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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

    ... 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 from the jihadists US President Barack Obama on Thursday hailed Congress for backing his plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels and France for signing off on air strikes in Iraq, victories for his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-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

    ... 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 ... harsh retribution elsewhere. Iraqi forces kept the momentum of their advance, with Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen retaking Sulaiman Bek, a town north of Amerli that had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583140/iraqi-forces-press-advantage-after-breaking-jihadist-siege-shiite-town
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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 ... intervention and concern from conservatives that the plan falls short of what is needed. The measure was included as an amendment to a stop-gap federal spending measure, which also easily passed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595312/obama-and-us-lawmakers-turn-heat-islamic-state
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    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 that he may have a wait on his hands before Congress signs-off on his plan to train and equip Syrian rebels, a key element in his strategy to destroy Islamic State radicals. Also ...

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

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589483/blast-kills-nearly-all-leaders-syrian-rebel-group-ahrar-al-sham
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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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    US rebukes Israel for ‘biggest West Bank land grab in 30 years’

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:44pm by Reuters and Agence France-Presse

    ... Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israel plans West Bank land grab Israel has announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a US rebuke. Some 400 hectares in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583139/us-rebukes-israel-biggest-west-bank-land-grab-30-years
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Haruna Yukawa's strange path to being a hostage of Islamic State

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 06:02am by Reuters

    ... this year, he planned to head to Somalia "where the danger factor will be amped up". "He felt his life had reached its limit," said Yukawa's father, Shoichi, 74. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581991/haruna-yukawas-strange-path-being-hostage-islamic-state
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinians accept Egyptian plan for 72-hour truce in fighting with Israel

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:49am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Cairo Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire hopes to push the warring sides towards a long-term peace agreement for the Gaza Strip New truce agreed by Hamas, Israel Israel has accepted a new Gaza ceasefire proposed by Egyptian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570854/palestinians-accept-egyptian-plan-72-hour-truce-fighting-israel
  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

    ... and implement UN Security Council resolution 2170," Muallem said. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected the call from Damascus. "There are no plans to coordinate with the Assad ...

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

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