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Syria

Malaysian Airlines flight avoids Ukranian airspace

Malaysian Airlines flight avoids Ukranian airspace

A Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to London was rerouted to fly over Syria on Sunday, as an alternative to using the same route taken by the MH17 plane downed while flying through Ukranian airspace last week. Flight MH004 flew over the war-torn Middle Eastern state following a path recommended by the International...

100 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday. An activist in the central province of Homs, who goes by the name Beibares Tellawi, said Friday that militants from the Islamic State group attacked army checkpoints and seized the Shaer gas field in the desert region of Palmyra the day before. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 115 people were killed. The Syrian government has not commented...

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce". State television broadcast what it said was a live ceremony from the presidential palace in Damascus. Assad vowed to fight "terrorism" until security was restored to all of the...

Occupied Areas in Iraq, Syria

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has reportedly declared the areas it occupies in Iraq and Syria as a new Islamic state, removing Iraq and the Levant from its name and ushering in “a new era of international jihad”. The announcement will see Isis now simply refer to itself as The...

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

There are reported to have been fresh clashes between jihadist-led Sunni rebels and government forces around the Iraqi city of Tikrit. Witnesses said there had been a wave of air strikes and that former President Saddam Hussein's palace had been hit. DOES ANYONE CARE? http://t.co/TavBsfbtpC — Aphorism (@HumanPluralist) June 30, 2014 A local source told the BBC...

Iraqi town sees heavy fighting

Pro-government forces held off attacks on a key Iraqi town and oil refinery as John Kerry pushed yesterday for unity against a militant onslaught the UN says left over 1,000 dead. But security forces successes, also including retaking a border crossing with Syria, were marred by air strikes that killed civilians as they seek to push back insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who have seized swathes of five provinces north and west of Baghdad. The...

Israeli air strikes target Syria

Israeli air strikes target Syria

Israel says it has carried out air strikes on military targets in Syria. The military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan Heights on the border between the two countries on Sunday. Two others, including the boy's father, an Israeli...

War, crises displaced 50m worldwide: UN

War, crises displaced 50m worldwide: UN

The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War II era, the UN refugee agency said yesterday. Bangladesh had the ninth-highest number of refugees in relation to its national economy, said UNHCR in its report published in Geneva.     Pakistan has...

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has now reached 10.8 million - almost half of Syria's population of 22 million. Ban's monthly report to the UN Security Council circulated late Friday said the current estimate of 3.5 million people living...

34 killed in Syria ‘car bombs’

34 killed in Syria ‘car bombs’

At least 34 civilians were killed and some 50 others were injured, some seriously, as a car bomb exploded in al-Hurra village near al-Ghab plain, at Hama countryside in Syria. A source at Hama province confirmed this to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Terrorists blew up a truck loaded with about 3 tons of explosive...

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