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Turkey's Erdogan dismisses Western criticism of post-coup crackdown

Al-Arabiya - ‎vor 12 Stunden‎
Erdogan and the government blamed US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the coup attempt. Tens of thousands of his suspected followers in the military, police, judiciary, academia, civil service and other institutions have been ...

ISIS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syrian village

Al-Arabiya - ‎vor 15 Stunden‎
ISIS seized control of several villages in the countryside northwest of Manbij since launching a "fierce assault" on Thursday, according to the Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information. The SDF, backed by .... Turkey ...

Russian-backed Syrian forces tighten grip on Aleppo

Financial Times - ‎28.07.2016‎
Russia-backed Syrian forces have tightened their chokehold on Aleppo's rebel districts, urging civilians to flee and fighters to lay down arms as they push to retake Syria's largest city ahead of peace talks slated for August. Aleppo, which was Syria's ...

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

The Guardian - ‎27.07.2016‎
Since the escalation of the Syrian conflict in 2012, the eight countries have approved €1.2bn (£1bn) of weapons and ammunition exports to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey - key arms markets for Syria and Yemen. In the past, the ...

Iraq's Yazidis living in fear on Mount Sinjar - ‎26.07.2016‎
Her family was among the hundreds of thousands who fled as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept across northern Iraq's Sinjar region in August 2014 and captured the town of the same name.

Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as Islamic State ignores ultimatum

Middle East Eye - ‎23.07.2016‎
There are growing fears for the fate of civilians trapped in Manbij, formerly a key stop along an IS supply route from neighbouring Turkey into its self-styled Islamic "caliphate" in Syria. Manbij lies ... The council's spokesman, Sherfan Darwish ...

Thousands march week after failed Turkey coup

Al-Arabiya - ‎22.07.2016‎
I told it to the head of national intelligence,” Erdogan told Reuters in his palace in Ankara, which was targeted during the coup attempt.

Syrians displaced from Manbij recount horror

Al-Monitor - ‎21.07.2016‎
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Residents of Manbij, in Aleppo's countryside, tell of heinous crimes and difficult living conditions at the hands of Islamic State (IS) fighters.

NATO and the contradictions within western Imperialism

In Defense of Marxism - ‎22.07.2016‎
Since NATO itself admits that these troops in and of themselves cannot mount much resistance to any Russian offensive, they are essentially deployed as cannon fodder whose deaths can legally force their home countries to mobilise a larger force ...

Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 4: The EU Enters Its Endgame

The Beacon (blog) - ‎23.07.2016‎
Young doctors, architects and engineers have left Spain by their hundreds of thousands (many of them now in London, as I saw on a recent visit), simply because ruthless austerity measures have wiped out all but a very few jobs.

'Massive tragedy' in the making in the opposition-held areas of Aleppo

Houston Chronicle - ‎20.07.2016‎
Severing those neighborhoods from other opposition strongholds in the country threatens to deal a blow to the rebellion and its main outside supporters, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which supply Assad's opponents with money and weapons. That scenario also ...

Iraq's Sadr tells followers to target US troops fighting ISIS

Al-Arabiya - ‎18.07.2016‎
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday the Pentagon would dispatch 560 additional troops to help Iraqi forces retake the northern city of Mosul in an offensive planned for later this year. ... Thousands of supporters of powerful Shiite cleric ...

Turkey quashes coup; Erdogan vows 'heavy price' for plotters - ‎16.07.2016‎
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason" as authorities arrested or dismissed thousands of troops and judges. The chaos Friday night and Saturday came amid a period of political turmoil in ...