Middle East News – July 20th

Rafik Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon assassinated in 2005

– A UN backed court has set a date to begin the trial (March 25th, 2013) concerning the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – Al-Jazeera

– Assad forces have regained control of a key Damascus suburb after the bloodiest day yet of fighting during the Syrian civil war – Al-Bawaba

– An opinion column from CNN warning the United States to heed its previous experience interfering in Lebanon in the early 1980’s when considering Syrian intervention – CNN

– Soldiers in the Free Syria army have taken control of key border crossings on the Syria-Iraq border, including the crucial Damascus-Baghdad highway – Al-Jazeera

– Israel has released Aziz Dweik, a senior Hamas official and a member of Palestine’s Parliament.  Aziz had been held without charges since early January – Al-Jazeera

– The United States and United Kingdom have issued stern rebukes to Iran after Iran closed the strategic Straits of Hormuz – Al-Bawaba

– The UN has agreed to extend the observation mission in Syria that is supposed to oversee and help along the peace process – Al-Jazeera

– The use of drones and how they will affect the future legality of warfare – Al-Jazeera

Middle East News – July 10th

A grainy photo of the recent execution carried about by Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan

– The United States has admitted to being involved in ‘direct strikes,’ which probably means drone strikes, against suspected terrorists in both Yemen and Somalia in the last year – Al-Jazeera

– A group of fifty four African migrants attempting to sail from Libya to Italy were found dead aboard their makeshift ship today.  They died from a lack of water and basic necessities on the hundreds of mile long journey over open ocean – BBC

– Moroccan activists have begun to protest that the government repeal a law that forbids individuals to have sex before marriage – Al-Bawaba

– Thousands of protestors gathered in Cairo’s central square to protest a top court’s ruling that president Mohamed Morsi could not reform the Islamist-led parliament that was dissolved last month by the military – Al-Jazeera

– Violence continues to spiral in Yemen as terrorists unleashed a bomb attack on a police academy training facility as class was let out.  Over a dozen cadets were killed in this latest attack – Al-Jazeera

– The Taliban in Afghanistan is growing in strength and confidence, as evidenced by the recent execution of a woman to throngs of cheering spectators – CNN