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  1. 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
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Islamic State poses threat to US ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’, says Pentagon

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 05:31pm by Reuters

    ... strength during Syria’s civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer, sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage kidnapped in Syria. Asked if the hardline Sunni Muslim organisation posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Hagel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1579331/islamic-state-threat-beyond-anything-weve-seen-says-pentagon
  3. News - World - IRAQ

    US military tried to rescue journalist James Foley before Islamic State beheading

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 10:05am

    ... and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said on Wednesday. The IS released a video on Tuesday showing Foley’s on-camera beheading, a murder that has provoked worldwide revulsion. The Pentagon and the White House did not say if the covert mission was to rescue Foley, who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012. However US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578297/us-attempted-rescue-islamic-state-hostages-syria
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:30am by STAFF

    ... The locals may say, 'That's not the kind of thing we do here'. But the outsiders don't know that Academic Peter Neumann on why a foreigner was chosen to execute James Foley in Syria   I'm having a couple of beers for medicinal purposes only, to make myself sleep 70-year-old Cyril Baldock, who became the oldest person to swim the English Channel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1578711/who-said-it
  5. News - Asia - MIDDLE EAST

    Trapped Filipino peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels after tense stand-off

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:18pm by AP

    ... Syria, said he was not aware of any fatalities among the Filipino peacekeepers in the Rwihana encampment as sporadic fighting continued throughout the day. Philippine military spokesman ... detained in Syria and Lebanon. The situation of the peacekeepers, tasked with monitoring a 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel, remained "very, very fluid", the UN ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581961/filipino-peacekeepers-being-attacked-syrian-rebels-defence-chief
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama administration considers seeking congressional mandate to attack Islamic State

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 06:20am by WASHPOST

    ... in Iraq, Syria The United States administration is considering seeking congressional authorisation for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counterterrorism strategy that President Barack Obama announced last year. A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Sunni Muslim group across Iraq and Syria ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580151/obama-administration-considers-seeking-congressional-mandate-attack
  7. 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
  8. News - World

    Islamic authority renames militant group to stop it smearing religion

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:28pm by GDN

    ... State of Iraq and the Levant has been given a fifth name, and perhaps its oddest: QSIS, to stand for al-Qaeda Separatists in Iraq and Syria. The rebranding is an attempt by an influential ... Everyone agreed on how to translate the first five words of the name, but the sixth- al-Sham- has triggered endless linguistic battles. Some feel Sham can be translated as Syria. Others say Greater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581479/islamic-authority-renames-militant-group-stop-it-smearing-religion
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    Britons who travelled Syria plead guilty to preparing terrorist acts

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:17am by AP

    ... Associated Press in London Britons in Syria trip admit terror charge Two British men who joined anti-government militants in Syria pleaded guilty yesterday to preparing acts of terrorism. ... case, a British woman went on trial accused of trying to smuggle €20,000 (HK$211,000) in her underwear to militants fighting in Syria. Prosecutors said Nawal Msaad, 26, from north London, had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550027/britons-who-travelled-syria-plead-guilty-preparing-terrorist-acts
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must show united front in fight against barbaric IS

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial United front vital to beating jihadis The brutality of the Islamist fighters rampaging across northern Syria and Iraq attracted little attention outside the region until ... and Malaysia. The draw is the group's dream of creating a global caliphate and its rapid progress in moving towards that goal. After little more than a year of fighting, it holds one-third of Syria ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580946/world-must-show-united-front-fight-against-barbaric-islamic

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