News: 10-Mar-15

  1. The biggest challenge to ISIS’s Caliphate may now come from within
    This biggest challenge to one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups may now come from within.
  2. Palestinians arrest dozens of Hamas members in West Bank
    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinian security forces in the West Bank arrested dozens of members of the Islamist movement Hamas on Monday, sources on both sides said.
  3. Saudis block Swedish minister’s speech at Arab League
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has blocked a plan for Sweden’s Foreign Minister to address the League of Arab States in Cairo on Monday in a protest over criticism of its human rights record, a Swedish foreign ministry spokesman said.
  4. Aleppo Battle: Al Qaeda’s Jabhat Al-Nusra Is Friend To Syrian Rebel Groups
    The many and varied groups fighting in Syria’s civil war have long been in a tug-of-war to control the northern city of Aleppo, but the current clashes have effectively lumped the factions in two camps: opposition brigades unofficially aligned with al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) or forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
  5. Israel Critic and Hamas Defender Named As Obama’s New Mideast Coordinator
    ( – Three days after Israel’s prime minister stood before Congress questioning the wisdom of a key Obama administration foreign policy initiative, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday named as head of her Mideast desk an official who has stoked controversy with past criticisms of Israel and by meeting with Hamas terrorists.
  6. IS executes 20 opponents in northern Iraq: officials
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) – The Islamic State jihadist group executed 20 people who wanted to fight against them in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, officials said on Monday.
  7. Egyptian president pushes U.S. for military aid in Fox News interview
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt’s president called for increased U.S. military aid and creation of a regional coalition to fight Islamic State in an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, just days before the United States sends its top diplomat to the country.
  8. Arab League calls for multinational force to fight militants
    CAIRO (Reuters) – The Arab League called for the creation of a regional force to combat militants as countries face a growing threat from Islamic State and other groups.
  9. Islamic State infighting in Syria kills nine: monitor
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least nine members of Islamic State were killed during infighting in northwestern Syria after some of them tried to flee over the Turkish border, a group monitoring the conflict said on Monday.
  10. Under new king, Saudi interests may diverge from Egypt
    CAIRO (AP) — Under its new monarch, Saudi Arabia appears to be moving to improve relations with Turkey and Qatar and soften its stance against the Muslim Brotherhood with the aim of weakening Iran. The shift could lead to pressure on its ally Egypt to reconcile with them as well.

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