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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon, killing two soldiers

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by AP

    ... their homes in Arsal, as well as two soldiers who were driving an army tanker truck. It was not clear if they were taken across the border into Syria or if they were still in Arsal. The Lebanese army pledged to respond in a "decisive and firm" manner to prevent the Syrian conflict spilling over the border. "The army will not allow any party to transfer the battle from Syria ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565271/syrian-rebels-raid-town-inside-lebanon-killing-two-soldiers
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Control of water supplies seen as seen as key to Iraq and Syria conflicts

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:50pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Rivers and dams a matter of life and death in arid region, say analysts Control of water key to Iraq, Syria conflicts The outcome of the Iraq and Syrian conflicts may rest ... controls most of the key upper reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which flow from Turkey in the north to the Gulf in the south. All Iraq and much of Syria depend on them for food, water ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545993/control-water-supplies-seen-seen-key-iraq-and-syria-conflicts
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iraq, Syria conflicts merge into one big battleground

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 08:10pm by AP

    ... Syria conflicts merge into one big battleground In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar ... a "tactical" withdrawal from the towns, control of which has allowed the militants to open up a strategic route to neighbouring Syria, where they also control swathes of countryside along the Euphrates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538378/sunni-militants-seize-more-iraq-towns-us-presses-unity
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Student's website used for jihadist propaganda

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Student's website used for jihadist propaganda The rapid advance of Islamic State fighters across Syria and Iraq this year has been notable not only for its barbarity but for its deft social media operation. Military advances are routinely accompanied by grim images and videos of the atrocities perpetrated by the extremists. At the same time, Islamic State also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575092/students-website-used-jihadist-propaganda
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Yazidis 'massacred' by jihadists in northern Iraq village: reports

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 08:15pm by AP

    ... of vast areas of northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, and the scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the UN to declare its highest level of emergency earlier this week. Yesterday, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575028/new-air-strikes-pound-iraq-after-yazidis-massacred-jihadists
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iran's President Rowhani urges the West to end cold war mentality

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 01:04pm by Reuters

    ... consequences." Rowhani said the people of the Middle East should be allowed to decide their own fate. He said he was ready to help in Syria, where government forces and rebels have fought a civil war ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1313678/irans-president-rowhani-urges-west-end-cold-war-mentality
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Once off limits in Jewish/Palestinian conflict, mosques now military targets

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:49am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... and other social media have been filled with scenes of mosques pocked with bullets and damaged by attacks in recent conflicts and revolutions in Egypt, Syria and Libya. The shock value is over, say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570859/once-limits-jewishpalestinian-conflict-mosques-now-military-targets

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