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    Israel’s Netanyahu dismisses Iran’s overtures to West as ruse

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 10:19am by Reuters in United Nations

    ... was pledging to annihilate Israel,” he said, referring to Ahmadinejad’s suggestions that Israel had no right to exist. The United States, Israel and other countries accuse Iran of using its nuclear ... Reuters in United Nations Israel warns Iran it will respond to any attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by Iran’s new president as a ruse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1322695/israels-netanyahu-dismisses-irans-overtures-west-ruse
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    US and Arab allies launch air raids against Islamic State jihadists in Syria

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:32am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States and Arab allies unleashed bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in eastern Syria early on Tuesday, opening a new front in the fight against the jihadist group, defence officials said. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part in the air raids, US media reported, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598589/us-and-arab-allies-bomb-islamic-state-jihadists-syria
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    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

    ... the video was shot, but in it Cantlie referred to recent events including the US-led campaign against IS. In Syria, IS fighters were closing in on the country’s third-largest Kurdish town of Ain ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US president praises Congress for swift action in backing his plans to combat Islamists as France promises air strikes and a new hostage video emerges ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-islamic-state
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    Iraqi forces press the advantage after breaking Jihadist siege of Shiite town

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

    ... by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town. The breakthrough to the town of Amerli is the biggest success for the Iraqi government since Islamic State militants overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June. It came as the United States carried out air strikes in the area, the first time it has expanded its three-week air campaign against Islamic State beyond ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583140/iraqi-forces-press-advantage-after-breaking-jihadist-siege-shiite-town
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    Veterans of Israel's elite Unit 8200 denounce its conscientious objectors

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israeli veterans denounce elite unit's refuseniks Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defence after 43 comrades ... of the most high-profile expressions of conscientious objection in years. The signatories- reservists and former members of Unit 8200- said the intelligence collected by the unit "was an integral ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593294/veterans-israels-elite-unit-8200-denounce-its-conscientious-objectors
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    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

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

    ... and warning: “Our reach is long.” After Obama spoke at MacDill Air Force Base, the House of Representatives voted 273 to 156 to approve his plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, a key part ... a US mission for training moderate Syrian rebels. Some 40 countries are backing the coalition to defeat IS, but there was a prominent dissenting voice in the form of Iran, with President Hassan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
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    Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon, killing two soldiers

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beirut Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon Syrian rebels crossed into Lebanon yesterday, raiding a border town and killing two soldiers, the most serious incursion into the country by fighters from its neighbour's three-year civil war. Masked gunmen roamed the streets of Arsal as Lebanese helicopter gunships flew over the town, some 88km from Beirut. A Lebanese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565271/syrian-rebels-raid-town-inside-lebanon-killing-two-soldiers
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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 ... of foreign fighters among the Sunni extremists who hold Western passports, potentially enabling them to return from the battlefield prepared to carry out terror attacks in Europe or the United ...

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

    Fiji retracts claim over release of captured peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by Reuters

    ... the confrontation and humanitarian assistance for its supporters. Qatar, one country in the Middle East thought by the United States to have influence with the militant group, said Fiji had formally ... Reuters in Golan Heights Fijians held hostage by Islamist militants arrive in Israeli-held territory Freed UN peacekeepers reach safety Dozens of Fijian United Nations peacekeepers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589482/fiji-retracts-claim-over-release-captured-peacekeepers-golan-heights
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Blast kills nearly all the leaders of Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:35pm by MCT

    ... varying versions of what took place at the former government agricultural research centre outside the town of Ram Hamdan near the Turkish border that had become a major Ahrar al-Sham base. One ... of so many key leaders had been called to consider whether Ahrar al-Sham should join a new rebel coalition, the Council for Leading the Revolution, that would unite moderate rebels, including ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589483/blast-kills-nearly-all-leaders-syrian-rebel-group-ahrar-al-sham

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