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Feb 29, 2012

Hezbollah says attack on Iran would set Middle East ablaze

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program would set the Middle East ablaze, possibly drag in the United States and unleash a conflict beyond the Jewish state’s control, the deputy head of Lebanon’s pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement said.

World oil prices have risen to 10-month highs on escalating tensions between the West and Iran. The United States and Israel have not ruled out a military strike on Iran to halt its nuclear program, which Israel believes is intended to build atomic weapons and Tehran says is for producing energy.

Dec 22, 2011

2011 “Year of the Tyrant,” 2012 ominous for Syria, Iraq

LONDON (Reuters) – It all began with a slap and a slur hurled at a poor vegetable seller by a policewoman in a provincial Tunisian city. Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in a protest that ignited a chain of fires across the Arab world. Twelve months after his death, he would scarcely recognize the region he knew.

From the Atlantic coast to the shores of the Gulf, popular uprisings against entrenched autocrats swept the region, unleashing long pent-up yearning for change in a world that democracy had passed by.

Dec 16, 2011

Turkey and allies want Syria’s Assad out but not just yet

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down — but not just yet.

Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his post-Islamist ruling party Turkey has become the main organising hub for Syria’s opposition — the 260-member liberal Syrian National Council, and the Free Syrian Army, comprising mainly Sunni army defectors.

Dec 16, 2011

Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria’s Assad out, just not yet

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down — but not just yet.

Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his post-Islamist ruling party Turkey has become the main organizing hub for Syria’s opposition — the 260-member liberal Syrian National Council, and the Free Syrian Army, comprising mainly Sunni army defectors.

Dec 8, 2011
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Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in Middle Eastern region

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(A Turkish flag waves in front of a minaret of a mosque in downtown Istanbul November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their mentor — and to throw its weight behind the Syrian opposition seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a former ally.

Dec 8, 2011

Analysis: Turkey acts as mentor for emerging Islamists in region

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – As Islamist groups emerge triumphant in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan seems decided to act as their mentor — and to throw its weight behind the Syrian opposition seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad, a former ally.

Ankara’s evolving response to the upheavals of the Arab Spring is broadly in harmony with its NATO and European Union allies, who had balked at the AKP’s previous “zero problems with the neighbors” policy, that indulged Syria and its ally Iran, and which some derided as a neo-Ottoman turn away from Turkey’s long-standing Western ties.

Nov 21, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s Assad seen ignoring Gaddafis’ fate

By Samia Nakhoul

(Reuters) – The chilling spectacle of Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal end last month and the capture of his son Saif al-Islam this week, far from deterring Bashar al-Assad, seem to have energized him into redoubling his efforts to crush Syria’s eight-month rebellion.

As the Arab League intensified Assad’s isolation by suspending Syria’s membership, defecting soldiers in the Free Syrian Army carried out their boldest attacks so far at Deraa in the south and on an Air Force intelligence base near Damascus.

Oct 28, 2011

Gaddafi son seeking flight to Hague court: NTC

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, fearing for his life if captured in Libya, has tried to arrange for an aircraft to fly him out of his desert refuge and into the custody of The Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official said Thursday.

Details were sketchy but a picture has built up since his father’s killing while in the hands of ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters a week ago that suggests Muammar Gaddafi’s 39-year-old heir-apparent has taken refuge among Sahara nomads and is seeking a safe haven abroad.

Oct 27, 2011

Gaddafi son seeks flight to Hague war crimes court

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, fearing for his life if captured in Libya, has tried to arrange for an aircraft to fly him out of his desert refuge and into the custody of the Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official said on Thursday.

Details were sketchy but a picture has built up since his father’s grisly killing while in the hands of vengeful rebel fighters a week ago that suggests Muammar Gaddafi’s 39-year-old heir-apparent has taken refuge among Sahara nomads and is seeking a safe haven abroad.

Oct 27, 2011

Gaddafi son seeks aircraft to surrender: NTC source

DUBAI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam wants an aircraft to take him out of Libya’s southern desert so he can turn himself in to The Hague war crimes court, a source with Libya’s National Transitional Council said on Thursday.

A fearful Saif al-Islam, 39, went on the run at about the time his father met a grisly death a week ago, apparently at the hands of vengeful Libyan fighters. He has indicated he is ready to surrender to justice, as has ex-intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, NTC officials have said.