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January 5, 2014

Clashes between moderate Syrian rebel groups and the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL shifts to a new province on the border with Turkey. [Al-Arabiya]
17:21 GMT

Clashes continued Sunday between moderate rebel groups and the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in some of the most serious infighting among those trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Infighting between rebel groups have left many northern areas in shambles (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have allegedly pulled out of strategic areas in northern Syria after clashes with another Islamist opposition force.

ISIL gained control of Iraq's city of Fallujah this weekend (Al Furqan Media/AFP)
13:21 GMT

Iraq officials told reporters Sunday that they are planning a "major attack" on Fallujah to retake the city from Al Qaeda control.

Netanyahu made his "inciting hatred" comment during a weekly cabinet meeting Sunday (Abir Sultan/AFP)
12:32 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Sunday that Palestinian leadership is "continuing a campaign of ..inciting hatred" against the Jewish people.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with police personnel in Cairo earlier this week (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
11:59 GMT

Assailants attacked a police outpost north of Cairo Sunday. No injuries or deaths have yet been reported.

Fighting between Huthi rebels and tribesmen has also been fierce in Ahrab located 30 kilometers north of Sanaa (AFP/Getty Images)
10:56 GMT

Fighting between Shiite rebels, Sunni tribesmen, and Salafists in Yemen's northern region has left at least 23 dead over the past two days.

315 passengers were aboard the plane that landed in Medina Sunday (File Archive)
09:25 GMT

A Saudi Arabian Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday leaving 29 injured.

Syrian rebels' mission to destroy Al Qaeda forces have led to serious infighting and destruction in Syria's northern regions (Ahmad Aboud/AFP)
09:08 GMT

Syrian rebels seized an Al Qaeda-controlled compound in northern Syria Sunday.

Tunisian MPs are supposed to complete the new draft constitution by Jan. 14 (Fethi Belaid/AFP)
07:34 GMT

Tunisia's parliament sucessfully adopted Article 1 of its new constitution this weekend that stipulated that the Quran will not be the "main" source of law in the country.

A family gathers to pray over the body of one of their relatives who was killed this weekend in clashes in Fallujah (AFP)
07:17 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave verbal support to the Iraqi government's crackdown on Al Qaeda militants this weekend, but said that the U.S. was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.

Steinitz told Israeli public radio Sunday that "Anyone who proposes a solution in the Jordan Valley by deploying an international force, Palestinian police or technological means ... does not understand the Middle East" (Courtesy of Tomer Applebaum/Haaretz)
07:08 GMT

An Israeli cabinet member closely affiliated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that Israel "rejects" any "U.S.-proposed security concessions for the Jordan Valley

Kerry met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as well as Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks over the past 4 days (File Archive/AFP)
06:42 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that a tentative Middle East peace plan framework would be "fair and balanced" for both Palestinians and Israelis involved in peace talks. However, Kerry's framework has already received mixed reactions by both sides.

January 4, 2014

Armed men roam a street in the western, mainly Sunni Muslim city of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, on January 4, 2014, as parts of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah. [Getty Images]
16:40 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants took control of the central areas of the city of Fallujah in Iraq, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Saturday.

People carry one of the two bodies during the funeral of Malak Zahwa and her step-mother Iman Hijazi, who both died in a car bomb that targeted a Beirut's suburb the day before on January 3, 2014. [Getty Images]
16:00 GMT

The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing last week in the stronghold of the “criminal” Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

A member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) speaks into a microphone urging people to join their fight against the regime, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 13, 2013. [Getty Images]
15:09 GMT

A newly formed Syrian Islamist rebel alliance has declared war on the powerful al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined other opposition groups in battling the extremists. For its part, Syria’s main opposition National Coalition says it backs the rebel fight against al-Qaeda.