Iraq: ISIS lost 1 % of territory after months of airstrikes
25th Jan 2015

Iraq: ISIS lost 1 % of territory after months of airstrikes

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has lost only a tiny fraction of captured territory in Iraq after five months of US-led airstrikes, the Pentagon said on Friday. Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi government troops have … Continued

Syria: 92 killed in military operations across country
25th Jan 2015

Syria: 92 killed in military operations across country

  [Archive photo]   At least 92 people were killed Friday after Syrian military operations across the country, according to a written statement made by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). Government forces attacked cities controlled by rebels, according … Continued

Lebanon: Clashes in E Lebanon leave 5 soldiers dead
24th Jan 2015

Lebanon: Clashes in E Lebanon leave 5 soldiers dead

    The Lebanese military said in a statement late Friday that five soldiers, including an officer, were killed in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border. “The Lebanese army… is mourning a number of troops who were martyred in … Continued

Yemen: Thousands rally against Houthis amid power struggle
24th Jan 2015

Yemen: Thousands rally against Houthis amid power struggle

  [Photo: Yemenis gather at Ibb University shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against Houthis in Ibb, Yemen on January 24, 2015. Anadolu/Adel es-Sharee]   Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the largest demonstration … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Salman takes Saudi throne after King Abdullah dies
23rd Jan 2015

Saudi Arabia: Salman takes Saudi throne after King Abdullah dies

[Photo: Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud] Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP Salman bin Abdul Aziz has become Saudi king. His brother Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud died early Friday after suffering from a lung infection for several weeks. Shortly … Continued

UK: FM says anti-ISIS efforts could last years
23rd Jan 2015

UK: FM says anti-ISIS efforts could last years

[Photo: UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Iraq Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi &  US Secretary of State John Kerry at the anti ISIS press conference in London on 22 Jan, 2015. Photo: Ahmed J Versi/The Muslim News] (AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar): Foreign ministers … Continued

Syrian National Coalition receives $6m in US aid
23rd Jan 2015

Syrian National Coalition receives $6m in US aid

    The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said on Thursday it had received $6 million from the United States in the first direct US financial support for the rebel body. The money is for development and relief projects in … Continued

Yemen: President, Houthis reach agreement
23rd Jan 2015

Yemen: President, Houthis reach agreement

Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar: A senior official of Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Thursday that a statement by President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi aimed at defusing a political crisis was acceptable because it confirmed the terms of a power-sharing agreement signed in … Continued

Yemen leader expected to accept Houthis demands
22nd Jan 2015

Yemen leader expected to accept Houthis demands

  [Houthi movement’s leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi]   Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was expected to yield to demands on Wednesday for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels who took up positions outside his home after defeating his guards … Continued

UN: ISIS executing “educated women” in Iraq
21st Jan 2015

UN: ISIS executing “educated women” in Iraq

    The United Nations on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk. The jihadist group is showing a … Continued

Yemen: Houthis seize Presidential palace
21st Jan 2015

Yemen: Houthis seize Presidential palace

    Houthi militants stormed the Yemeni presidential complex in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday as heavy clashes broke out inside, witnesses said. Guards at the presidential palace housing the main office of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi said they handed … Continued

Syria: Israeli airstrike kills 6 Hizbullah fighters, Iranian Gen
20th Jan 2015

Syria: Israeli airstrike kills 6 Hizbullah fighters, Iranian Gen

  [Photo: Hizbullah supporters gather in Beirut’s southern suburbs for the funeral of Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hizbullah fighter who was killed in southern Syria by an Israeli airstrike. Al-Akhbar/Haithaim Moussawi]   Israeli airstrike on the Syrian city of Quneitra near the … Continued

Yemen army, Houthis clash near Presidential palace
20th Jan 2015

Yemen army, Houthis clash near Presidential palace

    The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters waged artillery and gun battles near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday, in the most intense clashes since the Houthis, also known as Ansarullah, took control of the capital in September. … Continued

Syria: Israel strike in Syria kills Mughniyeh’s son, 9 others
18th Jan 2015

Syria: Israel strike in Syria kills Mughniyeh’s son, 9 others

  BEIRUT, (Daily Star): n Israeli helicopter strike on Syria’s Golan Heights Sunday killed the son of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh and 9 other fighters, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star. Jihad Mughniyeh [photo above], field … Continued

Arab League condemns Hizbullah intervention in Syria
17th Jan 2015

Arab League condemns Hizbullah intervention in Syria

    Lebanon on Thursday refused to comment on the statement made by the Arab ministers of foreign affairs condemning Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria saying it had “made it a field for violence and war.” At a special meeting in … Continued

How Jordanians came to dominate al-Nusra Front
17th Jan 2015

How Jordanians came to dominate al-Nusra Front

    By: Suhaib Anjarini   Al-Akhbar: Jordanians have played a central role in al-Nusra Front since its inception. After the “jihadist divorce” between al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jordanian emigrants have enjoyed the lion’s … Continued

Iraq: 36 IS militants killed in clashes, airstrikes across Iraq
15th Jan 2015

Iraq: 36 IS militants killed in clashes, airstrikes across Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes and air strikes across Iraq Wednesday, a security source said. In Iraq’s province of Anbar, U.S.-led coalition warplanes pounded a school building used as IS headquarters, leaving 13 … Continued

Turkey bans publication of reports on Syria rebel arms delivery
15th Jan 2015

Turkey bans publication of reports on Syria rebel arms delivery

  Social media sites Twitter and Facebook, along with many other websites, have been blocked in Turkey after anonymous accounts published new evidence in an ongoing case accusing Turkey of illegal arms shipments to Islamist rebels in Syria, according to … Continued

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 3, wounds 13 in Samarra
14th Jan 2015

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 3, wounds 13 in Samarra

    A suicide bomber on Monday killed three pro-government fighters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and wounded 13 others in an attack on a checkpoint outside a school in the city center that the fighters were using as … Continued

US partners conduct 27 airstrikes against IS in Syria, Iraq
13th Jan 2015

US partners conduct 27 airstrikes against IS in Syria, Iraq

  WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The United States and its allies conducted a total of 27 airstrikes against Islamic State ( IS) forces in Syria and Iraq within a 24-hour period, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement Monday. In … Continued

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