MIDDLE EAST DAILY BULLETIN
26 MARCH 2015
NO: 1906
1.
IRAQ, .................................................................................................................................... 4

Abadi: Zero Hour for liberating Tikrit starts .................................................................................4

PM announces start of last phase of Salah il-Din battle against ISIL............................................4

Mohamed calls to activate decisions of Central Criminal Court over victims of Saddam's
regime...................................................................................................................................................4

Time to form Arabic Joint Army to face terrorism, says MP ........................................................4

President stresses necessity of sustaining national reconciliation ..............................................5

Hakim urges politicians to develop political project ....................................................................5

President offers condolences after plane crash in France ...........................................................5

Masoum: Our next battle with ISIL to be in Anbar .......................................................................6

Change presents three scenarios for the Presidency of Kurdistan Region ..................................6

Jubouri’s Adviser : Displaced families refuse to return to their homes after their sons being
accused of terrorism ............................................................................................................................6

Sheikh Mohammed vows to activate compensation for Saddam’s victims and the
reconstruction of the affected areas....................................................................................................6

A delegation from Haditha holds a series of meetings in Baghdad to end the occupation of ISIS
on Hit district ........................................................................................................................................7

Ameri to Turkmen MPs: Kirkuk is our next destination and the liberalization of Tikrit is close ..7

Zebari's office releases a clarification about " Fatlawi owning half of Erbil Malls ".....................7

Kurdistan Parliament session delay after a fight and punches among three MPs.......................8

Iraqi President announces the start of air support operations of the International coalition on
Tikrit......................................................................................................................................................8

Sectarian tensions simmer in Iraq shrine city targeted by IS .......................................................8

International coalition aircraft bomb ISIL strongholds in Mosul..................................................9

Killing of 18 terrorists tried to infiltrate into Amiriyat Fallujah ....................................................9

PM al- Abadi and defense minister al-Obeidi discuss the military operations against ISIL .........9

Iraq's oil exports in February were below planned level .......................................................... 10

23 terrorists killed north of Ramadi .......................................................................................... 10

Iraqi army begins final stage to liberate Tikrit........................................................................... 10

Tony Abbott says Australian military to stay in Iraq for as long as necessary .......................... 10

Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14........................................................................................... 11

9 people killed and wounded in south of Baghdad ................................................................... 11

49 ISIL Insurgents killed in Karma area ...................................................................................... 11
2. SYRIA ...................................................................................................................................12







Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq ................................................................................... 12
200 suspected jihadists prevented from leaving Australia for Iraq and Syria........................... 12
Syria rebels seize ancient town near Jordanian border ............................................................ 12
Turkey, US agree on deployment of armed drones to İncirlik Airbase ..................................... 12
MPs warn on growing numbers of British jihadists ................................................................... 13
Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45 percent: UN...................................... 13
Syria destroys chemical weapons sites ..................................................................................... 13
Sayfa 1


Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45% ....................................................... 14
Syria gives the Liberals a way out .............................................................................................. 14
IRAN ....................................................................................................................................14








Oil exports to China increase by 13.5%’ .................................................................................... 14
‘Nowrouz: The forgotten spring festival of the subcontinent’ .................................................. 15
‘Houthis can defend Yemen without Iran help-official’ ............................................................ 15
‘Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters’................................. 15
‘Iran's foreign ministry condemns Saudi-led attacks on Yemen’ .............................................. 16
‘Iran, Russia diplomats hold talks on situation in Yemen’......................................................... 16
‘Iranian nuclear deal may be done by next week, U.S. official says’ ......................................... 17
‘PayPal to pay $7.7m after losing Iranian sanctions case’......................................................... 17
ISRAEL – PALESTINE..............................................................................................................17










Netanyahu victory casts doubt on future of peace talks .......................................................... 17
Israel suspends E.Jerusalem settlement building plan: report ................................................. 18
European consuls: Israel deepens hold on East Jerusalem ....................................................... 18
Amnesty: Hamas rocket attacks amounted to war crimes ....................................................... 18
U.N.: Palestinian death toll highest since 1967 ......................................................................... 18
Popular protests against electricity crisis in Gaza ..................................................................... 19
Israel Arabs will look to Bibi's actions, not words ..................................................................... 19
Afif Safieh tells Obama there is chance to remake the Middle East ......................................... 19
Spain: Congress ready to pass bill giving nationality to Sephardic Jews ................................... 20
The students juggling drugs, books and resistance in Gaza ...................................................... 20
JORDAN and LEBANON.........................................................................................................20







‘King of Jordan Abdullah II invited to Congress of World Religions in Astana’ ......................... 20
‘Video of Hassidic Jews dancing in Jordanian airport goes viral, stirs controversy’.................. 21
‘Opposition forces in Syria claim control of town near Jordanian border’ ............................... 21
‘Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting’ ... 21
Prime minister meets with chief of Russian nuclear corporation’ ............................................ 22
‘Queen meets international journalists, social media representatives’ ................................... 22
Lebanon asks US for airport fingerprint scanners: report’ ........................................................ 23
ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE GULF OF BASRA ....................................................................23







Oil surge caps Saudi safe haven dip in German yields’ ............................................................. 23
Saudi Arabia has 150,000 troops for Yemen operation-Arabiya TV’ ........................................ 24
India, Qatar sign 6 pacts to step up non-oil cooperation’ ......................................................... 24
‘Kuwait shows interest to invest in Tajikistan’s economy’ ........................................................ 24
‘Aafaq honors its success partners and signs strategic partnerships in UAE’ ........................... 25
‘Qatar Rail hosts conference’ .................................................................................................... 25
Kuwait wins 18 medals at Paralympics event in Tunisia’ .......................................................... 26
EGYPT ..................................................................................................................................26




Egypt, Pakistan join military campaign against Houthis............................................................ 26
Egypt court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists ................................................................... 26
Mursi, 24 others to be tried for insulting Egypt judiciary ......................................................... 27
Egypt challenges court ruling on Hamas 'terrorism' ................................................................. 27
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Sayfa 2




Egypt: Military court upholds death sentences on 7 militants ................................................. 27
Egypt abducts and tortures students, claims human rights group ........................................... 27
Egypt blast kills 10-year-old girl near school: police ................................................................. 28
Who owns the Nile? It’s more complicated than you think ...................................................... 28
NORTH AFRICA.....................................................................................................................28







Libyan parliament in Tobrouk welcomes UN suggestions ........................................................ 28
IS attack kills 5 militia fighters in Libya city of Sirte................................................................... 29
UN reveals plethora of abuses against activists in Libya ........................................................... 29
Tunisia: Draft anti-terrorist law approved by Cabinet meeting, submitted to HPR .................. 29
States represented diplomatically in Tunis invited to take part in march against terrorism ... 29
Algeria buys Russian arms but keeps Moscow at arm's length ................................................ 30
Morocco expresses ‘complete solidarity’ with Saudi Arabia on Houthis .................................. 30
AFGHANISTAN – PAKISTAN ..................................................................................................30
8.
9.

