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At least fifteen civilians, including three minors, were killed in eight regime air raids on Douma, a rebel-held town near the capital on Friday. On Thursday, regime air strikes killed twenty people, including two children and two women, in Jisrin to the east of Damascus, and two others in nearby Saqba.

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With a heavy reliance on shortsighted tactical strikes on terrorists, the US counterterrorism policy in Yemen ignores the underlying reasons that drive extremism and instability in the country.

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With oil at its lowest price in four years, the Middle Eastern and North African markets have seen broad declines. The fall of oil prices has created fears among Middle Eastern investors whose economic fate is mainly based on the region’s oil revenues. The aggressive sell-off at the end of the trading week made Egypt's benchmark EGX30 index fall by nearly 3.4 percent and reaching 8,593 points.

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The Obama administration announced one year ago the suspension of military assistance to Egypt in the most aggressive leveraging of US aid to date for the sake of promoting a democratic transition. Sadly, this pressure has had no effect on the political trajectory in Egypt.

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Reports out of Istanbul detail yet another episode of Syrian opposition disunity: this time over the selection of a prime minister to head an Interim Government long-since established by the Syrian National Coalition.

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Deepening their involvement in Libya, Egyptian warplanes bombed Islamist militia positions in Benghazi, according to two officials, as part of a three-to-six month Egyptian-led campaign that will eventually involve Libyan ground troops trained by Egyptian forces. The operation, they said, was requested by the Tobruk-based Libyan administration.

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Egypt's main stocks edged up by 0.18 percent on Wednesday. After seven sessions in the red this signals a possible rebound with low stock prices starting to bolster demand. With falling US producer prices, fears had dipped Global stocks and most Arab bourses.

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A Q&A with Dr. James Noyes, Part III of III

In the first part of our interview with Dr. James Noyes we discussed ISIS’ systematic program of iconoclasm as entwined with the formation of the so-called caliphate, working from Dr. Noyes’ thesis that “the destruction of religious and cultural icons has gone hand in hand with the political construction of the modern state.”

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In his remarks to Chiefs of Defense at Andrews Joint Base on October 14, President Barack Obama may have hinted at a significant Syria-related policy change in the fight against ISIS.

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A strong blast hit a busy district in central Cairo on Tuesday night, leaving thirteen injured, three of whom are in critical condition. A senior security official said the explosion was caused by a homemade bomb placed near a courthouse.

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