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Jul 10, 2013

Insight: Events in Egypt may influence, won’t define Syria war

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has put a new spring in the step of Bashar al-Assad, who sees it as a sign that Islamists – including those spearheading the Sunni-dominated rebellion against him – are in decline.

Exuding confidence after a recent successful army counter-offensive, and speaking as the Egyptian army was deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, Assad said “what is happening in Egypt is the fall of what is known as political Islam.”

Jul 10, 2013

Events in Egypt may influence, won’t define Syria war

BEIRUT, July 10 (Reuters) – The fall of the Muslim
Brotherhood in Egypt has put a new spring in the step of Bashar
al-Assad, who sees it as a sign that Islamists – including those
spearheading the Sunni-dominated rebellion against him – are in
decline.

Exuding confidence after a recent successful army
counter-offensive, and speaking as the Egyptian army was
deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, Assad said “what is
happening in Egypt is the fall of what is known as political
Islam.”

Jul 4, 2013

Insight – Downfall of Egypt’s Brotherhood game-changer in Middle East

BEIRUT (Reuters) – “Where Egypt goes, the region follows” is an adage often quoted by academics teaching the arcane politics of the Middle East.

Wednesday’s military takeover in Cairo, toppling Islamists who had so recently swept to power in one of many Arab upheavals, looks set to have a profound impact beyond Egypt’s borders.

Jul 4, 2013

Downfall of Egypt’s Brotherhood game-changer in Middle East

BEIRUT (Reuters) – “Where Egypt goes, the region follows” is an adage often quoted by academics teaching the arcane politics of the Middle East.

Wednesday’s military takeover in Cairo, toppling Islamists who had so recently swept to power in one of many Arab upheavals, looks set to have a profound impact beyond Egypt’s borders.

Jul 2, 2013
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My return to Baghdad, the epicentre of Islam’s growing divide

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(Samia Nakhoul, now Reuters Middle East Editor, is seen in the back of a car after being wounded at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, April 8, 2003, in this image taken from video footage. A U.S. tank fired a shell at the hotel from which she was reporting. Picture taken April 8, 2003. REUTERS/Pool via Reuters TV )

The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

Jul 2, 2013

Return to Baghdad, epicentre of Islam’s growing divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

On the day Baghdad fell, I was waiting for an Iraqi surgeon to operate on me to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from my brain. He saved my life.

Jul 2, 2013

Special Report: Return to Baghdad, epicenter of Islam’s growing divide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The last time I left Baghdad I was on a stretcher.

It was April 11, 2003, four days after U.S. troops pushed into the Iraqi capital at the end of a lightning campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein. American forces had pounded Baghdad for weeks and as U.S. tanks raced into the city, I became a casualty alongside scores of Iraqis.

On the day Baghdad fell, I was waiting for an Iraqi surgeon to operate on me to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from my brain. He saved my life.

Jun 21, 2013

Thousands of Shi’ites ready to fight in Syria – Iraqi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of Shi’ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond will take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda “savages” in Syria if fellow Shi’ites or their shrines come under attack again, a powerful minister in Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government said.

It would be impossible to “sit idle while the Shi’ites are being attacked”, while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels fighting against Syria’s government, Hadi al-Amiri told Reuters in an interview.

Jun 21, 2013

Thousands of Shi’ites ready to fight in Syria, Iraqi says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of Shi’ite Muslims from Iraq and beyond will take up arms against Sunni al Qaeda “savages” in Syria if fellow Shi’ites or their shrines come under attack again, a powerful minister in Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government said.

It would be impossible to “sit idle while the Shi’ites are being attacked”, while the United States and Western allies arm and finance the mainly Sunni rebels fighting against Syria’s government, Hadi al-Amiri told Reuters in an interview.

Jun 20, 2013

Iraq, Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Neighboring Iraq warned that Syria’s civil war is tearing the Middle East apart and Lebanon’s president urged his country’s Hezbollah movement on Thursday to pull its fighters out of the conflict.

After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria’s turmoil is dragging its neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi’ite Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing the Syrian rebels.