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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

    ... of metres long. A separate pile of bodies was shown nearby. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified. The caption beneath it said the dead numbered 250. The Syrian ... power, says he is part of the problem. French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that Assad was no ally in the fight against Islamic State. Syrian forces on Wednesday lost further ground ...

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

    Iraqi forces press the advantage after breaking Jihadist siege of Shiite town

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:19pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yankaja, Iraq Fightback against Islamic State gathers pace as government troops backed by Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen enjoy biggest success Iraqi forces press on after breaking Jihadist siege Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by American strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants yesterday, buoyed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583140/iraqi-forces-press-advantage-after-breaking-jihadist-siege-shiite-town
  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

    ... 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 ... intelligence the US needed. The US began launching strikes against Islamic State inside Iraq earlier this month, with Obama citing the threat to American personnel in the country and a humanitarian ...

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

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

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

    ... Agencies in Beirut and Amman Allegations of latest atrocity prompts Syrian opposition to call for US air strikes against Islamic State militants within its borders Jihadists ... against Islamic State, which overran nearly a dozen towns and villages in Aleppo province last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State jihadists had carried out ...

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

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

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

    ... earlier this month, according to nearby residents. It was not clear who carried out the strikes. The United States began launching airstrikes against Islamic State a week ago, in part to prevent ... encircled by the Islamist extremists, also prompted US and Iraqi forces to launch aid drops. It also contributed to the US decision to launch airstrikes against the militants, who were advancing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575028/new-air-strikes-pound-iraq-after-yazidis-massacred-jihadists
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    About 10,000 Israeli protesters demand end to Gaza rocket attacks

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 10:31pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tel Aviv 10,000 Israelis demand Hamas be crushed About 10,000 Israelis protested in a Tel Aviv square against what they see as the failure of a five-week Gaza war to decisively halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering the Palestinian coastal territory. Many demonstrators who travelled in by bus on Thursday from parts of Israel hardest hit by rocket ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1574424/about-10000-israeli-protesters-demand-end-gaza-rocket-attacks
  8. 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

    ... or Christians against Muslims. Now the mosque has become a military target. Israel's military says mosques are being used to store weapons, cover tunnels, shelter fighters and serve as command ... strikes have struck more religious targets than in Israel's two previous offensives against Hamas in 2009 and 2012, Palestinians say. According to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, 63 ...

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

    Israel, Hamas and the battle for public opinion in the latest Gaza war

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by AP

    ... Wednesday to establish an independent commission to investigate possible violations of international law during the fighting. Israel has said the goal of its Gaza operation is to hit Hamas targets, ... there or that tunnels into Israel originate in such places. Israel says it is defending its civilians against rocket fire and other attacks from Gaza and doing its utmost to minimise harm to Palestinian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1560026/israel-hamas-and-battle-public-opinion-latest-gaza-war
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

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

    ... Agencies in Arbil, Iraq As sectarian insurgency threatens to split the nation, referendum sought Leader of Iraqi Kurds pushes independence Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, asked its parliament yesterday to start organising a referendum on the long-held dream of independence. The United States has urged the Kurds to stand with Baghdad as Iraq ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546179/president-iraqs-autonomous-kurdish-region-calls-independence

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