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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 - ISLAMIC STATE

    Obama vows to expand airstrikes on Islamic State into Syria, but won't send combat troops

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 07:35am by MCT

    ... harsh realities. US military intervention in Iraq is expanding into Syria, Russia is ignoring Obama's demands to halt its armed incursion into Ukraine, and China's military-backed ... by facts on the ground." As a result, despite successes like the killing of Osama bin Laden and other top terrorists and the neutralisation of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, Obama ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589940/obama-us-expand-airstrikes-islamic-state
  3. News - World

    Kerry: Inspectors must be on the ground in Syria no later than November

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 06:39pm by AP

    ... GENEVA (AP) — Kerry: Inspectors must be on the ground in Syria no later than November. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1309854/kerry-inspectors-must-be-ground-syria-no-later-november
  4. News - World

    Obama: US should take military action against Syria

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 01:55am by AP

    ... WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: US should take military action against Syria. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1301083/obama-us-should-take-military-action-against-syria
  5. News - World - ISLAMIC STATE

    Arab states join campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 05:13pm by AFP, Reuters, AP, Bloomberg

    ... Agencies in Jeddah Support for Obama as he vows to 'destroy' militants and expand air strikes to Syria Arab states join campaign against IS Washington yesterday gained ... expand from Iraq to Syria. Watch: Obama vows Syria air strikes to destroy Islamic State "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven," said Obama, adding that the US would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589424/kerry-arrives-baghdad-tour-build-coalition-against-islamic-state
  6. 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
  7. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Britain and Iran hold first talks since 1979

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 04:48am by AFP

    ... is building broad-based support for the new government in Iraq and international action to confront jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Western powers are seeking to build support for the fight against the Islamic State group, which holds a large tract of territory in Iraq and Syria and which has beheaded two US journalists and a British aid worker. The United States and Arab allies launched ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599886/britain-and-iran-hold-first-talks-1979
  8. News - World

    Syria FM says Bashar Assad will remain Syria's president until 2014 elections, may run again

    Posted May 30th 2013, 01:55am by AP

    ... BEIRUT (AP) — Syria FM says Bashar Assad will remain Syria's president until 2014 elections, may run again. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1249372/syria-fm-says-bashar-assad-will-remain-syrias-president-until-2014
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    US fears for life of woman aid worker held by Islamic State in Syria

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:14am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington US officials say humanitarian aid worker, 26, is being held in Syria; also confirm death of American who joined Islamist militants US fears for life of aid worker held by Islamic State The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581054/american-woman-held-hostage-islamic-state-syria-us-muslim-convert-ranks
  10. 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

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