December 15, 2014
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut.
Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.
Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.
December 14, 2014
Thousands of Palestinians attended a Hamas rally in Gaza, marking the group's 27th anniversary Sunday.
Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.
US officials say Washington has not yet decided whether to veto or back the UN bid, will consult with European leaders.
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will not retreat from East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank within two years.
Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.
After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.
Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.
Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.
Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.
Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.
An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.
Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.
The deputy to the UN special envoy to Syria arrived in Damascus on Saturday to begin a series of negotiations with Syrian officials and militants.
December 13, 2014
Islamic State militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra.
ISIL militants have recaptured several villages by the Anbar governorate, local officials and tribal figures reported.
Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a solider during a checkpoint inspection.
A Iraqi Christian lawmaker claimed that at least 160,00 Iraqi Christians have been forced out of Mosul after ISIL seized the city in June.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli relations in a Friday phone conversation.
Israeli forces injured four Palestinians by firing rubber bullets at West Bank protesters.
Pro-regime gunmen pose at a military airport held by Syrian troops and pro-regime militias in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor , five days after they repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group on the airport.
A leading member of the Palestinian Hamas movement has called for a "genuine partnership" with the Palestinian Fatah group – its longstanding rival – against the Israeli occupation.
December 12, 2014
The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.
Democrats on a US Senate panel on Thursday unanimously supported a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without US ground troops.
Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.
The European Union has confirmed that the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers will resume on December 17 in Geneva.
Four journalists were killed in the past week while covering the conflict in Syria, including a 31-year-old reporter for Al Jazeera.
A Jewish family near southern Jerusalem was attacked with acid by a Palestinian man, wounding at least six people including young children.
Egypt's army on Thursday killed 12 militants in the Sinai Peninsula after a series of attacks in the troubled region.
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on December 12, 2014
Israeli forces attacked thousands of Palestinians attending the funeral of PA official Ziad Abu Ein Thursday injuring at least 19 people.
A series of mortar shell attacks targeting Shia pilgrims near Karbala killed one, according to Iraqi medical sources.
Top PA negotiator Saeb Erekat announced plans to limit relations with Israel following the horrific death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against settlements in the West Bank.
The secretary general of Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamic Movement has tendered his resignation as the leader of the country’s most prominent political party.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi agreed to work together to find a solution for the conflict in Libya.
December 11, 2014
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says the country has arrested three supporters of the ISIL terrorists for the shooting and injuring of a Danish citizen late November.
Germany has announced it is considering sending around 100 soldiers to northern Iraq to train peshmerga forces who are fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The European Union has barred all Libyan airlines from operating in the European airspace due to concerns over passenger safety amid fierce clashes in the North African country.
Iraqi armed forces started a military operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the western province of Anbar on Thursday.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Libya to the UN Security Council for not handing over the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for prosecution.
Egypt's premier Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks with his Jordanian counterpart King Abdullah on his first visit to the kingdom Thursday.
The autopsy results of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein show that he died after a powerful blow to the diaphragm and the heavy use of tear gas, Palestinian minister of civil affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said.
Two passersby were lightly injured late Wednesday after a bomb exploded in front of a charity in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
President Bashar al-Assad supported Russian attempts to mediate peace negotiations between the Syrian leader and opposition groups.
A suicide bomber targeting a bus in the outskirts of Kabul killed six Afghan soldiers and injured at least 12 other people.
Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi blamed Barack Obama for the deaths of two foreign hostages after they were killed in Yemen.
After the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a shocking report into the CIA's interrogation methods, some accounts were baffling, others were downright disturbing. What really happened to detainees?
Ireland’s lower house of Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of "Palestine."
An Al Qaeda attack rocked a US military base in Yemen Thursday, according to reports. The explosion targeted the American operation center, believed to control drone raids in the country.
UN envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, called on Israel to investigate the death of senior Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein who was killed after a protest in the West Bank Wednesday.
An Afghan soldier inspects the wreckage of Afghan Army bus at the site where a suicide bomber on foot targeted the bus full of soldiers in Kabul on December 11, 2014.
After the French National Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the State of Palestine, the Senate will vote on Thursday on a similar resolution, submitted by the Greens parliamentary group.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is committed to the "tough path" ahead as nuclear negotiations enter a seven month extension phase.
December 10, 2014
President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday evening that all options to respond to the killing of a Palestinian minister are up for debate.
An Egyptian human rights group has said it will transfer its regional and international activities abroad because the state is hostile towards civil society groups.
