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Iraqi PM: ISIS Could Become Unstoppable

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Abadi warned ISIS is recruiting young people “not only in Iraq but across the world,” and is both a transnational nation and one that is capable of establishing a serious presence on the ground.

Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal fighters pose for a photograph in central Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants pressing their offensive for Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, has forced more than 2,000 families to flee from their homes in the area, an Iraqi official said Thursday. The Sunni militants' push on Ramadi, launched Wednesday when the Islamic State group captured three villages on the city's eastern outskirts, has become the most significant threat so far to the provincial capital of Anbar.

Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal fighters pose for a photograph in central Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants pressing their offensive for Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, has forced more than 2,000 families to flee from their homes in the area, an Iraqi official said Thursday. The Sunni militants’ push on Ramadi, launched Wednesday when the Islamic State group captured three villages on the city’s eastern outskirts, has become the most significant threat so far to the provincial capital of Anbar

US officials are trying to downplay the threat of ISIS, with General Martin Dempsey incredibly claiming the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province and on a highway directly to the capital of Baghdad, is of no real value and that an ISIS takeover wouldn’t be a major blow.

Iraqi PM Hayder Abadi clearly sees it differently, and warns the latest ISIS push against D, a city which has been contested since January of 2014, proves the group is a growing threat.

Abadi warned ISIS is recruiting young people “not only in Iraq but across the world,” and is both a transnational nation and one that is capable of establishing a serious presence on the ground.

“If Daesh has developed this capability, no uniformed army can stop them,” warned Abadi. The comments come as he is trying to get more military aid from the US for the war against ISIS.

At the same time, Abadi expressed hope that the recovery of Tikrit would be a model for defeating ISIS. It doesn’t seem a great model, as a battle that was supposed to be days took a whole month, parts of Tikrit remain in ISIS hands, and the parts Iraq “liberated” have been awash in lootings and lynchings by Iraqi forces.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm

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Prisoner’s father dies shortly after his release

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The father of prisoner Anwar Hareb died Thursday evening only a few moments after his son was released from an Israeli jail.

Family sources said that Anwar was informed about his father’s death just few minutes after his release from Negev jail late Thursday.

The funeral procession was stopped until the evening hours when Anwar reached the family home where he bid an emotional final farewell to his father, the sources added.

Anwar, the former mayor of Beit Awla town in al-Khalil, was released after spending 10 months in Negev prison as he was arrested on June 2014.

He spent two years in PA jails while he served 10 years in Israeli jails following separate arrests between 1990 and 2015.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 8:59 pm

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Most dangerous Islamic State leaders come from Scandinavia – Syrian President Assad

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Syria's President Bashar Assad (Reuters / SANA)

Bashar al-Assad warned about the growing threat from “Scandinavian” Islamist extremists fighting inside of Syria, where the battle against Islamic State amidst a protracted civil war has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, said the threat of terrorism should not looked at as “domestic or as local,” but rather as a global phenomenon, before going on to reveal that “the most dangerous leaders of ISIS (Islamic State or IS) in our region are Scandinavian.”

Assad, who has struggled to remain in power through four grueling years of civil war, and now incursions by IS jihadists as well, warned that Sweden and Europe are at risk of terrorism.

“As long as you have terrorism growing in different European countries, Sweden cannot be safe,” Assad told Kassem Hamade in the Syrian capital, Damascus. “As long as the backyard of Europe, especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in chaos and full of terrorists, Europe cannot be safe.”

When asked whether Sweden requested information about these ISIS fighters or other jihadists, Assad said: “There’s no contact between our intelligence agencies.’

Between 5,000 and 6,000 Europeans have traveled to Syria to join Islamic State, said Vera Jourova, the EU Commissioner for Justice said, emphasizing that 1,450 of them are French citizens, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported.

However, EU officials believe that the figures are strongly underestimated, as foreign fighters are difficult to track.

The comments by the Syrian leader came after the Swedish intelligence agency, SÄPO, recently warned that jihadists returning from fighting in Syria represent the biggest domestic threat in Sweden today.

Säpo press officer Fredrik Milder told The Local, that “at least 150 Swedish residents were known to have been to Syria or Iraq to fight for Isis or other extremist groups, with intelligence suggesting that at least 35 had died in the process.”

