Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attacks

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On September 2, Al Arabiya reported that Saudi Arabian officials arrested 88 people it has accused of plotting terrorist attacks in the kingdom. According to the officials, one of the arrested was a Yemeni citizen, one was of an unknown nationality, and the rest were Saudi citizens, most of whom had previously been arrested on similar charges.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Gulf Countries to Remain China's No. 1 Oil Supplier

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Picture published by Asharq Alawsat

On August 31, Al Sharq Al Awsat, citing a recent Chinese study, reported that Gulf states are to remain China's number one oil provider. This information comes in light of a new deal struck between China's Sinopec and Kuwait's Kuwait Petroleum Corporation among China's other energy interests in the region.

Article Source: Asharq Alawsat 

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Iraq Struggling to Accomodate Displaced Students

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The general secretariat of the Iraqi government cabinet asked the ministry of education to make efforts to accommodate the country's many displaced students. The body stressed the need to find appropriate schools for the displaced as well as to provide them with books and stationery supplies.

Article Source: Al Sumaria

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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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Picture published by Al Arabiya

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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Picture published by aawsat.com

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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