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah are set to observe three days of mourning over the killing of a Palestinian minister by Israeli forces.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head to Rome on Monday for an urgent meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Four people, including an Iraqi soldier, were killed and 12 other people were injured in two explosions in Baghdad Wednesday, a police source said.
At least 727 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been killed since June in battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government said Wednesday.
2014 saw a record 3,419 deaths of migrants, mainly from Syria and Eritrea, attempting to reach Europe by way of unstable boats on the Mediterranean.
Un's Envoy for Syria's proposal to “freeze” the fighting in northern Syria before moving on to a political solution to the crisis as a whole may be the only realistic plan available, though it is likely to anger the Syrian opposition that participated in the Geneva I and II conferences in the hope of reaching a solution based on replacing Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
Swedish prosecutors say they don't have jurisdiction in case of Mavi Marmara, Estelle ships, which attempted to break Gaza blockade.
Postings from a militant website and rights groups on the ground said ISIL carried out two executions in northern Syria, beheading a man they accused of blasphemy and stoned another to death for being gay.
The head of the Palestinian Authority committee against the separation wall and settlements died Wednesday after Israeli soldiers assaulted him in a village near Ramallah, committee sources said.
Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.
Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel's policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners' group said.
An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement.
The Muslim Association of Britain has urged the Qatari government not to extradite well-known Muslim Brotherhood supporter Yusuf al-Qaradawi to Egypt following an arrest warrant for the elderly cleric and several other Brotherhood supporters by Interpol Friday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the next round of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group will be held at the deputy level.
Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.
Pakistan says its military has launched airstrikes against pro-Taliban militants in the country’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, killing 11 militants.
Families of immigrants most of them from Syria, disembark from the Congolese cargo "Sandy" after a rescue operation
Families of immigrants part of a group of more than 580 people, most of them from Syria, disembark from the Congolese cargo "Sandy" after a rescue operation.
The UN refugee agency said Tuesday countries have vowed to double the number of Syrian refugees they originally agreed to resettle after a high-level pledging conference in Geneva.
Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.
An American, Adam Everett Livix, was indicted in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for charges that include obtaining plastic explosives from Israeli soldiers with the apparent intention of harming Muslim holy sites.
December 9, 2014
A Senate Intelligence Committee report, released Tuesday, called the CIA's interrogation of terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, more brutal than it acknowledged to the White House or to the public.
A branch of al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for twin car bombings which left seven soldiers dead in southeast of the country.
Bahrain's Interior Ministry says a policeman who lost his life in a blast southwest of the capital Manama was a Jordanian officer who was present in the kingdom under a security exchange program.
An Egyptian court sentenced leading political activist and blogger Ahmed Douma to three years in prison for "insulting court judges."
The United Nation's food agency has said it is resuming food assistance to Syrian refugees after having suspended aid to 1.7 million displaced people last week due to a lack of funds.
With the recent success of the anti-ISIL campaign, Iraq presses the US to increase support and escalate their attacks.
The US will release a much-anticipated report on post-9/11 CIA torture and interrogation methods. Embassies are tightening security in preparation for backlash.
A Bahraini policeman was killed in an explosion southwest of the country's capital, Manama, on Monday night.
An Amnesty International report accused Israel of committing war crimes during its 51-day attack in the Gaza Strip.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced trip to Baghdad Tuesday in order to discuss security and ISIL.
The United Nations postponed Libya's peace talks to next week in order to give the rival parties time to work out the details.
A mob of Israeli settlers stabbed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the Old City of Hebron Monday night, medical sources told Ma'an.
Six soldiers were killed and several others injured in southeastern Yemen after car bombs exploded outside military headquarters.
Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif holds a press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Tehran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) holds a press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Tehran on December 8, 2014, ahead of a conference with their Iraqi counterpart on combating extremism.
Jordan charges deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood with "souring ties with a foreign country".
Israeli air strikes in Damascus allegedly killed two Hezbollah fighters, according to Al Arabiya news Monday.
Palestine secured an observer status at the ICC Monday, allowing President Mahmoud Abbas to potentially sue Israel over war crimes.
The United Nations has appealed for a record USD 16.4 billion in humanitarian aid to help almost 60 million people across the globe next year.
Wealthier states have been urged by humanitarian groups to resettle five percent of Syrian refugees by the end of 2015 ahead of a donor conference Tuesday.
The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq has increased over the past ten days due to Iraqi military operations against ISIL, an Iraqi government official said on Monday.