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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State releases new video of British hostage as US coalition takes shape

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 09:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... in conducting air strikes against Islamic State – but only in Iraq. “As soon as we have identified targets, we will act... within a short timeframe,” he vowed. Obama praised the move by one of America’s ... air raid damaged an IS ammunition depot southeast of Baghdad, Central Command said. The United States has now carried out 176 air strikes against IS in Iraq. Even as Congress voted to endorse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-islamic-state
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 12:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually,” Obama said. Last week he ordered expanded air strikes against IS in Iraq and said the US was prepared to launch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
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    Veterans of Israel's elite Unit 8200 denounce its conscientious objectors

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 09:58pm by AFP

    ... said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians. The open letter, sent to Israel's political and military leadership last week, was one ... speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end". But in a letter of reply on Sunday, 200 veterans of the unit denounced their former comrades' refusal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593294/veterans-israels-elite-unit-8200-denounce-its-conscientious-objectors
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    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

    ... The figures were revealed one day after President Barack Obama vowed to expand an offensive against IS extremists, a plan which foresees new air strikes against IS in Syria, expanded attacks in Iraq ... on Thursday the Pentagon announced that US combat aircraft will soon start flying out of a base in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq as part of a “more aggressive” air campaign against IS jihadists. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590754/islamic-state-has-31500-fighters-iraq-and-syria-cia
  5. 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
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel puts cost of its Gaza offensive at US$2.5b

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by AFP

    ... and naval fire. But, despite the pounding, he acknowledged that the Gaza militants against whom the campaign was launched on July 8 still had a sizeable rocket arsenal left. "The terror ... of view it's worth it, weighed against the potential damage" of a rocket strike, he said. "But it's still US$100,000 for every interception." The military says that Iron ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584528/israel-puts-cost-its-gaza-offensive-us25b
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    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:59am by Associated Press

    ... MORE: Chinese 'Islamic State fighter' captured in Iraq, military claims Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video ... a US terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video’s existence. The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama’s continued airstrikes against the group ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584123/islamic-state-claims-have-beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff
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    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Baghdad US President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American ... with international law” to fight against IS, the presidency said. Obama pledged that justice would be done to the killers of 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff, wherever they hid and however long it took. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584956/barack-obama-calls-international-response-islamic-state-britain-and
  9. 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
  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

    ... 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

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