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Edinburgh-based Arabic-English source translation focusing on political, cultural and literary sources from the Arab World.

Makhzen returns to its old habits, al-Massar (Algeria), 19 October 2014

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The Moroccan Foreign Ministry summoned the Algerian ambassador in Rabat in protest for an Algerian soldier firing along the shared border between the two countries at Moroccan citizens, leading to one injury. Algeria demanded “clarifications” on the issue of the incident, which it described as serious.

The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Salaheddine Mezouar) announced the…

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  1. Women are not permitted to go out except while wearing dira’ (an extra dress on top of the niqab and Islamic dress).
  2. Private courses are not permitted except upon arrangement and payment of a 500 lira fine (instead of the previous 50 liras for those in contravention).
  3. Any teacher instructing female students in a private course will face the death penalty.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

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Ansar al-Sharia statements regarding suicide bombing and IED attack in Sana’a, 10 October 2014

More than fifty apostate Houthis killed and dozens injured in Ansar al-Sharia suicide bombing in Sana’a

More than fifty apostate Houthis were killed and dozens of others were injured after Ansar al-Sharia carried out a suicide bombing on a gathering of apostate Houthis in the Yemeni capital Thursday morning.

Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent in Sana’a province explained that the martyred…

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Video: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis reveals the reason for death of four people in Sinai, Tahrir News (Egypt), 5 October 2014

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has released a new video titled “They are the enemy, be wary of them (2).”

Video: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis reveals the reason for death of four people in SinaiThe new video recording reveals details of the bombing of a house owned by one of the elders of the al-Meniei clan of the al-Sawarka tribe, Abdelmajid al-Meniei. In the video, people are seen storming the house, which appears to have children in it. A remote detonation then turns the two-story house…

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Islamic Front decides not to fight ISIS in north Aleppo, Aksalser (Syria), 5 October 2014

Islamic Front decides not to fight ISIS in north AleppoThe Islamic Front, one of the biggest armed opposition factions against the regime, has taken the decision to not fight the terrorist group “ISIS” in northern areas of the Aleppo governorate.

On Sunday, Abu Mustafa – a foreign relations officer in the Islamic Front – said “ISIS has opportunistically occupied the areas liberated by Syrian oppositions forces and for this reason, on 25 August we…

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