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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem Israel puts direct cost of Gaza offensive at US$2.5b Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the direct cost of the 50-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip was more than US$2.5 billion. "The expenditure on Operation Protective Edge- military expenditure, the direct expenditure- is more than nine billion shekels," Yaalon told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584528/israel-puts-cost-its-gaza-offensive-us25b
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff fearless in his coverage of human side to Syria's conflict

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

    ... Reuters in Washington Second US journalist beheaded by Islamic State fearless in covering human side to Syria conflict Executed writer 'helped the weak' Even for a freelance ... raid on the US diplomatic compound. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war. "I've been here over a week and no one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584623/beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff-fearless-his-coverage-human-side
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US rebukes Israel for ‘biggest West Bank land grab in 30 years’

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

    ... 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 of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration on Sunday. "We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," a US State Department official said in Washington, ...

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

    Veterans of Israel's elite Unit 8200 denounce its conscientious objectors

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

    ... by the US National Security Agency- was used by civilian intelligence agencies to coerce Palestinians uninvolved in militant activity, and urged other members of the intelligence corps "to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593294/veterans-israels-elite-unit-8200-denounce-its-conscientious-objectors
  5. 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

    ... 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 number than a previous estimate of 10,000. Among those in Syria are 15,000 foreign fighters including 2,000 Westerners, some of whom have joined IS, a US intelligence official told reporters. ...

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

    ... Agencies in Washington and Damascus Damascus says its ready to work with Washington to fight Islamist 'terrorism' within its borders Syria opens door on u.s. air strikes Syria said it was ready to work with the United States to fight "terrorism" as US President Barack Obama approved surveillance flights over the nation, a move that could pave the way ...

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

    Fiji retracts claim over release of captured peacekeepers in Golan Heights

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

    ... Front] for keeping us safe and keeping us alive. I'd like to assure you that we have not been harmed in any way," one hostage said. "We understand that with the limited resources that they have, they have provided the best for us and we truly appreciate it and we thank them. We are thankful that al-Nusra has kept its word and that we will be going home." Syria's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589482/fiji-retracts-claim-over-release-captured-peacekeepers-golan-heights
  8. 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

    ... those receiving US aid. The decision to join the coalition, whose formation was announced hours after the explosion, would have been a major change for the group. The explosion could mean ...

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

    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

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

    ... Associated Press in Beirut The video purporting to show US journalist Steven Sotloff being executed is authentic, the White House said on Wednesday. “The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently released video showing US citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is  authentic,” said National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. The video ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584123/islamic-state-claims-have-beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff
  10. 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

    ... 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 ... Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 25, a US official said on Wednesday. His Secretary of State John Kerry revealed he ...

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

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