Middle East

Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath

Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath

New York Times

12 August 2012

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world, and its revolution in February 2011 was the capstone event of the Arab Spring, inspiring demonstrators in Libya, Syria and elsewhere.

But in June 2012, a series of events threw the country’s troubled transition to democracy deeper into confusion as Egypt’s two most powerful forces — the military establishment and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group — moved toward a showdown. A swift series of steps by the military and its allies in the judiciary left many observers in Egypt and the West wondering if they were witnessing a subtle military coup, or even a counterrevolution.

Syrian opposition calls for no-fly zone

Syrian opposition calls for no-fly zone

Al Jazeera

12 August 2012

A Syrian opposition official has asked for no-fly zones across Syria and safe havens patrolled by foreign forces near the borders with Jordan and Turkey.

Abdel basset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the United States had realised that the absence of a no-fly zone to counter President Basher al-Assad's air superiority has hindered rebel movements in the country.

Preparing for a post-Assad Syria

Preparing for a post-Assad Syria

Deutsche Welle

13 August 2012

Syria's President Bashar Assad is still clinging to power. But many governments are expecting his regime to fall - and are planning for what comes next.

It was only eighteen months ago that the US government sent an ambassador back to Syria. But Robert Stephen Ford did not stay long. In October 2011, after only ten months, the American envoy left again - for safety reasons, Washington said. The peaceful protests of the Syrian population against their government had turned into a violent conflict. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad has come under heavy international pressure for sanctioning brutal attacks against his own people.

Invitation from Paris

 

Sarkozy welcomes Assad to Paris for a national holiday

Morsi retires defense minister, suspends interim constitution

Morsi retires defense minister, suspends interim constitution

Deutsche Welle

12 August 2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has sent Defense Minister and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi into retirement. He also suspended changes made to the constitution by the military.

Tantawi was replaced by Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, while the head of the armed forces, Sami Anan, was also ordered to retire with immediate affect, according to a presidential spokesman.

Iran's ties to Latin America worry U.S.

Iran's ties to Latin America worry U.S.

Stewart M. Powell

12 August 2012

Washington - Ever since Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a deal with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for weekly air service between the nations' distant capitals, American officials have worried that Iranian-backed terrorists could reach the rim of Latin America, pick up fake Venezuelan passports and sneak into the United States.

Now, with growing talk of a pre-emptive attack by Israel to slow Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program, Iran has threatened that it would retaliate across the globe. And Iran's easy access to the Western Hemisphere has U.S. officials particularly concerned.

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

By Bill Roggio

August 12, 2012

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured "three suspected insurgents" during a raid that targeted an al Qaeda associate who operates in the southeastern province of Ghazni.

The combined special operations team attempted to capture the "al Qaeda associated insurgent" during a raid in the Gelan district in Ghazni today, the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. It is unclear if he was captured during the raid.

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