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Al-Qaida affiliate in Syria kills captiv...

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 Twitter said on Friday. The statement, distributed by an account affiliated with the group, said the soldier had... read more »

France conducts first airstrike in Iraq,...

France conducts first airstrike in Iraq, destroys logistics depot held by I...

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 Rafale fighter jets struck the depot in northeastern Iraq on Friday morning and the target was... read more »

Libya’s Zawiya refinery, El Sharar...

Libya’s Zawiya refinery, El Sharara oil field shut: Report

TRIPOLI: Libya’s 120,000 barrels-a-day Zawiya refinery has been shut down due to damaged storage, an oil ministry official said on Thursday. The El Sharara field feeding the refinery also remained closed said Ibrahim al-Awami, head of the inspection and measurement department at the oil... read more »

Iran rejects US-led coalition against IS

Iran rejects US-led coalition against IS

Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its members had financed and armed the group as part of their campaign to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Right from the start, the United States... read more »

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US jets again strike jihadists around Iraqi dam

WASHINGTON: The United States carried out another round of air strikes on Monday against militants from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in... read more »

Israel claims nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land near Bethlehem

JERUSALEM: Israel laid claim on Sunday to nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem — a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in... read more »

Egyptian court sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life in prison

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, general guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and seven others to life in prison on Saturday for inciting violence during protests... read more »

UN chief welcomes Gaza truce deal

“A brighter future for Gaza and Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility,” Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a... read more »

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment to...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by... read more »