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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,…

Iran ain’t that scary Mister US President - the truth behind the propaganda

SHAFAQNA - Didn’t you know? Iran’s Islamic Republic is the source of all evil in the world. Not only that but its very existence sits a threat to all God fearing, peace loving nation … most of all the United States of America - this shining…

Director of Shafaqna Institute to RT:"Yemen is a genocide"

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  SHAFAQNA - No matter how many civilians are killed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the international community only condemns the crimes of the resistance, because they oppose Saudi Arabia, says Catherine Shakdam, Shafaqna Institute…

FBI questioned American Muslims in 8 states over weekend about possible pre-election terrorism, says civil rights group

SHAFAQNA - The FBI is knocking on Muslim's doors this weekend. Do you know what to do? Hint: it does not include inviting them in for tea & cookies pic.twitter.com/MHB5NnX2jr — Alia Salem (@aliarsalem) November 6, 2016 A civil…

FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe

SHAFAQNA - The surprise disclosure that agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are taking a new look at Hillary Clinton’s email use lays bare, just days before the election, tensions inside the bureau and the Justice Department over…

Washington D-Day 2.0 in Syria and Iraq - Who are they kidding?

SHAFAQNA - The energy it takes to be a US official those days! When Washington is not busy muddying the political waters with its whitewashing of radicalism, it is playing liberation games in the Levant. Alas the US wants Raqqa and Mosul…

Where has America gone to with its friendships? Courting Gulf monarchies and theocracies

SHAFAQNA - It was Abraham Lincoln I recall who once proclaimed: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.” And: “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes…

White House Urged to Increase Transparency of Targeted Killing Program

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SHAFAQNA - Human Rights First today urged President Obama to take steps to increase the transparency of the targeted killing program. The call came in a letter from Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino one week after the administration…

Saudi Arabia is feeling the pinch - The end of Al Saud supremacy?

SHAFAQNA - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the long-time dictator of crude oil prices for the world—is struggling on all fronts. Risen a regional superpower, and somewhat of an international Leviathan on account its deep pockets have allowed…

Sanctions against Iran to be lifted

SHAFAQNA - International sanctions against Iran are due to be lifted Saturday, according to Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The move will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning…

Is Saudi Arabia Driving The American Bus?

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SHAFAQNA - Scott Bennett is a US army Special Op. officer and counter-terror analyst. Mr Bennett served in the George W. Bush Administration from 2003 to 2008, and was a Social Science Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. His writings,…

Interview: Joseph Nye on Iran and the End of American Exceptionalism

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SHAFAQNA - Professor Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. is the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Harvard faculty as a University Distinguished Service Professor. Along with Robert Keohane,…

Obama Clashes With Pope on Kim Davis and Religious Freedom

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis and President Barack Obama were on opposite sides of the ongoing dispute between religious freedom and gay rights in separate remarks. "And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and…

At 9/11 site, pope prays with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis embraced survivors of 9/11 in the footprints of the Twin Towers, then prayed for peace at an interfaith service beside the last column of steel salvaged from the fallen skyscrapers. Arriving straight from his speech…