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  1. News - World

    Iraqi forces fight back as UN agrees to investigate atrocities

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 02:16am by AFP

    ... State declared an Islamic "caliphate" in regions under its control in Iraq and Syria after it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad in June and then stormed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584102/iraqi-forces-fight-back-un-agrees-investigate-atrocities
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamists holding UN peacekeepers hostage set high price for their release

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:12pm by Reuters

    ... al-Nusra Front and a new UN negotiation team now in place in Syria. "The rebels are not telling us where the troops are, but they continue to reassure us they are being well looked ... previously been put at 44. Syria's three-year civil war reached the frontier with Israeli territory last week when Islamist fighters overran a crossing point in the line that has separated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583899/islamists-holding-un-peacekeepers-hostage-set-high-price-their-release
  3. News - World - IRAQ

    Amnesty accuses Islamic State of ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’ in Iraq

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 05:23pm by AFP

    ... a campaign of terror in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, which it has declared an Islamic “caliphate,” carrying out decapitations, crucifixions and public stonings. The breakthrough ... German nationals had travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside jihadists, and that “we must fear these fighters could return one day”. Various Western countries have expressed such fears, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583764/amnesty-accuses-systematic-ethnic-cleansing-iraq
  4. News - World

    UK to force airlines to share flight-lists with security services in response to Islamic State

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 01:04am by AFP

    ... on Friday as a result of new intelligence from Syria and Iraq. The rating means an attack is "highly likely," but that there's no intelligence about a specific plot. The government ... from becoming radicalised. Cameron said yesterday at least 500 people had travelled from the UK to fight in Iraq and Syria. He said 700 had travelled from France, 400 from Germany. While ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583325/uk-force-airlines-share-flight-lists-security-services-response-islamic
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US rebukes Israel for ‘biggest West Bank land grab in 30 years’

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:44pm by Reuters and Agence France-Presse

    ... in Gaza." Israel downs drone over Golan Heights Israel said it had downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria. Air defences "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an Israeli army statement said on Sunday. Defence minister Moshe Yaalon warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583139/us-rebukes-israel-biggest-west-bank-land-grab-30-years
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iraqi forces press the advantage after breaking Jihadist siege of Shiite town

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:19pm by AFP

    ... forces in the city of Ramadi on Sunday, killing 13 and wounding 17. Islamic State controls a large swathe of northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. Washington has said that operations in Syria will be needed to defeat Islamic State, but has so far ruled out cooperation with the Damascus regime. It has, however, attempted to enlist the support of long-time foe Tehran, a key ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583140/iraqi-forces-press-advantage-after-breaking-jihadist-siege-shiite-town
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    40 Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AFP

    ... to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Syria. "Everyone is in a safe position. We left our [old] position, but we brought all our arms," said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala. President Benigno Aquino's spokesman, Herminio Coloma, issued a statement thanking the UN force as well as Syria, Israel, Qatar and the United States for their assistance in the crisis. "It ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582362/40-filipino-peacekeepers-perform-greatest-escapein-golan-heights
  8. Filipino peacekeepers perform 'greatest escape' from Syrian rebels

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 02:15pm

    ... and Syria. “Everyone is in a safe position. We left our (old) position but we brought all our arms,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala. President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma issued a statement thanking the UN force as well as Syria, Israel, Qatar and the United States for  their assistance in the crisis. “It is in our nation’s interest to give priority to (the soldiers’) safety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1582175/filipino-peacekeepers-perform-greatest-escape-syrian-rebels
  9. News - World

    Twitter wars: US launches social media offensive against Islamic State

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 10:21am by AFP

    ... and graphic photos. The State Department last week tweeted about the death in Syria of Islamic State members, one of whom, Abu Moussa, had recently declared that the group would one day “raise ... diplomatic tone Washington is used to, a photo-montage showing Syria’s leader Bashar Al-Assad alongside Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in front of a city in ruins. “Baghdadi and Assad ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582090/twitter-wars-us-launches-social-media-offensive-against-islamic-state
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Haruna Yukawa's strange path to being a hostage of Islamic State

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 06:02am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo A journey of self-discovery by a broken soul living on dreams has leda Japanese man to being captured in Syria by Islamic State militants Haruna Yukawa's strange path to being a hostage When Haruna Yukawa was captured in Syria earlier this month, a video apparently released by his captors showed them pressing the Japanese man to answer questions friends say he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581991/haruna-yukawas-strange-path-being-hostage-islamic-state

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