Monday, September 01, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Iraqi Forces Break Jihadists' Siege

Officials have said the Iraqi army backed by Shi'ite militias and Kurdish Pershmerga fighters have entered the northern Shi'ite town of Amirli, which has been besieged by the Islamic State for more than two months.
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Australia To Assist Fighting Islamic State

Australia says it will fly military equipment and aid into Iraq to help fight Islamic State (IS) militants.
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U.S. Air Strikes Target Islamic State Fighters

The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
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Suicide Attack South Of Baghdad Kills 11

A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives has killed at least 11 people and wounded 30 in a town just south of Baghdad.
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Iran Slams 'Oppressive' U.S. Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has condemned the latest round of Western sanctions against the Islamic republic.
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'Global Coalition' Against Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a "global coalition" to combat Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
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U.S. Imposes More Iran Sanctions

The United States has announced newly imposed sanctions against more than 25 Iranian entities and individuals that Washington accuses of a range of transgressions.
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Iraqi Air Strikes Hit Militants Near Besieged Shi'ite Turkoman Town

Iraqi aircraft have attacked Islamic State fighters in northeastern Iraq who have surrounded and besieged the predominantly Shi’ite Turkoman town of Amerli.
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Britain Warns Terrorist Attack 'Highly Likely' Out Of Syria or Iraq

British Home Secretary Theresa May said on August 29 that the country's terrorist threat risk level has been raised to "severe" in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq.
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Islamic State Beheads Kurdish Fighter

Islamic State (IS) militants have posted a video showing the beheading of a captured Kurdish fighter in Iraq.
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