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Iran carries out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq
3rd Dec 2014

Iran carries out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq

  The Pentagon has said that Iranian fighter jets have struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq. The attacks, however, were “not coordinated” with the US. In recent days, Iran has conducted airstrikes against the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) terror … Continued

Lebanon: Terrorists ambush kills seven army soldiers in northeast Lebanon
3rd Dec 2014

Lebanon: Terrorists ambush kills seven army soldiers in northeast Lebanon

    Militants ambushed a Lebanese army unit on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck Tuesday, killing seven, sources told Al-Akhbar. For the past few months, the military has been coming under increasing armed attacks, mainly in the country’s northeastern region. … Continued

Bahrain: Prominent activist Maryam al-Khawaja sentenced to one year
2nd Dec 2014

Bahrain: Prominent activist Maryam al-Khawaja sentenced to one year

A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced in absentia prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja to one year in jail for assaulting police officers, her lawyer said. Mohammed al-Jishi told AFP that the verdict was announced in Khawaja’s absence, who said on … Continued

Yemen: Al-Q’aida bomb attack kills two soldiers
2nd Dec 2014

Yemen: Al-Q’aida bomb attack kills two soldiers

    A bomb attack blamed on al-Qaeda killed two soldiers and wounded two more in southern Yemen on Monday, while a Houthi leader got shot in the central province of Ibb. The blast targeted a 39th armored brigade checkpoint … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Rain paralyses Riyadh
1st Dec 2014

Saudi Arabia: Rain paralyses Riyadh

. [In many neighborhoods, people had to wade through ankle deep water to reach home. (AN photo by Khaled Al-Khamis)]   By MD RASOOLDEEN Riyadh, Qassim, Hofuf and the Eastern Province experienced rainfall throughout the day on Sunday. For Monday, … Continued

Syria: 50 IS fighters killed in Ayn al-Arab
1st Dec 2014

Syria: 50 IS fighters killed in Ayn al-Arab

      DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): At least 50 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed over the weekend during the strikes by the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition and clashes with Kurdish militants near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group reported Sunday. … Continued

Syria: ISIL attacks Kurdish-held post on Syria-Turkey border
30th Nov 2014

Syria: ISIL attacks Kurdish-held post on Syria-Turkey border

    [Isis bomb from Turkey on Kabani. DHA photo] ANKARA/ BEIRUT, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants attacked a Kurdish-controlled post on the Syrian-Turkish border Nov 29 for the first time, a monitor and … Continued

Arab League backs plan to seek Palestinian statehood in UN Security Council
30th Nov 2014

Arab League backs plan to seek Palestinian statehood in UN Security Council

     The Arab League has backed a plan by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to seek international approval for a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council. Member state Jordan is due to present the draft resolution. A general view … Continued

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 to the … 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

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