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Display name: Andre Colling
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I am a Risk Analyst for the Middle East and North Africa at red24.

red24 ( is a crisis management assistance company providing guidance, assistance and response within crisis management, travel tracking, product recall, kidnap and ransom and travel security.

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Iraq’s Anbar governorate has been beset by clashes between armed Sunni tribesmen, Sunni extremist fighters link

On 5 December 2013, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) launched a bold attack against the Ministry of Defence complex in central Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains a dynamic region. The post-Arab Spring environment has created and added to various complex political and security environments that pose an increasing risk to locals and foreign nationals alike.

Islamist extremists have proven themselves capable of increasingly sophisticated and complex attacks targeting well-guarded business and state sites in recent years.

A US Strike on Syria is becoming increasingly unlikely in the face of growing opposition to Obama’s resolution requesting congressional authorisation.

Welcome to Part II of the ‘other Middle East news’. This section will touch on Lebanon and Iran, two states that appear to be miles apart but have quite close links

At present the MENA region is experiencing significant turmoil and changes as the impact of the 2011 Arab Spring continues to reverberate through the region.

Much has been written about since Monday about a potential military strike by US-led forces against the Syrian regime in response for its alleged 21 August Sarin gas attack.

The conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011 and has left approximately 100,000 people dead, tens of thousands more wounded and displaced millions, internally and externally.

There has been a significant outbreak of violence across Egypt as the military moved to clear protest camps that were established in support of the recently deposed, democratically elected president.

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