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US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in S...

US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes hit al-Qaida’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only the second time, a monitoring group said on Thursday.   The strikes against Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria killed several jihadists as... read more »

Israel beefs up security in East Jerusal...

Israel beefs up security in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that security forces have been increased significantly in East Jerusalem to prevent further violence by Palestinian youths. He told the weekly cabinet meeting that an additional 1,000 police and paramilitary border police, including... read more »

Turkey facilitating transfer of Iraqi Ku...

Turkey facilitating transfer of Iraqi Kurdish fighters to Kobani, FM says

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani to aid Syrian Kurds defending the town against Islamic State militants. Davutoglu, speaking at a news conference, did not provide details on the transfer... read more »

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of back...

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of backlash over US air strikes

Syrian rebel fighters backed by the West have told the BBC that the US-led coalition faces a backlash in their country over its bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS). There have been protests against the air strikes and a warning that they are turning people against the West, as the... read more »

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Islamic State video shows beheading of British hostage Alan Henning

LONDON: British taxi driver Alan Henning, who skipped Christmas with his family to raise funds to purchase ambulances and medical equipment and join an aid convoy to Syria, has been... read more »

Israeli Army kills suspected murderers of Jewish teens

Jerusalem: Two Palestinians suspected of having kidnapped and murdered three Jewish teenagers in June have been killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli security forces in the West Bank... read more »

1,30,000 Syrian refugees reach Turkey fleeing IS

ANKARA, Turkey: The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 1,30,000, Turkey’s deputy... read more »

Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria kills captive Lebanese soldier

9:53 P.M. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, has killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a statement on... read more »

France conducts first airstrike in Iraq, destroys logistics depot...

PARIS: France says it has conducted its first airstrike in Iraq and has destroyed a logistics depot held by the Islamic State group. The office of President Francois Hollande’s office said... read more »