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Hollande rules out French cooperation with Assad against Islamic State (28.08.2014)

French President François Hollande on Thursday gave an emphatic no to Syria’s offer to work with the West in the fight against the Islamic State, previously known as Isis.

US Seeks international coalition to defeat IS militants (28.08.2014)

The United States Wednesday said it is seeking to build an international coalition to confront the threat posed by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq. U.S. officials are also trying to determine whether a second American fighting alongside jihadists in Syria has been killed.

Syria conflict: Islamic State 'committed war crimes' (27.08.2014)

Islamic State (IS) militants have committed "mass atrocities" in Syria and have recruited children as fighters, the United Nations says. In a report, investigators say public executions are a "common spectacle" in areas run by IS, one of the groups fighting against Syria's government.

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel (27.08.2014)

Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said.

Israel and Palestinians agree long-term truce (27.08.2014)

A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.The truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people - mostly Palestinians - dead, was brokered by Egypt.

Bundeswehr richtet militärisches Verbindungselement in Erbil ein (27.08.2014)

Die erste Lieferung militärischer Ausrüstung für den Schutz der Kämpfer, die sich dem Terror der ISIS entgegenstellen, ist zusammengestellt. Der Transport wird in Kürze erfolgen. In Abstimmung mit dem Auswärtigen Amt ist seit dem 27. August ein militärisches Verbindungselement mit sechs Soldaten am...

Military skill and terrorist technique fuel success of ISIS (27.08.2014)

As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment.

AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria (26.08.2014)

The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year (26.08.2014)

In unanimously extending the mission’s mandate until 31 August 2015, the Council commended UNIFIL for helping to establish a “new strategic environment in southern Lebanon” and called for further cooperation between the force and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

James Foley: US reveals failed special forces rescue mission within Syria (21.08.2014)

Confirmation of the failed night-time raid, which took place earlier this summer, came after a day of sharp questioning over whether the Obama administration had done enough to save Foley's life. It represented the first confirmation of US military operations within insurgency-wracked Syria.