Kabul suicide attack strongly condemned that left 8 civilians killed, 31 wounded’ ................. 30

Obama, Afghan leader to finalize plan for US troop pullout’ .................................................... 31

10 Taliban Militants Surrendered in Afghanistan’..................................................................... 31

‘Rockets hit civilian homes in Khost leaving 5 killed, 2 injured’ ................................................ 32

‘US drone strike kills 11 TTP militants in Afghanistan’ .............................................................. 32

‘20 civilians kidnapped in Daikundi’ .......................................................................................... 32

‘The effects of wedding costs on the peace process in Afghanistan’ ....................................... 33

Afghanistan hikes air tax by USD 100’ ....................................................................................... 33
10. TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST ............................................................................................33


Syrian shell falls in Turkey ......................................................................................................... 33
Turkey issues travel warning for Yemen ................................................................................... 34
Sayfa 3
1. IRAQ,

Abadi: Zero Hour for liberating Tikrit starts
The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, stated “The Zero Hour for liberating Tikrit from the ISIL terrorists
has started and no place is for the ISIL in Iraq.”
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/abadi-zero-hour-for-liberating-tikrit-starts/

PM announces start of last phase of Salah il-Din battle against ISIL
The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced the start of the last phase of the battle against the
ISIL terrorists in Salah il-Din.
More Details:
http://www.iraqinews.com/features/pm-announces-start-of-last-phase-of-salah-il-din-battle-againstisil/

Mohamed calls to activate decisions of Central Criminal Court over victims of Saddam's
regime
Deputy Speaker, Aram al-Sheikh Mohammed, emphasized on the necessity of compensating the
families of the victims who were hurt by the former regime. A statement by the his office received by
AIN cited that " we should give much effort in the Federal parliament to activate the legislations of
Higher Criminal Court which is concerned with activation of the files of the victims of the former
regime of Saddam; such as forcible exile, operations of killings, chemical attacks and others in Iraq
and Kurdistan region", adding that "we will try to obligate the Federal Government to compensate
the victims."
More Details:
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66124-mohamed-calls-to-activatedecisions-of-central-criminal-court-over-victims-of-saddams-regime-.html

Time to form Arabic Joint Army to face terrorism, says MP
The member of the Parlaimentary Foreign Relations Committee, Muthana Ameen, emphasized that it
is time to form an Arabic Joint Army to face terrorism. Speaking to AIN, he said "The proposal of the
Arab League to form a joint army to face terrorism is very crucial to eliminate terrorism that spread
in the Region."
More Details:
Sayfa 4
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66125-time-to-form-arabic-joint-army-toface-terrorism-says-mp.html

President stresses necessity of sustaining national reconciliation
The Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, emphasized on the necessity of achieving the national
reconciliation because it is considered as an important foundation that strengthen the internal and
external attitude in the Iraqi's war against the terrorists, referring that " the sufferings of the
displaced hurt the social safety''. A statement by the Presidential Office received by AIN cited that
"Masoum received in the deputy of the special representative of the head of United Nations in Iraq
Georgy Boston in his office, discussing the plans to support Iraq to quickly rebuild the liberated
places from the control of the terrorists of the ISIL to facilitate the coming back of the displaced their
home while Boston emphasized that the UN cares about sending assistances and supporting the
displaced families despite the limited abilities of the UN''.
More Details:
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66126-president-stresses-necessity-ofsustaining-national-reconciliation.html

Hakim urges politicians to develop political project
The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, called politicians to upgrade the
political project. Via his Facebook page, he said "I call upon all politicians to should their
responsibilities and to believe in the need to develop the political project and turn it into a mature
project that ensures a smooth crossing to the coming phase."
More Details:
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66145-hakim-urges-politicians-todevelop-political-project.html

President offers condolences after plane crash in France
The Iraqi President, Fuad Masoum, offered condolences after the place crash in France. A
presidential statement received by AIN cited "Masoum sent a condolence letter to the German
Advisor Angela Mirckle, the King of Spain, Felipe VI, French President, Fransico Hollande and the
German President, Joachim Gauck over the plane crash in France, expressing his sorrow and
condolences over the loss of the passengers."
More Details:
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66150-president-offers-condolencesafter-plane-crash-in-france.html
Sayfa 5

Masoum: Our next battle with ISIL to be in Anbar
The President, Fuad Masoum, assured that the next battle after ISIL will be in Anbar. Masoum
assured "Our next battle after Salah il-Din will be in Anbar and we will call for a serious international
conference to aid the internally displaced citizens."
More Details:
http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index.php/political-news/66156-masoum-our-next-battle-with-isilto-be-in-anbar.html

Change presents three scenarios for the Presidency of Kurdistan Region
Change bloc in the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament presented three scenarios pertaining to renew the
mandate of the current President of Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani. In a statement issued on
behalf of the President of the bloc, Rapon Maroof received by “Shafaq News” that "the importance
and sensitivity of this issue requires a dialogue among all the different parties in a quiet, civil way far
from fanaticism atmosphere it is necessary that all the parties keep themselves away from the issue
of the regional presidency and make it personal, but must work to develop the political process of
our country to reach a consensus. "
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13745-change-presents-three-scenarios-for-thepresidency-of-kurdistan-region

Jubouri’s Adviser : Displaced families refuse to return to their homes after their sons
being accused of terrorism
The adviser of the Speaker of the parliament for National reconciliation, Wehda al-Jumaili announced
on Wednesday, that some families refuse to return to their homes in areas that have been liberated
after their sons were accused of being linked to terrorism. Jumaili said in a statement reported for
"Shafaq News", that "to achieve reconciliation, we must reach reconciliation of components and
reconciliation of entities.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13746-jubouri-s-adviser-displaced-families-refuse-toreturn-to-their-homes-after-their-sons-being-accused-of-terrorism

Sheikh Mohammed vows to activate compensation for Saddam’s victims and the
reconstruction of the affected areas
Vice president of the Iraqi Parliament , Aram Sheikh Mohammed pledged on Wednesday, seeking to
activate compensation of victims of the former regime files, stressing the need to work hard for the
Sayfa 6
reconstruction of all the affected areas. A statement of Sheikh Mohammed reported for "Shafaq
News", that “this came during his speech at the memorial ceremony for the anniversary of the
passage of (27) years of destroying Sayed Sadiq district in Sulaymaniyah province by the former
regime.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13747-sheikh-mohammed-vows-to-activatecompensation-for-saddam-s-victims-and-the-reconstruction-of-the-affected-areas

A delegation from Haditha holds a series of meetings in Baghdad to end the occupation
of ISIS on Hit district
A delegation of tribal leaders and local officials in Haditha district western Ramadi city, held a series
of meetings in Baghdad to discuss the humanitarian and security side in the district and nearby areas
after noting some weakness in the work of the provincial council.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13748-a-delegation-from-haditha-holds-a-series-ofmeetings-in-baghdad-to-end-the-occupation-of-isis-on-hit-district

Ameri to Turkmen MPs: Kirkuk is our next destination and the liberalization of Tikrit is
close
A Turkmen parliamentary delegation visited Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk operations and met with
the General Secretary of Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri and the leaders of the army, the police and
the leaders of the popular crowd forces. According to a statement issued by the Turkmen MP, Jassim
Mohammed Jaafar received by “Shafaq News", “ Amiri presented a report on the military operations
in the mentioned wide areas controlled by the security forces in various different forms and
formations, called on "the government to provide the necessary supplies that would contribute to
expel ISIS from Iraq . "
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13750-ameri-to-turkmen-mps-kirkuk-is-our-nextdestination-and-the-liberalization-of-tikrit-is-close

Zebari's office releases a clarification about " Fatlawi owning half of Erbil Malls "
The Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari’s office , denied on Wednesday, the statements attributed to
the latter in which he talked about the presence of real E-State and licenses owned by an MP in the
Iraqi parliament. The head of the parliamentary bloc, Hanan al-Fatlawi has attacked Zebari after his
statement on not sending Kurdistan salaries, and that he would leave Baghdad in the event of
Sayfa 7
continuing it, where Fatlawi responded that if he want to go , she will pay for the cost of the plane
ticket to Zebari. "
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13752-zebari-s-office-releases-a-clarification-aboutfatlawi-owning-half-of-erbil-malls

Kurdistan Parliament session delay after a fight and punches among three MPs
Kurdistan Parliament session has been raised today after a fight and punches among a member of
Change Movement and two members of (KDP bloc) because of the difference on the agenda of the
meeting. “Shafaq News” reporter said in Parliament that a member of Change movement , Ali Hama
Saleh demanded the presidency of parliament to include the discussion of the presidency of
Kurdistan region on the agenda of the meeting, adding that two members of KDP rejected the
demand and accused him that he wanted to obstruct sessions including topics not agreed upon
them.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13754-kurdistan-parliament-session-delay-after-afight-and-punches-among-three-mps

