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Middle East Quartet seeks 'concrete steps' to revive peace talks (01.10.2015)

The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators said on Wednesday it had decided to give new impetus to trying to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks with the help of key Arab states.

Iraqi Kurds drive IS out of several villages (30.09.2015)

Kurdish forces say they have driven the Islamic State (IS) group out of several villages near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

The Multinational Force of Observers and the Sinai Storm (11.09.2015)

Cairo’s failure to tackle the Sinai region’s IS-led rebellion not only complicates the MFO’s mandate to monitor the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, it’s also put US troops within touching distance of another theater of war.

Baghdad had highest level of civilian casualties in August (02.09.2015)

Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed more than 1,300 people and injured over 1,800 others last month, reflecting a “steadily increasing number of casualties,” according to casualty figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI).

No exit? Gaza & Israel between wars- ICG report (26.08.2015)

Both Israel and Hamas recognise that another war is only a matter of time if Gaza’s fundamental problems are not addressed: the economy is a shambles; the acting government lacks the ability to collect or otherwise obtain the revenue necessary to pay salaries and provide services; and most...

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year (21.08.2015)

Determining that the situation in Lebanon continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council today decided to extend the present mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for one year, until 31 August 2016.

Ban calls for restraint as violations jeopardize ceasefire between Israel and Syria (21.08.2015)

Reportedly, rockets were fired yesterday across the ceasefire line into northern Israel, landing in the vicinity of Qiryat Shmona, in response to which the Israel Defence Forces fired across the ceasefire line, with projectiles impacting in the vicinity of Syrian Arab Armed Forces positions near Al...

Security Council warned that ‘risk of escalation in Israel and Palestine is palpable’ (19.08.2015)

The top United Nations political official today warned the Middle East has recently witnessed “unconscionable” hate crimes, “reprehensible” retaliatory violence, provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites, and a worrying increase in rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel, as he urged all sides to...

Some U.S. troops may be needed on ground in Iraq - retiring Army chief (12.08.2015)

The fight against Islamic State rebels is at a stalemate and if the U.S. military does not see progress in the coming months it should consider putting support troops on the ground with Iraqi forces, Army General Ray Odierno said on Wednesday.