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Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers

Suva - Fiji revealed for the first time Tuesday the demands being made by Al-Qaeda-linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week.

Amnesty accuses IS of 'systematic ethnic cleansing' in Iraq

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces regained control on Tuesday of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north where Amnesty International said jihadists had carried out a wave of ethnic cleansing.

Syria army, rebels clash as UN bids to free Golan monitors

Shamir - Syrian troops and Islamist rebels battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the UN pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by insurgents.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: Rights group

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces, aided by US air strikes, have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

'Recruiter' for Syrian jihad arrested in France

Paris - A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Jerusalem - Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

Iraq breaks months-long jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces broke through Sunday to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

West drops aid to Iraq town under jihadist siege

Kirkuk - Western warplanes dropped desperately needed aid on Sunday to an Iraqi Shiite town under blockade by jihadists for well over two months as preparations to break the siege dragged on.

U.S. cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Washington - The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after 'greatest escape'

Manila - Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the "greatest escape" from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks, the Philippine military said Sunday.

Gulf monarchies say ready to help counter jihadists

Jeddah - Gulf Arab monarchies said Saturday they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants.

Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege of Amerli

Kirkuk - Iraq launched a major operation on Saturday to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the "genocidal" militants.

Fate of UN peacekeepers in Syrian Golan unclear

- UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.

Op-Ed: Kerry's proposed solution to Islamic State is very vague

Kerry, and indeed the wider Obama administration, has been very vague about just how the United States will go about confronting the threat posed by Islamic State.

Filipino UN peacekeepers in Golan clash with Syrian rebels: govt

Manila - Philippine UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights clashed with Syrian rebels Saturday, Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin said in Manila.

Fiji says captured peacekeepers moved from UN territory

Suva - Fiji military officials confirmed Saturday they no longer know the whereabouts of 44 peacekeepers captured by Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

Kerry urges global 'coalition' to fight IS jihadists

Damascus - US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat the Islamic State jihadist group and their "genocidal agenda".

UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

Damascus - Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million.

Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

London - Britain raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" on Friday because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be "highly likely".

Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

Damascus - The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'

Manila - Seventy-five Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves, their commander in Manila said Friday.

UN chief slams 'brutal' IS killings in Iraq

Nusa Dua - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed "brutal killings of civilians" by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked t...

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

The Hague - Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists boasted Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world.

France rules out cooperation with Assad against Islamic State

Paris - France's president on Thursday rejected any cooperation with Bashar al-Assad whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of jihadists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and urged a "humanitarian and military" response to the threat.

Islamic militants advance within 200 yards of Israeli territory

Tel Aviv - Militants from an Al Qaeda affiliate have taken control of the Quneitra crossing point at the demarcation line of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to reports out Wednesday.

Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

Kirkuk - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break the two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water.
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Israel in winter
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President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situ...
President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situation in Syria (September 03, 2013)
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Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
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Syrian children
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Dead bodies wrapped after the Houla massacre in Syria
Dead bodies wrapped after the Houla massacre in Syria
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile f...
Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
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Syrian army general Jameh Jameh
Syrian army general Jameh Jameh
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Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013: Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo s ...
Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013: Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood, on October 20, 2013
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A body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
A body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
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The Iraq army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
The Iraq army joins forces with local tribesmen to drive out al Qaeda militants.
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Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdulla...
Russell Chapman: “I spent time in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and am privileged to know Abdullah al-Zoubi (pictured) as well as several members of his family”
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One of several building damaged after Syrian military forces launched an attack on a neighborhood in...
One of several building damaged after Syrian military forces launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
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A burning house in the neighborhood of Orchard Court in Homs Syria after bombing by the Syrian army.
A burning house in the neighborhood of Orchard Court in Homs Syria after bombing by the Syrian army.
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Smiling Syrian children - but making sure they re fed  clothed and in good health is becoming increa...
Smiling Syrian children - but making sure they're fed, clothed and in good health is becoming increasingly more difficult, says the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
World Food Program - Abeer Etefa
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists an...
A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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Ziya Tasali  46  a Turkish drifter and FSA rebel was arrested this past March in the murder of Sarai...
Ziya Tasali, 46, a Turkish drifter and FSA rebel was arrested this past March in the murder of Sarai Sierra, 33, an American tourist from New York City and married mother of two who was on a vacation in Istanbul. Tasali had attempted to rape Sierra on a deserted street but became enraged and murdered her after she resisted. After the murder he fled across the border to Syria where he briefly joined the FSA before returning to home where he was arrested by Turkish officials and the FBI.
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Free Syrian Arab Army liberating Helfaya, Hama
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A T-72 MBT belonging to al-Assad s forces is seen in Syria.
A T-72 MBT belonging to al-Assad's forces is seen in Syria.
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