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June 15, 2014

Iraqi forces are battling jihadist militants who are attempting to take over Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT

A bombing in central Baghdad has left 9 dead and 23 injured.

The town of Kassab has been under siege for over two months. (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT

The Syrian army has recaptured the strategic town of Kassab near Syria's border with Turkey.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of kidnapping the three missing Israeli teens. (AFP/File)
11:09 GMT

Hamas denied accusations that it is responsible for kidnapping three missing Israeli teens.

Kurdish forces, also known as Peshmerga, have been successful in defending their territory against ISIL jihadists. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT

An airstrike on Kurdish forces has killed 6 and left over 20 injured.

The Palestinians were detained in overnight raids in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

Israeli forces have detained nearly 80 Palestinians and continue major raids in the West Bank to find 3 missing Israeli teens.

One of Iraq's most influential Shia clerics recently called upon all capable Iraqis to pick up arms and fight ISIL militants. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

Iraqi military forces have reportedly killed roughly 300 militants in their effort to stop ISIL from taking over more territory in Iraq.

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

The ships arrived in the Gulf late Saturday. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT

The U.S. has sent three warships to the Gulf in response to recent chaos in Iraq.

Iraqi volunteers stand in trucks, ready to fight ISIL militants (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Iraq's army prepared for an offensive against ISIL militant as the terrorist group advanced towards the country's capital, Baghdad.

June 14, 2014

A Yemeni boy walks past a street art in Sana'a, depicting a U.S. drone strike (File/AFP)
14:25 GMT

At least three people were killed by an American drone strike in southern Yemen, according to local officials.

The missing settlers are believed to have disappeared in Gush Etzion between Hebron and Bethlehem (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Palestinian men and women in Hebron were detained during a search by Israeli forces for missing settlers who were allegedly kidnapped.

No casualties were reported during the Israeli airstrike (File/AFP)
13:31 GMT

Israeli forces launched airstrikes over southern Gaza, hours after rockets hit Israel from the Strip.

The Iraqi Ministry of Communications also said internet access would be unavailable due maintenance reasons (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter have allegedly been blocked in Iraq by the communication ministry to try and prevent ISIS militants using them.

Hezbollah blames America for the rise of terrorism in the Middle East (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Hezbollah's deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem, blamed the U.S. for chaotic unrest in the Middle East and rising terrorism in the region.

Iran also denied media rumors that three battalions had been dispatched to Iraq (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

Washington on Friday dismissed media reports about the possibility of talks between the U.S. and Iran over the ongoing violence in Iraq.