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Assad forces retake key Damascus district (14.08.2014)

Security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad moved in on Mleiha … The operation followed a campaign of air strikes on the town, which sits on the main highway to Damascus airport.

Pressure mounts on Iraq's Maliki to step down (14.08.2014)

The UN Security Council on August 13 joined a chorus of international and domestic voices praising Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi, thereby expecting Maliki to step aside.

Evacuation mission of Iraqi refugees now ‘less likely’ (14.08.2014)

U.S. officials credit airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops for making a costly and risky evacuation mission less likely.

Germany mulls 'everything short of arms exports' (14.08.2014)

Germany has pledged to send non-lethal military supplies to help the people suffering in northern Iraq. For now, the controversial export of weapons is being left to its allies.

EU countries give France green light to arm Iraqi Kurds (13.08.2014)

Ambassadors at a meeting of the bloc’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels on Tuesday agreed that individual member states are free to send weapons, but stopped short of launching an EU-level effort to support the Kurdish militia, the Peshmerga.

Islamic State fighters extend gains in north Iraq (07.08.2014)

Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns and strengthening a foothold near the Kurdish region, witnesses said, in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and regional powers.

Israeli-Palestinian indirect talks begin in Cairo (06.08.2014)

The Palestinian delegation at the Cairo talks includes negotiators from Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, as well as members of Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority.

Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing (06.08.2014)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and counterparts in Paris and London favored restoring EU operations at the Rafah crossing that is the main window on the world for Gaza's 1.8 million Palestinians.

France to supply Lebanon with weapons to battle Islamist insurgents (05.08.2014)

A 3-billion-dollar Saudi-financed deal that is set to bolster a poorly equipped Lebanese army struggling with the spill-over conflict from the Syrian civil war, was agreed upon last December.

Ahead of constitutional deadline, UN envoy calls on Iraq to form new government (05.08.2014)

The call comes ahead of an 8 August Constitutional deadline for the newly elected President Fuad Ma’soum to nominate a prime minister, who would then form a new Government.