September 13, 2014
Several Egyptian journalists launched a hunger strike Saturday in protest of the country's new protest law, which bans protests from occurring without prior police authorization.
Days after U.S. President Obama unveiled a plan to battle IS that consisted of the U.S. arming moderate Syrian rebels, several groups of presumably moderate opposition groups have reportedly signed a non-aggression truce with militants from the Islamic State in a Damascus suburb.
Palestinian President Mahmoud reportedly blocked at attempt at prosecution in the International Criminal Court for Israeli war crimes committed during the Gaza siege that began in July.
Amid comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Iran's support of the Assad regime made its involvement in the anti-IS alliance inappropriate, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said a global alliance against the group must work with all countries, including Iran.
Syrian troops captured the central town of Helfaya Friday after clashes. The Hama-province town is a key location for the regime because of large number of Christian and Alawite communities living in the area, many of whom have started to fear an insurgency from Sunni extremist fighters among the rebels.
Amid international media accusations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denies plotting a Palestinian state in the the Sinai Peninsula with Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi.
September 12, 2014
U.S. ambassador David Hale said Friday the U.S. would provide weapons and other equipment needed to help fend off threats Islamic State insurgency in Lebanon.
During a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Thursday in Jeddah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry found support among more than 10 Arab nations for the U.S.-led campaign against the IS.
The Qatari government said Thursday it played a role in negotiating the release 45 Un peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian Islamist group Nusra Front for the last two weeks.
Syriac leaders met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea hoping to secure a save haven in Lebanon for Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State.
After Uk Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier this week the UK would not participate in U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging MPs to reconsider.
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama would help shield Lebanon from regional turmoil.
U.S. allies like Britain and Germany have expressed opposition to join America's planned military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria.
September 11, 2014
Islamic State militants have kidnapped 20 people from a town in Kirkuk.
The Turkish government said Thursday that it will not allow a U.S.-led coalition to use its air bases to launch attacks on Islamic State militants in Iraq.