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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Middle East reporter -The Wall Street Journal. Focus on jihadi movements, Syria. Formerly based in Afghanistan. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

As Yemen Fractures, al Qaeda Looks to Gain

wsj.com — With Yemen's president out of the country and its army fractured, al Qaeda is trying to define itself as the most capable force to protect the Sunni majority and gain support in what it calls a holy war against a Shiite rebel movement backed by Iran.

Lebanon Takes In Fleeing Christians

wsj.com — BEIRUT-Islamic State attacks on Syria's Assyrian population have driven the Christian minority into Lebanon, further straining the impoverished nation and raising concerns that Christianity is being depleted in the Middle East as refugees move on to Europe.

Al Qaeda Gets Media Makeover in Yemen

wsj.com — The drone strike shot through the afternoon sky and slammed into the white Suzuki jeep carrying three al Qaeda militants along a remote road in Yemen's Marib province, sending up a ball of fire and killing the passengers. Instead of the standard silence surrounding such top-secret U.S.

Shiite ‘Soldiers of God’ Color Tikrit Battle

wsj.com — With one large section of Tikrit remaining in the hands of Islamic State militants and Iraq's government preparing to declare victory, Shiite fighters working to retake the city said the relative ease of the battle isn't the result of better weapons, better strategy or even a weakened opponent.

Islamic State Feels Growing Pains

wsj.com — BEIRUT-Islamic State is struggling to maintain unity and discipline in the face of corruption, ideological differences and defections that have mounted along with the expansion of its ranks and cash coffers. Interviews with four recent Islamic State defectors and civilians living in areas the group controls in Syria and Iraq portray an organization with growing pains as it works to accommodate an expanding number of fighters, who...

Islamic State Militants Attack Christian Villages in Syria

wsj.com — BEIRUT-Islamic State militants attacked a string of predominantly Christian villages in northeastern Syria on Saturday, touching off heavy clashes with Kurdish militiamen and their local allies, activists said. The attack began around dawn and targeted at least three villages near the town of Tal Tamr along the Khabur River in Hassakeh province.

How Jihadists Slip Through Europe’s Dragnet and Into Syria

wsj.com — Along the southern frontier of the European Union, a small but growing number of aspiring jihadists are blazing trails by road and ferry to Syria's battlefields, sidestepping heightened airport security and slipping through the holes in Europe's intelligence dragnet. Some fighters follow meandering bus routes through several countries en route to the more loosely guarded border of Bulgaria to Turkey.

Yemen Parties Agree Transitional Council, Says United Nations Envoy

wsj.com — SAN'A, Yemen-Yemen's political factions agreed to a new legislative setup Friday after United Nations-brokered talks, raising hopes for a larger deal to end a crisis that threatens to spiral toward civil war. Jamal Benomar, the Moroccan U.N. envoy to Yemen, said Yemen's political parties agreed to create a new legislative body called the People's Transitional Council.

Yemen’s government now in hands of Houthi rebels

marketwatch.com — Houthi rebels dissolved Yemen's parliament on Friday and announced they would form a transitional administration to govern for two years, after they failed to reach agreement with the country's political factions on a new government. See: Houthi fighters disperse protesters in Yemeni capital Sana'a The rebels said they would appoint transitional national assembly headed by the Supreme Houthi Revolutionary Committee.

Houthi Rebels Take Over Yemen’s Government

wsj.com — Houthi rebels dissolved Yemen's parliament on Friday and announced they would form a transitional administration to govern for two years, after they fail to reach agreement with the country's political factions on a new government. The rebels said they would appoint transitional national assembly headed by the Supreme Houthi Revolutionary Committee.
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Mar 26, 2015

As Yemen fractures, al Qaeda set to gain. AQAP says new recruits joining to counter Houthi expansion on.wsj.com/1IzE1F0 via @WSJ

Mar 26, 2015

Iran condemns Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen on.wsj.com/1HKnZun via @WSJ

Mar 26, 2015

RT @AliTahmizian: Raqqa? Nope. It's California seeking to head off initiative to execute gays. Unbelievable. nyti.ms/1Go4KoV Via @Abihabib

Mar 26, 2015

Houthi militants protest after Saudi Arabia airstrikes in Yemen on.wsj.com/1IxTcyD via @WSJ

Mar 26, 2015

Gulf states and Egypt team up in Yemen action. @WSJ is dedicating a lot of resources for rolling Yemen coverage on.wsj.com/1IxTcyD

Mar 26, 2015

RT @alexkpotter: This intervention in #yemen will only end in disaster for all involved, including #Saudi. Now all who were against #Houthis will support.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @LibyaLiberty: Sorry you have to see such quick and decisive regional Arab effort in Yemen, Syrian people.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @emile_hokayem: Houthis are operating far from their bases in south, supply lines vulnerable to air attacks if Saudi coalition has good intel and targeting

Mar 26, 2015

RT @nasseratta5: RT@HussainBukhaiti in this neighborhood of sanaa many women & children were killed in #Saudi air strikes. http://t.co/FH…

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