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Obama threatens action in Syria (11.09.2014)

US President Barack Obama has said he will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as well as Iraq.

Syria rebels free UN peacekeepers (11.09.2014)

The Syrian rebel group the Nusra Front has released all UN peacekeepers from Fiji, Al Jazeera has learned. The 44 peacekeepers were expected to cross from Syria into the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

Israel, facing criticism, to investigate possible military misconduct in Gaza (10.09.2014)

Israel on Wednesday announced it had begun criminal investigations into five instances of possible military misconduct in the 50-day Gaza war, an implicit acknowledgment of sensitivity to the widespread criticism, even among allies like the United States, that Israeli forces had used excessive...

Is an EU force in the cards for the Gaza Strip? (10.09.2014)

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently submitted a classified document (the contents of which were reported on by Haaretz on Sunday) to the security cabinet … Its main purpose is to establish an international monitoring force in the Gaza Strip based on an upgrading of the European...

Syria rebel leader killed in suicide blast (09.09.2014)

The leader of the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, one of the largest Islamist factions fighting Syria’s war, was killed on Tuesday along with scores of the group’s fighters in a suicide attack on a high-level meeting in Syria's Idlib province.

Rigged cars and barrel bombs: Aleppo and the state of the Syrian war – new ICG report (09.09.2014)

In its latest report, Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War, International Crisis Group focuses on Aleppo’s importance, analyses regime and IS strategies and examines the decision-making and political evolution of rebel forces.

UN chief lauds formation of new Government in Iraq (09.09.2014)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the formation of a new inclusive Government in Iraq as “a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country.” In a statement from his spokesperson last night, Mr. Ban congratulated Haider al-Abadi on his confirmation as the new Iraqi Prime...

New UN envoys for Syria crisis heading to Damascus (08.09.2014)

Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and Deputy Envoy Ramzy Ezzedine Ramzy were appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July to provide good offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations, and promoting a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

Arab League chief calls on states to confront 'IS' insurgents (07.09.2014)

Nabil Elaraby said at the opening session of a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Sunday that the rise of "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Iraq threatened not only the authority of the state, but "its very existence and the existence of other states."

In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government (04.09.2014)

In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life. … Syria's eastern province of Raqqa provides the best illustration of their methods. Members hold up the province as...