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  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    September 18, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    September 18, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    September 15, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    September 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

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  • U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

    September 15, 2014 | 10:34 am

    U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

    The decision to pull some blue-helmeted troops back to...

  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    September 13, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    September 10, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    September 10, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    September 10, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    September 8, 2014 | 10:32 am

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Israel says it gagged reports captive Sotloff was its citizen

    September 5, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Israel said on Thursday it had prevented local media from reporting that slain U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in Syria last year.

    Islamic State, a militant group which has...

  • Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

    September 4, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a...

  • Fire from fighting in Syria hits Israeli-held Golan, Israel shoots back

    September 4, 2014 | 9:01 am

    A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli forces responded by attacking a Syrian army position, the military said.

    In a statement, the military said it appeared the shooting from Syria was "errant fire" from battles...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

    September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am

    The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

    He added destroying the militant group will take time because of...

  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    September 2, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

  • Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

    August 30, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

    The soldier, recognisable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni...

  • Syrian rebels reinforce siege of U.N. peace-keepers on Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Islamist militants surrounding 40 Filipino peace-keepers in the Golan Heights have reinforced their siege with fighters who arrived in more than 20 vehicles, U.N. diplomatic sources told Reuters on Saturday.

    "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and...

  • U.N. peace-keepers rescued from militants in Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    32 U.N. peace-keepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

    Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped by the...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Obama says has requested military options for Islamic State

    August 28, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has asked officials to prepare a range of U.S. military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed.

    At a news conference, Obama cautioned against speculation that he was on the...

  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    August 28, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    August 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

  • Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel that was captured by rebels

    August 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.

    Al-Qaida's Syria wing Nusra alongside moderate...

  • U.N. says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

    August 28, 2014 | 10:14 am

    A group of 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The detained peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji,...

  • Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

    August 27, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights.

    The mortar was believed to be part of the battles between Syrian rebels and government forces from the country’s more than 3-year-old civil war.

    The man, 52, was taken to the...

  • Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel

    August 27, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Al-Qaida's Syrian wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

    The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the...

  • American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    August 26, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    An American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria has been killed in the region, a U.S. security official said on Monday.

    The official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters that the FBI was investigating the death of...

  • Obama says rooting out Islamic State will not be easy

    August 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to go after the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley and said rooting out the militant group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

    "America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama...

  • In the new Middle East, an embarrassment of evils

    By David Suissa

    August 25, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    One of the crazy things about following the Middle East is trying to keep track of all the bad guys. Remember when Iran was the big bad Islamic wolf? Or al-Qaida? Or Hezbollah? Or the Muslim Brotherhood? Or Hamas?

    Now, as if in a flash, along comes ISIS to become the evil flavor...

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