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July 3, 2014

Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
11:22 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.
Conley had met the Tunisian militant over the Internet and had joined a military career exploration program in order to learn US military tactics and train ISIL militants in those tactics. [AFP]
11:11 GMT
A woman in the US state of Colorado faces federal charges of trying to aid terrorist militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
A Danish ship arrives in southern Italy on July 2, 2014 prior to the transfer and destruction of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons (File/AFP)
10:34 GMT
The Pentagon confirmed the full transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to an American vessel off the Italian coast.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands with member of the UN Security Council in Geneva, November 24, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT
Russia remained optimistic about meeting the July 20 deadline with Iran over a nuclear deal with other UN Security Council members.
The rebel groups singled out recent military gains by ISIS in northern Aleppo province, calling them a “threat to the Syrian revolution.”
08:32 GMT
Rebels in the north and east of Syria have vowed to lay down their arms if they don’t receive help to fight Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, as an offensive by a leading Islamist faction targets the militants in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.
Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been arrested since ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year (File/AFP)
08:31 GMT
Leader and spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, was arrested in Cairo after Egyptian forces raided his home.
Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer" as they demonstrate against the transfer of chemical weapons, on July 2, 2014 at the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy. (AFP / MARIO LAPORTA)
07:52 GMT
Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer"
Two journalists were among the injured in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
07:50 GMT
At least 170 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli army following the abduction and killing of a 16-year-old boy in East Jerusalem, Wednesday.
Airstrikes between Gaza and southern Israel are quite frequent, but the latest round comes in part as a response to Netanyahu's plan to target Hamas in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening.

July 2, 2014

The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.
The Salafist movement gained momentum and expanded its reach in Tunisia under Ennahda leadership following the oust of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT
At least four Tunisian soldiers were killed from land mines Wednesday in their offensive on jihadists in the country's northwest region.
Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."
Ajnad Misr, or the Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility for Monday's bombings, but authorities have arrested members from Ansar Beit Maqdis instead (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
17:19 GMT
At least four members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Maqdis were arrested by Egyptian authorities Wednesday over this week's palace bombings.However, another militant group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.
Israeli forces have continued to crack down on Palestinians after the missing teens' bodies were found earlier this week (Jafaar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli police officer in April. Several were injured in clashes that erupted in response to the demolition.
ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic State on Sunday (Welayat Salahuddin/AFP)
15:11 GMT
Top leaders among Jordan's jihadist movement denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's declaration of a caliphate earlier this week.
Most of the personnel killed over the past six months are from Yemen's army (File Archive/AFP)
14:04 GMT
At least 374 Yemeni security force personnel have died this year in Sanaa's offensives, including attacks on Al Qaeda, this year.
Syrian rebels have been intensely fighting ISIS in parts of the Aleppo province, as well as in Raqa and Deir Ezzor (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT
Syrian rebels will lay down their arms within the next week if they do not receive support from the exiled opposition to fight against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
Lebanon's army patrols the streets of Tripoli (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT
Four people were injured Wednesday when an unknown assailant on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade into a coffee shop in Tripoli. One of the wounded is believed to be in critical condition according to sources.
Friends and relatives gather around graves of the three Israeli teens in the Israeli town of Modiin (File/AFP)
12:22 GMT
It's unforgivable what happened to the three Israeli teenagers killed by Palestinians. But acting in the name of revenge to a Palestinian teenager this morning is equally deplorable.
The Iraqi army launched a major offensive against ISIL militants in recent weeks after the extremist group took over Mosul (File/AFP)
11:57 GMT
Dozens of ISIL militants were killed in an air raid over the northern city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi army.
Three journalists were also injured by Israeli forces in the Shufat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT
Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem following the kidnap and killing of a 16-year-old boy.
Israeli policemen search the area after a body of a Palestinian youth was found in Jerusalem's forest area on July 2, 2014. [AFP]
11:25 GMT
In the public statement the Prime Minister called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands and noted that Israel is a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.
Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Hebron on July 2, 2014. Israel is weighing how it will strike back at Hamas militants it holds responsible for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers who were laid to rest in an emotional farewell. [AFP]
10:01 GMT
Military spokesman says demolition of West Bank house belonging to Ziad Awad, who was released in Schalit deal, was intended to serve as deterrent to terrorists.
KSA, the UAE and Kuwait are strong allies of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait released 152 Egyptian prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.
Masoud Barzani's statement comes days after Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu backed an independent Kurdish state (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT
President of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that a Kurdish referendum will take place "in a matter of months."
Iraqi motorists queue for fuel following the country's recent violence (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT
Russia called on the UN Security Council to bar crude oil sales by terrorist groups including the the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
Young Syrian-Kurdish refugees play in the children zone, recently erected by United Arab Emirate's Red Crescent, on June 22, 2014, at the Qushtapa refugee camp, 15 kilometers South of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
08:42 GMT
The UN children’s agency and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called for the release of more than 100 Kurdish schoolboy and girls abducted by Takfiri militants in Syria late May.
Children stand in Rashidiyeh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Amnesty International slammed Lebanon after a leaked document instructed airlines no to bring Palestinian refugees from Syria to Lebanon.
Palestinian women mourn as they watch the funeral procession of Yusuf Abu Zagher, 18, during his funeral in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern Israeli occupied West Bank on July 1, 2014. [AFP]
08:24 GMT
Israeli police found the body of a teenager in the Jerusalem area on Wednesday after it was reported that a Palestinian youth had been kidnapped in the city’s east, sparking speculation of a revenge attack for the murder of three Israeli teens
Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT
Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.
Israeli forces launched a wide scale operation across Gaza and the West Bank after the bodies of three missing settlers were found (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
Palestinians held the funeral of a 20-year-old man who was shot dead during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp Tuesday.
Israeli PM Netanyahu delivers a speech next to the bodies of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, as he attends their funeral on July 1, 2014 in the cemetery of Modiin. (AFP / BAZ RATNER)
07:31 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
This will be the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 since the preliminary nuclear deal was reached late last year (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
The sixth round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 are set to resume Wednesday.

July 1, 2014

Shin Bet has also arrested hundreds of alleged Hamas activists in Netanyahu's offensive on the Palestinian group (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Israel's Prime Minister confirmed Tuesday that Tel Aviv is planning to target Hamas in Gaza in response to the recent kidnapping and deaths of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank.
The MV Cape Ray will be used to destroy what are considered Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons (Mario Tosti/AFP)
19:56 GMT
The American MV Cape Ray arrived in Italy's Gioia Tauro port Tuesday to aid in the destruction of at least 1,300 tons of chemical weapons from Syria.
An Egyptian police officer looks over the damage caused by Monday's bomb attacks (Mohamed Al Shahed/AFP)
19:20 GMT
An Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for Monday's bombings at the Ittihadiya palace.
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