Iraqi President announces the start of air support operations of the International
coalition on Tikrit
Iraqi President, Fuad Masum said on Wednesday that it is expected for the coalition led by the
United States to implement air strikes soon against the Islamic state in Tikrit after aerial
reconnaissance operations started. Masum told Reuters at the presidential palace in Baghdad since
Tuesday, that the air support and reconnaissance has started over Tikrit.
More Details:
http://english.shafaaq.com/index.php/politics/13756-iraqi-president-announces-the-start-of-airsupport-operations-of-the-international-coalition-on-tikrit

Sectarian tensions simmer in Iraq shrine city targeted by IS
The al-Askari shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra is surrounded by thousands of Shiite militiamen in
mismatched uniforms, many of them awaiting transport to the nearby front lines of the war against
the Islamic State group. For months, they have fended off attacks by the extremists and now they are
on the offensive in Tikrit to the north, but their presence has alarmed Samarra's mainly Sunni
residents, who fear both sides of the increasingly sectarian conflict. The golden-domed shrine is
among the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, and pilgrims from neighboring Iran continue to flock there
Sayfa 8
despite the fighting. In 2006, Sunni extremists bombed the site, sparking a wave of sectarian
bloodletting across the country that killed tens of thousands of people.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33411

International coalition aircraft bomb ISIL strongholds in Mosul
The international coalition aircraft bombed today, strongholds belonging to the so called the Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant in several neighborhoods in the city of Mosul. A local source in the
province of Nineveh told PUKmedia that the international coalition aircraft bombed the ISIL
strongholds in several neighborhoods in the city of Mosul, particularly in the areas of the left coast of
the city. This source said that the international coalition aircraft bombed Al- Arabi neighborhood and
surrounding areas and inflected heavy losses to the terrorists.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33412

Killing of 18 terrorists tried to infiltrate into Amiriyat Fallujah
Fallujah police chief Brigadier General Faisal Zobaie in a press statement said that the security forces
and the Armed Volunteers repelled an attack launched by terrorist gangs of the so called the Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant who tried to sneak into al- Hassa area in Amiriyat al-Fallujah subdistrict. The operation resulted in the killing of 18 terrorists and the burning of a number of vehicles,
he added. The security forces imposed their full control on the border of Amiriyat Fallujah, General
Zobaie also said.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33414

PM al- Abadi and defense minister al-Obeidi discuss the military operations against ISIL
The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the Federal Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
stressed the need for coordination between the security forces and the international coalition. This
came during a meeting with Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, on Tuesday evening, where they
discussed the ongoing military operations in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33417
Sayfa 9

Iraq's oil exports in February were below planned level
Iraq's Oil Ministry says crude exports averaged 2.596 million barrels a day in February, far from levels
planned to provide the nation with badly needed cash for ongoing military operations against Islamic
State extremists. Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said on Wednesday the exports grossed about
$3.402 billion, based on an average price of $46.795 per barrel. Iraq's 2015 budget is based on an
expected price of $56 per barrel with a daily export capacity of 3.3 million. January's daily exports
averaged 2.535 million barrels, bringing that month's revenues to $3.258 billion.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33418

23 terrorists killed north of Ramadi
Anbar Operations Command announced today, the killing of 23 terrorists in different parts of Anbar
province. The commander of the Anbar Operations Maj. Gen. Qassim al- Mohammadi in a press
statement said that the Air Force in coordination with Anbar intelligence, bombed hideouts of the
so called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the Japanese bridge and Znkurh and al- Bu Dhian
areas north of Ramadi.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33421

Iraqi army begins final stage to liberate Tikrit
According to Karim al-Nuri, a leader of Iraqi volunteer forces, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein is expected to be fully liberated in four days. Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi
has also said that the battle for Tikrit will change in the coming days. The city is currently under a
complete siege, which has left the ISIL militants paralyzed and trapped inside Tikrit. “Now the Iraqi
forces, volunteers, and tribes are ready to enter Tikrit. What was standing in the way of attacking the
city was explosives set in the city … We will witness the liberation of Tikrit in the coming few days.
Now the forces are paving the way towards the ground operations through bombing ISIL hideouts,”
Journalist Moustafa Daraji said.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33425

Tony Abbott says Australian military to stay in Iraq for as long as necessary
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there is no time limit on Australia's military deployment to the
Middle East to fight Islamic State. And he has left open the door to six Australian Hornet jets, which
are currently bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq, expanding operations into Syria in the future. The
Sayfa 10
comments come after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced overnight on Tuesday
that his nation's mission in the Middle East would be extended up to 12 months, until March 30,
2016, and that its mandate would be expanded to target Islamic State in Syrian territory, as well as
Iraq.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33431

Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14
President Barrack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month, the White
House announced on Monday. Officials said the meeting would take place on April 14. "The prime
minister's visit underscores the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq and the
strong US commitment to political and military cooperation with Iraq in the joint fight against ISIL," a
White House statement said.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33433

9 people killed and wounded in south of Baghdad
A security source announced on Wednesday evening, March 25th that a bomb exploded in AlMadain area south of Baghdad. The security source in a statement said that that the explosion
resulted in killing 2 people wounding 7 others on Tuesday evening, near shops in Al- Madain area
south of Baghdad.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33434

49 ISIL Insurgents killed in Karma area
Baghdad operation command announced on Wednesday, 25/3/2015, that 49 ISIL were killed in east
of Karma area in Anbar province. The statement said that security forces also dismantled 32 bombs
and two booby-trapped, the destruction of the wheel bearing terrorists, in addition to the
destruction of 7 hideouts for ISIL, and controlled for a booby-trapped tanker.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33437
Sayfa 11
2. SYRIA

Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported
today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and
8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33410

200 suspected jihadists prevented from leaving Australia for Iraq and Syria
Counterterrorism squads have prevented 200 suspected jihadists from departing Australian airports
for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month, officials said on Wednesday.
Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, had been
intercepted at Sydney International Airport on March 8 attempting to board a flight for Turkey
without their parents' knowledge. The siblings were returned to their families and were to be
charged.
More Details:
http://www.pukmedia.com/EN/EN_Direje.aspx?Jimare=33432

Syria rebels seize ancient town near Jordanian border
Rebels have seized an ancient town in southern Syria that was a key government stronghold, pushing
Syrian troops and its allied militiamen out of the region after five days of heavy fighting, opposition
activists and rebels said. The sources said government troops were forced to withdraw on
Wednesday from Bosra al-Sham, located near the Jordanian border and classified as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site for its historic citadel, ruins and well-preserved Roman theatre.
More details:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/syria-rebels-seize-bosra-sham-150325191523360.html

Turkey, US agree on deployment of armed drones to İncirlik Airbase
Military officials from Turkey and U.S. have agreed to deploy armed drones to Adana’s İncirlik airbase
to help in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). During a visit by the commander
of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, to Ankara on March 11, Turkish and U.S. military
Sayfa 12
officials agreed to deploy two armed drones to İncirlik Airbase, but the parties are waiting for
political consent to be sealed with an agreement, a Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News.
More details:
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-agree-on-deployment-of-armed-drones-to-incirlikairbase.aspx?pageID=238&nID=80202&NewsCatID=338

MPs warn on growing numbers of British jihadists
Not enough is being done to prevent people leaving the UK to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a
group of MPs has warned. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said Britain
must win their "hearts and minds". The committee's report comes as the BBC launches a database
tracking British jihadists in Syria and Iraq. It shows that many people left in clusters from certain UK
areas - often due to friendships and peer groups.
More details:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32059813

Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45 percent: UN
The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries rose by nearly half last year, driven by the
devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with Germany the top destination, the UN refugee agency said
March 26. In 2014, some 866,000 people applied for asylum in such countries, marking a 45-percent
jump from a year earlier and a 22-year high, the UN refugee agency said.
More details:
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-iraq-conflicts-send-asylum-seeker-numbers-up-45-percentun-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=80204&NewsCatID=352,

Syria destroys chemical weapons sites
Syria has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle
three other facilities because of security conditions, the OPCW chemical watchdog said in its latest
report. The report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was
released on Wednesday to the UN Security Council, which is overseeing efforts to dismantle Syria's
chemical weapons program. Syria has agreed to destroy seven aircraft hangars and five underground
structures identified by the OPCW as chemical weapons production sites but there have been delays
caused by logistical problems.
More Details:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/middle-east/328833/syria-destroys-chemical-weapons-sites?
Sayfa 13

Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45%
The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries rose by nearly half last year, driven by the
devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with Germany the top destination, the UN refugee agency said
Thursday. In 2014, some 866,000 people applied for asylum in such countries, marking a 45-percent
jump from a year earlier and a 22-year high, the UN refugee agency said. The surge is linked to the
spiralling conflicts in Syria and Iraq, which have created “the worst humanitarian crisis of our era,”
spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters.
More Details:
http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/iraq/syria-iraq-conflicts-send-asylum-seeker-numbers-up-451.1479542?

