How the 'UK attitudes toward the Arab world' survey was conducted

Updated 25 September 2017
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How the 'UK attitudes toward the Arab world' survey was conducted

As part of a continued partnership between YouGov and Arab News, YouGov conducted an opinion poll among UK residents about their attitudes toward the Arab world.
The range of questions was designed to capture views across a variety of issues, including the current level of familiarity with the Arab world, interest in learning more about Arab culture, willingness to travel, associations with Arab societies, portrayal of Arab countries in the media, migration of refugees to Europe and Britain, the issue of Islamophobia, and Britain’s military involvement in war-torn countries.
The survey was conducted using an online interview administered among members of the YouGov Plc GB panel of close to 1.02 million individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. An email was sent to panelists selected at random from the base sample, inviting them to take part in the survey and providing a link to the survey. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.
The figures have been weighted and are representative of all British adults aged 18 and over. YouGov weights UK political surveys by age interlocked with gender and education, political attention, social grade, 2017 recalled vote interlocked with region, and EU referendum recalled vote.
The total size was 2,142 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between Aug. 16-17, 2017.
Overall, respondents answered 25 close-ended questions. There was a near-even gender split among respondents, with 48 percent males and 52 percent females. Of the people in the sample group, 67 percent were between the ages of 25 and 64. The overall margin of error, at 2 percent, is considered to be low.

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Israel quiet on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

Updated 19 June 2018
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Israel quiet on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

  • The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Iran’s “proxies” anywhere in Syria
  • Syrian authorities and the Iraqi paramilitaries both blamed Washington for the strike, which killed at least 52 fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

JERUSALEM: Israel declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack.
The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Iran’s “proxies” anywhere in Syria.
Fighters of Iraq’s Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary force, mainly composed of Iran-trained Shiite militia, have played a major role in the war against the Sunni extremists of the Daesh group in Syria as well as Iraq.
But their presence has sparked confrontations with both Washington, which has been supporting a Kurdish-led alliance that controls other parts of eastern Syria, and Israel, which fears Iranian-inspired attacks on its forces in the occupied Golan Heights.
Syrian authorities and the Iraqi paramilitaries both blamed Washington for the strike, which killed at least 52 fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
But US officials denied any involvement and instead pointed the finger at Israel.
“We have reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike,” one US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The Israeli military declined to be drawn on the US claims. “We are not commenting on foreign reports,” a spokeswoman said.
The military has carried out previous strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, but most have been significantly closer to Israel or the Israeli-occupied Golan.
Last month, Israel launched a large-scale attack on what it said were Iranian targets in Syria, raising fears of a major confrontation.
Those strikes followed a barrage of rockets that Israel said was fired toward its forces in the occupied Golan by Iran from Syria.
Even before that, Israel had been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged them.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Netanyahu reiterated his position that “Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria.”
“We will take action — and are already taking action — against efforts to establish a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria both close to the border and deep inside Syria,” the prime minister said.
“We will act against these efforts anywhere in Syria.”
Israeli seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.
Iran has been a close ally of the Syrian regime for some four decades and, with Russia, has been a key supporter in the civil war that broke out in 2011.