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ISIL shelling Kurdish villages
2014.09.23 05:21:38

This video published by ISIL purports to show the group shelling Kurdish villages in northern Aleppo.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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US airstrike targeting ISIL's headquarters in Duloaiya
2014.09.23 05:19:03

At least 30 ISIL fighters have been killed in a US airstrike targeting ISIL's headquarters in Duloaiya, near the old airport in Salah al-Din province.

Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | United States

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Syrian Kurdish fighters
2014.09.23 05:18:10

Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by ISIL fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said.

"Fierce clashes are still under way but the ISIL advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night," Redur Xelil, spokesman for the YPG told Reuters via Skype.

He said the eastern front was the scene of the fiercest fighting in the offensive launched by ISIL last Tuesday on Kobane, also known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab.

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds, driven by fear of ISIL, have fled its advance, many crossing the border into Turkey.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Turkey

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Refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in #Syria and #Iraq
2014.09.23 05:14:32

Germany's Foreign Ministry has said that it is organizing an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli said Monday that Germany was planning the conference for Oct. 28, "since we can't assume that the situation in Syria will get better in the coming months."

It was not immediately clear where the conference would be held, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Tags: Syria | Iraq | Germany

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Air strikes on Arsal
2014.09.23 05:12:47

Six Syrian war planes have launched air raids on Syrian fighter hideouts in the mountainous area of Arsal in Lebanon. According to a Syrian activists, several people were killed and wounded.

Tags: Syria | Lebanon

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The rise of the brutal Islamic State
2014.09.23 05:01:16

The rise of the brutal Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defense secretary Leon Panetta.

Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" news program in an interview aired on Sunday that he and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton had urged Obama in 2012 to arm moderate Syrian rebels against President Bashar al-Assad.

I think the president's concern, and I understand it, was that he had a fear that if we started providing weapons, we wouldn't know where those weapons would wind up.


Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | United States | Syria

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Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held territory
2014.09.23 04:59:23

At least 42 civilians including women and children have been killed in Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held territory in the country's northwest, a monitoring group said on Monday.

The attacks hit territory in and around the towns of Saraqeb and Ehsim in Idlib province on Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

One struck an area outside Saraqeb where people who had fled earlier assaults on the town itself were taking shelter, the Observatory said.

It was not immediately clear what the attacks were targeting but an activist in the area said there were no rebel fighters near the positions they struck.

The Observatory, which monitors violence through a network of sources in Syria, said at least 16 children and 11 women were among the dead. At least 17 people from one family were also killed, it added.

One activist in Saraqeb said people had been fleeing to nearby farmland to escape the bombardment, but on Sunday warplanes also struck the farms which had been "packed with families".

"This is what led to the high number of deaths," the activist said.

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Kerry discusses #ISIL threat with Iranian FM
2014.09.23 04:47:25

US Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) directly with his Iranian counterpart in rare high-level talks in New York, a US official said.

Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for more than an hour at a hotel, during which they discussed progress in nuclear negotiations and "also discussed the threat posed by ISIL," a senior State Department official said.

Zarif and Kerry met one-on-one first, before being joined by US Deputy Secretary Bill Burns and Under Secretary Wendy Sherman on the US side and Zarif's deputies Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi on the Iranian side, the State Department official said.


Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | United States | Syria | Iran

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Eastern Ukraine in a serious economic recession
2014.09.23 04:46:11

Eastern Ukraine is in a serious economic recession due to the protracted conflicts between government troops and separatists in the region.

Many shops and banks in Donetsk have closed, municipal employees haven't been paid in months, and hundreds of thousands have fled the region to safer places.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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#Jordan arrests 11 alleged #ISIL members over 'terror plan'
2014.09.23 04:45:11

Jordan has arrested 11 members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official has said.

The 11 ISIL members allegedly "admitted their links to the leadership of the Daesh organization in Syria and that they were charged with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting a number of vital interests", the official said, using the IS group's Arabic acronym.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Iraq | Jordan

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Iraq loses contact with soldiers near Fallujah
2014.09.23 04:29:20

Iraq military has lost contact with soldiers during an  operation Sunday aimed at rescuing a battalion that was repeatedly attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the city of Fallujah, the defense ministry said.

