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July 1, 2014

An alleged member of ISIS examines an abandoned border crossing on the day that the jihadist group announced their establishment of a renewed Islamic caliphate (ISIS/AFP)
18:20 GMT
Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday that Tehran is ready to supply weapons to Baghdad if Iraqi leadership asks for help, while ISIS front man calls for more jihad during the holy month of Ramadan.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization under law late last year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT
Three top Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders were arrested in Egypt Tuesday ahead of the anniversary of former president Mohammed Morsi's oust last year.
Deir Al Zor province has been a frequent place of fighting between ISIS and the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (File Archive)
16:17 GMT
Some Islamist groups in Syria have "dismissed" the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's claim that they have established an Islamic caliphate.
The Salafist movement in Tunisia gained serious momentum under the former Ennahda-led government (File Archive/AFP)
14:06 GMT
At least six security force officers were killed from a roadside bomb that exploded in Tunisia's Kef region Tuesday.
The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.
Only 75 MPs attended the parliament session to establish new leadership to handle the ongoing crisis in Iraq (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:45 GMT
More than 2,400 were killed in Iraq in June in what has developed into the deadliest month in the country this year. Baghdad also failed to elect a new parliament to handle the growing crisis Tuesday over lack of quorum.
ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT
ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Prime Minister Erdogan has faced heavy criticism in recent months for his handling of mass anti-government protests. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has named Prime Minister Erdogan as its candidate.
Barzani said he hopes other countries will respect the Kurdish vote. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT
Iraqi Kurds will vote on an independent Kurdish state within months.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon also praised the Lebanese Armed Forces for maintaining calm amid border tensions with Israel (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT
The United Nations hailed Lebanon's army for its efforts in controlling the country's security situation after a wave of terrorist attacks.
Kurdidish regional government president Massud Barzan shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday said Ankara does not favor a divided Iraq.
ISIL has called upon fighters from Western countries to join their ranks. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
An alarming number of extremists are leaving their Western countries to fight alongside ISIL.
President Obama will deploy an additional 300 troops to Iraq in order to project U.S. interests (File/AFP)
09:28 GMT
President Barack Obama announced deploying an additional 300 U.S. troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of American personnel in the country to 750.
Morsi's overthrow angered many Muslim Brotherhood supporters and sparked nation-wide protests. (AFP/File)
09:25 GMT
The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has called on Egyptians to stage mass demonstrations on July 3 to protest President Sisi.
Lebanese security forces are on high alert after the Duroy Hotel bombing on June 25 (File/AFP)
09:09 GMT
Fear is growing in Lebanon that terrorist attacks in the country could escalate during Ramadan. Western diplomatic sources expressed concern after Lebanese forces dismantled three terror cells this week.
The 18-year-old Palestinian was shot dead only hours after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron (File/AFP)
08:23 GMT
Israeli soldiers shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian during a raid in Jenin, early Tuesday. The raid came hours after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found near Hebron.
Lebanese officials said the clashes were related to drug trafficking. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
Three men were killed and seven people injured during clashes at Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut.
The bodies of the three missing teens were found late on Monday near Hebron (File/AFP)
07:51 GMT
Human rights group B'Tselem Monday called on the Israeli government to refrain from acts of vengeance after three bodies of missing Israeli teens were found in the West Bank.
A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike in Rafah, in Gaza, on July 1, 2014. Israeli warplanes launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday, dozens of airstrikes on different targets in Gaza, including sites belonging to Hamas & Islamic Jihad. No casualties were reported, a Palestinian security official said. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
07:42 GMT
A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike in Rafah
It is unclear whether current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will stay in power once the new government is formed. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
A parliamentary session to begin forming a new government will begin Tuesday.
The bodies of the three missing Israeli teens were found Monday. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
Hamas has warned against any Israeli attack on Palestinians in retaliation for the recent deaths of three Israeli teens.
Lebanon has not had a president since late May. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Michel Aoun proposed that the constitution be amended to allow the Lebanese people to directly elect the president.

