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Still a danger

Accidents from unexploded ordinance have increased

Journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi Held in Secret Detention Center

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that the journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, who were detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014, are being held in an unknown location. Except for a phone call to their families the day after their detention, the two journalists have not been allowed any contact with the outside world.

Securing al-Sham: Syria and the Violence in Iraq

June 25, 2014 SNAPSHOT By Andrew J. Tabler U prooting the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) from the swath of territory it now holds between Aleppo and Baghdad will take a lot more than airstrikes or a change of government in Iraq. Show More Summary

Jordan and the Syria Crisis: Mitigating the 'Known Unknowns'

POLICYWATCH 2261 Andrew J. Tabler Also available in ??????? May 30, 2014 As extremists continue to move into southern Syria, growing security and humanitarian problems may soon outstrip Jordan's ability to handle spillover from the war. Show More Summary

Making the most of it

Amid the violence, Iraqis celebrate the end of Ramadan

The Factions of Raqqa Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel Abyad), as well as the Kurdish militias just...Show More Summary

Minority Dynamics in Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the Syrian civil war well into its fourth year, it is apparent that political and militia dynamics that have developed with Syria’s main minorities (in this analysis, excluding the Kurds)- namely, Alawites, Druze and Christians- have largely remained unchanged and if anything have only solidified. Show More Summary

No Judicial Record of Arrested Washington Post Journalist, Says Family

Seeking information on Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, and Maryam Rahmanian, three international journalists who were arrested in Tehran on July 22, 2014, has become impossible as their names do not appear anywhere in Iran’s Judiciary, a source close to the families told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Raid Leaves Arrested Washington Post Journalist’s Home “Looking Like a Scene from Hell”

Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehian, and Maryam Rahmanian — two journalists and a photographer — were arrested in Tehran on the night of July 22, 2014, after their homes were raided by security forces. The agents also confiscated their personal belongings, including laptops, books, and notes, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Ruling of Combined 127-Year Sentence for Facebook Users Violates Iran’s Own Laws

A source knowledgeable about the case of eight young Iranians sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that in an illegal ruling, Branch 28 of the Tehran...Show More Summary

Jamming of Satellite Broadcast Signals Prevented Ability to See Fatal Sandstorm Coming

The Iran Meteorological Organization has reported to the Iranian Parliament that the reason it was unable to provide sufficient warning to Tehran citizens ahead of a June 12, 2014 sandstorm that claimed five lives and injured 44 Tehran...Show More Summary

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith

The Baha'i citizen, Shamis Mohajer, began serving her one-year prison term at Evin Prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" on June 28, 2014. Mohajer's mother told the Campaign that her daughter turned herself in after being summoned to Evin Prison.

Man Sentenced to Stoning in Iran’s Northern City

A man has been sentenced to the punishment of stoning in the northern Iran province of Ghaemshahr. The Bolagh news website wrote that Head of the Ghaemshahr Judiciary in Mazandaran Province issued the stoning ruling.

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen – @matthias1981 July 22, 2014 Islamic state: a lion and a fox? The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. Show More Summary

Time out

After ten months of talks, the distance between the two sides is still gaping

Getting worse

Libya is not officially at war—but it feels like it

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