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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    August 21, 2014 | 10:26 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

  • U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue hostages in Syria

    August 21, 2014 | 10:19 am

    U.S. forces tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

    The mission, authorised by President...

  • Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    August 19, 2014 | 5:56 pm

    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the...

  • Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross’

    August 19, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.

    The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross"...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • Why would North Korea help Hamas build tunnels?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    According to a Saturday piece in the Daily Telegraph, unnamed Western security officials say North Korea is restocking Hamas's fast-depleting supply of rockets and equipment. 

    Even more worrisome, according to the report, the North Koreans have used their own expertise in...

  • Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas

    July 25, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria.

    "We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support,...

  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    July 21, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.

    After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Don’t lose sight of the Iranian threat

    July 15, 2014 | 11:31 am

    The bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight.

    Yet we must not allow our justified...

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