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Syria: UNDOF staff freed from Syria rebels in Golan Heights
31st Aug 2014

Syria: UNDOF staff freed from Syria rebels in Golan Heights

  Several peacekeepers trapped in the Golan Heights are now safe. The men had come “under attack” by rebels in Syria’s civil war at a UN encampment at around 6 a.m. local time, and several peacekeepers remain in danger. There … Continued

US sanctions businesses, networks for helping Iran
30th Aug 2014

US sanctions businesses, networks for helping Iran

  The United States has slapped sanctions on more than 25 individuals and businesses linked with Iran. The US suspects them of having helped Tehran expand its nuclear program – or evade existing sanctions. The US Treasury announced sanctions against … Continued

Syria: 43 UN peacekeepers detained by “armed elements” in Golan Heights
29th Aug 2014

Syria: 43 UN peacekeepers detained by “armed elements” in Golan Heights

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): Forty-three peacekeepers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) operating in the Golan Heights separation area between Syria and Israel were detained by “armed elements” early Thursday after a heavy fighting between the Syrian armed forces and … Continued

Turkey: Erdoğan sworn in as Turkey’s 12th President
29th Aug 2014

Turkey: Erdoğan sworn in as Turkey’s 12th President

    [Former President Abdullah Gül (2nd R) gestures as he and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül (R) welcome new President Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) and his wife Emine Erdoğan (L) before the handover ceremony ‘We are now in the era … Continued

Syria: Half of Syrians are displaced, UN says
29th Aug 2014

Syria: Half of Syrians are displaced, UN says

  The United Nations says more than three million Syrians have become refugees fleeing the civil war that is devastating their country. It said 6.5 million more are displaced within Syria itself.   The number of Syrians registered as refugees … Continued

Syria: Syrian rebels seize Golan crossing, Israeli soldier injured by stray fire
28th Aug 2014

Syria: Syrian rebels seize Golan crossing, Israeli soldier injured by stray fire

    Syrian rebels, including the Nusra Front, seized control of the Syrian crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, a pro-opposition monitoring group said. “Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups took the Quneitra crossing, and heavy fighting with … Continued

Iraq: 32 killed in attacks in eastern Iraq
23rd Aug 2014

Iraq: 32 killed in attacks in eastern Iraq

    BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 32 people were killed and 12 others wounded on Friday in bombings and shootings in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, police sources said. Five people were killed and 12 others injured, all of them … Continued

Iraq: Ayatullah Sistani calls for lifting Amerli siege
23rd Aug 2014

Iraq: Ayatullah Sistani calls for lifting Amerli siege

    [Photo: Ayatullah Ali Sistani] (Friends of Ahlulbayt:): Ayatullah Ali Sistani, Shi’a Muslims world’s most influential scholar, said through his representative, Abd al-Mehdi al-Karbalai, “We appeal to the relevant sides to work sincerely in breaking the siege. [We also … Continued

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government
22nd Aug 2014

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government

  Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel supporters are in the capital Sanaa in a bid to topple the government. Thousands of armed rebels strengthened their position on Wednesday as they pressed on with their campaign. Led by heavily armed … Continued

Iraq: IS threat ‘must be defeated’ says Pentagon
22nd Aug 2014

Iraq: IS threat ‘must be defeated’ says Pentagon

  Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel addressing the press on Thursday said the threat posed by IS terrorism was imminent and that the group was “tremendously well funded,” and “as sophisticated a group as we have seen.” He said the US … Continued

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley
20th Aug 2014

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

    The White House has said it is assessing the validity of a video purporting to show the murder of a US journalist by “Islamic State” militants. The group says it has beheaded the missing freelance reporter James Foley. … Continued

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help
19th Aug 2014

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

    US President Barack Obama has said that Kurdish fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken the Mosul Dam from “Islamic State” militants. This followed earlier conflicting statements about who was in control of the facility. The United States president … Continued

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city
18th Aug 2014

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The Syrian air force on Sunday struck positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s northern province of Raqqa, killing 31 radical fighters, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group. The 31 … Continued

Iraq: US confirms airstrikes near Mosul dam and Irbil
17th Aug 2014

Iraq: US confirms airstrikes near Mosul dam and Irbil

    The US military has confirmed that it carried out airstrikes against “Islamist State” targets near the Kurdish capital, Irbil, and Iraq’s largest dam. Officials said the strikes were in US and humanitarian interests. The Pentagon confirmed that the … Continued

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader claims battles would have reached Beirut if party had not intervened in Syria
16th Aug 2014

Lebanon: Hizbullah leader claims battles would have reached Beirut if party had not intervened in Syria

    Al-Akhbar conducted an exclusive six-hour-long interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In a multi-part series published over the last two days, journalists Ibrahim al-Amin, Wafic Qanso, Hassan Ileik and Maha Zureikat sat down with the party’s … Continued

Iraq: Germany to send airlift, US to continue airstrikes
15th Aug 2014

Iraq: Germany to send airlift, US to continue airstrikes

  Germany has announced it would airlift goods to people stranded in the Sinjar mountains, while US President Barack Obama has pledged to continue airstrikes against IS militants in Iraq. Germany plans to send aid to northern Iraq on Friday, … Continued

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation
15th Aug 2014

Iraq: International praise for Iraqi PM al-Maliki’s resignation

  The United Nations and Washington have praised Nouri al-Maliki for stepping down as Iraq’s prime minister. He bowed to domestic and international pressure, announcing his departure in a televised speech. The UN’s top envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, praised … Continued

Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”

      The Pentagon has said a possible US mission to rescue Yazidis trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar is less likely to take place after special forces assessed that there are fewer civilians trapped than previously feared. “The Yazidis … Continued

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen
14th Aug 2014

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen

    A bomb killed nine people in southern Yemen on Wednesday, a local official said, and tribal sources in the north said 15 more died in clashes between Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the Islamist Islah party. In … Continued

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”

    Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the appointment of Haidar al-Abadi to replace him as Iraq’s prime minister violated the constitution and “had no value.” In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a pending federal court ruling … Continued

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