Why is Turkey censoring lingerie, antique books?

Turkey's Web watchdog is turning into a "wicked" censorship monster that can arbitrarily target any website, from global prosperity indexes to LGBT forums.
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 Emre Kizilkaya for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 29

Iraqi Kurdish land grabs anger Sunni Arabs

As Iraqi Kurds benefit from coalition airstrikes and take control of former IS safe havens, they are aggravating tensions with some Sunni Arab communities.
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 Denise Natali for Al-Monitor on January 29

The battle for Syria

Armed factions in Syria are waging a war over emirates, with Jaysh al-Islam mounting an attack against Damascus and Jabhat al-Nusra expanding its influence in northern Syria.
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Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) on January 29

Rockets fall on Damascus

Jaysh al-Islam began a wide-scale rocket attack on Damascus in response to the Syrian regime’s shelling of eastern Ghouta, which allegedly killed civilians.
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Mustafa al-Haj for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on January 29

Hezbollah answers Israeli attack

Al-Monitor reports on the ground from the site of Wednesday's confrontation.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on January 29

Al-Qassam youth training camps open again

The Vanguards of Liberation camps, previously organized under the supervision of the Education and Interior Ministries in Hamas-run Gaza, are now under the control of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which some think might be using the camps to recruit young men as fighters.
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 Hana Salah for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 29

Israel shows restraint in Hezbollah retaliation

Hezbollah’s attack on an Israeli patrol in Lebanon’s occupied Shebaa Farms was expected to break into an all-out war on Lebanon, but sources told Al-Monitor that Israel was asked not to engage in such a war.
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 Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor on January 29

Fake bomb detectors still endanger Iraqis

Despite the exposure and imprisonment of British businessman James McCormick for selling fake bomb detectors to several countries, Iraqi security officials continue to justify the use of these devices.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on January 29

Summit to focus on reducing terror recruitment

Some analysts say the use of the term “violent extremists” reflects excessive political correctness and that the US government is not properly organized to prevent young people from joining jihadist groups.
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 Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor on January 28

Living among the dead in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has failed to provide housing for Gaza’s families, forcing some to live in cemeteries and beg for money.
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 Rasha Abou Jalal for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 28

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