Syria gives the Liberals a way out
Opposing Canada’s mission against the Islamic State never posed much of a dilemma for New
Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair. His position is consistent with everything his party stands for.
It was never as cut and dried for Justin Trudeau. The Liberal Leader’s popularity has declined in sync
with the rising perceived threat from jihadi terrorism. His soft-on-terrorism image was not helped by
his decision to oppose Canada’s initial participation in air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq.
More Details:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/syria-gives-the-liberals-a-way-out/article23628583/
3. IRAN

Oil exports to China increase by 13.5%’
“Iran's oil exports to China grew by 13.5% in February compared to January. Customs data showed
on Monday that the Chinese oil imports from Iran last month were 2.04 million tons, or 532,400
barrels per day (bpd), up 13.5 percent from January on a daily basis. Thomson Reuters Oil Research &
Forecasts had put China's imports from Iran in February at 2.12 million tons, or 552,000 bpd.
Volumes from Iran are expected to jump in March to just over 650,000 bpd, as trade picks up after
the week-long Lunar New Year holiday that fell in the second half of February, Reuters reported.
China's total crude imports topped 7 million bpd for the first time in December. Iran is currently
China's third largest supplier of crude, providing Beijing with roughly 12 percent of its total annual oil
consumption. China imported a record amount of crude oil from Iran in the first half of 2014 amid a
loosening of sanctions against Tehran, further increasing Beijing's reliance on the Middle-East oil
supplies.”
More Details:
Sayfa 14
http://www.iran-daily.com/News/114381.html

‘Nowrouz: The forgotten spring festival of the subcontinent’
“The Spring Equinox, which is celebrated as Nowrouz or the New Year in Iran and the lands
influenced by Persian culture, was once widely celebrated in the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent.
Following is an interesting feature by Shahiryar Ali titled Nowrouz: The Forgotten Spring Festival of
the Subcontinent. If one looks at the cultural history of Muslims in India, it is hard to ignore the
festival of Nowrouz: The spring festival of ancient Persia and Central Asia which marks the start of
spring of the start of Iranian New Year. For more than a thousand years Nowrouz was an official
festival of the imperial courts in Dehli and Agra. Later it enjoyed the support of the princely states
like Awad and Hyderabad-Deccan. Most Indians may remember K. Asif’s epic film “Moghul-e Azam”,
which shows Jashn-e Nowrouz in the court of Emperor Mohammad Jalal od-Din Akbar.
More Details:
http://english.irib.ir/analysis/articles2/item/206875-nowrouz-the-forgotten-spring-festival-of-thesubcontinent

‘Houthis can defend Yemen without Iran help-official’
“Yemen's Houthis are prepared to confront a Saudi-led campaign of air strikes launched on Thursday
without calling for help from their ally Iran, a Houthi official told Reuters. Asked if there had been any
communications with Iran since the start of the attacks, or if the Houhtis would seek military help
from Tehran, Houthi politburo official Mohammed al-Bukhaiti said: "No. The Yemeni people are
prepared to face this aggression without any foreign interference." Iran is the main foreign ally of the
Shi'ite Muslim group, which is battling forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a former
general backed by Sunni Gulf Arab countries.”
More Details:
http://www.trust.org/item/20150326065016-4i9a3/

‘Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters’
“Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on
Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the
U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the
kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations. Egypt,
Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen, it said. There
was no immediate confirmation of those figures from Riyadh. Al-Arabiya also said the United Arab
Emirates was sending 30 warplanes to join the operation, along with 15 each from Bahrain and
Kuwait, 10 from Qatar, six each from Jordan and Morocco and three from Sudan. Yemen's slide
Sayfa 15
towards civil war has made it a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Shi'ite Iran,
which Riyadh accuses of stirring up sectarian strife throughout the region and in Yemen with its
support for the Houthis.”
More Details:
http://www.reuters.com/places/iran

‘Iran's foreign ministry condemns Saudi-led attacks on Yemen’
“The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned on Thursday the military operation by Saudi Arabia and its
Gulf Arab allies in Yemen, state television reported, though gave no further details. Iran denies
providing money and training to the Shi'ite Houthi militia in Yemen, as claimed by some Western and
Yemeni officials.”
More Details:
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Irans-foreign-ministry-condemns-Saudi-led-attacks-onYemen-395165

‘Iran, Russia diplomats hold talks on situation in Yemen’
“A high-ranking diplomat of Iran’s Foreign Ministry has held talks with authorities in Moscow over
the situation in Yemen. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with his
Russian counterpart, Mikhail Bogdanov, in the country’s capital on Wednesday. "During the
discussion of the situation in the Republic of Yemen the common opinion was expressed about the
need to settle the acute domestic crisis in that country on the basis of a broad national dialogue
involving all influential political forces in Yemen," the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry said in
a report. "Such a dialogue is meant to stabilize the situation in the country, preserve its territorial
integrity and unity, find solutions of political and economic problems facing the Yemeni society
acceptable for all sides, and prevent the transformation of the country into a new seat of
international terrorism. Support was confirmed for corresponding efforts made by special adviser of
the UN Secretary General for Yemen Jamal Benomar," it added. The meeting was held as reports said
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped the country on a boat from the southern port
city of Aden where he was staying. Meanwhile, the Houthi movement's Ansarullah fighters who took
the capital Sana’a last September, managed to seize the city’s international airport.”
More Details:
http://www.iran-daily.com/News/114387.html
Sayfa 16

‘Iranian nuclear deal may be done by next week, U.S. official says’
“In the Obama administration’s most hopeful prognosis on its talks with Iran, a senior State
Department official said Wednesday that it would be possible to conclude a new accord on that
nation’s nuclear program by early next week. “We very much believe we can get this done by the
31st,” said the official, who was traveling on Secretary of State John Kerry’s plane to Switzerland.
Still, the official emphasized that an agreement was not assured, adding that the talks could yet be
stymied by an array of complex issues. Kerry, who arrived shortly before midnight, plans to resume
his talks with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, on Thursday morning in Lausanne.
Those discussions will build on lower-level negotiations that took place here on Wednesday between
Wendy Sherman, an undersecretary of state, and Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister.”
More Details:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/iranian-nuclear-deal-may-be-done-by-next-week-usofficial-says/article23628368/

‘PayPal to pay $7.7m after losing Iranian sanctions case’
“PayPal, the electronic payments firm, agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle charges by the US
Treasury Department that it violated numerous sanctions programs against countries that include
Iran, Cuba and Sudan, Treasury said on Wednesday. PayPal, owned by EBay Inc, did not adequately
screen its transactions for US sanctions targets for several years through 2013, resulting in 486
apparent violations of US law, Treasury said in a statement. PayPal also dismissed alerts and
processed about $7,000 worth of payments for Kursud Zafer Cire, a Turkish national on the sanctions
blacklist tied to proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, according to the statement. US
companies are not allowed to do business with people on the list, who are considered enemies of the
United States. But PayPal agents dismissed six alerts that flagged Cire as a potential match to the
blacklist.”
More Details:
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/paypal-pay-7-7m-after-losing-iranian-sanctions-case-586901.html
4. ISRAEL – PALESTINE

