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September 11, 2014

Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to women Peshmerga recruits, some of whom are volunteers, as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on September 10, 2014. [AFP]
07:48 GMT

US to provide immediate military aid to Iraq

Staffan de Mistura, on his first Damascus visit as the new UN envoy on the Syrian conflict. [AFP]
07:30 GMT

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says fighting terrorism should be an international priority.

US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. [AFP]
07:18 GMT

Islamic State: Barack Obama unveils 'degrade and ultimately destroy' strategy against Isis, ahead of 9/11 anniversary

Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group  members taking part in a training session at an undisclosed location in Syria. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

American officials say Saudi Arabia has agreed to a request from the US administration to provide bases to train foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.

A screen grab shows an Islamic State fighter speaking before the massacre (Image: Channel 4 News)
05:00 GMT

A new video from the Islamic State has emerged showing the apparent massacre of Bashar al-Assad's 93rd brigade in Raqqa from August.

September 10, 2014

Newly appointed envoy, Staffan de Mistura, is expected to meet with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad Wednesday (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The UN's newly appointed Syria envoy is expected to meet with Syrian officials along with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

An Iraqi policeman stands at the site of a car bombing, which killed 12 people in the New Baghdad district, September 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
19:30 GMT

A series of bomb blasts across Baghdad killed at least 19 people and injured dozens others, security officials confirmed. The bombings happened while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraq.

A screen grab from an IS video shows American journalist Steven Sotloff prior to being beheaded (Image: The Independent)
19:00 GMT

Another English accent was identified in the Islamic State murder video of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, according to an audio expert.

Clashes broke out during Israeli raids across the West Bank (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Israeli forces detained six people from across the West Bank overnight Tuesday according to an army spokeswoman and local popular committee sources.

Anger is mounting against American forces after least 14 civilians were killed by the U.S. air strike (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least 14 women and children were killed and 13 others injured by an American air strike in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunar.

Some 7,000 prisoners are believed to have went on hunger strike Wednesday (File/AFP)
16:36 GMT

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike in protest to a "mysterious" death of a fellow inmate in an Israeli hospital.

A Libyan solider points at an unexploded mortar shell at a checkpoint close to Tripoli, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Libya's army, lead by rogue General Haftar, called on Islamist militias to disarm, ahead of a renewed assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.

Lebanon's army stepped up security along the country's border with Syria since clashes erupted with Nusra Front and ISIS last month (File/AFP)
14:46 GMT

Providing weapons to Lebanon has been prioritized and delivery should be imminent, the French Ministry said.

A supporter of the Shia Houthi movement wears a banner, which reads "civil disobedience" during a protest, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:05 GMT

Anti-government protests in Yemen continued Wednesday across the country a day after security forces opened fire on demonstrators.

The victim is believed to have been shot during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT

Israeli forces shot and killed a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the al-Amari refugee camp Wednesday, close to Ramallah.