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Syria’s Nusra Front pressured to join with ISIS after US-led airstrikes
27th Sep 2014

Syria’s Nusra Front pressured to join with ISIS after US-led airstrikes

    Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and confront a common enemy after US-led air strikes hit both groups this … Continued

UN: Germany Foreign Minister says Iran nuclear deal ‘has never been so close’
26th Sep 2014

UN: Germany Foreign Minister says Iran nuclear deal ‘has never been so close’

    Germany’s Foreign Minister (photo above) has said after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program must be solved once and for all. A resolution, he said, “has never been so close.” “We … Continued

US’ anti-ISIS campaign: Emulating ‘success’ in Somalia & Yemen?
26th Sep 2014

US’ anti-ISIS campaign: Emulating ‘success’ in Somalia & Yemen?

  By: Adam Hudson   Al-Akhbar: US President Barack Obama pointed to “successful” campaigns in Yemen and Somalia as models for his strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But in both countries, US … Continued

Lebanon: Army arrests four Nusra terrorists, hundreds suspected in security raids
26th Sep 2014

Lebanon: Army arrests four Nusra terrorists, hundreds suspected in security raids

  [Lebanese army soldiers drive armored personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Ersal on the border with Syria (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)]   The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) has detained four Al-Nusra Front radicals and about 470 suspected Islamist … Continued

Syria: Airstrikes target Islamic State oil production
25th Sep 2014

Syria: Airstrikes target Islamic State oil production

  Coalition airstrikes have targeted “Islamic State” oil production in Syria. It is estimated the terror group takes in over $1 million daily from its oil smuggling activities, which it uses to finance its operations. The US-led coalition targeted “Islamic … Continued

Syria rebels, experts, say US airstrikes hit Al-Nusra Front not “Khorasan”
25th Sep 2014

Syria rebels, experts, say US airstrikes hit Al-Nusra Front not “Khorasan”

    The US says it has hit a group called “Khorasan” in Syria, but experts and Syria’s so called “moderate” opposition argue it actually struck al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside the Syria rebels. In announcing its … Continued

Yemen president appoints two Houthi presidential advisers
25th Sep 2014

Yemen president appoints two Houthi presidential advisers

  Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has appointed two advisers – representing the Houthi group and southern separatists – as part of a deal to resolve the country’s lingering political crisis, a government source has said. “President Hadi has … Continued

US pursues airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, killing scores
25th Sep 2014

US pursues airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, killing scores

    The US carried out three additional airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon announced Tuesday evening. On Tuesday, Russia and Iran condemned the attacks for violating Syria’s sovereignty since … Continued

Syria: US strikes little-known al Qa’ida cell
24th Sep 2014

Syria: US strikes little-known al Qa’ida cell

    The terror group “Islamic State” remains the focus of global attention in the fight against violent extremism. But the US believed a little-known al Qaeda cell posed a more imminent danger. Though airstrikes against the “Islamic State” (IS) … Continued

US general says airstrikes on Syria “only the beginning”
24th Sep 2014

US general says airstrikes on Syria “only the beginning”

    The United States and its allied Arab dictatorships illegally bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing dozens of suspected jihadist fighters and a number of civilians. Russia and Iran condemned the attacks for violating Syria’s sovereignty … Continued

Lebanon: Nasrallah: “America is the mother of terrorism”
24th Sep 2014

Lebanon: Nasrallah: “America is the mother of terrorism”

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said his group could never be a part of an anti-ISIS coalition led by “the source” of all terrorism in the world, the United States. The international coalition, which began illegal airstrikes … Continued

Yemen: Saudi Arabia recognises new balance of power in Sana’a
23rd Sep 2014

Yemen: Saudi Arabia recognises new balance of power in Sana’a

  By Ahmed al-Zarqa   The world will wake to a new Yemen, whose political features have radically changed after the Houthis managed to abort the configuration set up by the Gulf states together with the US following the resignation of … Continued

US and partner nations launch airstrikes in Syria
23rd Sep 2014

US and partner nations launch airstrikes in Syria

    The United States military and its partner nations have begun launching airstrikes inside Syria, according to the Pentagon. The operation is targeting fighters from the militant group “Islamic State.” F/A-18 Super Hornet US-Kampfjet USA Irak Islamischer Staat Symbolbild … Continued

Afghanistan embraces unity government
22nd Sep 2014

Afghanistan embraces unity government

  [Photo: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as new president of Afghanistan (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud) ]   KABUL,  (Xinhua):  Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was declared new president of Afghanistan on Sunday after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival, ending a months-long political impasse … Continued

Yemen: Ceasefire signed in Yemen as PM announces resignation
22nd Sep 2014

Yemen: Ceasefire signed in Yemen as PM announces resignation

  [Photo: Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi speaks as he holds up an agreement signed between the government and Houthi rebels, in Sana'a]   The Yemeni government has reached an agreement with Shiite Houthi rebels to end the violence plaguing … Continued

Syria: Kurds call to arms after ISIS seizes dozens of villages
22nd Sep 2014

Syria: Kurds call to arms after ISIS seizes dozens of villages

    Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing the Islamic State in Iraq and Lebanon (ISIS) fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared … Continued

Lebanon: Syria’s Nusra Front executes Lebanese soldier
22nd Sep 2014

Lebanon: Syria’s Nusra Front executes Lebanese soldier

    A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint controlled by Hezbollah resistance group in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, security sources and the state news agency NNA said. Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack. … Continued

Afghanistan awaits promised deal, poll results
21st Sep 2014

Afghanistan awaits promised deal, poll results

    Final results of Afghanistan’s June election are due to be issued Sunday amid claims that the presidential rivals have struck a power-sharing deal. Aides to Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah [photo above] say they are ready to sign. … Continued

Turkey: 49 hostages detained by ISIS in Mosul freed
20th Sep 2014

Turkey: 49 hostages detained by ISIS in Mosul freed

          [Photo: Hostages released by ISIL are taken to the airport in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa. DHA photo]   Sanliurfa/Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News) : Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Sept. 20 that Turkey’s 49 hostages … Continued

Yemeni rebels agree to halt clashes
20th Sep 2014

Yemeni rebels agree to halt clashes

    Yemeni Houthi rebels agreed Friday to halt fighting with Islamists and troops just north of the capital that has killed dozens of people this week, negotiators linked to UN mediation said. “Rebel chief Abdelmalek al-Houthi designated two of … Continued

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