January 5, 2014
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.
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have allegedly pulled out of strategic areas in northern Syria after clashes with another Islamist opposition force.
Iraq officials told reporters Sunday that they are planning a "major attack" on Fallujah to retake the city from Al Qaeda control.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Sunday that Palestinian leadership is "continuing a campaign of ..inciting hatred" against the Jewish people.
Assailants attacked a police outpost north of Cairo Sunday. No injuries or deaths have yet been reported.
Fighting between Shiite rebels, Sunni tribesmen, and Salafists in Yemen's northern region has left at least 23 dead over the past two days.
A Saudi Arabian Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday leaving 29 injured.
Syrian rebels seized an Al Qaeda-controlled compound in northern Syria Sunday.
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.
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.
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
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
Al-Qaeda-linked militants took control of the central areas of the city of Fallujah in Iraq, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Saturday.
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 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.