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August 25, 2014

 ISIS took the Syrian government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.(File Archive, AFP).
15:38 GMT

Islamic State of Syria and Iraq militants in Syria have taken a the government´s last stronghold in Raqqa province, the airbase in Taqba.

The Jordanian Armed Forces opened fire at the infiltrators who were aboard a wheeled armoured personnel carrier (AFP/ File/ Archive).
13:42 GMT

Jordanian border guards on Sunday killed two infiltrators who attempted to cross the border from Syria

Iraqis inspect the damage at an husseiniya, a Shiite place of worship, after a suicide bomber attacked worshipers during prayers on August 25, 2014. [AFP]
13:37 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed after a bomb attack targeted Shia worshippers in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad.

The Assad regime is currently battling militants from the Islamic State as well as Syrian opposition fighters. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT

The Syrian government said it is ready to cooperate with international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the region.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian [AP]
12:28 GMT

Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and back opposing sides in conflicts across the region.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) attends a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT

Israeli military sources say Egypt could announce a one-month ceasefire agreement in Gaza on Monday after mediators made significant progress, Israeli news site Walla reported.

The websites of Israeli military, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli prime minister’s office were taken down, RT reported on Monday.
09:10 GMT

Hacktivists from the Anonymous group have attacked key Israeli websites in retaliation to Tel Aviv’s current offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Militants with the Islamic State swiftly took control of multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

The Iraqi government has called for international support to fight ISIS militants in Iraq.

Supporters of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement carry a cardboard rocket and a portrait of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif  during a demonstration to show support to the militants fighting against the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip on August 22, 2014. [AFP]
08:21 GMT

A recent opinion poll reveals that the majority of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are against the disarmament of Palestinian resistance groups.

Palestinian women mourn the death of four members of their family in Jabalia on August 24, 2014.  [AFP]
08:02 GMT

At least two Palestinians have been killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, as the regime’s army keeps pounding the besieged coastal strip.

The battle between militias has destroyed Tripoli's airport. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Libya's Islamist militias said Sunday that they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli.

Curtis was kidnapped by militants two years ago. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Kidnapped journalist Peter Curtis was handed over to UN officials Sunday in Syria.

Protests erupted after a government negotiating team abandoned talks with the country's Houthis. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT

Rival protests have been staged in Sana'a.

The Baiji refinery has been the site of several battles between government forces and militants over the past few months. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iraqi government forces have countered a massive attack by ISIS on the country's largest oil refinery.

August 24, 2014

Raqqa province is now fully controlled by ISIS. (AFP/File)
19:28 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State have captured a major military base in Syria.