Wednesday, July 30, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
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U.S. Avoids Hard Deadline For Iran Talks

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the top negotiator for the United States in the P5+1 talks with Iran over its nuclear program, declined to give a hard date for when negotiations would end.
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Saddam 'Relative' Seeks Tajik Asylum

A man claiming to be a relative of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seeking political asylum in Tajikistan.
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Iranian Leader Urges Arms For Palestinians

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Israel of committing "genocide" in the Gaza Strip and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians.
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At Least 15 Bodies Found In Baghdad

Police in the Iraqi capital reported finding at least 15 bullet-ridden bodies, including three women, raising fears the widespread violence in Iraq could become even worse now that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is over.
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France Offers Iraqi Christians Asylum

France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death.
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Another Historic Iraqi Mosque Destroyed

Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 600-year-old mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the latest of several religious sites demolished by the group recently.
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Seized Sunni Politician In Iraq Released

Police said armed men raided the home of Riyadh al-Adhdah, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, late on July 25 and took him and several of his bodyguards away but released them the next day.
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Sunni Politician Abducted In Baghdad

Police said armed men raided the home of Riyadh al-Adhdah, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, late on July 25 and took him and several of his bodyguards away.
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Video Iranians Rally In Support Of Gaza

Iranians rallied nationwide on July 25 in a show of support for Palestinians as Israel pursues its military campaign in the Gaza Strip.
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