Arabic News

As Syrian troops move in, Australian IS captives plead ‘don’t let us fall into the hands of the regime’

Two Australian women held in Syria have made desperate pleas for help as a notorious army closes in. “Until now Australia hasn’t done anything for us,” sobs one young mother of two children. “And we understand the world has hate, but we’re asking just as regretful humans, don’t let us fall into the hands of the regime, please.” She’s among ...

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Donald Trump raises tariffs on Turkey and threatens more sanctions over Syria offensive

The US Government has imposed tariffs on Turkish steel and sanctions on three Turkish ministers and two government departments over Ankara’s attack in Syria against Kurdish forces it views as a terrorist threat. The move comes as US President Donald Trump scrambles to limit the damage from his much-criticised decision to clear US troops from Turkey’s path. Treasury Secretary Steven ...

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Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

Turkey’s attack on Kurdish-run territory in northern Syria will likely snuff out a radical experiment in self-government that is unlike anything I have seen in more than 30 years studying the Middle East. In a surprise Oct. 6 statement, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw its troops from northern Syria. Approximately 1,000 American soldiers had been stationed in ...

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Arabic press review: Egypt to release 500 detained since protests

And in Algeria, public and private institutions struggle to stay afloat while Iraq fears the consequences of Turkey’s offensiveEgypt’s state prosecution has decided to release 500 defendants accused of protesting against the government in recent weeks, according to the London-based newspaper Egyptian security services have arrested more than 3,300 people, including academics, lawyers and journalists, since protests kicked off on 20 September ...

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Egyptian Interior Ministry reveals details of attack on security ambush in Sinai

Eight members of the Egyptian security forces were killed Wednesday morning, in addition to five terrorist elements, during a terrorist attack on a security ambush in Sinai. Cairo – -. A statement issued by the Egyptian Interior Ministry that “a number of terrorist elements targeted a security ambush south of the city of Arish, dawn on Wednesday, June 5.” The ...

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Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

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ISIS Is Poised to Make a Comeback in Syria

on the surface, the Syrian civil war appears to be nearing its final stage. Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Russian and Iranian backers won the battle that mattered the most for them in July, when they drove the moderate rebels out of their last bastion in the southern Syrian city of Deraa. With that military victory, any hopes of a ...

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Russia defers one crisis in Syria, but is embroiled in another

A RUSSIAN-BACKED offensive to retake Idlib, the last big rebel-held stronghold in Syria, seemed imminent only a few days ago. Russia had expanded its fleet of warships off the Syrian coast. Regime troops were massing at the perimeter of the province. Russian jets had begun to bomb rebel targets and destroy hospitals. UN officials were warning of the biggest humanitarian ...

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Embracing the past – Lebanese in South Africa Faces in the Forest by Cecile Yazbek

Sydney author, Cecile Yazbek was born into a Lebanese family in South Africa: her father, Joe Yazbek’s family was from Hadeth Beirut and her mother’s family, Haddad, was from Beit Meri. Their parents went to South Africa from Lebanon between 1894 and 1910. To this day, their descendants cook authentic Lebanese food using ancestral recipes. Lebanese-Arabic language remains in small ...

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Brits flock back to Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt

British holidaymakers are flocking back to destinations that until recently were feared by many to be at risk of unrest or terrorism. The big winners are Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, although the two Arab countries have yet to recover their full potential, according to the latest findings from ForwardKeys and Gfk, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing booking transactions ...

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