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

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:10am by AGENCIES

    ... State yesterday marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field along the way as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, ... to stop the militant advance short of the capital, but has been unable to take back the cities that government forces abandoned. The capture of the al-Omar oil field in Syria gives Islamic State ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546179/president-iraqs-autonomous-kurdish-region-calls-independence
  5. 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
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iraqi army in 'psychological collapse' as ISIL advances, US expert says

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:48pm by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... of thousands of troops disappeared into the night two weeks ago, Iraqi generals had complained that they were outgunned by an enemy hardened by years of fighting in Syria and in possession of more ... to Syria, according to Iraqi officials. The frontier is now largely in the hands of ISIL, which seeks to create an Islamic caliphate stretching across Syria and Iraq. Lieutenant General Rasheed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539128/iraqi-army-psychological-collapse-isil-advances-us-expert-says
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel threatens to expel UN envoy Robert Serry over cash for Gaza

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:26am by AFP

    ... how to resolve the issue.   ISRAELI TEEN KILLED BY SYRIAN FIRE An Israeli Arab teen was killed by fire from Syria that struck the Israeli-held area of the Golan Heights, the nation's ... was retaliating for the attack with tank fire into Syria. The shelling came after Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank in clashes that erupted as they made more arrests in the hunt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538480/israel-threatens-expel-un-envoy-robert-serry-over-cash-gaza
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israeli PM doesn’t rule out helping Syrian rebels

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 03:44pm by Associated Press in Jerusalem

    ... begun assisting secular and moderate factions inside Syria despite fears that Islamic extremists are gaining influence among the rebels.  Netanyahu was discussing the deteriorating security situation in Syria on BBC World News when the interviewer asked whether Israel is arming any of the rebel groups. Netanyahu said he could not confirm such speculation but did not deny it.  “We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1218288/israeli-pm-doesnt-rule-out-helping-syrian-rebels
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama considers sending 'manpad' missiles to Syrian rebels

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 06:44am by MCT

    ... McClatchy Tribune in Riyadh Obama considers supplying moderate factions with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft weapons US may send missiles to Syria rebels US President Barack Obama may ... Out of respect for Obama's wishes, the Saudis have so far held off. But the United States has gradually become more familiar and comfortable with the opposition forces in Syria ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1460519/obama-considers-sending-manpad-missiles-syrian-rebels
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    UN, WHO launch polio vaccinations for 23 million children

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 05:25pm by AFP

    ... launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria, they announced on Monday. The campaign will be largest-ever immunisation ... and Turkey. Inside Syria, the campaign aims to reach 2.2 million children, including those who live in contested areas and those who were missed in an earlier campaign Syrian refugees fleeing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1376864/un-who-launch-polio-vaccinations-23-million-children

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