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  1. 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

    ... The Washington Post in Nuseirat Camp, Gaza Strip Once sacrosanct, mosques are now military targets A yellow bulldozer clawed through the rubble of al-Qassam mosque, searching for the last ... 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 ...

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

    Obama administration considers seeking congressional mandate to attack Islamic State

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

    ... The Washington Post Journalist's execution seen as a terrorist attack as the White House considers seeking a congressional mandate to battle Islamic State U.S. weighs military options in Iraq, Syria The United States administration is considering seeking congressional authorisation for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counterterrorism strategy ...

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

    ... "caliphate" could become a launch pad for a new round of global terror attacks. While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants ... as well. Obama has long resisted taking military action in Syria, a step that would plunge the US into a country ravaged by an intractable civil war. However, his calculus appears to have shifted ...

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

    This time, gunfire in Gaza is to celebrate 'permanent' truce

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 08:39pm by AFP

    ... with masked gunmen in military fatigues firing into the air and drums beating a celebratory note through the crowded streets. Mohammed Badir, 20, was also celebrating but he paid tribute, too, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581234/time-gunfire-gaza-celebrate-permanent-truce
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinian family of five, including toddlers, killed in Israel's 'deadliest air strike'

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 05:22pm by AFP

    ... At least 2,100 Palestinians and 68 on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers, have been killed since July 8. The Israeli military said it had carried out dozens of air strikes yesterday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580000/palestinian-family-five-including-toddlers-killed-israels-deadliest-air
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Chief Palestinian delegate accuses Israelis of stalling in truce talks

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... with his defence minister that "the Israeli military is prepared to take very aggressive action if shooting resumes" at Israel. Israel and Hamas have not met face-to-face in Cairo, where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577018/chief-palestinian-delegate-accuses-israelis-stalling-truce-talks
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    About 10,000 Israeli protesters demand end to Gaza rocket attacks

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

    ... of seeing further hostilities erupt once the ceasefire ends and many felt the Israeli military should destroy the rocket arsenals of Hamas militants who dominate Gaza. Some complained of feeling ... as launching pads for future attacks. No one criticised Netanyahu personally and he was thanked, along with the military, for taking on Hamas in the latest hostilities. But the demonstration was still ...

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

    Student's website used for jihadist propaganda

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Student's website used for jihadist propaganda The rapid advance of Islamic State fighters across Syria and Iraq this year has been notable not only for its barbarity but for its deft social media operation. Military advances are routinely accompanied by grim images and videos of the atrocities perpetrated by the extremists. At the same time, Islamic State also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575092/students-website-used-jihadist-propaganda
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Animals in Gaza zoo no safer than humans from Israeli bombardment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by AFP

    ... spokesman said the military was looking into allegations that it fired missiles into the Al-Bisan park area. Israel launched an air campaign over Gaza on July 8 to take out militants' rockets, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575099/animals-gaza-zoo-no-safer-humans-israeli-bombardment
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israeli soldier thought captured is declared dead

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 12:25pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Jerusalem The Israeli military said Sunday that an Israeli soldier it previously believed had been captured by Hamas fighters in a Gaza ambush had in fact been killed in battle that day. The soldier’s purported capture Friday had helped shatter an internationally brokered cease-fire, drawn global condemnation and triggered a military assault on the area of his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565489/israeli-soldier-thought-captured-declared-dead

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