June 30, 2014

Three bombs exploded near the palace early Monday. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Egyptian security forces successfully defused a fifth explosive device outside the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis Monday.
Israeli security forces had been searching for the teens for weeks. (AFP/File)
18:58 GMT
Israeli security forces found the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers who went missing earlier this month.
President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Roughly 50,000 licensed preachers will be allowed to lead Ramadan prayers across Egypt. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The Egyptian government has ordered Ramadan sermons to stick to topics of faith and morality and not discuss political issues.
Idlib has been under government control since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Mortar shells hit Idlib Monday killing at least 14 people.
A suicide bomber detonated himself at the Duroy Hotel last week to evade arrest. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT
The men responsible for the recent bombing at a hotel in Beirut were reportedly recruited and trained by a Jordanian radical.
Around 5,700 Palestinians are currently in Israeli prisons, with 300 in administrative detention (File/AFP)
13:23 GMT
Palestinian detainee, Ayman Tbeish, ended his 122-day hunger strike in negotiations with the Israeli Prison Service, a lawyer said Monday.
Prime Minister Salam has rejected the proposal to communicate with Syrian officials because of his commitment to the Baabda Declaration. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Prime Minister Tamman Salam said Monday that the Lebanese government will not communicate with the Syrian government over the Syrian refugee crisis.
The U.S. is reportedly considering a complete overhaul of its airport security systems as a precaution against terrorist attacks (File/AFP)
13:01 GMT
The Obama administration reportedly received intelligence that militants inspired by ISIS could be preparing for frequent attacks in airports across the world.
The group Agnad Misr is thought to be responsible for the bombings. (AFP/File)
12:39 GMT
Three explosions near the Presidential Palace have killed two policeman and left at least three people injured.
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a blaze at the Duroy hotel in Beirut after a suicide bomber blew himself up on June 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT
Security forces in Lebanon dismantled a number of terrorist cells over the past week after a wave of suicide attacks in across the country.
ISIS dropped “Iraq and the Levant” from its name after announcing the establishment of a caliphate (File/AFP)
10:28 GMT
There hasn't been an Islamic caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. Radical militant group ISIS announced the "restoration of the caliphate", but what does this mean?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting on June 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:03 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state, winning appraisal from lawmakers in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Libyan security forces stand guard outside Tunisia's embassy in Tripoli after the April kidnapping (File/AFP)
09:36 GMT
Two Tunisian embassy workers were freed in Libya Sunday after spending months in captivity, according to an embassy source.
Egypt's security crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters resulted in thousands of arrests (File/AFP)
09:02 GMT
A Cairo court gave 16 pro-Morsi supporters three-year prison sentences for allegedly rioting and protesting illegally without a permit.
Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT
Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".
Palestinian children examine the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT
One Palestinian was killed and three others injured in overnight air raids by Israeli forces across the southern Gaza Strip.
ISIL's terrorist network has spilled over from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT
Militant group ISIL announced the appointment of a leader for Lebanon to set up training camps according to LBCI television.
Israeli policemen & immigration officers arrest an African asylum seeker after protesting in an outdoor camp near the Nitzana border in the Negev Desert on June 29, 2014. Nearly 1,000 illegal African immigrants in Israel staged a march from Holot detention center towards the southern border with Egypt to protest against living conditions. (AFP)
07:27 GMT
sraeli policemen and immigration officers arrest an African asylum seeker
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (AFP)
05:00 GMT
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the importance of strengthening cooperation among regional countries to combat terrorists, stressing that the era of violence and terrorism has passed.

