Tuesday, July 29, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

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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WaPo Journalist Believed Held By Iran

Three Americans, including a reporter for "The Washington Post," appear to have been detained in Iran.
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Car Bombs Kill At Least 12 In Baghdad

Two car bombs have exploded in central Baghdad killing at least 12 people.
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Russia Sending Weapons To Iraq

AFP quoted a source in Russia's military export establishment as saying Russia had already started delivery of Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-25 warplanes.
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Kurdish Politician Elected Iraq's New President

Iraq's parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as the country's next president, the second step in forming a new government.
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