UAE Seeks to Invest in Kurdistan

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On November 20, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that despite the ongoing fighting in Iraq, the UAE is looking to invest in numerous projects in Iraqi Kurdistan. A representative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce stressed the strong relations between the UAE and the region and said he hoped the end to the current situation would lead to a rebirth of the Kurdistan economy.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Syrian Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

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Among the million plus refugees from Syria that have poured into Lebanon has been a substantial - approximately 44,000 - number of Palestinians. These Palestinians, the descendants of Palestinian refugees from Israel-Palestine, most of whom were living in the Syrian camp of Yarmouk, have now joined Lebanon's own population of Palestinian immigrants. Officials, NGOs, and the UN are struggling to accommodate the population.

Article Source:An Nahar

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Iraqi Forces Claim to Retake Beiji Refinery

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On November 18, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that Iraqi forces have recaptured the Beiji oil refinery in a significant step in the fight against ISIS. The victory represents an important achievement for Iraqi security forces and also deprives ISIS of oil resources.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Jordanian Salafists Convicted of Spreading Terrorist Propaganda

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On November 17, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that the Jordanian judicial system convicted a number of Salafists for various charges related to terrorism, including circulating terrorist propaganda and planning to bomb the Australian embassy. During their public trials, the accused claimed to be "with ISIS" and its self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The men will face several years in prison, with some to be sent into hard labor.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Gulf States Send Ambassadors Back to Qatar

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Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain have agreed to send their ambassadors back to Qatar after a months-long dispute with the country for its support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. The UAE and Bahrain recently added the Muslim Brotherhood to its list of terrorist organizations.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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ISIS to Issue Its own Currency

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In another bid create an image of legitimacy, ISIS has declared that it will be striking its own currency. While the terrorist organization has unfortunately shown itself proficient in social media and brand marketing, time will tell if is equally adept at macroeconomics. The currency will consist of gold coins (ISIS dinars), silver coins (ISIS dirhams), and copper coins (ISIS fils). 

Article Source: Al Qabas

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Saudi King Praises Shiite Cleric Sistani

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On November 12, Al Sumaria reported that Iraqi President Fouad Masoum met with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz in a significant development for the governments' bilateral relations. Long at odds over various regional issues, most prominently Iraq's relationship with Iran, tension has waned since Iraq's new government was formed and the campaign against their mutual enemy ISIS began. During the meeting, the Saudi king praised the "rightly guided" stances adopted by Shiite mega-cleric Ali Sistani, who has taken a hard line against ISIS and who recently encouraged cooperation with neighboring countries.

Article Source: Al Sumaria

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Tensions Escalate between Fatah and Hamas

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On November 11, BBC Arabic reported that Hamas officials have criticized a recent speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accusing the U.S.-designated terrorist organization of being behind to recent bombings in Gaza against Fatah leaders. The internal Palestinian divisions come soon after the two sides agreed to form a conciliatory government during the summer.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Money Transfer Rates from the U.S. to Lebanon Increase

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On November 10, Annahar reported that the cost for Lebanese expats living in the U.S. to send money to Lebanon has recently increased. According to recent World Bank figures, sending money to Lebanon has become one of the world's more expensive transfers.

Article Source: Annahar

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New Regulatory System Mandated in Saudi Arabia

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On November 8, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has begun fully implementing a new set of regulations for its financial sector. According to the Saudi government, the measures, which began to be gradually incorporated over the past few years, aim to increase transparency and competition.

Article Source: aawsat.com

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Russia to Supply Syrian Government New Anti-Aircraft Weapons

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On November 6, Al Arabiya reported that Syrian Foreign Minister Waleed Muallem has claimed that Russia will soon be providing the Syrian regime with S-300 long-range anti-aircraft weapons. The transaction has not yet happened, but Muallem is confident it is "just around the corner." The weapons are not to fight the rebels, but out of concern for a change in U.S. policy in Syria following the victories of Republican candidates in the midterm elections.

Article Source: Al Arabiya

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Jordan Recalls its Ambassador to Israel

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On November 5, Al Hayat and other Arabic media sources reported that Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest of what is sees as Israeli aggression on Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, specifically on the Al Aqsa complex. Jordan described the move as unprecedented and came during clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police forces.

Article Source: Al Hayat

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Saudi Security Forces Arrest 15 for Attack on Shiites

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On November 4, BBC Arabic reported that Saudi Security forces carried out a wave of arrests following an attack on a group of Shiites in the area of al-Ahsa. Earlier in the day armed men attacked a commemoration of Ashura, a holy ritual practiced by many Shiites, who represent 10-percent of the otherwise ultra conservative and orthodox Sunni kingdom. The attack left eight Saudi citizens dead.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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Iraqi Government Seeking Kurdish Forces

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On November 3, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that Baghdad has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government to help the central government form a military force to reclaim the city of Mosul. The force would reportedly be comprised of Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The KRG responded that it would study the matter and discuss it further.

Article Source: Al Sharq Al Awsat

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Reports that Shiite Militias Carried Out Massacre in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch has accused Shiite militias, and in particular Asa'eb Ahl al-Haqq, of murdering a room full of prayer-goers. Such groups, since ISIS' incursions through the country, have joined up with local security forces to protect Shiite-dominated areas, which has exacerbated concerns that the Shiite-led government in Baghdad is too cozy with these militias. Some have noted that this plays into ISIS' rhetoric.

Article Source: BBC Arabic

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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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