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    Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 35

    Baghdad - At least 35 people have been killed Monday in a suicide car bomb attack in a busy square in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources said. Sixty-one other people were injured by the blast in the predominantly Shia Muslim eastern district of Sadr City. A later attack near the Shia holy city...

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    U.S. Opens Fire on Mosul Hospital in Iraq used by ISIS

    By Ayesha Ulhaq Rabat - The U.S. military has intentionally, for the first time, directed an airstrike on a hospital in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraqi partners who were under attack by Islamic State fighters in the hospital region. According to the Guardian, Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a representative for the...

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    500,000 People Face 'Catastrophic' Mosul Water Shortages: UN

    Baghdad - Up to 500,000 civilians in Mosul face a "catastrophic" drinking water shortage as Iraqi forces advance on the Islamic State group in the city, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Nearly half a million civilians, already struggling to feed themselves day to day, are now without access to clean drinking water. The impact...

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    Iraq: Over 1,100 Civilians Killed in Violence in October, UN

    New York (UN) -  The number of civilians killed in October was 1,120 and that of injured civilians was 1,005, including federal police and fire department, according to figures released on Tuesday by the UN. A total of 672 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 353 were injured, not including casualties from...

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    Over 10,500 Iraqi People Displaced by Military Operation in Mosul

    Bagdad - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 10,500 people have to date been recorded as internally displaced as a result of the Mosul military operation in Iraq, a UN spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. "The majority of the displaced are sheltering in host communities," UN...

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    Dabiq Liberation: Symbolic Victory for International Coalition Against ISIS

    Rabat - Over the weekend, the Islamic State (ISIS) lost control of the village of Dabiq, Syria - the site, the terrorists say, of a coming apocalyptic battle between Islamic and “infidel” forces prophesized by one of the Prophet Mohammed’s companions, according to reports emerging from the area. Part of ISIS’ strategy has been to...

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    Suicide Bombings Kill at Least 10 in Baghdad

    Baghdad- Suicide bombers struck two Shiite-majority areas of the Iraqi capital on Monday, leaving at least 10 dead and injuring over 30 others, security sources said. In the deadliest attack, a bomber targeted a market in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding more than 16. Another bomber detonated...

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    Terrorist Attack Kills 18 People Near Karbala in Iraq

    Bagdad - Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades have killed 18 people and wounded dozens more in the Iraqi town of Ain al-Tamer, southwest of Baghdad, local officials say. "They were carrying Kalashnikovs and hand grenades. One of them blew himself up and the others were killed by the security forces," the...

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  • 38 percent of Moroccans Who Joined ISIS Are Women
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    3,000 Fleeing Iraqis Captured by ISIS: UNHCR

    Geneva – Fighters from ISIS have reportedly captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqis in Kirkouk region (northern Iraq) and executed 12 of them, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson. "UNHCR has received reports that ISIS captured on 4 August up to 3,000 IDPs (internally displaced people) from villages in Hawiga District...

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  • Attacks in and near Baghdad have killed more than 100 people in recent days [AFP]
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    At Least 23 Killed in Bombings in Baghdad

    Rabat - More than 20 people were killed and about 50 injured in three bombings that hit Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. The attacks came as Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias are fighting Islamic State militants in Falluja, west of the capital. Twelve people were killed and more than 20 injured when...

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  • ISIS fighters displaying their emblem and determination to fight
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    Iraqi Forces Fight ISIS for Falluja

    By Kainoelani Lee Rabat - Iraqi forces have begun an attack on Falluja, a city held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), longer than any other city in Iraq or Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a televised speech on Monday, according to the New York Times. “Today we will tear down the black...

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    ISIS Fighters Shoot down Coalition warplane in Syria

    Rabat - Islamic State fighters have shot down a US-led coalition warplane over northern Syria, according to media sources. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was quoted as saying that IS militants have shot down the warplane and also took a non-Syrian Arab pilot prisoner after shooting his plane with an anti-craft missile near Raqqa...

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    Yazidi Women Commit Suicide to Avoid Being Raped by ISIS: Report

    Rabat - Iraqi women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority who were forced into sexual slavery by the terrorist group the Islamic State have reportedly committed suicide or tried so out of fear they would be raped. According to rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday, the Yazidi women and girls faced torture, rape, forced marriage and...

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    Moroccan F-16 Carry Out Airstrikes Against ISIS

    Rabat - Moroccan F-16s have reportedly carried out their first air raids against the strongholds of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. According to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum in its December 10th issue, four F-16 Moroccan fighters have begun bombing locations belonging to the Islamic...

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    Kurds battle for Syria town, suicide bomber hits Islamic State

    France- Kurdish militia fought off a fresh assault by the Islamic State group on a key Syrian town early Monday, after one desperate woman defender carried out a suicide attack against the jihadists. IS militants attempted to storm the town of Kobane on the Turkish border from both east and west of a strategic hill...

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    Risks for US Advisers and the Need for Boots on the Ground

    Marrakech - President Obama insists that he will not have “boots on the ground”in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and an advisory role is perilously close, and memories of Vietnam still reverberate. Some 1,600 U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq, and they...

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    Terrorist recruitment ring dismantled in Nador and Melilia: Ministry

    Rabat - The Moroccan police and the General directorate of national territory surveillance, in close collaboration with the Spanish security services, disbanded a network, active in Nador and Melilia (northeastern Morocco), suspected of recruiting fighters for the Iraqi-Syrian jihadist group "Islamic State." A release of the Moroccan interior ministry said the operation is part of...

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    Robert Satloff’s 10 Key Changes in the Middle East

    Marrakech - Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute, recently wrote that Israel remains a key ally of leading Gulf countries and that the Middle East continues to be the major focus of American Foreign Policy, despite President Obama’s attempt to move towards the Asia Pacific earlier this year. In his article, Satloff identifies ten changes...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...