Netanyahu victory casts doubt on future of peace talks
Pessimism has descended on the occupied Palestinian territories and the possibility of peace talks,
following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in legislative elections last week.
Netanyahu's Likud party won 30 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel's parliament - significantly more
than pre-election opinion polls had predicted.
Sayfa 17
More details:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/03/netanyahu-victory-casts-doubt-future-peacetalks-150325064155323.html

Israel suspends E.Jerusalem settlement building plan: report
Israel’s outgoing government, at a time of high tensions with Washington, has suspended a
controversial plan to build hundreds of new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a news
website reported Wednesday. The plan involves the construction of 1,500 homes in the settlement
neighbourhood of Har Homa where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a controversial speech
on the eve of March 17 elections, pledging to build thousands of new homes if reelected.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/25/Israel-suspends-E-Jerusalemsettlement-building-plan-report-.html

European consuls: Israel deepens hold on East Jerusalem
Security officials and European diplomats all warn of the volatile situation in Jerusalem, where the
government continues its occupation policy and discrimination of Palestinian residents in
contradiction with international law.
More details:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/03/east-jerusalem-consuls-europe-reportpalestinians-eviction.html#ixzz3VU1otHXz

Amnesty: Hamas rocket attacks amounted to war crimes
Rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militant groups during last summer's conflict in Gaza
amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says. Militants displayed a "flagrant disregard" for
the lives of civilians during the 50-day war, a report found. Six civilians in Israel and 13 Palestinians
are believed to have been killed as a result of such attacks. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, said
Amnesty's report contained many inaccuracies and false allegations.
More details:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32053999

U.N.: Palestinian death toll highest since 1967
The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any
year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian
Sayfa 18
situation. Meanwhile, rights group Amnesty International criticized the “flagrant disregard” by
Palestinian armed groups for the lives of Israeli civilians, fingering the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip
as a culprit.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/U-N-Palestinian-death-toll-highestsince-1967.html

Popular protests against electricity crisis in Gaza
Hundreds of Palestinians from all levels of society have taken to the streets several times this week in
protest at the severe electricity crisis hitting the Gaza Strip, QudsNet reported on Tuesday. Most of
the demonstrators headed for the headquarters of the sole electricity plant in the centre of the
coastal enclave, which has been targeted several times by the Israel Defence Forces since 2006.
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/17699-popular-protests-against-electricitycrisis-in-gaza

Israel Arabs will look to Bibi's actions, not words
Arab Israelis wait for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prove his regret over his insulting
statement on Election Day, and to allocate the needed resources to improve their situation.
More details:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/03/israeli-arabs-elections-likud-party-votespollsters.html#ixzz3VTxWCbSM

Afif Safieh tells Obama there is chance to remake the Middle East
In an open letter addressed to US President Barak Obama, veteran Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh
called on the US to expedite peace efforts in the Middle East in the wake of the re-election of
Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli prime minister. The former Palestinian ambassador to the United
Kingdom wrote that: "America is a fascinating society. It is a nation of nations: the world in
miniature. Every continent, culture and civilisation is represented within your ranks.
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/17702-afif-safieh-tells-obama-there-ischance-to-remake-the-middle-east
Sayfa 19

Spain: Congress ready to pass bill giving nationality to Sephardic Jews
Spain’s Congress has cleared up some of the questions hanging over the much-awaited Sephardic
ancestry bill that proposes to give Spanish nationality to descendants of the Jewish community who
were expelled in 1492. The draft, with its latest adjustments, was expected to be passed by deputies
on Wednesday. Under the changes, a €75 fee to file nationality papers will be eliminated but
applicants will have to take a mandatory integration test at the Cervantes Institute.
More details:
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/03/25/inenglish/1427295980_405632.html

The students juggling drugs, books and resistance in Gaza
No matter how pessimistic the prospects may seem to Palestinians, parents in Palestine refuse to
give up on educating their children. Education is valued as a step to resisting Israel's brutal
occupation, in addition to being an important tradition for generations. In Gaza, 93% of children are
in primary education. The average enrolment rate drops to 67% at secondary level, with around a
75% enrolment rate for girls and a 59% enrolment rate for boys (many are sent to work earlier to
support their families).
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/blogs/lifestyle/17710-the-students-juggling-drugs-books-andresistance-in-gaza
5. JORDAN and LEBANON

‘King of Jordan Abdullah II invited to Congress of World Religions in Astana’
“Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been invited to the 5th Congress of World and Traditional Religions in
Astana, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of the Kazakh Senate. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the
Speaker of the Senate, passed President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s invitation to King Abdullah II. The
Congress of World and Traditional Religions will take place from June 10 to 11 in Astana. During his
official visit to Amman, Tokayev stressed that Kazakhstan shared Jordan’s view on developing
relations between various religions and religious denominations outlined in the Amman Message.
The Amman Message stresses the importance of a dialogue between representatives of various
religions as well as presents Islam as a peace loving religion. “This particular idea is very close to
Kazakhstan. We believe that Islam along with other religions has a great potential for enhancing
security and mutual cooperation in the international community,” Tokayev said.”
More Details:
Sayfa 20
http://en.tengrinews.kz/politics_sub/King-of-Jordan-Abdullah-II-invited-to-Congress-of-World259525/

‘Video of Hassidic Jews dancing in Jordanian airport goes viral, stirs controversy’
“A video showing young Jews wearing skull caps dancing in a lounge of Jordan’s Queen Alia
International Airport, has gone viral, with Arabic internet users attacking it as “provocative” and
Jordanian MPs calling for government action. The young people in the video perform a traditional
Jewish circle dance, while singing a wedding song in Hebrew. While no onlooker seems to be
bothered by the dance, the online audience got much more emotional. “He who was sitting in the
airport and saw the dance and wasn’t provoked is a pig,” The Jerusalem Post cited a post by Ahmad
Abu-Haniyeh, who presented himself as a doctor in the Jordanian Health Ministry. Israelis “dance on
our dignity,” “killed our beloved and then danced on our land," “what a shame” were among other
reactions to the video posted by Jordanians. Many said that Jordanians would never be allowed to
perform their national dances at an Israeli airport. The video was also found offensive by Jordanian
MPs, who raised the issue at a Tuesday session, attacking the government for “inaction” over the
incident, The Jordan Times reported, describing the dance as “a ritual Talmudic” one.”
More Details:
http://rt.com/news/243917-hassidic-jews-airport-dance/

‘Opposition forces in Syria claim control of town near Jordanian border’
“Anti-government forces active in the southern provinces in Syria wrested control of an army
stronghold near the Jordanian border Wednesday, pro-opposition sources said, in a small but
significant victory for the rebels. "The town of Busra al Sham has been completely liberated from the
clutches of the [government and pro-government forces] after a battle that lasted for six days," Col.
Qassem Hariri, a rebel commander of the Amoud Houran Division, said Wednesday in a video
uploaded to YouTube. After four years of conflict, Syria is 'entering the dark ages' There was no
statement by official state media, but pro-government outlet Al Alam news said government forces
on Tuesday had repulsed an attack by Islamist "terrorists," who used tanks and heavy armor to
mount an assault on the town. The Syrian government routinely describes the armed opposition
factions as "terrorists."
More Details:
http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-town-rebels-20150325-story.html

‘Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union
meeting’
“Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,
calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols. The draft resolution says insults to religion
Sayfa 21
represent a "danger to all humanity." The Speaker of Jordan's House of Representatives has written
to the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to introduce an emergency item
titled "respect for religions and religious symbols, respect for freedom of opinion and expression."
Although the title feigns acknowledgment freedom of opinion and expression, the resolution does
nothing of the kind. The IPU is the international organization of parliaments and describes itself as
"the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue" and "works for peace and co-operation
among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy."
More Details:
http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2015/03/jordan-proposes-ban-on-insults-to-religions-at-nextinter-parliamentary-unionmeeting?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nssnews+%28NSS
+News%29

