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Public anger mounts after two more car bombings in Baghdad | News | DW.COM | 11.05.2016

Public anger mounts after two more car bombings in Baghdad | News | DW.COM | 11.05.2016 | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
The death toll has risen in Baghdad after two more car bombs went off. Earlier, an SUV loaded with explosives blew up near a beauty salon in Baghdad's Sadr City, killing at least 60 people.
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What Russians Think about ISIS (Infographic) | News

What Russians Think about ISIS (Infographic) | News | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
The Public Opinion Foundation asked Russians across the country what they knew about the Islamic State and how big a threat they thought the organization posed.
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5 Immediate Political Consequences of the Iran Deal

5 Immediate Political Consequences of the Iran Deal | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s announcement reshapes the terms of the domestic political debate.

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Al-Qaida planning kamikaze attacks on ships in Mediterranean, cables claim

Al-Qaida planning kamikaze attacks on ships in Mediterranean, cables claim | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Leaked document from Russian intelligence agency claims north African branch wants to extend its range to Europe with marine unit
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Angelina Jolie Pens Impassioned Op-Ed for NYT on Syria, Iraq Visit: 'I Was Speechless'

Angelina Jolie Pens Impassioned Op-Ed for NYT on Syria, Iraq Visit: 'I Was Speechless' | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
The "Unbroken" director ponders how to comfort victims of civil war and the terror of ISIS
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:45 PM

We need more celebrities and world leaders to push for a Global peace in the Middle East. Israel and the Arab nations of the Middle East would have to lead the peace initiative along with the United Nations. Again, I do not have a real solution, but I do have a road map of "maybe" how we could get the train back on the tracks to start the Peace process. Fred Issa

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ISIS praises attack on Charlie Hebdo

ISIS praises attack on Charlie Hebdo | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
BEIRUT/DUBAI - A fighter of the Islamic State militant group praised Wednesday's attack on a French satirical magazine that killed at least 12 people, telling Reuters the raid was revenge for insults against Islam.
Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in the worst militant
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Egyptian president attends Coptic Christmas Eve mass in Cairo

Egyptian president attends Coptic Christmas Eve mass in Cairo | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, a Sunni seen by many of Egypt’s Christian minority as a saviour, makes symbolic gesture of unity
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Islamic State 'police' official beheaded: Syria monitor

Islamic State 'police' official beheaded: Syria monitor | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top figure in Islamic State's self-declared police force, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.The man was an
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ISIL 'breaking down,' says Iraq interior minister

ISIL 'breaking down,' says Iraq interior minister | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
ISIL 'breaking down,' says Iraq interior minister
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:47 PM

World News is so biased by one side or the other that no one knows what is fact or fiction anymore. Everyone has their own bias based on their own regional or world interests. Fred Issa

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Daesh involved in assassination of parliament candidates in Mosul

Daesh involved in assassination of parliament candidates in Mosul | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Baghdad, Jan 5, IRNA – A Sunni Muslim Iraqi member of parliament on Monday gave new details on horrendous ISIS crimes against women in Neinawa province and other areas, including those with any type of social and political activities and candidates for parliamentary elections.
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So much for life in Mosul under ISIS.  More like death in Mosul under ISIS.

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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:49 PM

More killing, more hatred and bloodshed and more refugees having to flee their ancestral homes. Fred Issa

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Turkey, US to sign deal to train and equip Syrian rebels

Turkey, US to sign deal to train and equip Syrian rebels | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Turkey and the United States aim to finalize an agreement on equipping and training »»
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:52 PM

This is one time-tested method of dealing with Rogue States who have no real ideology of what they want except to dominate lands not owned or earned by them, but simply to conquer and destroy whomever is not like them, or believe what they, ISIS believes. Whatever the hell that is? Fred Issa

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No, Isis fighters almost certainly don't have Ebola

No, Isis fighters almost certainly don't have Ebola | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Reports that Isis fighters in Iraq have contracted Ebola have been refuted as “incorrect” and “unfounded” by the country’s health ministry.
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 5:03 PM

If ISIS fighters had Ebola, it would be a sign from God that he has had enough senseless bloodshed on his creation called Earth. Fred Issa,

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Senior IS Commander with Another 23 Militants Killed in Sinjar

Senior IS Commander with Another 23 Militants Killed in Sinjar | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Peshmerga forces are advancing in Sinjar area
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:57 PM

I would call this a Good Beginning. The Kurd's men and women seem to be the major force standing up to ISIS on the ground, while other nations drop bombs from the air. The problem is collateral damage to innocents who are in the same area trying to escape death at the hands of ISIS. Fred Issa,

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News from The Associated Press

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Concerning the generals were so easily identified........no such thing as coincidence or good luck for the terrorists to have managed to kill both of them.  OPSEC feels creaky.

