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Press Review - 2014

Iraq crisis: Acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale - UN

The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale".


170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck

Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said Aug. 25. "We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast," Abdel...


US 'begins surveillance flights' over Syria

Sources say American surveillance aircraft and drones are being used to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group.


Arab Nations Strike in Libya, Surprising U.S.

CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts. The United States...


Islamic State captures key Syrian air base

Hundreds reportedly killed as fighters storm the Tabqa base in northeast Syria, the army's last foothold in the area.


Libya gets new chief of staff to tackle militias

The Libyan parliament has named a new chief of staff to tackle armed militias that have claimed control of vast areas of the country. "Colonel Abdel Razzak Nadhuri was chosen by 88 out of 124 MPs present and promoted to the rank of general" on Sunday, parliament spokesman Mohammed Toumi told Agence France-Presse. ...


Syria Says Ready to Work with World against 'Terror'

Syria said Monday it was willing to work with the international community, including the United States, to tackle "terrorism" but that any strikes on its territory must be coordinated with Damascus. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem made the comments as jihadists from the Islamic State group advance in Syria and...


Najaf takes in Christians displaced by Islamic State

NAJAF, Iraq — After Christians were forced to leave Mosul and other areas that fell under the control of the Islamic State (IS), Kurdish and Shiite dominated cities opened their doors to receive them. Religious authorities adopted stances supporting Christians, as they called on residents to host and help their brothers in the country.


After taking Sinjar, IS draws Iraqi Kurds into full-scale war

The rout of peshmerga forces in Sinjar has drawn accusations of abandonment from Yazidis and forced Iraqi Kurdistan to engage the Islamic State just miles from Erbil.


Jihadists Rout Kurds in North and Seize Strategic Iraqi Dam

BAGHDAD — The crisis gripping Iraq escalated rapidly on Thursday with a re-energized Islamic State in Iraq and Syria storming new towns in the north and seizing a strategic dam as Iraq’s most formidable military force, the Kurdish pesh merga, was routed in the face of the onslaught. The loss of the Mosul Dam, the la...


Ex-PM Hariri back in Lebanon after three years abroad

Former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived back in Lebanon on Friday for the first time in three years, a visit seen as reasserting his leadership over the Sunni community after a deadly incursion by Islamist militants in the northeast. With no prior announcement, Hariri arrived at the government’s headquarters in...


Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq

US president says measure aimed at averting "genocide" in the country, hours after the UN sought global help for Iraq.


UK welcomes US strikes in Iraq but rules out own action

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday expressed his deep concern about the situation in Iraq and welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to authorize air strikes against extremists. But a spokesperson for Cameron's Downing Street office said Britain, which joined the US-led invasion of Iraq ...


Kurdish security chief: Turkey must end support for jihadists

The head of the Syrian Kurdish security police forces, Ciwan Ibrahim, tells Al-Monitor that they are willing to cooperate with Turkey if it halts its support for jihadist groups.


Egypt to open Nasser museum in 2015

State-sponsored cultural emblems have become commonplace since the military took power in July 2013, but at the expense of free cultural expression.


Islamic State takes over Iraq's largest Christian town

Iraq's largest Christian town has been overrun over by militants from Islamic State - formerly Isis - according to fleeing residents and Christian clerics, as jihadists lauch overnight raids across the north


ISIS assault on Syrian army base kills 41

At least 27 Syrian regime forces have been killed in a jihadist assault on a military base in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group told Agence France-Presse on Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group had also been killed i...


Islamic Militants in Iraq Are Widely Loathed, Yet Action to Curb Them Is Elusive

UNITED NATIONS — Its fighters have seized oil fields, held water supplies hostage, and commandeered heavy artillery that the United States once supplied to a friendly government in Iraq. In late July, they decapitated Syrian soldiers, put their heads on fence posts and published photographs online. For the last five da...


Kurds, ‘Islamic State' clash near Kurdish regional capital

Kurdish forces attacked "Islamic State" (IS) fighters near the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in northern Iraq on Wednesday in a change of tactics supported by the Iraqi central government to try to break the extremist group's momentum.


Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Five-year accord will see Russia help Iran organise oil sales, but government denies it has violated international obligations


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