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  • Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze

    23 hours ago

    Israel said on Monday it had conditioned humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war.

    Druze Arabs in Syria have long been loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and their brethren in...

  • Tensions grow with Israel’s Druze community

    6 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli ambulances carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israeli hospitals will now be accompanied by police, after more than 100 Druze protestors attacked an ambulance, and killed a man they said was a member of the rebel forces...

  • Druze violence over Syria poses dilemma for Israel

    1 week ago

    Throughout Syria's civil war, Israel has contended with bullets and mortars straying across its northern border. But now it faces a new spillover, with sectarian violence and regional loyalties threatening to drag it into the conflict.

    After four years of keeping to the...

  • Israeli Druze block ambulance with Syrian casualties

    1 week ago

    Israeli Druze blocked an Israeli army ambulance they believed was transporting wounded Syrian rebels on Monday, local authorities said, a rare confrontation underscoring Druze concern for brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

    The Druze are an Arab minority that practice...

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  • Syrian rebels say launch offensive in southern Syria

    2 weeks ago

    Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near the Israeli Golan Heights, where bombardments could be seen a short distance away.

    Quneitra sits in a sensitive region around 70...

  • Israeli president says Syrian Druze under threat

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States on Wednesday about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border.

    Israel's Druze, some of whom have reached the...

  • U.S. man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    May 26, 2015 | 10:38 am

    A Houston-area man was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State by attempting to fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

    Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, Texas, was arrested on Tuesday morning and was due...

  • Islamic State says in full control of Syria’s Palmyra after westward advance

    May 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian territory.

    The twin successes pile...

  • Tide turning against Bashar Al-Assad

    May 19, 2015 | 10:15 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Reports of the imminent demise of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may be exaggerated, but analysts in the region say that Assad is gradually losing ground to an increasingly united coalition of rebel groups, backed by Saudi...

  • Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

    May 5, 2015 | 9:48 am

    While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a looming Iranian nuclear deal, his defense chiefs see a more pressing menace from Tehran's guerrilla allies.

    Chief among these is Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that fought Israeli forces to a stand-still in their...

  • Tensions high along Israel-Syria border, but nobody wants war

    April 30, 2015 | 8:21 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive...

  • Mortar shells fired from Syria land near Golan kibbutz

    April 28, 2015 | 10:11 am

    Two mortar shells fired from Syria struck open areas near a kibbutz in the Golan Heights.

    The mortars were fired shortly after noon on Tuesday and landed near Kibbutz Ein Zivan. No injuries or serious damage were reported.

    The shells triggered the Code Red rocket alert system...

  • Why doesn’t the world care about Palestinian refugees in Syria?

    April 22, 2015 | 9:41 am

    It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight.

    In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

  • U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State

    April 14, 2015 | 11:35 am

    U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three air strikes and conducted another 15 strikes against the group in Iraq from Monday to Tuesday morning, the U.S. military said.

    All three of the strikes in Syria were conducted using fighter aircraft and hit targets near Kobani, it said in a statement released on Tuesday. In Iraq, the air strikes were conducted with fighter and attack planes as well as drones and occurred near Bayji, Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadim and Sinjar, it said.

  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

    March 27, 2015 | 8:30 am

    A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria.

    Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist...

  • Islamic State recruits 400 children since January: Syria monitor

    March 24, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all...

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

    March 3, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region.

    Convincing Saudi Arabia to...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    February 25, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • Operation Passover: Israeli Rabbi smuggles matzah to Syria’s Jews

    By Simone Wilson

    February 25, 2015 | 10:36 am

    By the morning of Feb. 19, Rabbi Abraham Haim had collected more than 300 pounds of Jerusalem-made matzah for delivery to Syria. Boxes of the traditional Jewish crackers were stacked up to the ceiling of his cramped apartment in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

    A few...

  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

    February 24, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

    A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO's inside and outside the country said it had verified at...

  • New Defense Secretary hosts U.S. gathering on Islamic State strategy

    February 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is gathering top U.S. military commanders and diplomats for talks in Kuwait on Monday about the battle against Islamic State, as America's military effort approaches major hurdles in both Iraq and Syria.

    Carter says he hopes the roughly six...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

  • Itai Anghel: The brave Israeli interviewing ISIS, Kurdish fighters in Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it.

    I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all TV journalists in the infotainment age. Are they...

  • American hostage Mueller’s death confirmed by Obama, family

    February 10, 2015 | 8:43 am

    U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits.

    Mueller's family received an email and photograph over the...

  • Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria’s Aleppo

    February 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

    The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and...

  • Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

    February 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.

    Israeli officials had previously stopped short...

  • Islamic State says U.S. hostage killed in Syria

    February 6, 2015 | 10:22 am

    The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said.

    In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm...

  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    February 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

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