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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US and Arab allies strike Islamic State in Syria from air and sea

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:32am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States and Arab allies launched strikes from the air and sea against Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday, opening a new front in the battle against the brutal jihadist group. The US Central Command said in a statement that Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had joined Washington in carrying out ...

    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

    ... said. “But today they’re learning the same hard lesson of petty tyrants and terrorists who have gone before.” French President Francois Hollande said that France would join the United States ... 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
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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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington President secures congressional backing for policy to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' Islamic State as he warns militants and jihadists 'our reach is long' Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists ...

    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

    ... 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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    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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Central Intelligence Agency more than doubles its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters on the ground in Syria and Iraq as President Obama vows to expand US offensive Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said on Thursday, much higher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590754/islamic-state-has-31500-fighters-iraq-and-syria-cia
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    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

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

    ... of Syria, mostly areas in the north and east of the country. The United States has launched air strikes on the same group over the border in Iraq and is considering doing the same in Syria. ... Reuters in Beirut Video posted on You Tube shows dozens of bodies after slaughter following fall of airbase Captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State Islamic State fighters ...

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

    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... financing, its military capabilities,” said Obama, referring to the Islamic State (IS). “And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy, but also making sure that we’ve got ... the prospect of a military response to the threat posed by IS. “The head of state underlined the importance of a political, humanitarian and if necessary military response in accordance ...

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

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

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

    ... the name of humanity, I call on the United Nations and all countries which believe in freedom, starting with the United States, to take action in Syria in the same way it did in Iraqi ... 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 ...

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

    Iran president slams ‘blunders’ in the Middle East but eyes cooperation with the West

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, slamming Western blunders in the Middle East but signaling commitment to securing a deal on nuclear power. Days after the United States widened ... “Improper interference in the developments in Syria are clear examples of this erroneous strategic approach in the Middle East.” The United States has the support of five Arab countries in its air ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1600592/regional-moderates-should-lead-fight-terror-says-iranian-president-hassan

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