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Latest News in the Middle East April 1 - 8 2014

Tuesday April 8, 2014
  • Reuters: Smooth Afghan poll raises questions about Taliban strength (John Chalmers & Maria Golovnina, April 7)
  • "A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to derail the vote have raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home."

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Latest News in the Middle East March 27 - 31 2014

Monday March 31, 2014
  • Reuters: Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph (HUMEYRA PAMUK AND NICK TATTERSALL, March 31)
  • "Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looked a step closer to a presidential bid and to gaining the upper hand in a bitter power struggle on Monday, casting strong local election results as a mandate to hunt down enemies within the state "in their lair. His AK Party swept the electoral map in Sunday's polls, retaining control of the two biggest cities Istanbul and Ankara and increasing its share of the national vote as his pugnacious leadership style, beloved by a loyal, conservative voter base, trumped a stream of corruption allegations and security leaks."

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Latest News in the Middle East March 19 - 26 2014

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Arab League

  • BBC: The deep discord bedevilling the Arab world (Gerald Butt, March 25)
  • "The world has learned to expect rhetoric aplenty, but little of substance from Arab summits - and the one scheduled for Kuwait on 25-26 March will be no exception. Indeed, expectations are, if anything, even lower than in the past."

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Latest News in the Middle East March 11 - 18 2014

Tuesday March 18, 2014
  • Reuters: Egyptian militants outwit army in Sinai battlefield (March 16)
  • "In a rare visit to eight villages in Northern Sinai last week, a Reuters reporter saw widespread destruction caused by army operations, but also found evidence that a few hundred militants are successfully playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Arab world's biggest army and are nowhere near defeat. It is increasingly difficult for foreign correspondents to openly enter conflict zones in the Sinai."

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