UPDATES added on January 10 and 12.
Increasing influence of Islamic fundamentalists in the Falluja region of Southern Iraq is the subject of today's news from Al-Arabiya. It is all about some organization named "Daesh".
"Daesh" is the Arabic abbreviation for an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)" and which uses a synonym for Syria in its name that can be interpreted as well as "the Levant". Hence, the organization is as well known under the name "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)". Their actual leader should be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
ـ"داعش" يسعى لتأسيس دولة على حدود سوريا والعراق
"Daesh" is trying to install a state at the border between Syria and Iraq.
يخوض معارك شرسة في محافظتين سوريتين وأخريين على الجانب العراقي
It is taking part in fierce battles in two districts, one in Syria the other at one side of Iraq.
إقالة قائد شرطة الأنبار.. و"داعش" يسيطر على الفلوجة
Dismissal of the chief of police for Anbar [province] ..... and "Daesh" in control of Falluja [township].
تضارب كبير حول مصير مدينة المساجد وخطة المالكي الأمنية تواجه الفشل
Great battle for the destiny of the town of mosques [while] al-Maliki's [security] plan is facing failure.
Editor's Note: Kamil Muhammed Hasan al-Maliki is the president of Iraq since 2006.
[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on late evening of January 5 and 6, 2014]
Information given above is fitting with U.S. reports saying that in January 2014, during the clashes in Iraq's Anbar province, ISIS militants took control of the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi while Islamic rebels in Syria affiliated with the Islamic Front. As a consequence, the Free Syrian Army launched an offensive against ISIS militants in and around Aleppo. Sources quoted on this item are U.S.A. Today and the New York Times from January 4, 2014.
[Please note that seemingly contradictory dates are usually subject to differing degrees of longitude between countries far away from each other, especially when it comes to editions published close to midnight.]
Today's news report from People's Network, Beijing, stresses the fact of Al-Qaeda provoking the U.S. leadership by taking over Falluja, a stronghold of the new Iraqi state which owed its existence to America after U.S. invasion in 2003:
"Al-Qaeda is using force to bring Iraq under its control !", that is what Western media cried out in alarm on [January] 5, when a group of extremists seized the Iraqi town of Falluja and officially proclaimed the foundation of an "Islamic Emirate".
UPDATE for January 10:
أوغلو: العلاقة بين داعش ونظام الأسد أصبحت علنية
[Davutoğlu]: A relation between Daesh and the Assad regime has become public.
Ahmet Davutoğlu ( أحمد داوود أوغلو ), Turkish minister of foreign affairs.
الجيش الحر يتهم دولة العراق والشام بالعمل لحماية النظام
The Free [Syrian] Army accuses the "State of Iraq and Syria/Levant" [i.e. ISIS/ISIL] of operating for the protection of the regime.
تأتي ملاحقة "داعش" من قبل كتائب الجيش الحر بعد سلسلة اتهامات سابقة لعلاقة مشبوهة بين نظام الأسد وهذا التنظيم كانت فرنسا وبريطانيا ألمحت إليها سابقاً.ـ
Units of the Free Army have started chasing "Daesh" after a preceding series of accusations regarding a suspected relation between the regime of Assad and that organization [which France and Britain had found out earlier].
[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on January 10, 2014]
UPDATE for January 12:
برزاني ينتقد تدخل المالكي العسكري في محافظة الأنبار
Barzani criticizes the military intervention of [Iraq's president] Maliki in Anbar province.
Editor's Note: Masud Barzani is president of the Kurdish territory
in Iraq (photo above). رئيس إقليم كردستان مسعود بارزاني
الجيش العراقي يحاصر الفلوجة والرمادي ويمطرهما بالقذائف والقصف العشوائي
The Iraqi army besieges Falluja and Ramadi with a shower of grenades in an arbitrary bombardment.
Further News of the Day:
قتل 8 أشخاص على الأقل وأصيب نحو 12 آخرين بجروح في انفجار سيارة مفخخة استهدفت، الأحد، متطوعين للجيش في بغداد، حسبما أفادت مصادر أمنية وطبية.ـ
At least 8 persons died and about 12 others were wounded in the explosion of a [mined] car targeting volunteers of the Iraqi army in Baghdad according to information from security and medical sources.
والهجوم هو الثاني ضد متطوعين في الجيش، بعد سقوط 23 قتيلا و30 جريحا في تفجير انتحاري استهدفهم الخميس الماضي، قرب المركز ذاته.ـ
That attack was the second one [directed] against volunteers in the army after 23 died and 30 were wounded in a suicide bombing targeting them near [their quarters] last Thursday.
وفتحت السلطات الحكومية باب التطوع للانضمام إلى الجيش العراقي تزامنا مع انطلاق عمليات عسكرية في محافظة الأنبار لمطاردة عناصر تنظيم دولة العراق الإسلامية في العراق والشام (داعش).ـ
Government authorities had opened the door to a registration for joining the Iraqi army simultaneously with starting military operations in Anbar province [in order to] chase elements from ISIS/ISIL organization ("Daesh").
[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on January 12, 2014]
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