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Iranian initiative to solve the Syrian issue

Iranian initiative to solve the Syrian issue | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
An Iranian initiative to solve the crisis in Syria has been published by the semi-official Fars news agency, Arabi21 has reported. Fars is close to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps. The initiative, it is claimed, has been discussed with Turkey, Qatar, Egy
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:37 PM

Not a fan of Iran by any means, but we have to look at all options to solve real hot world problems. We have to look at all viewpoints to come up with real solutions to this growing Global Issue. Fred Issa

 

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Russia unveils plan for anti-ISIS coalition at Doha meeting | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russia unveils plan for anti-ISIS coalition at Doha meeting | Russia Beyond The Headlines | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Observers say initiative is unlikely to find favor with Washington
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:41 PM

Once again, we have to look at all points of view, not the just the Western Point of View to come up with real solutions to Global Fires. ISIS is a disease that needs to be eradicated. The key is coming up with a Global solution, not just a US or Western backed solution. It has to be accepted by all players impacted by this this Global Fire.

Fred Issa

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South African intelligence: Mossad tried to dry up Nile

South African intelligence: Mossad tried to dry up Nile | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
News: Another batch of leaks by al-Jazeera and the Guardian cites report that Israel tried to cause drought in Egypt, following previous claims about Mossad machinations.
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Yemen's Houthis threaten to take over oil-rich Maarib

Yemen's Houthis threaten to take over oil-rich Maarib | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
The Shiite militant group took control of capital Sanaa in September
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Carrefour to start Expanding Operations in Egypt within Days

Carrefour to start Expanding Operations in Egypt within Days | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
French multinational giant retailer Carrefour SA will start carrying out the inception of three new supermarket chains in Egypt within days, said Egyptian government official said.
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Iraq, Saudi Arabia achieve rapprochement

Iraq, Saudi Arabia achieve rapprochement | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Renewed diplomatic ties could lead to re-starting the oil and gas pipeline between the two countries.
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Amid war against ISIS, Iraqi Shiite militias seek to keep Sunnis out

Amid war against ISIS, Iraqi Shiite militias seek to keep Sunnis out | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
Sunni residents of this tiny village north of Baghdad are all gone. Their homes now have Shiite graffiti scrawled on the walls. Shiite banners, many emblazoned with images of revered saints, are hoisted on the roofs.
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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 5:07 PM

ISIS needs to be destroyed once and for all. Then the Sunni's and Shia people of Iraq need to learn to live together in peace, by agreeing to disagree with one another from one Islamic sect to another. Fred Issa

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White Christmas: Black Propaganda?

White Christmas: Black Propaganda? | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
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Just prior to Christmas, a German journalist, Jürgen Todenhöfer, announced he had spent some 10 days with the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and his findings were, according to him, highly disturbing.


At the time of writing he has not published an...
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Shameless self publicity.  Apologies....!

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ISIS ‘Release 2015 Budget Projections’ of $2bn with $250m Surplus

ISIS ‘Release 2015 Budget Projections’ of $2bn with $250m Surplus | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
A cleric also claims the group have set up a central bank in Mosul
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Extremely debatable if this is true.  Local Arab sources suggest a crude psyops attempt by ISIS.

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Fred Issa's curator insight, September 16, 2015 4:55 PM

The World has to find a way to cut off their money supply as one way to deal with this ISIS Terrorist Organization. Cut off of the money and soldiers will dessert their posts. Cut off all safe havens for these that behead children, rape and sell women children. Stop the madness.

Fred Issa,

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Gunmen kill three Sunni clerics near Iraq's Basra

Gunmen kill three Sunni clerics near Iraq's Basra | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an urgent investigation on Friday into the fatal shooting of three Sunni clerics and the wounding of two others near the southern city
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Egypt, Iran are the next great emerging markets

Egypt, Iran are the next great emerging markets | Middle East - Key Themes | Scoop.it
A business-friendly environment is building in Egypt and Iran, as Islamism is replaced by pragmatism.
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