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July 9, 2014

Raqqa is one of ISIS' main strongholds in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
16:30 GMT

At least twenty jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) were killed in a Syria government-led air raid Wednesday in the city of Raqqa.

Kurdistan's peshmerga forces were in some cases the only force fighting ISIS during the past month's offensive (File Archive/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister blamed the northern autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq for hosting jihadists within its territory to launch their offensive on other parts of Iraq.

Netanyahu says the attacks on Gaza will increase to punish Hamas "and other terror organizations in Gaza" (File Archive/AFP)
14:58 GMT

Israel's premier told reporters Wednesday that Tel Aviv will intensify its airstrike campaign on the Gaza strip that has left at least 43 dead and over 300 wounded thus far.

Israel conducted over 1,000 raids in the West Bank following the teens' abduction, but did not find the bodies until June 30 (File Archive/AFP)
14:04 GMT

U.S. officials involved in the investigation of the three Israeli teenagers who were taken hostage in the West Bank say that the teens were shot and killed by a silenced gun at least ten times.

Air strikes Tuesday killed 15 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

Ongoing Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed 12 people on Wednesday.

Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.

Lebanon's border with Israel has remained tense since the 2006 war. Israel frequently violates international law however, by illegally entering Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
12:34 GMT

Tensions remain high close to Lebanon's southern border as Israel deployed soldiers along the Kfar Shouba Hills area, while air strikes in Gaza continue.

Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT

Syrian rebels killed at least 14 people in Khatab village.

Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT

Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.

Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT

Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.

The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT

Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.

Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.

Palestinian protesters stand close to the separation wall on the outskirts of Ramallah (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces Wednesday in the West Bank, following intense IDF's attacks across the Gaza Strip.

Israeli air strikes have left several dead. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Jordan strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate halt to strikes.

A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT

A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.