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March 21, 2014

Iraq has faced an uptick in violence in recent months as al-Qaeda and other groups have shown themselves to be resilient and able to make gains across the country.(AFP/File)
10:47 GMT

Iraqi security forces were entering a house when an explosion erupted and killed at least 14 SWAT members.

Increased violence in the Syrian conflict has pushed refugees into neighboring countries such as Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. (photo courtesy:
09:00 GMT

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the number of refugees seeking asylum in developed countries doubled in the past year.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month threatened to ban social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

Twitter was blocked only hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out" the website.

The civil war in Syria has drawn Turkey increasingly into the conflict. (
05:00 GMT

The gunmen are believe to have entered the country through the Syrian border.

March 20, 2014

Rebel fighters have continued to lose ground to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in recent months.(photo courtesy:
18:47 GMT

Syrian government forces retook control of Qal’at al-Hisn from rebel forces where the Crusader castle is located.

Osama bin Laden was killed by American special forces in Pakistan on May 2nd, 2011 (photo courtesy:
18:02 GMT

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, testified in a U.S. court about his conversations with al-Qaeda's former leader.

Lebanon's government ended a nearly 11-month standoff in February when it announced the formation of a new cabinet (AFP/File)
17:43 GMT

The new Cabinet easily won a confidence vote in parliament.

Hamas has governed in the Gaza Strip since 2007 after winning elections in 2006 against the rival Fatah party.  Hamas still maintains pockets of support in various areas of the West Bank (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT

Dozens of Hamas affiliates are arrested in the West Bank in the aftermath of a funeral procession by Palestinian security forces

Iraqi government forces regained control of Ramadi earlier this month, but Fallujah still remains under the control of anti-government fighters (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
13:50 GMT

At least eight people were killed In Iraq Thursday on the eleventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion into Iraq in 2003.

This is the second time this year that Yaalon has criticized U.S. policies. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT

Israel's Defense Minister spoke with Obama administration officials Wednesday in an effort to explain recent remarks and ease tensions after inflammatory remarks.

The opposition fighters were attempting to flee into nearby Lebanon, AFP reported. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 11 rebels as they fled the village of Al Hosn, home to a famous Crusader castle, for the nearby Lebanese border, military sources reported on Thursday.

Bouteflika's health has been deteriorating rapidly since his stroke in 2013 (File Archive)
11:48 GMT

The former president of Algeria issued Thursday what has been described as a "big hint" that he thinks that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika should not run for another term in office due to the leader's ailing health.

A convoy of the Iraqi security forces patrols a street after local police took control of the Southern area of the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province, on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
11:08 GMT

Two coordinated bombing attacks at a Baghdad café late on Wednesday night killed 13 people, officials reported Thursday, bringing yesterday's death toll up to at least 46.

Violence rages near Lebanon's border with Syria as fighting continues to spill over from the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Syrian forces have closed the Bqaiaa crossing amid heavy fighting.

Qatar has recently come under fire for their support of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Bin Hilli announced that the Arab summit will not discuss the recent spat between several GCC members and Qatar.