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BAGHDAD Wed Aug 6, 2014 

(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is under mounting pressure to give up his bid for a third term in office, said on Wednesday that any unconstitutional attempt to form a new government would open "the gates of hell" in the country.

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By STEVEN ERLANGER- AUG. 4, 2014 

JERUSALEM — Minutes after Israel began a unilateral and partial cease-fire in Gaza on Monday, the air force struck a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing a girl, 8, and wounding at least 29 others.

 

By Iran News Update Staff 

The Islamic State, the Sunni militant group that has steadily seized territory amidst the civil wars in both Syria and Iraq, launched a series of attacks against Kurdish-held territory in Iraq over the weekend. Pushing towards the Mosul Dam, Islamic State forces advanced through three towns in northern Iraq, where the Kurdish Peshmerga military had seized territory from the Baghdad government in actions simultaneous with the Sunni rebellions in the western region of the country.

By Iran News Update Staff 

Friday marked the 35th annual Quds Day – an ostensibly international event created by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to encourage Muslim nations and Muslim communities to express unified solidarity with Palestine and opposition to the state of Israel. In the week leading up to the occasion, which occurs on the last Friday of Ramadan, Iranian officials issued a number of statements urging Muslims to take collective action against Israel in honor of the Iranian-manufactured holiday.

By Tom Ridge and Patrick Kennedy- July 23, 2014

Roll Call: Recent reports about Saudi troops amassing to secure that country’s border with Iraq underscores the multinational dimensions of the conflicts raging inside both Iraq and Syria. Civil wars that might have initially only threatened the two dictators are now endangering the entire region and global security. 

By WalidPhares- July 21, 2014

THE HILL: The Obama administration’s narrative on Iraq this week produced—intentionally or not—two strategic mistakes regarding the U.S. posture on Iran and the current ongoing conflict in Iraq.

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