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Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: US rescue operation for Yazidis on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “less likely”

      The Pentagon has said a possible US mission to rescue Yazidis trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar is less likely to take place after special forces assessed that there are fewer civilians trapped than previously feared. “The Yazidis … Continued

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen
14th Aug 2014

Yemen: Clashes between Houthi and Islah fighters kill 15 in Yemen

    A bomb killed nine people in southern Yemen on Wednesday, a local official said, and tribal sources in the north said 15 more died in clashes between Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the Islamist Islah party. In … Continued

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”
14th Aug 2014

Iraq: Maliki stubbornly clings to position, new PM appointment “had no value”

    Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the appointment of Haidar al-Abadi to replace him as Iraq’s prime minister violated the constitution and “had no value.” In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a pending federal court ruling … Continued

Iraq: US sends more military advisers to Iraq, Germany pledges non-military aid
13th Aug 2014

Iraq: US sends more military advisers to Iraq, Germany pledges non-military aid

    The Unites States has sent another 130 military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their fight against Islamic militants. Meanwhile, Germany has pledged non-lethal military aid for Iraq’s army. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking … Continued

Iraq largest bloc names alternative to Maliki as PM candidate
12th Aug 2014

Iraq largest bloc names alternative to Maliki as PM candidate

  [Photo: Haidar Al-Abadi nominated by Iraqi National Alliance to replace incumbent PM Al Maliki]   Iraq’s National Alliance parliamentary bloc has chosen Haidar al-Abadi as its nominee for prime minister in place of incumbent Maliki, sources in parliament told … Continued

Iraq: Kurds retake two towns from IS in northern Iraq
11th Aug 2014

Iraq: Kurds retake two towns from IS in northern Iraq

ARBIL, (Xinhua): Kurdish forces retook two towns from the Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq on Sunday as the U.S. military continued to launch airstrikes against targets of the extremist group, local media reported. “The (Kurdish) Peshmerga forces and … Continued

Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul kills 4, wounds 24, Taliban claims responsibility
10th Aug 2014

Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul kills 4, wounds 24, Taliban claims responsibility

    KABUL, (Xinhua): A suicide car bomb hit Kabul city on Sunday, leaving at least four persons dead and two dozen others wounded, local media reported. “The attacker riding an explosive-laden car obviously targeted a convoy of foreign troops, … Continued

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election
10th Aug 2014

Turkey: Polls open in Turkish presidential election

Polls have opened in Turkey’s presidential election, with outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed as favorite. Erdogan has said he intends to exercise real power in what has been a largely ceremonial role. Turks have begun voting in their country’s … Continued

US planes drop food, water for refugees stranded in Iraq
9th Aug 2014

US planes drop food, water for refugees stranded in Iraq

  The Pentagon has confirmed a second humanitarian aid drop over Iraq’s Sinjar mountains, where thousands of Iraqis – mostly Yazidi – are trapped. This follows the first day of US airstrikes on militants in the region. The chief spokesman … Continued

US authorizes airstrikes ‘if necessary’ in northern Iraq
8th Aug 2014

US authorizes airstrikes ‘if necessary’ in northern Iraq

  The US has authorized airstrikes in northern Iraq following militant advances in the north of the country. President Barack Obama says the humanitarian and security situation necessitates immediate action. Obama on Friday (late Thursday local time) said the US … Continued

Iraq: ISIS extends gains in northern Iraq
8th Aug 2014

Iraq: ISIS extends gains in northern Iraq

    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing three more towns after residents fled the area in fear, witnesses said. ISIS said on Thursday it had captured 15 … Continued

Iraq’s besieged Yazidi and Turkmen minorities cry for help
7th Aug 2014

Iraq’s besieged Yazidi and Turkmen minorities cry for help

    The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned attacks by jihadists in northern Iraq, warning those responsible could face trial for crimes against humanity. Iraqi helicopters dropped supplies to thousands of desperate people hiding in mountains from the Islamic … Continued

Lebanon: Two more soldiers die in east Lebanon battle, girl killed in Tripoli
6th Aug 2014

Lebanon: Two more soldiers die in east Lebanon battle, girl killed in Tripoli

    Two Lebanese soldiers were killed in fighting with Islamist militants overnight in the town of Ersal on the border with Syria and an eight-year-old girl was shot dead in clashes in a northern city, security sources said on … Continued

Lebanon: Fourteen Lebanese troops killed in ongoing battle with militants
5th Aug 2014

Lebanon: Fourteen Lebanese troops killed in ongoing battle with militants

  Lebanese troops shelled militant positions in the mountains around the town of Ersal on the Syrian border on Monday, after 14 soldiers and dozens of Islamists were killed in three days of fierce fighting. Another 86 soldiers were wounded … Continued

Lebanon: Ten Lebanese soldiers killed in Ersal clashes
3rd Aug 2014

Lebanon: Ten Lebanese soldiers killed in Ersal clashes

    Gunmen have killed ten Lebanese soldiers in clashes that erupted near the border with Syria after the army detained a suspected jihadist from the war-torn country, the military said Sunday. The clashes are some of the worst violence … Continued

Iraq: ISIS captures two northern Iraqi towns
3rd Aug 2014

Iraq: ISIS captures two northern Iraqi towns

      The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has captured two northern Iraqi towns, Zumar and Sinjar, and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces who had control of the area, witnesses said on Sunday. … Continued

Iraq: At least 1,700 Iraqis killed in July: UN
2nd Aug 2014

Iraq: At least 1,700 Iraqis killed in July: UN

    UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported that at least 1,700 people, including nearly 1,200 children, have been killed during acts of violence and terrorism in July, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here Friday. … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza
26th Jul 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday praised the Palestinian resistance defending Gaza from Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged strip, saying that Israel was failing in its war and headed on a path of suicide. “Gaza today is … Continued

Iraq: UN Secretary-General meets Ayatullah Al-Sistani for the first time in Najaf
24th Jul 2014

Iraq: UN Secretary-General meets Ayatullah Al-Sistani for the first time in Najaf

(Photo: Ayatullah Al-Sistani and Ban Ki-moon)   UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon’s remarks after meeting Ayatullah Al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq Thursday: Assalam Alaikum. Ramadan Kareem. I am extremely honored to have met His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani today for the … Continued

Afghanistan: Suicide blast near Kabul airport kills four
22nd Jul 2014

Afghanistan: Suicide blast near Kabul airport kills four

    An explosion near Kabul International Airport has killed four people, including three foreign advisers. Police said a counter-narcotics department was the target. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said the explosion in central Kabul on Tuesday … Continued

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