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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

Assad Policies Aided Rise of Islamic State Militant Group

wsj.com — The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militants seeking to overthrow the Syrian government into a marauding army gobbling up chunks of the Middle East, gained momentum early on from a calculated decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go easy on it, according to people close to the regime.

Islamic State solidifies foothold in Libya to expand reach

marketwatch.com — Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence. In recent months, U.S.

Islamic State Solidifies Foothold in Libya to Expand Reach

wsj.com — Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence. In recent months, U.S.

Fighting Resumes in Yemen as Humanitarian Cease-Fire Ends

wsj.com — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resumed Monday on rebel positions across Yemen, as fighting intensified hours after a five-day humanitarian cease-fire expired to enable the delivery of desperately needed aid. Airstrikes hit rebel positions early Monday in the southern seaport of Aden and the northern city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia, residents said.

Yemen’s Prospects Dim as End of Cease-fire Nears

wsj.com — BEIRUT-As a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen passed the halfway point on Friday, the prospects for meeting the country's emergency needs, let alone its long-term recovery, appeared dim. Nearly two months of Saudi airstrikes and fighting with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has pushed one of the world's poorest countries deeper into poverty, destroyed the country's economic lifelines and deprived aid organizations of the infrastructure they need to distribute food and medical supplies.

AQAP Says U.S. Airstrike Killed a Leader in Yemen

wsj.com — Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Thursday said one of its founding members and top leaders was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province in an operation conducted in April. The U.S. believes Nasser al-Ansi was killed in a drone strike in Yemen conducted several weeks ago by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S....

Saudi-Led Coalition Accused of Using U.S.-Supplied Cluster Munitions in Yemen

wsj.com — BEIRUT-The Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen has dropped cluster munitions manufactured and supplied by the U.S., a leading rights monitor said Sunday. A report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch said the weapons have been dropped from coalition fighter jets targeting military installations and other points held by...

Top Yemen Generals Switch Allegiance Amid Rebellion

wsj.com — Top generals that had supported Yemen's former leader and a rebel uprising switched their allegiance to the government in exile, the first sign that renegade military units crucial to the rebellion are returning to state control.

U.S. Widens Role in Saudi-led Campaign Against Yemen Rebels

wsj.com — The U.S. is expanding its role in Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen, vetting military targets and searching vessels for Yemen-bound Iranian arms amid growing concerns about the goals of the Saudi-led mission, according to U.S. and Arab officials. U.S. officials worry mounting civilian casualties will undermine popular support in Yemen and in other Sunni Arab countries backing the campaign.

Yemen’s Ousted President Saleh Helps Propel Houthi Rebel Advance

wsj.com — Ruling Yemen is like "dancing on the heads of snakes," President Ali Abdullah Saleh once said of the tangled web of alliances that sustained him in office for two decades until his ouster in the Arab Spring uprisings.
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May 23, 2015

RT @MaryFitzger: Two decades ago Ireland didn't even have divorce. Now it's set to become first country in world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote

May 21, 2015

RT @yarotrof: As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

May 21, 2015

RT @nadimhoury: Palmyra ruins are spectacular. But their loss is not more important that the destruction of a living civilization.

May 19, 2015

RT @malas_n: While all eyes on #Iraq-ISIS continues to expand, consolidate its reach, leading w/ #Libya: on.wsj.com/1ETy3uG @AbiHabib @DionNissenbaum

May 18, 2015

Fighting resumes in Yemen as humanitarian cease-fire ends on.wsj.com/1HchcEQ via @WSJ

May 17, 2015

RT @bdentonphoto: @abarnardnyt and I report from #Qalamoun. Hezbollah Deploys Weapon, a Press Tour, on the Syrian Front nyti.ms/1JQaHdL

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