In the last two days, at least 12 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in Baghdad and Dhi Qar province. Nine demonstrators have been killed in Baghdad and three others in Dhi Qar province, according to the local human rights commission on its Facebook page. At least 30 people were injured in…

A truck packed with explosives blew up in the city of Azaz in northern Syria on Sunday, killing seven people and injuring several others, the Civil Defense Forces said. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad control Azaz, which falls near the Turkish border.

Five rockets have targeted the American embassy in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, AFP reported. At least four missiles have fallen on the embassy buildings. One of them damaged the diplomatic dining room. Al-Hadat television reported that there were casualties in the attack. A helicopter landed at the embassy to evacuate the wounded.

Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, an army spokesman and a local official told Reuters. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. They entered the camp near the village of Sokolo at about 0500 GMT, opened fire, destroyed…

Supporters of Shiite theologian Moqtada Sadr said they would stop participating in opposition demonstrations. Sadrists had been participating in them since the beginning of the anti-government protests. This decision came as a complete surprise to Moqtada Sadr’s recent allies. Sadr is the leader of the Al-Sayyarun bloc, the most powerful and important faction in the…

Syrian regime forces have reached the outskirts of a key city on the edge of the country’s last rebel-held stronghold, a monitor and a pro-government newspaper said Sunday. The mainly deserted city of Maaret al-Numan is a strategic prize lying on the M5 linking Damascus to Syria’s second city Aleppo, a main highway coveted by…

An Iraqi security source said today, Saturday, 25 January, that a number of demonstrators were arrested after security forces stormed the sit-in site in the city of Basra. The source added: “Security forces arrested a number of demonstrators after burning down their tents. The demonstrators confirmed that the security forces stormed the square and burned…

A former French jihadi recruiter, Mourad Fares, 35, was sentenced Friday night in Paris to 22 years in prison for inciting dozens of young people to go to Syria and for leading a group of French-speaking fighters there. The special court of assizes has attached to this sentence, in accordance with the requirements of the…

The website of Iran’s Fars News Agency, often described as semi-state operator, has gone offline worldwide, with the agency claiming its server company blocked the site on orders from Washington. Internet users trying to access farsnews.com on Friday found only a blank screen, along with a message stating “farsnews.com’s server IP address could not be…