Prime minister meets with chief of Russian nuclear corporation’
“ Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, on Wednesday, met with head of Russia's state-run corporation
Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, whose company will construct Jordan first nuclear power plant.They
discussed the agreement the government signed with the Russian corporation for the construction of
two-reactor power station with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts. Ensour stressed the importance of
abiding by the highest safety and precaution measures in the project. They also discussed the
project's site, price of electricity and funding mechanisms. Kiriyenko said the plant, whose his
company will build, will employ top-of-the-line nuclear technology and can handle earthquakes. The
Russian company will construct two nuclear power reactors with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatts
(MW) and at a total cost of $10 billion. Jordan will own a controlling stake of 50.1 percent, whereas
Russia will contribute 49.9 percent of the project’s total cost.”
More Details:
http://petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=188331&CatID
=-1

‘Queen meets international journalists, social media representatives’
“Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met today with a group of global journalists and social media
representative visiting Jordan on a mega press trip hosted by the Ministry of Tourism in coordination
with the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) at the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman. During the event
attended by Nayef Al Fayez, minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, director
general of JTB, Raja Gargour, director of the Royal Heritage Directorate, and Mr. Mohammad Abu
Seir, director of the Royal Automobile Museum. Her Majesty addressed the group at the event,
noting that Jordan has much to offer visitors in terms of history, culture, nature, adventure, health
and wellness, and religious tourism, adding that in Jordan "there is there is something for everyone!"
Sayfa 22
Her Majesty spoke about Jordanian hospitality and the warmth of its people. In Jordan, she said, "a
tourist is a guest." She further stressed the importance of human interaction during travel and said,
"At the end of the day, visiting a different country is not just an opportunity to open your eyes to
new places, but to open your mind to new people." Her Majesty highlighted that travelers are "the
best ambassadors for tolerance" and that they can help challenge stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims,
particularly during current times.”
More Details:
http://petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=188322&CatID
=-1

Lebanon asks US for airport fingerprint scanners: report’
“The U.S. appeared willing to provide Lebanon with fingerprint scanners in a drive to tighten security
at Beirut airport, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk hinted Thursday. “The atmosphere is excellent,
and [Washington] has responded positively to all the requests we have made,” Machnouk, who is on
an official visit to Washington, told Al-Hayat newspaper. The report said it had learned that the
requests included upgrading technology security at Rafik Hariri International Airport, possibly with a
biometric system which will be able to scan the fingerprints of travelers. But Machnouk did not
explicitly confirm the request for the fingerprint scanners. The report came following several days of
meetings with ranking U.S.officials in Washington. Machnouk on Tuesday said after a meeting with
CIA director John O. Brennan that the U.S. had also expressed readiness to provide the Internal
Security Forces and General Security with equipment and training to help them counter terrorism.”
More Details:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Mar-26/292170-lebanon-asks-us-forairport-fingerprint-scanners-report.ashx
6. ARABIAN PENINSULA AND THE GULF OF BASRA

Oil surge caps Saudi safe haven dip in German yields’
“Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in
Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil
price rise. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday,
officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed
Yemeni president had taken refuge. Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it a crucial front in
mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Shi'ite Iran, and stoked fears that Middle East fighting was
spreading out of control. Global investors headed for German bonds, the euro zone's top-rated debt,
while news of the conflict also sent the price of oil surging up 6 percent. "The impact of Saudi
Arabia's air strikes in Yemen is complex," said Mizuho strategist Peter Chatwell. "It's geo-political risk,
Sayfa 23
so Bund bullish, but the rise in the oil price should push expectations of headline inflation higher over
the coming months." German 10-year yields opened a touch lower on Thursday at 0.22 percent,
heading back towards record lows of 0.165 percent. All other euro zone yields rose between 1-2
basis points.”
More Details:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/markets-bonds-euroidUSL6N0WS1PF20150326?rpc=401

Saudi Arabia has 150,000 troops for Yemen operation-Arabiya TV’
“Saudi Arabia is contributing 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers to the military operation in Yemen,
al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday. Planes from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, the
United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain are also taking part in the operation, it said. Egypt, Pakistan,
Jordan and Sudan are ready to participate in a ground offensive, the broadcaster said.”
More Details:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Mar-26/292154-saudi-arabia-has-150000troops-for-yemen-operation-arabiya-tv.ashx

India, Qatar sign 6 pacts to step up non-oil cooperation’
“India and Qatar on Wednesday signed six agreements, extending bilateral ties to investments and
mutual cooperation beyond oil and gas to other sectors of the economy. Qatar will invest heavily in
the country's infrastructure and technology sectors as the two countries take bilateral relations to
the next level. During a meeting here between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Emir of Qatar,
Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir said he ''trusted'' the Indian economy and Modi's vision.
Qatar has identified certain projects in defence, railways and highways, where the energy-rich
country intends to invest substantially, Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson in the ministry of external
affairs said. Qatar is also aiming at massive infrastructure development as it gears up to host the
football World Cup in 2022. It has asked India to invest in its infrastructure overhaul.”
More Details:
http://www.domain-b.com/economy/trade/20150326_cooperation.html

‘Kuwait shows interest to invest in Tajikistan’s economy’
“Kuwait has shown its interest in investing in Tajikistan’s economy, according to reports on Thursday.
Tajik Ambassador to Kuwait Zubaydullo Zubaydov and Kuwaiti Undersecretary for Finance Khalifa
Musaed Hamada met on March 23 in Kuwait to discuss cooperation issues, according to the Tajik
Foreign Ministry website. The sides discussed issues related to state and prospects of bilateral
Sayfa 24
cooperation between Tajikistan and Kuwait. Khalifa Musaed Hamada expressed interest in expanding
economic, scientific and technical cooperation and also showed his interest in investing in Tajikistan’s
economy. The first meeting of the Tajik-Kuwaiti intergovernmental commission for trade and
economic cooperation was held in Dushanbe in May 2013. The second meeting of intergovernmental
commission is expected to take place in Kuwait this year.”
More Details:
http://www.avesta.tj/eng/5271-kuwait-shows-interest-to-invest-in-tajikistans-economy.html

‘Aafaq honors its success partners and signs strategic partnerships in UAE’
“Under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan, Chairman, Aafaq
Islamic Finance, a leading provider of Islamic finance solutions and e-government services in the UAE,
(Tuesday, March 24, 2015) its strategic partners during a special ceremony held under the topic
‘Success Partners’ at Grand Hyatt Hotel- Dubai. Aafaq honored leading local and international
partners in recognition of their efforts and active contribution in Aafaq successive achievements and
the support of economic development in the UAE. The ‘Success Partners’ event had a significant
importance as it represents a perfect platform for the signing of new agreements with international
institutions and bodies including ‘International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration’,
‘One Time Group’, ‘International Institute for Islamic Waqf’, ‘Bayan Center of Islamic Financial
Engineering’ and ‘Islamic Finance Lawyers Network (ISFIN)’, which represent a qualitative addition to
Aafaq’s Network of strong strategic partnerships and a significant support to its ambitious expansion
plans in order to have a positive impact on the Islamic finance sector and strengthen the leadership
of Dubai and the UAE on the global economic map.”
More Details:
http://ameinfo.com/finance-and-economy/finance/islamic-finance/aafaq-honors-its-successpartners-and-signs-strategic-partnerships-in-uae/

‘Qatar Rail hosts conference’
“Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) will be hosting the 1st UIC RAME “International Conference on
Railway Interoperability, Standardization, Harmonization for the Middle East”, organized by UIC and
UIC Middle East, and taking place on the 30th and 31st of March 2015. The high-level conference is
being planned in close cooperation with OTIF (Intergovernmental Organization for International
Carriage by Rail) and CIT (International Rail Transport Committee) to provide a unique opportunity to
discuss the latest developments in optimizing international cross-border rail transport. Over 100
industry leaders will be participating at the event, including VIP guests, UIC experts, and members
from the management team at Qatar Rail, as well as decision makers from Siemens. Qatar Rail is on
the list of main speakers. The company will present its vision on cross-border operations discussing
its project of Long Distance Rail Network for Passengers and Freight and the Interoperability between
Sayfa 25
the GCC Member States systems. This Qatar Rail project will connect major centres of population and
industries in Qatar and will form part in the planned GCC railway network linking the six countries
together.”
More Details:
http://ameinfo.com/transport-and-tourism/transportation/public-transports/qatar-rail-hostsconference/

