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June 19, 2014

At least 20 people were killed in another regime-led airstrike earlier this week in Aleppo (Zein Al Rifai/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Syrian government warplanes attacked a town southeast of the capital in its attempt to recapture the strategic rebel-held area.

U.S. President Obama said that Washington is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in combating the ISIL in Iraq (Jim Watson/AFP)
19:16 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Washington was ready to take "targeted" and "precise" military action in Iraq.

Eyewitnesses in the oil refinery claim ISIS waved their notorious black flag throughout the plant (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iraq's government said it regained control of the Baiji oil refinery while ISIS militants maintained they were in charge of the complex.

Mohammed Badie is considered the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's supreme guide (File Archive)
18:00 GMT

An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top leadership to death Thursday, according to judicial sources.

Gaza tunnels are used to smuggle goods ranging from food to weapons (File/AFP)
16:45 GMT

Five members of Hamas' armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, were killed in a tunnel explosion in Gaza City, Thursday.

Lebanon is currently home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:10 GMT

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas on Thursday alerted the UN of the country's decision to quell Syrian refugees entering Lebanon.

Hundreds of Iraqis volunteered to join the army in recent days and received military training (File/AFP)
15:56 GMT

Iraq's armed forces reportedly made fresh gains in the country's Nineveh Province and Abu Tayban region.

The Israeli army said the airstrikes were in response to rocket fire from Gaza (File/AFP)
14:21 GMT

Israeli warplanes launched overnight air raids across the Gaza Strip, injuring a Palestinian man.

Ultimatum: U.S. officials said Nouri al-Maliki must resign if America is to intervene in the conflict militarily (File/AFP)
14:07 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to resign as his Shia-led government continues to battle ISIS militants in the country's largest oil refinery.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with lawmakers regarding the situation in Iraq (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
13:51 GMT

Washington is interested in sharing information with Iran over Sunni militants in Iraq, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Female Kurdish soldiers stand ready to fight in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Syria's biggest Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party, was accused of employing child soldiers and committing other abuses, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said he held Saudi Arabia "responsible" for ISIS attacks (File/AFP)
12:45 GMT

Saudi officials denied any involvement in ISIS activities across Iraq and that the kingdom didn't provide any "moral or financial support" to the terrorist network.

The Egyptian government has sentenced hundreds of Morsi supporters to jail. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

Hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets of Alexandria to protest newly elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Militants belonging to ISIL took control of Mosul on June 10. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT

Iraq's armed forces are preparing to retake the city of Mosul.

Prime Minister Maliki has been criticized for not doing enough to stop ISIL militants from taking over Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

A number of U.S. officials have openly stated that they think Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should step down.