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Iraqi forces hold off ISIS assault on Anbar’s Ramadi
28th Nov 2014

Iraqi forces hold off ISIS assault on Anbar’s Ramadi

    Iraqi security forces held off a jihadist assault on government headquarters in the troubled Anbar province, deploying reinforcements in the key battleground against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, officers said Thursday. Pro-government troops, backed … Continued

Afghanistan: British embassy vehicle hit in deadly Kabul suicide attack
27th Nov 2014

Afghanistan: British embassy vehicle hit in deadly Kabul suicide attack

  Afghan officials say several people have been killed and wounded in a suicide attack on a British embassy car in Kabul. The attack is the latest in a wave of bombings amid a withdrawal of foreign troops. A suicide … Continued

Bahrain jails 12 as authorities continue crackdown on protesters
27th Nov 2014

Bahrain jails 12 as authorities continue crackdown on protesters

    A Bahraini court has sentenced two former inmates who escaped from Jau prison in April and four accomplices to up to 15 years in prison, Northern Governorate Attorney General Hussein al-Bouali said in a statement on Tuesday’s sentencing. … Continued

Qatar training Syria rebels as Muallem seeks political solution in Russia
27th Nov 2014

Qatar training Syria rebels as Muallem seeks political solution in Russia

      At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar, with the help of the United States, has been covertly training the so-called “moderate” Syria rebels to fight the Syrian army and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … Continued

Lebanon: Families of abducted soldiers seek help from Nasrallah
27th Nov 2014

Lebanon: Families of abducted soldiers seek help from Nasrallah

  [Photo: Relatives of soldiers abducted by ISIS and al-Nusra Front burn tires in Beirut .Anadolu / Wissam Fanash]   Families of the abducted Lebanese soldiers called on Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, to help free their sons, a day after a member … Continued

Syria: Strikes on ‘Islamic State’ in Raqqa kill dozens
26th Nov 2014

Syria: Strikes on ‘Islamic State’ in Raqqa kill dozens

  Government airstrikes have killed dozens in the “Islamic State” stronghold of Raqqa, a monitor reports. The airstrikes were the deadliest by Syria’s military against the city since IS seized control of it last year.   Tuesday’s government raids struck … Continued

Iraq: Clashes erupt between ISIS, Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery
26th Nov 2014

Iraq: Clashes erupt between ISIS, Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the center of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country’s largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army … Continued

Afghanistan: Bomb blasts, gun battles kill 11, wound 13
25th Nov 2014

Afghanistan: Bomb blasts, gun battles kill 11, wound 13

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Bombings and conflicts have claimed 11 lives, including six civilians and injured 13 others since Monday evening in the war-torn Afghanistan, officials confirmed Tuesday. In the latest violent bombing, a sticky bomb targeted a vehicle of national … Continued

Austria: Iran, West extend nuclear talks to June after failing to meet deadline
25th Nov 2014

Austria: Iran, West extend nuclear talks to June after failing to meet deadline

  [Photo: (L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammondm, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, European Union High Representative Catherine … Continued

Afghanistan: 45 killed, 60 injured in eastern Afghan suicide attack
24th Nov 2014

Afghanistan: 45 killed, 60 injured in eastern Afghan suicide attack

  [Photo: Wounded Afghans receive medical treatment at a hospital in Paktika, eastern Afghanistan. (Xinhua/STR) ]   SHARAN,  (Xinhua):  At least 45 people were killed and 60 others wounded after a suicide bomb attack shocked a volleyball ground in Yahya Khel … Continued

Bahrain opposition slams ‘ridiculous’ official voter turnout rate
24th Nov 2014

Bahrain opposition slams ‘ridiculous’ official voter turnout rate

    A war of words over the turnout rate in Bahrain’s legislative election heightened Sunday, between the authorities and the opposition, with the latter accusing the regime of “misleading the public.” With the vote-counting still underway after Saturday’s elections … Continued

Iran ‘prepared’ to extend nuclear talks
23rd Nov 2014

Iran ‘prepared’ to extend nuclear talks

  With little more than a day to reach an agreement, Iran is reportedly considering an extension of a nuclear talks deadline. Negotiations have faltered amid “serious gaps” between Western diplomats and Tehran. Iranian sources said on Sunday that negotiators … Continued

US troops will deploy to Iraq without congressional approval
23rd Nov 2014

US troops will deploy to Iraq without congressional approval

    Some of the 1,500 new US troops authorized to “advise and train” Iraqi forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will be deployed in Iraq within the next few weeks without … Continued

Afghanistan: Blast, conflicts kill 5, wound seven
22nd Nov 2014

Afghanistan: Blast, conflicts kill 5, wound seven

  KABUL, (Xinhua): Militancy and conflicts have left at least five people dead and injured seven others since Friday night in the conflict-ridden Afghanistan, officials confirmed Saturday. In the latest violent incident, a sticky bomb targeted a car in Nangarhar’s … Continued

Iraq: Turkey offers Iraq military assistance in war against ISIS
22nd Nov 2014

Iraq: Turkey offers Iraq military assistance in war against ISIS

      Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, tried to counter charges that his country is facilitating the passage of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to Iraq by offering military assistance to Baghdad in its war against … Continued

Iraq: Airstrike kills ISIS leader in Mosul
21st Nov 2014

Iraq: Airstrike kills ISIS leader in Mosul

    An Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader was killed in an airstrike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday. They said Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described … Continued

Bahrain strips three citizens of their nationality ahead of elections
21st Nov 2014

Bahrain strips three citizens of their nationality ahead of elections

    A court jailed three Bahrainis on Thursday and stripped them of their nationality for allegedly planning an attack against the Bahraini police, a judicial source said, a few days ahead of parliamentary elections. The men were jailed for … Continued

UAE: Amnesty reports activists’ ‘ugly reality’ in UAE
19th Nov 2014

UAE: Amnesty reports activists’ ‘ugly reality’ in UAE

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is hosting a Formula One race this weekend, of repression it said is the “ugly reality” behind the glitz and glamor of the event. In a report … Continued

US authorities working to verify purported ‘IS’ Kassig beheading video
16th Nov 2014

US authorities working to verify purported ‘IS’ Kassig beheading video

  A video purporting to show the killing of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig has been released by the ‘Islamic State’ militant group. The video also claims to show the mass beheading of Syrian soldiers. United States intelligence officials were examining … Continued

Turkey, US to train 2,000 “moderate” Syrian militants
16th Nov 2014

Turkey, US to train 2,000 “moderate” Syrian militants

    Turkey and the United States have agreed to a plan under which some 2,000 fighters from the so-called moderate Syrian opposition would be trained on Turkish soil, a report said Saturday. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), … Continued

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