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May 27, 2015
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Islamic State expands its ‘state’, closing Sunni alternatives to jihadis

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(May 25, 2015 update of map of Syria and Iraq showing the areas controlled by Islamic State. Locates cities Palmyra and Ramadi/REUTERS)

Almost a year after Islamic State’s shock capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.

May 22, 2015

Insight – Islamic State expands its ‘state’

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Almost a year after Islamic State’s shock capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.

Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. It is a forgotten city. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond – the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

May 22, 2015

Islamic State expands its ‘state’

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Almost a year after Islamic State’s shock capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government.

Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. It is a forgotten city. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond – the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

May 21, 2015

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.

Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed group, said the insurgents would be unable to topple the Assad government despite their recent gains in battle, including this week’s capture of Palmyra by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Mar 27, 2015
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Iran expands its regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

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(Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen.

Mar 26, 2015

Iraq oil minister sees $70 crude by end 2015

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi predicted world oil prices could reach $70 a barrel by the end of 2015 and played down the impact of the emerging conflict in Yemen on prices.

A global slump in oil prices has slashed government revenue in Iraq, prompting the OPEC producer to renegotiate contracts with oil majors as it faces a costly military campaign against Islamic State militants.

Mar 25, 2015

Iraqi president expects U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum said on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition will soon carry out air strikes against Islamic State in the Sunni city of Tikrit, after starting aerial reconnaissance flights this week.

A three-week offensive by Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitaries has failed to flush out Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Mar 23, 2015

Insight – Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) – With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focussed more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen.

The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian and Shi’ite “empire” on Arab land is Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the al-Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

   Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United
Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western
powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay,
and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying
to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of
the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar
Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United
States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.