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  • 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"...

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  • 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...

  • Rocket from Syria lands in Golan, Bedouin sisters injured near Beersheba

    July 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    A rocket fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights, and a rocket near Beersheba injured two Bedouin sisters.

    The rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom in the Golan Heights on Monday evening started a fire. The Israel Defense Forces reportedly believes it was launched at...

  • Beirut firm goes on U.S. sanctions list for helping Hezbollah

    July 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    The Obama administration added a Beirut-based company to its sanctions list for its purchase of items to bolster Hezbollah armaments.

    The designation posted in a statement Thursday by the State Department named “brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their...

  • Jewish-Muslim family escapes Syrian civil war for Israel

    July 3, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    A Jewish-Muslim family from Syria escaped from the country’s civil war to Israel.

    The family, made up of three generations, traveled for weeks through conflict areas before crossing the border to a neighboring state and then flying to Israel. The family is now living in an...

  • U.N. Security Council calls on Syria, rebels to cease Golan fighting

    June 26, 2014 | 10:50 am

    The U.N. Security Council condemned the fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces on the Golan Heights and called for an end to military activity there.

    On Wednesday, the council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the two sides to cease “military activity of...

  • Securing Syrian refugees’ future tied to Israel’s security

    June 25, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I have visited Israel many times in my life, but my most recent trip will remain seared into my memory forever. On a two-week trip to Israel and the West Bank, I saw many incredible sights. In Israel, the triumphs of the “startup nation” are miraculous and ever-present, while on...

  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    June 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • Israel strikes kill ten members of Syrian army

    June 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli tanks and warplanes fired at Syrian army...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

  • Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad, Iraq

    June 12, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the chaos to take...

  • Iron Dome discharges in northern Israel after mortars fired from Syria

    June 5, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    The Iron Dome anti-missile system fired for the first time on the Syrian border after mortar shells from Syria was launched at the Golan Heights.

    Two mortar shells fired from Syria landed on the Golan on Wednesday. The explosives likely were unintentional, according to the Israel...

  • Israel retaliates for attacks from Gaza, Syria

    June 2, 2014 | 9:16 am

    Israel’s military returned fire on its northern and southern borders in response to attacks from the Gaza Strip and Syria.

    Several mortars were fired on Israel from Syria on Monday morning, with one explosive landing near an Israeli army outpost on Mount Hermon. No one was...

  • State Department says U.S. citizen was suicide bomber in Syria

    May 30, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    The U.S. State Department on Friday confirmed that an American citizen carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.

    The bomber, who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, carried out one of four suicide bombings on May 25 in Syria's Idlib province on behalf of Jabhat al-Nusra, al...

  • Historic Damascus synagogue destroyed

    May 27, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    Syrian army forces destroyed a historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition leaders said.

    In flattening the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — opposition leaders...

  • Netanyahu: Obama’s deal on Syria ‘ray of light in dark region’

    May 23, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria and said his government had no partner in Ramallah.

    Netanyahu’s endorsement of Obama’s policy on Syria came in an interview he gave last week to the Bloomberg news agency which was...

  • U.S. says it has indications toxic chemical used in Syria this month

    April 21, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

    "We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical" in...

  • Iran says does not seek indefinite power for Assad

    April 2, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not see President Bashar Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want "extremist forces" to replace him, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

    Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs,...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Rubinstein new chief Syria envoy

    March 20, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A Jewish diplomat, Daniel Rubinstein, is slated to be the next U.S. special envoy for Syria.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 17 that Rubinstein would replace Robert Ford as the diplomat guiding the U.S. response to the crisis in the country.

    Rubinstein served as consul general, the top U.S. official at the Jerusalem consulate, from 2009 to 2012 and directed the State Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs in 2004-05. 

    His biography says he is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese.

  • Syrian army accuses Israel of escalation following airstrikes

    March 19, 2014 | 10:14 am

    The Syrian army accused Israel of breaking international law by firing on Syrian targets in the wake of a roadside explosive that injured four Israeli soldiers, one seriously.

    “We’re warning (Israel) of desperate attempts to bring to an escalation of the situation,” said a...

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