"Communication was lost with some of our heroic soldiers... who were  injured or wounded during the operations," the ministry said in a statement.

The assault involving army, police, counter-terrorism units and Shia volunteers was aimed at pushing back ISIL who have been besieging an army base for more than a week.


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Poland is ready to sell arms to Ukraine
2014.09.23 04:28:05

NATO member Poland is ready to sell arms to Ukraine if there is demand, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Monday.

"I confirm that the Polish defense industry is interested in this direction," Siemoniak told private radio station Zet.

"There are several products that may be interesting for Ukraine."


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | NATO | Poland

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#ISIL brings Saudi Arabia and #Iran closer
2014.09.23 04:26:46

The Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers have met in New York, brought together by their opposition to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Iranian government has said.

"This is a new page in relations between the two countries," Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif said, quoted on the government's website.

His Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal, referring to ISIL's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, was quoted as saying: "We believe we must avoid the errors of the past to successfully confront the current crisis."


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Iraq | Saudi Arabia | Iran

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Iraqi forces battle ISIL near Fallujah
2014.09.23 04:11:48

Iraqi government forces launched an operation to rescue an army battalion which has come under repeated attack by ISIL near the western city of Fallujah, military sources said.

"Forces from the interior and defense ministries, counter-terrorism forces and volunteers are advancing to clear the Al-Sijr area," Iraqi military spokesman Qassem Atta told the AFP news agency.

Atta said the base was located north of Fallujah, a Sunni city which has been out of government control since January, between the ISIL-held villages of Saqlawiyah and Al-Sijr.

The assault involving army, police, counter-terrorism units and Shia volunteers is aimed at pushing back ISIL fighters who have been besieging an army base for more than a week.

The operation is backed by US air support, he said, without elaborating.


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Government troops have begun withdrawing heavy artillery in the east
2014.09.23 04:10:38

Ukrainian officials say government troops have begun withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, as have pro-Russian rebels in the region.

Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said on Monday that Kiev's forces had started withdrawing from frontline positions.

He said the rebels had also begun their withdrawal of heavy artillery, although it was "not as massive as we expected". [AP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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ISIL close in on Syria border town as thousands flee
2014.09.23 04:09:12

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

ISIL fighters have been advancing on Ain al-Arab since late Tuesday, hoping to cement their control over a large part of Syria's border with Turkey.

On Sunday, they were within some 10km of the town, after capturing more than 60 villages in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had streamed into Turkey since Friday.


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Turkey says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by ISIL
2014.09.23 03:54:01

Turkey's President says no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

"A material negotiation is totally out of the question ... This is a diplomatic success," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before leaving for the UN General Assembly.

Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by ISIL in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.


Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | Syria | Turkey

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Poroshenko says Ukraine ready to defend itself if peace plan fails
2014.09.23 03:51:49

President Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should a peace deal with pro-Russian rebels fail.

"We must be ready to protect our country if the peace plan does not work," Poroshenko said in a nationally televised interview on Sunday.

"We must strengthen our defensive frontiers, strengthen our army," he said, adding that he had acquired new military equipment from the West during his trip to the United States and Canada last week.

He said 65 percent of Ukraine's military hardware had been destroyed during the five-month conflict.

Poroshenko said it was only through his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the warring sides had been able to reach an accord.

"Without these discussions there would be no (peace) process now," he said, adding that there has been a "deescalation" of the crisis.


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Fighting near Ain al-Arab town
2014.09.23 03:40:46

Fighting near Ain al-Arab town has killed at least 27 Kurdish fighters and 39 Islamic State fighters the Syrian Observatory for human rights said.

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Special Monitoring Mission
2014.09.22 01:24:49

80 observers from the pan-European security group have been sent to key flashpoints after the signing of a new peace deal Saturday to reinforce the truce.

The members of the so-called Special Monitoring Mission are mostly former military officers or from non-governmental organizations.

Wearing bullet proof vests but unarmed, they patrol in convoys of lightly armored vehicles, reporting back to base on the day's violence, the damage caused.


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