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Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis
19th Dec 2014

Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis

  It has been deemed ‘the most successful’ offensive to date against the “Islamic State.” Kurdish forces announced Thursday they have broken the siege on Mount Sinjar and recaptured territory in a two-day assault. Kurdish forces, pressing deep into “Islamic … Continued

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs
19th Dec 2014

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs

    Twin car bomb attacks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia group in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah targeting Houthi militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said. “The two explosions were the … Continued

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions
18th Dec 2014

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions

    Yemen’s Houthi movement sacked top managers of the country’s second largest port and the main oil company on Wednesday, staff said, in the group’s latest move to consolidate its hold on state institutions. Houthis established themselves as Yemen’s … Continued

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children
17th Dec 2014

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children

  [Photo: Wave of car bombings hit central Sanaa on December 8, 2014. Anadolu / Mohammed Hamoud]   At least 25 people, including 15 children, died when two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda, … Continued

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June
16th Dec 2014

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June

    At least 2,700 people, mostly soldiers, are missing as a result of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Iraq, the human rights ministry said on Monday. More than half of those registered … Continued

Syria: UN envoy visits Syria for Aleppo truce talks as Kurds attack ISIS positions
15th Dec 2014

Syria: UN envoy visits Syria for Aleppo truce talks as Kurds attack ISIS positions

    A senior UN official arrived in Syria Saturday for talks on a plan to suspend fighting between government and rebel forces in the country’s second city Aleppo, as Kurdish forces and militants clash northeast the war-torn country. Ramzi … Continued

Yemen: Five suspected al-Qa’ida members killed by security forces
14th Dec 2014

Yemen: Five suspected al-Qa’ida members killed by security forces

    Yemeni troops on Saturday shot dead five al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a soldier during a checkpoint inspection of their Saudi-bound bus, officials said. Another suspect was wounded along with the driver in the shooting … Continued

Afghanistan: Suicide attack against army bus wounds 14 in Kabul
13th Dec 2014

Afghanistan: Suicide attack against army bus wounds 14 in Kabul

KABUL, (Xinhua): A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a bus carrying army personnel in Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, injuring 14 people, a local television channel Tolo reported. “It is said that 14 persons were injured as a … Continued

Iraq: Over 54 killed in bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq
13th Dec 2014

Iraq: Over 54 killed in bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): More than 54 people were killed in bomb attacks and clashes with Islamic State (IS) militant group across Iraq on Friday, security sources said. In Iraq’s northern central province of Salahudin, the security forces backed by Shiite militias and … Continued

Oman arrests human rights activist
13th Dec 2014

Oman arrests human rights activist

  [Human Rights activist Saed Jadad arrested]   Omani authorities have arrested a human rights defender who led protests in the sultanate in 2011, a regional rights group said Friday. Security forces arrested Saed Jadad Wednesday at his home in … Continued

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills 6, wounds 11
11th Dec 2014

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills 6, wounds 11

    KABUL, (Xinhua): More than a dozen Afghan army personnel were killed and injured as a suicide bomber targeted a bus of national army in Kabul on Thursday, officials confirmed. “A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a … Continued

Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran
11th Dec 2014

Iran: Iranian human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran

    Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on Wednesday on unknown charges, her husband said, weeks after she was barred from practicing for three years. The couple’s car was surrounded by intelligence agents on a highway … Continued

Iraq: Car bomb kills 9 in Tikrit as millions of Muslim pilgrims head to Karbala
11th Dec 2014

Iraq: Car bomb kills 9 in Tikrit as millions of Muslim pilgrims head to Karbala

    [Archive photo: Tikirit car bombing, November 2, 2013]   A suicide car bomb killed nine pro-government fighters in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday. The attack comes in the light of an announcement by … Continued

Abu Ali al-Shishani: From pastry chef to ‘Islamic State’ emir
11th Dec 2014

Abu Ali al-Shishani: From pastry chef to ‘Islamic State’ emir

  [Photo: Anas Sharkas, aka Abu Ali al-Shishani. Al-Akhbar/Radwan Mortada] By Radwan Mortada   (Al Akhbar): Anas Sharkas, aka Abu Ali al-Shishani, lost it as soon as he heard the news of the arrest of his 22-year-old wife Ola al-Oqaili. … Continued

UAE sentences 11 people to life in prison
10th Dec 2014

UAE sentences 11 people to life in prison

    A top Emirati court on Tuesday sentenced 11 Islamists to life imprisonment for their alleged links to Islamist militant groups in Syria, official media reported. The Federal Supreme Court convicted them of bomb-making as well as joining and … Continued

Syria accuses Israel of launching airstrikes near Damascus
8th Dec 2014

Syria accuses Israel of launching airstrikes near Damascus

  Syria has accused Israel of launching airstrikes near its capital Damascus, causing damage but no casualties. Israel has not commented on the claim. The accusation came in a statement issued by the Syrian military via the country’s official SANA … Continued

Iraq: ISIS executes 13 Iraqi tribesmen
8th Dec 2014

Iraq: ISIS executes 13 Iraqi tribesmen

[ISIS executes tribe members. Archive photo] Anadolu, AFP, Al-Akhbar:The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed at least 13 members of an Iraqi tribe in Anbar’s Ramadi district, a tribal leader said on Sunday. Naim al-Keud, one of the … Continued

Syria: ISIS seizes eastern Syria air base
7th Dec 2014

Syria: ISIS seizes eastern Syria air base

    Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group seized part of the key government air base in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting on Saturday, a monitoring group said. “(ISIS) mounted a dawn … Continued

Yemen: US, South African hostages killed in failed rescue mission
7th Dec 2014

Yemen: US, South African hostages killed in failed rescue mission

    An American journalist and a South African teacher were killed on Saturday during a failed attempt by US forces to rescue the two hostages from al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. Luke Somers’s death was announced by US Defense Secretary … Continued

Lebanon: Nusra Front claims to have executed Lebanese policeman
7th Dec 2014

Lebanon: Nusra Front claims to have executed Lebanese policeman

    Anger erupted in eastern Lebanon early Saturday after Al Qaeda-linked Syrian jihadist group al-Nusra Front said it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of Islamic militants’ wives and children. Families of Lebanese soldiers held … Continued

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