June 29, 2014

A Palestinian man inspects what police said was a chicken coop damaged in a nearby Israeli air strike in the central Gaza Strip (AFP)
20:02 GMT
The strikes late on Saturday and early on Sunday targeted sites across the coastal enclave, slightly wounding two people and damaging property in Gaza City, an interior ministry spokesman in Gaza said.
ISIS Takfiri Militants. (AFP)
16:23 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that the incident happened in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo Province.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls from the U.S. to form a national salvation government (File/AFP)
14:12 GMT
Candidates are due to be announced to form a new government by Iraq's National Coalition. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is widely believed to be among the chosen politicians.
The U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked in September of 2012. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
Ahmed Abu Khattala pleaded guilty to charges
Tikrit Teaching Hospital, where the 46 Indian nurses were hiding was bombed on Friday while Iraqi forces try to recapture the city (File/AFP)
12:35 GMT
Forty-six Indian nurses remained stranded in Iraq's northern city of Tikrit where ISIL militants continue to battle government forces.
Omar Bakri Muhammad has been arrested multiple times in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT
The family of a radical preacher asked that he be allowed back into the UK, around ten years after he left for Lebanon, where he claims to have been tortured.
Thousands of immigrants from Sudan and Eritrea live in Israel. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT
African immigrants are camped out near the Egyptian border to protest Israel's policies on refugee detention.
Iraqi security forces stand on patrol in the southern city of Basra, June 16 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT
American drones equipped with Hellfire missiles patroled Baghdad's air space as U.S. advisers assisted Iraqi authorities with co-ordinating a major offensive to recapture Tikrit from ISIS militants.
Most violent attacks in Iraq are motivated by sectarianism. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fanning the flames of deeply rooted sectarian tensions that have existed in Iraq for years.
King Abdullah condemned "misguided persons" during the Ramadan speech (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT
King Abdullah said Saudi Arabia would fight extremists and that terrorists "are not related to Islam," during a Ramadan speech in the Kingdom.
Lebanon has experienced a spate of bombings in the past few weeks. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
Lebanese security authorities have seized three terrorist cells who are reportedly involved in recent bombings in Lebanon.
The latest Al-Qaeda assault comes two days after militants briefly seized Sayun airport (File/AFP)
08:36 GMT
Two soldiers and four Al-Qaeda fighters died Saturday after clashes between the militant group and Yemen's army, a military official confirmed.
A Syrian man holds his infant in front of a disused house on June 28, 2014 in the Fikirtepe area of Istanbul. Hundreds of Syrian refugees live in emtpy houses in an area of 32 decares undergoing an urban transformation project in Fikirtepe, which is on standby due to ongoing negotiations between the owners of the houses and the company running the project. (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
08:15 GMT
A Syrian man holds his infant in front of a disused house on June 28, 2014
Douma has been under rebel control for over two years. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT
At least two people were killed and dozens more injured in a car bomb attack in Douma.
A rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a factory in the industrial zone of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing it to catch on fire, Saturday evening, June 28, 2014. [Ma'an]
07:08 GMT
Four rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel Saturday evening, one of them hitting a factory and causing a fire, Israeli media and the Israeli army said.
Security officials are frequently targeted in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT
Four Egyptian police officers were shot and killed by armed assailants in the Sinai Peninsula.
(AFP)
05:00 GMT
Human Rights Organizations and news reports recently have blasted Gulf countries over the mistreatment and exploitation of low-wage expat workers

June 28, 2014

(AFP)
17:21 GMT
HRW has strongly slammed Saudi Arabian authorizes for hacking into the mobile phones of dissidents to obtain data on anti-regime protests.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
17:09 GMT
The Lebanese Army discovered a cave in north Lebanon used by militants to make explosives and confiscated books that include lessons on how to make bombs, the military said Saturday.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, pictured right, and President Obama on the left. (AFP)
16:47 GMT
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says he has prepared an “option” for President Barack Obama to consider the use of US military assets against “high-value individuals” in ISIL leadership.
Palestinians gather around a car that was targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on June 27, 2014. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
16:36 GMT
Israel's army launched airstrikes on southern and central Gaza early Saturday after projectiles fired from the coastal enclave landed in the Negev desert, Palestinians and security officials said.
A Palestinian blows up a balloon on a market stall on June 27, 2014 in Jabalia refugee camp, in Gaza Strip, as people prepare for the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calender. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)
09:06 GMT
A Palestinian blows up a balloon on a market
(AFP)
08:22 GMT
The Pentagon has announced that US drones armed with Hellfire missiles are flying over the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to protect American troops and diplomats.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
07:38 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.
Lebanese army vehicles carrying Lebanese soldiers are deployed on the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
07:22 GMT
Tensions have been steadily rising in the northern city of Tripoli ever since the Lebanese Army began implementing its security plan in April, drawing the ire of Islamists who say arrests have been random and unjust.