The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative

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

‘Statement from Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia claiming responsibility for attack on Tunisia security forces,’ 19 July 2014

The following is a statement released by jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST), in which they claim responsibility, through the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) affiliated Uqba Bin Nafi Brigade, for the deaths of 14 Tunisian security forces in the Chaambi Mountains on 16 July 2014. Find the original statement here, shared via the group’s Twitter account. (more…)

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Unseen Aspects of War by Khaled Juma

Khaled Juma is a Palestinian poet, author and writer from Rafah, who currently lives in Gaza City. He wrote the following as the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued for the tenth consecutive day.

جوانب لا ترى من الحرب بقلم خالد جمعه

أخطر ما يحدث في الحرب هو ما لا يقال، ما لا يتم تصويره، ما لا يتم الحديث عنه، إنها ليست مجرد قصص تروى هنا وهناك لتثير تعاطف الناس وتستدر دموعهم، بل إنها…

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‘Al-Quds Brigades calls on fighters not to accept rumours of a truce,’ Saraya (Palestine), 15 July 2014

Upon reports of an Egyptian ceasefire proposal accepted by Israel, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, released the following statement calling on its fighters to continue its fight against Israel. (more…)

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‘Military communication to the residents of Beit Lahia,’ 13 July 2014

IDF warning to residents of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes ahead of a forthcoming air assault on “terrorist elements and infrastructure.”