Middle East

Syrian fighting rages in crucial Aleppo

Syrian fighting rages in crucial Aleppo

31 Jul 2012

Syrian forces and rebels have clashed violently in and around Aleppo as the battle for control of the country's largest city raged into a fourth day, with both sides claiming advances.

The Syrian army said on Monday it had overrun part of the city's rebel-held Salaheddin district, which sits in the southwest in the face of the government advance, but that claim was denied by a rebel Free Syrian Army commander.

Key U.S. lawmakers agree on new Iran sanctions

Key U.S. lawmakers agree on new Iran sanctions

By Reuters and The Associated Press

Jul.31, 2012

U.S. lawmakers are a step closer to finalizing new sanctions aimed at further restricting Iran's oil revenues after negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives agreed upon a compromise bill on Monday.

Al Qaeda’s Arab Comeback: Capitalizing on Chaos in Syria, Mali

Al Qaeda’s Arab Comeback: Capitalizing on Chaos in Syria, Mali

July 30, 2012

Al Qaeda has exploited the Arab Spring to create its largest safe havens and operational bases in more than a decade across the Arab world. In the 18 months since the Arab revolutions first began, al Qaeda has grown stronger, despite founder Osama bin Laden’s death and a lack of mass appeal.

As Syrian government gains ground in Aleppo, it loses its people

As Syrian government gains ground in Aleppo, it loses its people

By Ariel Zirulnick

July 30, 2012

Reports out of Aleppo indicate that Syrian government troops launching an assault on the city have so far been unable to retake rebel-held neighborhoods there, despite the use of heavy weapons such as tanks and helicopter gunships.

Yesterday Syrian state media reported government victories in two Aleppo neighborhoods, but activists denied the reports, telling the Associated Press that there has been only "fierce shelling" and some fighting on the ground.

Expert: Officials ignorant on sharia

Expert: Officials ignorant on sharia

Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent -

An expert on Islam is concerned that some California politicians and city officials are ignoring the facts about sharia law.

A town hall meeting at the Islamic Society of Orange County earlier this year declared there is no conflict between sharia law, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Several lawmakers and officials in The Golden State -- including Democratic U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Loretta Sanchez; Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing; and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca -- urged support for sharia law. In several recently released videos from the event, officials said that sharia is not a threat to the United States.

Syrian regime claims gains in Aleppo, rebels deny

Syrian regime claims gains in Aleppo, rebels deny

Associated Press

 

Syrian government forces mounted new ground attacks against rebel-controlled neighborhoods in Syria's commercial hub of Aleppo, the state media said Monday, but failed to dislodge the opposition from their strongholds, according to activists.

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