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August 27, 2014

Ongoing violence in Anbar province has forced thousands of Iraqis to flee. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Militants with the Islamic State executed roughly 80 people in Fallujah.

Kurdish forces have been fiercely battling Islamic State militants since June. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Seven governments have pledged to provide weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS in Iraq.

August 26, 2014

The Yazidis are one of many groups targeted by ISIS. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay says ISIS has committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of Shia Iraqis.

ISIS is also demanding the release of neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

A 26-year-old American woman is reportedly being held captive by Islamic State militants in Syria who are demanding $6.6 million random for her release.

Abbas thanked Egyptian, Qatari, and American efforts in cementing the agreement. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions. It went into effect at 7pm Tuesday.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest remarked on Syria during a press conference this week. (AFP/File)
17:04 GMT

U.S. officials said Tuesday that the American government has no plans to coordinate with the Assad regime over ISIS.

The current conflict has killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Hamas announced a long term ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel Tuesday.

President Obama has authorized spy plane operations inside Syria, possibly paving the way to extend the current airstrike mission in Iraq into Syria. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT

While President Barack Obama mulls over extending the current Iraqi airstrike operation into Syria, U.S. officials confirm the launch of investigative air operations inside the country.

The air strikes were against Islamic militias near Tripoli. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT

Air strikes by Egypt and the UAE were launched against anti-government militias in Libya last week, senior U.S. officials revealed.

In a new string of Baghdad violence, Shiite targets have been bombed over the last week, most recently involving a car bomb detonating during morning rush hour Tuesday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
13:34 GMT

Amid a week full of sectarian violence across Iraq, a parked car exploded during morning rush hour Tuesday in Baghdad's commercial district of New Baghdad.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas attends peace talks with the Arab League in Cairo, August 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:10 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will hold an emergency meeting in Ramallah Tuesday to discuss the ongoing Gaza crisis.

Kurdish forces have been battling ISIS militants for control of key Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

An Iranian official says Iran has supplied Iraq's Kurdish forces with weapons to aid them in their fight against ISIS militants.

In fresh airstrikes Tuesday, two residential housing towers in Gaza City were leveled. (AFP/Said Khatib)
11:55 GMT

After two Palestinians were killed in overnight airstrikes, fresh strikes took out two residential housing towers in Gaza City Tuesday, which Israeli forces say were being as Hamas control centers.

The crash occurred early Tuesday morning in Egypt's Luxor province, killing 19 and injuring 15. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

Following another fatal bus collision at Egypt's Sham el-Sheikh Friday, A minibus crash Tuesday in the Luxor province killed 19 Egyptians and injured 15 more.

Palestinians protested the closure of a military checkpoint in Hebron Tuesday, which Israeli forces say is closed for maintenance after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the structure by local Palestinians. (AFP/File)
10:36 GMT

Dozens of Palestinians conducting demonstrations in Hebron Tuesday in protest of the Friday closing of a military checkpoint.