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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on Islamic State

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

    ... '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 ... of the president’s strategy to destroy IS. Obama was keen to project a sternly determined mood at the Florida air base, the headquarters of US Central Command, which oversees military action in the Middle ...

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

    US court orders Arab Bank to compensate victims of Hamas attacks

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Arab Bank told to pay Hamas victims A US jury has found Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of two dozen ... or related to victims of attacks linked to Hamas had sued Arab Bank in 2004. They accused the Jordanian bank of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act which lets victims of US-designated foreign terrorist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599063/us-court-orders-arab-bank-compensate-victims-hamas-attacks
  6. 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
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    East Jerusalem braces for a youth intifada in wake of killings

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 05:20am by GDN

    ... in Jerusalem. For us it has already started." Siyam says many of those involved are also increasingly critical of the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas on the West Bank, accusing him "of ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1602572/east-jerusalem-braces-youth-intifada-wake-killings
  8. 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

    ... Assembly, US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters. The two leaders last year spoke by telephone, but expectations had been low of contact this time. Rowhani is determined ... activities by November 24. Thorny talks have taken place on the sidelines of the General Assembly. US Secretary of State John Kerry met late on Thursday for three-way talks with his Iranian ...

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

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

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

    ... said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians. The open letter, sent to Israel's political and military leadership last week, was one ... 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
  10. 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

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