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U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria (25.09.2014)

The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights (25.09.2014)

Questions about the future of the 12,000-strong force had been raised after the abduction of 45 Fijian peacekeepers by al-Qaida-linked rebels who later freed them. The U.N. then withdrew soldiers from many positions on the Golan Heights last weekend because of escalating fighting in Syria.

German weapons delivery heads to Iraqi Kurdistan (25.09.2014)

The first plane carrying German weapons to aid the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq has left the country. The arms delivery is intended to help in the fight against the militant "Islamic State" forces.

Parliament to be recalled to endorse UK air strikes in Iraq (24.09.2014)

Opposition leader Ed Miliband has told the PM he will support UK involvement in Iraq, but not at this stage in Syria.

France rules out air strikes in Syria (22.09.2014)

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday his nation would not launch air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants based in Syria despite having bombed a suspected target of the group in northern Iraq last week.

U.S., France propose U.N. sanctions on foreign Islamist fighters (22.09.2014)

A United Nations Security Council committee is considering requests by the United States and France to blacklist more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters linked to Islamist militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen.

Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement? (19.09.2014)

On 16 September the UN announced a new deal that is supposed to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. In his public statement on the day, Robert Serry, the UN envoy for the Middle East, gave few specific details about the deal but said it would "enable work at the scale required in the Strip,...

US House votes to authorize aid to Syrian rebels in ISIS fight (17.09.2014)

An unusual but overwhelming coalition in the House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront the militant Islamic State, backing President Obama after he personally pleaded for support.

UN brokers agreement to rebuild in Gaza Strip (17.09.2014)

A deal has been agreed by Israeli and Palestinian officials to allow building materials into the Gaza Strip for reconstruction, a top UN official says.

Obama: No US ground troops to fight IS in Iraq (17.09.2014)

President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested some combat troops could be deployed.