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Sep 20, 2014

Free hostage urges Jihadi ideologue

A renowned jihadi ideologue has urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies. Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, who was released by Jordan in June after servin... #Syria #Iraq #Jordan #Osama bin Laden #Al-Qaeda #Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Sep 16, 2014

US would retaliate if Assad’s defenses attack planes

WASHINGTON — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration..... #Barack Obama #Bashar al-Assad

Sep 20, 2014

Air strikes launched by France target Isil inside Iraq

France conducted its first airstrikes yesterday against the militant Islamic State group Isil, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in nor... #Iraq #Middle East #George W. Bush #Syria #Saddam Hussein #Barack Obama #Al-Qaeda

Sep 09, 2014

Why the Ayatollahs are sticking with Bashar al-Assad

It was revealed this week that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has approved military cooperation with the United States against the Islamic State group (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant). This followed reports of another... #Syria #Iraq #Iran #Saudi Arabia #Turkey #Ali Khamenei #Bashar al-Assad

Sep 16, 2014

U.N. Investigators Cite Atrocities in Syria

The “madness” in the civil war includes acts by Islamic extremists as well as by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the panel said... #Syria #Bashar al-Assad #United Nations Human Rights Council

Sep 11, 2014

Obama to order airstrikes to wipe out Isil in Syria

President Barack Obama is preparing the American people and the world for a protracted air campaign against Islamic State jihadis in both Syria and Iraq. Mr Obama is making the case for returning to war in the Middle East. The address was tailored fo... #Syria #Iraq #Barack Obama #Middle East #U.S. Senate #U.S. Congress #Bashar al-Assad #Nouri al-Maliki #U.S. Democratic Party #U.S. Republican Party

Sep 15, 2014

Iran rejects global coalition to fight Islamic State militants

PARIS—As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for co-operation against the militants. More on the... #Syria #Iraq #Iran #Paris #Ali Khamenei

Sep 13, 2014

AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

(AP) -- While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria -- a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe -- poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, worki... #Syria #Afghanistan #Europe #Pakistan #Middle East #Barack Obama #Al-Qaeda #Yemen #Ayman al-Zawahiri #Transportation Security Administration

Sep 12, 2014

Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed ... #Syria #Rubicon Limited

Sep 15, 2014

Israel sees mass Hezbollah incursion in future fight

A future war with Lebanon's Hezbollah could see the group cross the border in strength and seize Israeli territory, a senior officer said in comments widely reported by Israeli media Monday. The Jerusalem Post quoted the unidentified officer as sayin... #Syria #Hezbollah #The Jerusalem Post