Kuwait wins 18 medals at Paralympics event in Tunisia’
“Kuwaiti disabled and deaf athletes won 18 medals -- three gold, nine silver and six bronze -- at the
Tunis International Meeting, part of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand
Prix. Most of the Kuwaiti win was in various disciplines of the track and field competition. Some 300
athletes are taking in the three-day event from 20 nations. Kuwait is taking with a total 15 male and
female athletes.”
More Details:
http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2432129&Language=en
7. EGYPT

Egypt, Pakistan join military campaign against Houthis
Pakistan and Egypt announced their participation in the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against
with air and naval forces, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and
Sudan have also expressed their readiness to contribute ground troops in the campaign. The UAE,
Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have also deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the
ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/Pakistan-Egypt-join-militarycampaign-against-Houthis.html

Egypt court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists
A court in Cairo has adjourned the retrial of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher
Mohamed until April 22. Fahmy and Mohamed were jailed on charges of aiding a "terrorist
organisation" and were freed on bail on February 12 after more than 400 days, but the court said the
case against them was still pending. The pair appeared in court on Wednesday morning, after earlier
sessions on March 8 and March 19 were also adjourned.
Sayfa 26
More details:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/al-jazeera-journalists-egypt-court-150325080622692.html

Mursi, 24 others to be tried for insulting Egypt judiciary
Ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi and 24 others, including prominent Islamists and
secular figures, will go on trial May 23 for insulting the judiciary, a court official said Wednesday. The
trial will be the fifth for Mursi, who faces the death sentence if convicted in the other cases for
espionage and violence. Mursi and the others are accused of having shown disrespect to court
rulings in comments on social media and in interviews.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/25/Mursi-24-others-to-be-tried-forinsulting-Egypt-judiciary.html

Egypt challenges court ruling on Hamas 'terrorism'
In what seems to be a commitment to preserving its regional political interests and backing the
Palestinian cause, Egypt is scrambling to challenge a court ruling that deemed Hamas a terrorist
entity.
More details:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/03/egypt-hamas-terrorist-palestine-court-rulingchallenge.html#ixzz3VTxARQO9

Egypt: Military court upholds death sentences on 7 militants
An Egyptian military court on Tuesday upheld death sentences against seven individuals convicted of
belonging to the Sinai- based militant group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis. The defendants have been
sentenced for charges of bombing a military checkpoint north of Cairo last year, a defence lawyer has
said. The verdict is the first ruling of its kind by a military court since the ousting of Mohammed
Morsi in July 2013.
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/17698-egypt-military-court-upholds-deathsentences-on-7-militants

Egypt abducts and tortures students, claims human rights group
The NGO Human Rights Monitor has accused the Egyptian government of targeting university
students to be abducted forcibly and tortured. HRM made the claims after receiving complaints from
Sayfa 27
the victims' families and confirmed that it has "proof" that the authorities are guilty of the charges.
According to Jordanian newspaper Al-Sabeel, HRM said that the government's way of dealing with
student opposition figures is to abduct them.
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/17694-egypt-abducts-and-tortures-studentsclaims-human-rights-group

Egypt blast kills 10-year-old girl near school: police
A 10-year-old girl was killed on Wednesday when an improvised bomb she picked up near her school
exploded in the Fayum province, west of Cairo, Egyptian police said. The girl had tripped over a
rudimentary bomb that was placed outside her school and it exploded once she picked it up, a police
official said.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/25/Egypt-blast-kills-10-year-old-girlnear-school-police-.html

Who owns the Nile? It’s more complicated than you think
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan this week agreed to share the water of the Nile. But why the discord in the
first place?
More details:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2015/03/owns-nile-150325143210621.html
8. NORTH AFRICA

Libyan parliament in Tobrouk welcomes UN suggestions
Mohammed Chouaib, the head of a Libyan delegation from the UN-recognised government in the
eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday welcomed UN proposals to solve the current split in his country,
but he said they will require a lot of hard work to enact, the Anadolu news agency reported.
More details:
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/17700-libyan-parliament-in-tobrouk-welcomesun-suggestions
Sayfa 28

IS attack kills 5 militia fighters in Libya city of Sirte
Militants with the Islamic State group killed five Islamist-backed militia fighters in an attack on a
checkpoint Wednesday in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, a local official said. The militia fighters are
part of the so-called Brigade 166 tasked by the Islamist-backed Tripoli government with securing
Sirte. They have engaged in sporadic fighting with IS jihadists around the city, the home town of slain
dictator Moamer Gathafi, whose regime was toppled in a 2011 NATO-backed revolt.
More details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=70678

UN reveals plethora of abuses against activists in Libya
Activists speaking up against abuses in war-torn Libya face reprisals from all sides in the chaotic
conflict, and are increasingly being threatened, attacked, abducted and killed, the UN warned in a
report Wednesday. The report, drafted by the UN rights office and the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
revealed a plethora of violent attacks against activists across the conflict-ravaged country, and even
in some cases after they have fled abroad.
More details:
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=70679

Tunisia: Draft anti-terrorist law approved by Cabinet meeting, submitted to HPR
The Cabinet meeting approved, Wednesday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Habib Essid
the draft anti-terrorist and money laundering law. The text will be submitted, Wednesday afternoon,
to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), Secretary-General of the government and official
spokesman for the Cabinet meeting Ahmed Zarrouk told reporters.
More details:
http://www.tap.info.tn/en/index.php/politics2/25710-draft-anti-terrorist-law-approved-by-cabinetmeeting-submitted-to-hpr

States represented diplomatically in Tunis invited to take part in march against
terrorism
The states represented diplomatically in Tunis are invited to take part “on the highest possible level”
in “the march of the Republic” against terrorism and spare a thought for the victims of the terrorist
attack of the Bardo Museum. Minister of Foreign Affairs Taïeb Baccouche launched, Wednesday, this
invitation in an address to the ambassadors accredited in Tunis that he gathered to inform them of
the organisation of this march.
Sayfa 29
More details:
http://www.tap.info.tn/en/index.php/politics2/25714-states-represented-diplomatically-in-tunisinvited-to-take-part-in-march-against-terrorism

Algeria buys Russian arms but keeps Moscow at arm's length
Despite a long-standing relationship whereby Algeria buys Russian weaponry, the two nations seem
to have trouble seeing eye to eye. Notwithstanding its extensive arms trade with Algeria, Russia’s
political relations with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government seem curiously
constrained.
More details:
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/03/russia-algeria-weapons-gas-bouteflikaputin.html#ixzz3VU2Cz0dv

Morocco expresses ‘complete solidarity’ with Saudi Arabia on Houthis
Morocco announced on Thursday its support and “complete solidarity” with Saudi Arabia after the
Gulf kingdom began its operation “Decisive Storm” against the Houthis in Yemen, Al Arabiya News
Channel reported. “Morocco announces its complete and absolute solidarity with Saudi Arabia and
its backing to Yemen’s legitimacy,” its foreign ministry said, adding that Riyadh has the right to
“defend” itself against imminent threats.
More details:
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/Morocco-voices-full-support-forSaudi-Arabia-.html
9. AFGHANISTAN – PAKISTAN

