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Turkey changed the street of the US embassy to the name of a Muslim fighter

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SHAFAQNA- One more time, officials in Turkey have re-named the street in Ankara where a new US embassy building is located. Turkey announces the naming of the street in Ankara, where the embassy building is located, to Malcolm X.  Malcolm…

Syria slams US for ‘supporting terrorism’, demands withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Denouncing the United States for supporting terrorism, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told to the United Nations General Assembly that his country's "battle against terrorism is almost over", demanding the immediate…

US closes its consulate in Basra

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SHAFAQNA- The United States announced on Friday that it will close its consulate in Basra, Iraq and evacuate its diplomatic staff following the increasing threats and indirect fire near U.S. facilities in recent weeks. In a statement on…

Infographics: 10 Key dates of The First World War

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SHAFAQNA: World War I, also called First World War or Great War, an international conflict that in 1914–18 embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United States, the Middle East, and other regions. The war pitted…

Syria’s War for Peace

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SHAFAQNA- There is a great deal of discussion about saving civilian lives in Syria, as there should be. Missing from the discussion, however, is the most important point. If Western policymakers were genuinely concerned about saving civilians,…

Russia: UN Security Council should review Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations Security Council diplomats should review Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at a coming high-level meeting in New York, according to a senior Russian diplomat. Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry…

Mongolia's Halal meat exports on the path to growth

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SHAFAQNA- Mongolia has an estimated 30 million sheep - more than New Zealand - but has until recently only managed to export a thin slice of its overall meat output. It hopes that will change as it taps overseas appetite for halal mutton from…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

New York City’s Forgotten Muslim Past

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SHAFAQNA - The New Yorker | By  Rozina Ali : A Ph.D. student offers a free Muslim-history walking tour in Donald Trump’s home town. Back when Donald Trump was a Presidential candidate, he said, “I think Islam hates us,” and called…

Interview: Prominent Shiite and Sunni leaders can control the crisis in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - It seems that the particular atmosphere currently dominating Iraq in terms of security and politics is affected by several internal and external factors. Dr. Kiumars Yazdan Panah, an international affairs expert in an interview…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

Washington told Syrian rebels it won’t intervene in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The United States has told Syrian rebel factions “You're on your own” and should not expect military support to assist them resist a major government offensive to regain strategic area of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the…

OPEC reaches deal to boost oil output after Iran’s approval

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SHAFAQNA - Leaders from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Friday to raise oil production by around 1 million barrels per day from next month after a week of tense negotiations. OPEC’s de facto leader…

First Iraq-flagged oil tanker in three decades left Basra for USA

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SHAFAQNA - Iraq has Exported First Crude Oil Cargo through Iraq-flagged tanker for the first time in three decades. Iraq, which has been ravaged by a series of wars since the 1980s, is the oil cartel OPEC's second-biggest producer with 153…

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further…

Iran's response to Tramp: Iran has changed their attitude toward the US government more than the past

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SHAFAQNA - After the withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, less conversations or statements from Tramp heard in which there is no mention of Iran or threatening Iran. The US president recently said in a conversation with Fox News that…

Top US official eyes Israel's Egypt border for Trump wall ideas

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Eye : US homeland security secretary visited Israel's southern border for ideas on wall project along US southern border US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel's fenced-off border with Egypt…

For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Physical And Mental Health

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SHAFAQNA - NPR| by Maryam Jillani : Azka Mahmood wakes up at 4 in the morning for Suhoor, the meal Muslims eat before starting their fast. From the fridge, she grabs the barley porridge that she prepared the night before, and wolfs it down…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

Iran promises 'crushing' response if U.S. designates Guards a terrorist group

SHAFAQNA - Iran promised on Monday to give a “crushing” response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how…

Trump’s America is not just losing, it has already lost to Iran

SHAFAQNA - “Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.” clamored one boastful US President Donald Trump as he…

Are There any Limits to U.S. Hypocrisy?

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SHAFAQNA - Having ordered to attack the al-Shayrat air field near the western Syrian city of Homs, U.S. President Donald Trump knew that the Syrian government hadn't used any chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun. At the same time the current U.S.…

Staggering civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Raqqa saysUN

SHAFAQNA - Intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed forces on ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria are causing a "staggering loss of civilian life", United Nations war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. The Syrian…

America, Afghanistan and the politics of perpetual war

SHAFAQNA - Once upon a US presidential election one hopeful Donald Trump told a hopeful nation he would disengage America’s military complex overseas so that the Land of the Free could be restored to its glory, and in peace forged a new path…

Trump’s America Goes to War to Salvage the Empire

SHAFAQNA - World beware Trump’s America is on the prowl and it means business … For all his former promises of non-military intervention in the Middle East and his scathing criticism of former US President Barack Obama’s propensity for…

US send troops to Syria - Shafaqna Institute's interview

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SHAFAQNA - Any foreign forces, including those from the US, that enter Syria without invitation are invaders, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Chinese media in an interview, noting that no one had given the US troops currently in Manbij permission…

Here We Go Again: Growing US Military Deployment to Syria

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SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Director, Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and author Catherine Shakdam. Hundreds of Marines equipped with artillery will soon be deployed to northern…

Donald Trump to sign new travel ban executive order 'excluding Iraq'

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump is poised to sign a new executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries, according to a senior White House source. The new order, replacing an earlier version that was blocked by federal judges,…