“About 50 of those known to have traveled to Syria have returned to Sweden. They travel to Syria, return to Sweden and tend to go back again,” Milder said, while adding that “there is only a very little we can do to stop people from traveling from Sweden to join al-Qaeda-inspired groups.”

Milder did not offer an explanation as to why these individuals were not being arrested upon their return to Sweden and other European countries.

Starting in September 2014, a coalition of US-led forces – including Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – launched airstrikes on Syrian territory, which were not authorized by the Syrian president, against Islamic State (IS), which has declared its intention of creating a caliphate across parts of the Middle East.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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Death toll from Syria conflict exceeds 220,000: Report

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People walk past debris next to the Sa’ad Ansari school (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 12, 2015. © AFP

People walk past debris next to the Sa’ad Ansari school (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 12, 2015

The death toll from the five-year-long foreign-backed militancy in Syria has surpassed 220,000, a UK-based monitoring group says.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Thursday that the organization had so far counted 222,271 deaths since the start of the crisis in March 2011.

More than 67,000 of the dead were civilians, including more than 11,000 children, he said.

Nearly 68,000 foreign-backed militants have been killed in the conflict while nearly 47,000 Syrian army troopers and pro-government fighters have lost their lives in the conflict, Abdel Rahman said.

The group noted that the actual toll is likely much higher than the deaths it has been able to count.

The toll does not include some 20,000 people listed as missing.

Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis in March 2011. More than 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

(Source / 16.04.2015)

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April 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

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Syrian Coalition Calls For The Release Of Mazen Darwish & His Colleagues

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A verdict in the case of the head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) Mazen Darwish and three of his colleagues has been postponed, their lawyer said on Monday.

“The head of the terrorism court set a verdict date for the cases of Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Zaitani and Hussein Ghreir for April 28, after it was delayed a number of times,” Michel Shammas told reporters.

The three media activists have been held by the Assad regime since 2012 on charges of “promoting terrorist acts.”

The United Nations has urged the Assad regime to release all political prisoners, and has made a special plea for the release of the three activists.

Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet calls on the UN Security Council to put pressure on the Assad regime to implement the Un resolution 2139 urging the release of all detainees in Syria. He also calls on as the International Red Cross’s mission to organize visits to detention centers to check on the safety of detainees and report on their status.

Meslet stresses that the file of detainees in Assad’s secret jails is a top priority for the Syrian Coalition, adding that “we constantly raise the issue of the detainees in all our meetings with Arab, international and UN officials and call upon them to exercise pressure on the Assad regime to release the detainees and alleviate their suffering. “No-one must forget the role of activists who have been detained by Assad’s security forces, and that almost every Syrian has a brother, a friend or relative who is waiting a bleak fate in Assad’s secret jails.”

The designated date for the verdict is scheduled days before Darwish’s receipt of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, award to him by UNESCO. The organization announced that it would deliver the prize to Darwish or his representative during the upcoming celebration of World Press Freedom Day, which will be hosted by Latvia on May 3rd.

(Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies / 16.04.2015)

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April 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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4 Hamas affiliates kidnapped by PA forces in West Bank raid

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Four Hamas affiliates were apprehended by the Palestinian Authority (PA) apparatuses overnight Wednesday and at dawn Thursday in a mass-arbitrary abduction campaign launched across the West Bank.

Hamas slammed, in a statement issued on early Thursday morning, the PA General Intelligence in the northern West Bank city of Tubas for capturing the ex-detainee Ashraf Daraghma from his workplace late Wednesday evening.

Sources based in al-Khalil said the PA forces further apprehended Ahmad Mohamed al-Haroub and his brother Dheib along with the youngster Ali Mahmoud al-Haroub after having stormed Deir Samit town in a flock of 30 military jeeps.

The PA forces reportedly assaulted a number of Palestinian homes and confiscated a set of laptops and mobile phones in the process.

In Tulkarem city, the captive Ahmad Mohamed Hamdan has gone on an open-ended hunger strike in protest at being arbitrarily apprehended by the PA intelligence services on Wednesday.

(Source / 16.04.2015)

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April 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

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Tribesmen take control of major airport in Yemen, say officials

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April 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm

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