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October 16, 2014

US warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids near the Syrian town of Kobane on October 14 and October 15, to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. [AFP]
07:43 GMT

A pentagon spokesman says bad weather in Iraq had freed up coalition firepower to attack Kobani targets in Syria.

Members of the US military were reportedly ordered not to report finding several mustard shells, some of which burned unprepared soldiers upon their finding. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT

The US military reportedly concealed the discovery of huge caches of chemical weapons during the operations in the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Now they could be in the hands of Islamic State militants.

October 15, 2014

Chomsky also commented on the U.S.'s part in the rise of ISIS, arguing the extremist group was able to thive amidst the bloody sectarian fires flared by the US's 2003 invasion in Iraq. (AFP/File)
19:37 GMT

Amid a move by the British to symbolically recognize a Palestinian state, American political activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky stressed the important role the U.S. would play in determining the fate of Palestinian statehood.

Kurdish troops battling IS in Kobani say despite airstrikes' new success, barred access to the Turkish border still preventing them from getting weapon replenishments from Kurdish allies in Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:06 GMT

Kurdish troops staving off Islamic State militants in he Syrian border town of Kobani report gains made over the last two days as international airstrike coordination has become better coordinated with PKG troops on the ground.

Clashes between government forces and IS militants broke out close to the Syrian army's last remaining base in the Deir Ezzor province (File/AFP)
15:48 GMT

Government forces clashed with IS militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor Wednesday according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Qassem said Hezbollah has had intelligence on 'takfiri' activities since 2006, but will always prioritize the 'Israeli threat' first. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

Hezbollah's Deputy Head Naim Qassem said Tuesday that the party was prioritizing threats from Israel above those from 'takfiri' forces in Syria.

Houthi rebels recently took control of Yemen's capital. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

Sunni militants associated with al-Qaeda engaged in fierce fighting with Shiite rebels in Yemen.

The US announced in September plans to send the Apaches to Egypt to support counter-terrorism efforts. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Ending a year long freeze on military aid amid unrest, the US sent 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt this week to aid in the anti-IS campaign.

Hundreds of Palestinian children have been injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

An unexploded Israeli bomb injured three Palestinian children late Tuesday while they were playing close to their home in Hebron.

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in dire conditions across farmland or empty fields (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

At least 10 Palestinians were injured and four arrested during clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem (File/AFP)
13:15 GMT

At least 10 Palestinians were injured Wednesday in Jerusalem after Israeli police continued with a three-day crackdown on Al Aqsa worshipers.

The Syrian regime has seen several officials' deaths since the revolution began in 2011, most notably in a bomb attack on a high-government meeting in Damascus in 2012 which killed Assad's brother-in-law and three others. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

A Syrian parliamentary member was assassinated Tuesday night when his car came under heavy gunfire while traveling along a central roadway in the Hama province. Reports of his involvement in pro-government militia indicate a targeted attack.

The joint GCC force will also handle the protection of commercial routes and the Gulf nations' economic interests. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT

The GCC countries are looking into measures to establish a joint naval force capable of defending the security of the Gulf region.

Benghazi has witnessed intense fighting since May. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT

Libya’s retired General Khalifa Haftar has announced that his forces are ready to liberate the northeastern city of Benghazi from other armed groups.

Violent clashes continue in Damascus' rural regions. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT

Warplanes continue to bomb IS targets in Kobani as fighting continues across Syria.