Main headlines

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.

Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration.

Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.

Egyptian officials conducted a massive crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in Kerdasa last year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least two people have died from the bomb attack that struck Egypt's Kerdasa region Thursday on the first year anniversary of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's oust.

At least 374 Yemeni armed forces members have been killed in the first half of 2014 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

At least two people were killed and three wounded in an attack on a government complex in Yemen's Baida province Thursday.

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra fighters were allegedly in control of the oil field before ISIS seized it Thursday (File Archive/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has allegedly taken over control of Syria's largest oil field.

ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT

At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for a "day of anger," one year on from the ousting of Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Egypt's security forces cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood protesters on the year anniversary of their leader's ousting from government.

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.

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.