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Palestinian who killing a British student will be paid £800 a month by the Palestinian government

A terrorist accused of murdering a British student in Jerusalem will be paid a salary of more than £800 a month by the Palestinian government – which receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid. Via:  Nick Craven Jamil Tamimi, who has a history of mental health issues, killed theology student Hannah Bladon in a frenzied knife attack ...

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US Launches Airstrikes in Syria

The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was Syria’s use of banned chemical weapons that killed at least 100 people, U.S. military officials told NBC News. Via:  Brünnhilde Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha’irat ...

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France wants UN Security Council meeting after Syria chemical attack

A suspected chemical attack killed at least 58 civilians including several children in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a monitor said, with the opposition accusing the government and demanding a UN investigation. Via: timesnow.tv The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun left dozens suffering respiratory problems and symptoms including vomiting, fainting and foaming at the mouth, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory ...

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Marines have arrived in Syria

Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery in support of the fight to oust the Islamic State from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, defense officials said. Via: washingtonpost.com  The deployment marks a new escalation in the U.S. war in Syria, ...

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A Day In Life Assad’s Syria

On an icy January evening in eastern Aleppo, a grotesque scene of destruction, five men are standing around a fire in a battered oil drum in a butcher’s shop. Via: spiegel.de Their trousers are dirty and their faces are covered with soot. There has been no running water for a long time. Every evening, the men come here to warm up, ...

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The Arab reaction to US embassy move to Jerusalem

The intention of U.S. President Donald Trump to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem evoked angry reactions in the Palestinian Authority which is preparing to block the initiative.  Via: jcpa.org / Pinhas Inbari Arab reaction to the embassy move depends on both Palestinian pressure and whether or not the Trump administration intends to follow through with his election promise ...

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Iran Warns U.S. not to ‘Create New Tensions’ over Missiles

Iran on Tuesday warned the United States against fuelling tensions over its ballistic missile tests as the UN Security Council prepared for urgent talks on the issue at Washington’s request.  Via: .yahoo.com The row comes against a backdrop of already-strained relations over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. The European Union, which ...

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Russia crucial to Trump’s Middle East plans

President-elect Donald Trump’s push for greater ties to Russia will help in key administration priorities in the region, starting with ending the civil war in Syria, a transition advisor told Middle East diplomats on Wednesday. Walid Phares, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump transition, met with Arab ambassadors Wednesday to brief them about the incoming Trump administration’s policy toward the Middle East. ...

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Israel’s Arab Warriors, BBC documentary

For the first time, the BBC’s Arabic service will broadcast a documentary focusing on Israel’s minority Arab population and the growing number who are voluntarily serving in the Israel Defense Forces. In the film Senior BBCReporter Jane Corbin follows the first all Arab unit of the Israeli Defense Forces to be deployed inside Judea and Samaria, as well as others ...

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U.S. and Europe Say Assad May Have Kept Some Chemical Weapons

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has repeatedly found traces of deadly nerve agents in laboratories that Syria insisted were never part of its chemical weapons program, raising new questions about whether Damascus has abided by its commitments to destroy all of its armaments, according to a highly confidential new report. The discoveries of precursors for chemical warfare agents like soman ...

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