Category Archives: Middle East

Nusra chief rejects outcome of Riyadh meet on Syria: report

Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday rejected the outcome of a Saudi-hosted conference of Syrian opposition figures which agreed to negotiate with the Damascus regime, branding it a "plot". "It is…

Al Qaeda's Syria wing says truces only benefit government

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Truces between the Syrian government & rebels only benefit Damascus, the leader of one of the largest insurgent groups in the war said in comments broadcast on…

IS attack near hospital in Syria's Homs kills 16, wounds dozens

A powerful car bomb exploded near a hospital in the central Syrian city of Homs Saturday, killing 16 people & wounding dozens, the provincial governor & a monitoring group said….

Spaniards among at least six dead in Kabul embassy area siege

Four Afghan policemen & two Spaniards were killed when Taliban insurgents stormed a guesthouse near Spain's embassy in Kabul in a 10-hour siege that lasted into early Saturday, in the…

U.N. aid chief heads to Syria to try to boost deliveries

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien will travel to Syria on Saturday to discuss with senior government officials how to boost aid to 13.5…

Top human rights official: Migrants don't make extremists

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Any link between extremism & the thousands of people fleeing violence in Syria & elsewhere is false, a top European human rights official said Friday, noting…

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza flare-ups

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) – The Israeli army killed a Palestinian who it said tried to ram his car into soldiers near Hebron on Friday, & medics said another Palestinian…

Israel: Palestinian assailant killed, 2 protesters dead

JERUSALEM (AP) — The brother of a Palestinian teen who died in unclear circumstances in October was among three Palestinians — including one suspected attacker — killed by Israeli fire…

Iraq's top Shiite cleric speaks out against Turkish troops

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric has spoken out against the presence of Turkish troops in the country's north, at a military base near the Islamic State-held city of…

Islamic State group says Somali al-Qaida killed defectors

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has accused Somalia's al-Qaida affiliate of killing several jihadi leaders who defected to its side, including a Sudanese sentenced to death for killing…