Kabul suicide attack strongly condemned that left 8 civilians killed, 31 wounded’
“Afghan government has strongly condemned the latest attack in Kabul city that left eight people
killed and 31 wounded. Statements issued by Presidential Palace and office of the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) state that the attack was carried out by the enemies of Afghanistan who don’t want
Afghans live in peace. In the meantime, Pakistan that is blamed for running a proxy war in
Afghanistan has also condemned the attack. A statement issued by the foreign ministry of Pakistan
has termed the attack “a brutal act” The suicide attack which took place Wednesday afternoon in the
second police district of Kabul city which left eight civilians killed and 31 injured. The suicide attacker
who was driving a corolla vehicle carried out explosion during a busy hour in Muradkhane area of
Kabul city where government officials were leaving office to go home at around 04:30PM yesterday.
Sayfa 30
Police headquarters of second police district, Presidential Palace, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of
Finance and other offices are located close to the blast site. Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry
of Interior said that all of the victims of the explosion are civilians except one police man among the
ones wounded.”
More Details:
http://www.khaama.com/kabul-suicide-attack-strongly-condemned-that-left-8-civilians-killed-31wounded-3066

Obama, Afghan leader to finalize plan for US troop pullout’
“President Barack Obama welcomes Afghanistan's new president to the Oval Office on Tuesday with
fraught questions staring them in the face: Will the U.S. slow its departure from Afghanistan — and
for how long? Afghan President Ashraf Ghani represents Obama's last, best hope to make good on
his promise to end America's longest war by the time he leaves office, keeping just a thousand or so
troops at the embassy to coordinate security. Ghani predecessor Hamid Karzai's relationship with the
White House was increasingly dysfunctional, and if the dealings with Ghani don't turn out better,
Obama risks leaving Afghanistan still vulnerable to the kinds of violent extremist groups that
operated with impunity until 14 years ago, when the U.S. attacked after 9/11. Ghani comes to the
White House aiming to prove he's a reliable partner worthy of U.S. support, despite his fractured
government and a litany of problems still rampant in Afghanistan's military — illiteracy, drug abuse
and desertions, to name a few.”
More Details:
http://www.courierpress.com/news/politics/obama-afghan-leader-to-finalize-plan-for-us-trooppullout_63755962

10 Taliban Militants Surrendered in Afghanistan’
“Ten Taliban militants have surrendered in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, an official said on
Thursday. "A 10-member group of Taliban militants renounced violence and joined the peace and
reconciliation process in Jilga district late Wednesday night," district Governor Mohammad Sarwar
told Xinhua news agency. The group also handed over 10 guns and ammunition to security officials,
the governor added. The Afghan government set up a 70-member High Peace Council and launched
the peace and reconciliation process in 2010 to encourage militants to disarm and give up militancy
against the government.”
More Details:
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/10-Taliban-Militants-Surrendered-inAfghanistan/2015/03/26/article2731294.ece
Sayfa 31

‘Rockets hit civilian homes in Khost leaving 5 killed, 2 injured’
“Over a dozen rockets landed on civilian houses in eastern Khost province leaving five persons killed
and two others wounded. Mobariz Zadran, spokesman for the governor of Khost province says that
the rockets landed in Babrak Tana and Chargotai areas of Ali Shir district last night. He said five
persons were killed and two wounded in the incident. He further said that eight rockets landed in
Chargotai area and seven others in Babrak Tana area where few houses were also damaged. Zadran
said the rockets were fired from the other side of the Durand line (Pakistan). Khost province in the
east of the country shares a long border with Pakistan. This is not the first time rockets from the
other side of the Durand line kill people in Afghanistan. In the past also dozens of people have lost
lives to these rockets with most of them in eastern Kunar province.”
More Details:
http://www.khaama.com/rockets-hit-civilian-homes-in-khost-leaving-5-killed-2-injured-3064

‘US drone strike kills 11 TTP militants in Afghanistan’
“A US drone strike killed 11 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in Kunar Province of
Afghanistan, including six or seven senior 'commanders', intelligence officials said on March 25, hours
after a strike killed at least nine militants in the same area, reports The Express Tribune. Earlier, a
drone strike killed nine militants in the Nazyan area of Nangarhar Province, to the south of Kunar.”
More Details:
http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=3/26/2015&id=2#2

‘20 civilians kidnapped in Daikundi’
“20 civilians have been kidnapped in central Daikundi province. Zamin Poya, district governor of
Kajran district says that the gunmen behind the abduction are Taliban but until the filing of this
report, Taliban had not talked to media regarding the abduction. Poya says that Taliban kidnapped
these people on Sunday and took them to Charchino district in neighboring Oruzgan province. All of
the people kidnapped are reported to be Shia Muslims from Baloch minority of Afghanistan. Poya
also said that around 500 Taliban fighters who are equipped with light and heavy weapons have been
fighting with security forces from the past ten days in Kajran district. He feared the district could fall
to hand of Taliban if additional forces do not arrive for support. This is at least fourth incident of
abduction in less than two months in Afghanistan. About five weeks before a group of masked
gunmen abducted 31 civilians in southern Zabul province whose fate is still unknown.”
More Details:
http://www.khaama.com/20-civilians-kidnapped-in-daikundi-3062
Sayfa 32

‘The effects of wedding costs on the peace process in Afghanistan’
“Wedding ceremonies vary from one region to another, where the groom’s family has to bear all the
marriage costs; a considerable financial burden. This is currently one of the root causes for social
conflict and family disputes in Afghanistan. Marriage cost includes dowry (the bride’s price), payment
on engagement, a lavish celebration of the marriage, along with pre-marriage celebrations (Hina
night celebration, New Year’s celebration, Eid celebration, post marriage celebration and other minor
celebrations). Sanayee Development Organization (SDO), an Afghan registered NGO, working for
peace in Afghanistan since 1990, has carried out a survey in Herat and Balkh province to find out the
cost of weddings and their effects on social and family disputes in the aforementioned regions.”
More Details:
http://www.transconflict.com/2015/03/the-effects-of-wedding-costs-on-the-peace-process-inafghanistan-263/

Afghanistan hikes air tax by USD 100’
“The Afghan government has increased air tax by USD 100 in a bid to increase government revenue
from the airspace. Previously, an air tax of USD 400 would be charged for every flight passing through
the Afghan airspace. With effect from 01 April 2015, the rate is hiked to USD 500. The decision was
made during a cabinet meeting chaired President Ashraf Ghani before his departure to the US. Over
200 flights pass through the Afghan airspace on a daily basis, generating millions of dollars in revenue
to the Afghan government.”
More Details:
http://wadsam.com/afghan-business-news/afghanistan-hikes-air-tax-by-usd-100-232/
10.TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Syrian shell falls in Turkey
Turkish forces fired two howitzers at a Syrian army position early on Wednesday after a shell
launched from Syria fell in southern Turkey. The rocket, thought to have been fired by Syrian
government forces at opponents, fell in Reyhanli district in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay. No
deaths were recorded although five residents were hurt by flying glass from broken windows.
More Details:
http://www.trt.net.tr/english/turkey/2015/03/25/syrian-shell-falls-in-turkey-192464
Sayfa 33

Turkey issues travel warning for Yemen
The Turkish Foreign Ministry warned its citizens not to travel to Yemen where the security situation
has deteriorated and remains unpredictable. An announcement on the Turkish Foreign Ministry
website recommended Turkish citizens leave Yemen as soon as possible. "As of today, Aden airport is
closed as well," the announcement said.
More Details:
http://www.trt.net.tr/english/turkey/2015/03/26/turkey-ireiterates-travel-warning-to-yemen192867
*This media summary is prepared by ORSAM Middle East Research Assistant Firuze Yağmur Gökler.
It covers news and commentaries as reported by the national media sources publishing in the Middle
Eastern countries. The views expressed are not those of ORSAM and their inclusion does not imply
factual accuracy.
*Bu bülten ORSAM Ortadoğu Uzman Yardımcısı Firuze Yağmur Gökler tarafından hazırlanmaktadır.
Bülten Ortadoğu ülkelerinin yerel haber kaynaklarından derlenmektedir. Belirtilen görüşler bölge
ülkelerinin haber kaynaklarına ve ismi geçen yazarlara ait olup ORSAM’ın görüşünü
yansıtmamaktadır.
Sayfa 34
Download

26 March 2015