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US says allies to send about 1,500 troops to Iraq (08.12.2014)

U.S. allies have committed to send about 1,500 forces to Iraq to help advise and train Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers battling the Islamic State, in a substantial boost on the ground, the top U.S. commander guiding the coalition effort said on Monday.

Iraq will ask NATO for help training its security forces (03.12.2014)

Iraq plans to ask NATO for help training its security forces, the alliance said on Wednesday, months after the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of an offensive by Islamic State militants.

UN begins inquiry into attacks and weapons in Gaza (03.12.2014)

The United Nations has begun investigating Israeli attacks that hit U.N. facilities during last summer's Gaza war and how Palestinian militants came to store weapons at several U.N. schools, officials said on Wednesday.

Secretary-General appoints Sigrid Kaag as Special Coordinator for Lebanon (01.12.2014)

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon today announced the appointment of Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Special Coordinator for Lebanon. She will succeed Derek Plumbly of the United Kingdom.

Egypt opens Rafah crossing to stranded Palestinians bound for Gaza (27.11.2014)

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, border officials said.

Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State (23.11.2014)

Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.

Isis has enough weapons to carry on fighting for two years, UN warns (18.11.2014)

A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group known as the Islamic State (Isis) possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years.

Study: Terror attacks up in 2013, Iraq the biggest victim (18.11.2014)

A new report says nearly 18,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2013, some 60 percent more than the year before. The Global Terrorism Index, published on November 18 by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace, said there were 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013.

Sinai buffer zone no solution to militancy in Egypt - Amnesty (12.11.2014)

Egypt's plan to create a security buffer zone along its border with Gaza is not a solution to growing militancy in the Sinai region as it does not address the roots of the problem, the head of Amnesty International said on Wednesday.