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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State has up to 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria: CIA

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 11:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Central Intelligence Agency more than doubles its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters on the ground in Syria and Iraq as President Obama vows to expand US offensive Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said on Thursday, much higher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590754/islamic-state-has-31500-fighters-iraq-and-syria-cia
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff fearless in his coverage of human side to Syria's conflict

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Second US journalist beheaded by Islamic State fearless in covering human side to Syria conflict Executed writer 'helped the weak' Even for a freelance ... raid on the US diplomatic compound. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war. "I've been here over a week and no one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584623/beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff-fearless-his-coverage-human-side
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syria opens door to US bombing of Islamists but White House to go it alone

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:57pm by AP

    ... Agencies in Washington and Damascus Damascus says its ready to work with Washington to fight Islamist 'terrorism' within its borders Syria opens door on u.s. air strikes Syria ... for air strikes against Islamic militants, two American officials said. Syria, locked in a civil war with various rebel groups including Islamic State since March 2011, said for the first time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580906/syria-opens-door-us-bombing-islamists-white-house-go-it-alone
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:15am by AGENCIES

    ... 'massacred tribesmen in Syria' Islamic State (IS) militants were facing charges of a new massacre after a human rights monitoring group and activists alleged the group executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians. This comes as Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for US air strikes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575549/islamic-state-jihadists-massacred-700-tribesmen-eastern-syria-activists
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:24pm by Reuters

    ... executed scores of Syrian soldiers captured when the militants seized an airbase in Syria's Raqqa province at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube yesterday. The video, ... killing of large numbers of its soldiers shows how Islamic State has cemented its grip on Syria's north. The video begins by showing the captives apparently being marched in the desert ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/video-shows-captured-syrian-soldiers-executed-islamic-state
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadist group runs bus tours of its Syria-Iraq 'caliphate'

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut, Lebanon Honeymooners and foreigners join trips from Syria to Iraq, to a soundtrack of jihadist songs Islamic State runs bus tours of its ... other parts of its "caliphate". Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, Islamic State buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557647/islamic-state-jihadist-group-runs-bus-tours-its-syria-iraq-caliphate
  7. News - China - MIDDLE EAST

    Xinjiang militants being trained in Syria and Iraq, says special Chinese envoy

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:14pm by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Special Chinese envoy says Uygur separatists based in Syria and Iraq pose security threat Xinjiang militants 'training in Middle East' Deteriorating security in Syria and Iraq poses a severe risk to China, with the two countries becoming a training ground for "terrorists" from Xinjiang, a senior Chinese diplomat said. Wu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1561136/china-says-xinjiang-extremists-may-be-fighting-middle-east
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... fighters – grabbing vast areas of Iraq and Syria in a offensive that has seen beheadings and forced religious conversions. Two American reporters and a Briton were executed on camera by a masked ... air raids on the militants in neighbouring Syria. He again emphasised the broad-based nature of the US-led coalition to defeat the jihadists, and noted that Saudi Arabia had agreed to host ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State releases new video of British hostage as US coalition takes shape

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 09:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... plan, already passed by the House of Representatives, to arm rebels to take on IS in conjunction with air strikes the president has pledged to carry out inside Syria. Minutes after the vote, ... president and the leader of IS. IS holds significant territory in Syria and seized large areas of Iraq in a lightning offensive in June, declaring a cross-border “caliphate” and imposing its brutal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-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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