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  • Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane

    November 18, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

    The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold...

  • Israel says 90 pct of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels

    November 18, 2015 | 10:46 am

    Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels during a more than four-year-old civil war but a few were transferred to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. 

    Israel, which is expanding...

  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; new suspect sought

    November 17, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance.

    Islamic State has claimed...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    November 17, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

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  • Russian airplane crash over Sinai caused by bomb, Russia confirms

    November 17, 2015 | 9:18 am

    Russia has confirmed that a Russian chartered airplane that crashed over the Sinai was brought down by a bomb.

    “We can say definitely that this was a terrorist act,” Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service, told Russia’s Security Council on Tuesday, The New...

  • Republican Rand Paul to offer bill to halt U.S. visas for refugees

    November 16, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday he would introduce a bill to put an immediate moratorium on U.S. visas for refugees fleeing extremist groups.

    Paul, speaking after attacks in Paris last week linked to Islamic State militants, said he would halt visas for people from about 30 countries with major jihadist activity and impose a waiting period for people coming from countries that have visa waiver agreements with the United States.

  • ‘They’ll think we are the enemy’: refugees in Germany fear backlash

    November 16, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany fear that the attacks in Paris could further shift public opinion against the Berlin government's welcoming asylum policy.

    About a dozen men, smoking heavily, discussed the deadliest attacks in Europe since 2004 outside Berlin's Tempelhof...

  • Carnage in Paris sends shudders through tourist sector

    November 16, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The carnage in Paris has sent shudders through the tourism sector in one of the world's most visited cities with hotel owners, tour operators and others in the industry hoping the expected drop-off in visitors will not last long.

    Shares in tourism companies fell sharply across...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    November 16, 2015 | 9:35 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

    November 12, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    The explosions were the first attacks in...

  • Disagreements behind them, Obama and Netanyahu get down to business

    November 9, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the...

  • U.S. says 85-90 percent of Russian strikes hit moderate Syria rebels

    November 4, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Eighty-five to 90 per cent of Russian strikes in Syria have hit the moderate Syrian opposition, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Russia boosted its military support for President Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebels in the...

  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    November 2, 2015 | 5:57 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • Sunday Reads: Broken promises in Syria, A ‘dignified’ Rabin rally, Nabokov’s Jewish wife

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 1, 2015 | 3:28 am

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    According to Trevor Timm, the American special forces sent to Syria constitute another broken promise made by President Obama:  

    In 2012, Obama unequivocally said he would end the war in Afghanistan, and chided Mitt Romney the Republican nominee for not promising that. In...

  • Parents receive body of first Russian to die in Syria, doubt suicide

    October 27, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

    In an interview with Reuters at their...

  • Israel says citizen, likely Arab, used paraglider to enter Syria

    October 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country's Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.

    Israeli media gave the man's age as 23 and quoted investigators as...

  • Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us

    October 26, 2015 | 10:01 am

    An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar Assad.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on...

  • Arab citizens of Israel feel tensions

    October 26, 2015 | 8:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    This weekend, Israel’s security services went on high alert as rumors spread that an Israeli soldier had been kidnapped near Israel’s border with Syria. When the gag order was lifted, it turned out that a 23-year-old Arab...

  • I was held in Iran for 13 months: This is why I think Jason Rezaian may be freed

    October 22, 2015 | 1:37 pm

    Everything that's been happening to Jason Rezaian and his family over the past 15 months feels familiar.

    Jason Rezaian is a journalist. I'm also a journalist.

    Rezaian is from Marin County, Calif. My home is right next door in Oakland, Calif.

    I was arrested in 2009 along with...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Beings of no nation, but a world of refugees

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    So the world is awake.

    We thought all we needed was the indelible image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi and his delicate little body washed up on a beach to rouse us from passivity to passion regarding Syrian refugees.

    It wasn’t enough that for four years, we saw images of beheadings,...

  • Beings of no nation, but a world of refugees

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 20, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    So the world is awake.

    We thought all we needed was the indelible image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi and his delicate little body washed up on a beach to rouse us from passivity to passion regarding Syrian refugees.

    It wasn’t enough that for four years, we saw images of beheadings,...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    October 12, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

    October 9, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad. America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going for as long as possible. Russia is outmaneuvering the United States on the global stage.

    Those are some of the viewpoints you’re likely to hear if you...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    October 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Clinton: Middle East peace almost impossible

    October 8, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday poured cold water on those eager to see the Israeli-Palestinian peace process renewed in the near future.

    Appearing at a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa,...

  • Kerry told Lavrov concerned Russia’s targets in Syria not Islamic State

    October 8, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry had a 30-minute telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday to express concern that Russia's targets in Syria were not related to Islamic State.

    "The Secretary repeated our concerns about the preponderance...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    October 8, 2015 | 10:58 am

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

    By Ryan Torok

    October 7, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

    Jewish World Watch (JWW), whose mission is fighting genocide, recently launched a fundraising campaign that has collected about $10,000 to help fund fully...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    October 7, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

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