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Aug. 28, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 28

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Saturday warned of a new wave of attacks across the country to be carried out by militant groups led by al-Qaida days ahead of the U.S. forces end combat mission in the country.

"The government has information that al-Qaida in Iraq and members of the outlawed Baath party are planning to wage attacks," Maliki said in a statement without elaborating. (Iraq-Attacks)

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BAGHDAD -- Al-Qaida militant group in Iraq Friday claimed responsibility for the recent wave of bombings that swept the country on Wednesday, killing at least 64 people.

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the al-Qaida front in Iraq, said in a statement posted on an Islamic website that the spate of attacks in the holy month of Ramadan were led by its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group's self-entitled " Ministry of War." (Iraq-Qaida)

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SANAA -- Yemeni Interior Ministry issued a highest state of alert following intelligence's warnings of possible al-Qaida attacks, the ministry's website said on Saturday.

Security arrangements would be extra tightened around the potential targets amid growing activities of al-Qaida wing in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to the ministry. (Yemen-Qaida)

- - - - BAGHDAD -- A fresh wave of coordinated bombings swept across Iraq's major cities on Wednesday, only one day after the United States downsized its troops below 50,000, some Iraqi experts said that after more than seven years of military occupation, violence is one of the few U.S. legacies left in Iraq.

"Now the Americans are leaving, the clearest fingerprints they left on Iraq that any Iraqi can perceive are torture, corruption and civil war," Nuri Hadi, an Iraqi political analyst told Xinhua in a recent interview. (Iraq-U.S.-Interview)

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GAZA -- Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators on Saturday gathered in the Gaza Strip to protest against the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)'s decision to resume peace talks with Israel.

The demonstration was organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). The PNA on August 20 accepted an U. S. invitation to attend a meeting in Washington in early September to resume the direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. ( Palestinians-Demonstration)

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SANAA -- At least seven security soldiers were killed and several others were wounded on Saturday in an al-Qaida attack in Yemeni southern troubled province of Abyan, a provincial official told Xinhua.

A number of al-Qaida militants raided a security checkpoint at the al-Maisery tribe in Modia district in Abyan and shot dead seven soldiers and wounded around five others while the soldiers were gathering for their evening meal to break their fast during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, said the official. ( Yemen-Al-Qaida)



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