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Syrian opposition unready for fall of AssadThe Syrian opposition coalition favored by the U.S. and its allies is in no position to fill a political vacuum that could be created if an anticipated U.S.-led military strike hastens the downfall of President Bashar Assad.
Troops led by Assad’s brother likely to blame for chemical weapons, Syrian activists sayDivisions of elite Syrian troops led by President Bashar Assad’s brother were likely responsible for the suspected chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb last week that killed more than 1,400 people, according to Syrian opposition activists.
Beware of SyriaIn June, the White House concluded that Syria’s embattled President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people and, in doing so, had crossed a red line set by President Barack Obama.
Despite loss of influence in Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood branches stay strongThe Muslim Brotherhood — battered in Egypt and losing popularity in some Arab countries — remains a political force across the Middle East and North Africa where the Islamist group is the main beneficiary of Arab Spring protests that have toppled entrenched dictatorships since 2010.
More clashes, more deaths as Egyptians end Friday prayersAngry supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi clashed Friday with Egyptian police, who have orders to use live ammunition against the protesters.
Egypt’s streets of blood: Full-scale crackdown on Morsi supporters kills more than 500Egyptian security forces deployed snipers, tear gas and bulldozers Wednesday to break up two sit-ins by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in an assault that claimed more than 500 lives, drew swift international condemnation and led to the resignation of the vice president in the military-backed interim government.
Overthrow, crackdown may push Muslim Brotherhood back to extremism in EgyptEgypt’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters risks driving the Islamist movement back toward the violent extremism it renounced decades ago, analysts said Thursday as security forces spent a second day fighting protesters who torched government buildings, churches and police stations.
Kerry: Violence in Egypt a ‘serious blow to reconciliation’Egyptian security forces deployed snipers, tear gas and bulldozers Wednesday to break up two sit-ins by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in an assault that claimed more than 200 lives, drew swift international condemnation and led to the resignation of the vice president in the military-backed interim government.
New rulers in Egypt saddled with a protester dilemmaMore than a month after the military ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s new rulers are vexed by this question: How do you get tens of thousands of Mr. Morsi’s supporters off the streets of Cairo?
Al Qaeda is alive and well If there is one thing that the events of the past week have shown, it is this: al Qaeda is alive and well.
Contrary to confident declarations by Western officials that al Qaeda’s core has been decimated, the terrorist group founded by Osama bin Laden still has the capacity and capability to rattle the United States of America.
Classes will be alfrescoThe University of Northern Virginia rarely set off any bells of recognition. Its owner, Daniel Ho, had hoped to keep it that way. In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2011, Mr Ho said: “We don’t want people to know us”. That changed a bit on July 16, when the  Annandale-based for-profit institution, a short drive from Washington and popular with students from India, was ordered to be shut down because it failed to regain the accreditation it lost in 2008.
Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaosSecurity inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire.
Tribal, rebel clashes wreck areas in South SudanA tribal conflict is worsening in South Sudan’s largest state, where the U.S. estimates more than 100,000 civilians already have been displaced, according to a satellite monitoring project.
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Taliban leader downplays talks with U.S.The Afghan Taliban’s top leader says the Islamic radicals who once sheltered Osama bin Laden view talks with the U.S. as a way to put an end to the “occupation” of Afghanistan, but will never abandon their religious principles or national interests.
Bangladesh court blocks Islamist movement from next electionsA Bangladeshi court on Thursday banned the South Asian nation’s largest Islamist party from taking part in the next elections, saying the party violates the country’s secular democratic principles.