Middle East

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone-opposition leader

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone-opposition leader

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria

Sun Aug 12, 2012

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said on Sunday.

Battles raged on in the northern city of Aleppo, where tanks, artillery and snipers attacked rebels in the Saif al-Dawla district next to the devastated area of Salaheddine.

Egyptian Leader Ousts Military Chief

Egyptian Leader Ousts Military Chief

By KAREEM FAHIM

Published: August 12, 2012

CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and several senior generals, in a stunning purge that seemed for the moment to reclaim for civilian leaders much of the political power the Egyptian military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.

Mr. Morsi also nullified a constitutional declaration, issued by the military before he was elected, that eviscerated the powers of the presidency and arrogated to the military the right to pass laws. It was not immediately clear whether he had the constitutional authority to cancel that decree.

Proxy war and the PKK

Proxy war and the PKK

August 11 2012

Nowadays, everyone is asking the reasons for the increase in outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks. However, if there are about 5,000 to 6,000 militants in your mountains, it should not be a surprise for you to receive news of attacks. Yet, the intensity of an increase/decrease in attacks can be still a subject of curiosity.

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zone

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zone

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria

Sat Aug 11, 2012

(Reuters) - The United States and Turkey indicated on Saturday they might impose no-fly zones in Syria as battles between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces shook Aleppo and fighting erupted in the heart of Damascus.

Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

By Shaimaa Fayed

CAIRO

Fri Aug 10, 2012

(Reuters) - The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as "terrorists" in Sinai after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, a military source told state media on Friday.

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push

Israel media talk of imminent Iran war push

By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM

Fri Aug 10, 2012

(Reuters) - Israel's prime minister and defense minister would like to attack Iran's nuclear sites before the U.S. election in November but lack crucial support within their cabinet and military, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday.

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