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  • Airstrikes hit multiple IS targets in Syria stronghold
    Airstrikes hit multiple IS targets in Syria stronghold 4 hours ago

    US-led coalition forces said they carried out a series of 16 airstrikes Saturday on the Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqa, in one of the biggest assaults on the extremists. More »

  • Eurotunnel faces difficult night
    Eurotunnel faces difficult night 5 hours ago

    Eurotunnel is facing another difficult night after around 150 migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel terminal yesterday in a bid to board UK-bound freight trains. More »

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  • IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site 6 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A video posted online Saturday purporteThe Islamic State group posted a video online on Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. More »

  • Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack
    Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack 9 hours ago

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war". Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive flexibility, hand the army and police more authority, and restrict certain rights such as those dealing with public assembly and detention. "Due to the terrorism risk, and the regional context, and spread of terrorism, we have declared a state of emergency," Essebsi said in a televised address. More »

  • ISIL video shows mass killings in Syria's Palmyra
    ISIL video shows mass killings in Syria's Palmyra 10 hours ago

    Footage shows teenagers shooting dead 25 Syrian soldiers in front of relatively sparse crowd of men and some children. More »

  • Spanish police arrest man suspected of recruiting jihadis 11 hours ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising jihadi terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State group. More »

  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra
    IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra 11 hours ago

    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. More »

  • Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city 11 hours ago

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on insurgents holed up inside. The army, with its Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani from Sunni rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war. The city is near the Lebanese border and the Beirut-Damascus highway that links the countries, and so capturing it would be a major strategic gain for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government. More »

  • Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort 11 hours ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported. More »

  • London Teens 'Married' To Syria IS Miliants
    London Teens 'Married' To Syria IS Miliants 12 hours ago

    Two of the three east London schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join Islamic State have been married to militants in the terrorist group, their families have said. Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, fled Britain in February. Tasnime Akunjee would not say which of the girls had married and said he had no information about the status of the third girl. More »

  • Family of 12 thought to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic state group
    Family of 12 thought to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic state group 14 hours ago

    The group was reported missing after they failed to return from a holiday to Bangladesh. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 14 air strikes in Syria, nine in Iraq - military 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and nine in Iraq on Friday, the task force conducting the operation said. The strikes in Syria included six around Hasaka, the northern city where militants briefly seized a residential area before being pushed back by the Syrian army, the Combined Joint Task force said on Saturday. ... More »

  • Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus
    Syria army and Hezbollah in major assault near Damascus 16 hours ago

    Siege tightens on Zabadani, the last opposition stronghold along Lebanon’s border, while rebels advance in Aleppo. More »

  • Two London teens have married IS group fighters: lawyer
    Two London teens have married IS group fighters: lawyer 16 hours ago

    Two of three teenage girls who travelled from Britain to Syria sparking criticism of the police response have married Islamic State (IS) group fighters, the lawyer for their families said Saturday. More »

  • Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond
    Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond 17 hours ago

    Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's beach massacre in Tunisia. More »

  • Spain arrests Moroccan accused of distributing Islamic State propaganda 17 hours ago

    Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man in the north eastern city of Badalona on Saturday accused of distributing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said the man was a supporter of Islamic State militants and had called for jihad on two fronts. "On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence," it said. More »

  • Girls 'marry IS militants' in Syria
    Girls 'marry IS militants' in Syria 18 hours ago

    The families of t wo east London schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) have lost hope that the teenagers will return after discovering they have been married off to militants. More »

  • British Family Reportedly Joins IS In Syria
    British Family Reportedly Joins IS In Syria 18 hours ago

    A family of 12 from Luton has reportedly confirmed they are now in Syria and under the control of Islamic State. In the 500-word "press release", published on an IS website, Muhammed Abdul Mannan and his wife are quoted defending their decision to take three children into the war zone. The release says: "Yes, all 12 of us (are in Syria) and why would this number be shocking...none of us were forced here against our will. More »

  • Kurdish fighters advance on ISIL-held Raqqa
    Kurdish fighters advance on ISIL-held Raqqa 19 hours ago

    YPG fighters locked in battle just 50km from ISIL's de facto capital in northern Syria, sources tell Al Jazeera. More »

  • Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: monitor
    Syria mosque blast kills 25 Al-Nusra fighters: monitor Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo
    Syrian rivals locked in heavy clashes over Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Government forces pounded Aleppo with air strikes trying to repel most intense offensive by rebels in years. More »

  • At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead in mosque blast in Syria's Idlib … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An explosion at a mosque in Syria's Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said. The blast in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria went off as members of the Nusra Front gathered at the mosque for iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Observatory, which tracks the war, said the explosion in Salem Mosque in Ariha, also killed a senior non-Syrian member of the hardline jihadist organisation. No group announced responsibility for the blast, but supporters of Nusra Front blamed rival ultra hardline Islamic State militants who have fought the group on several frontlines in Syria. More »

  • Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai, which borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. More »

  • UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities
    UNESCO condemns IS destruction of Syria's Palmyra antiquities Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    UNESCO on Friday condemned the destruction of antiquities by Islamic State jihadists in the Syrian city of Palmyra, describing it as an attempt to strip the people of their heritage in order "to enslave them". More »

  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra
    IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. More »

  • Britain falls silent for Tunisia attack victims
    Britain falls silent for Tunisia attack victims Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron led a nationwide minute's silence on Friday, a week after a jihadist gun massacre in Tunisia in which 30 out of the 38 victims were Britons. More »

  • Successful rocket launch a reminder that Russia, US can cooperate Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The United States and Russia may be at sharp odds with each other over Ukraine, Syria, and Edward Snowden. After two failed attempts – one American, one Russian – in recent weeks to send a food, water, and toothpaste-laden chuck wagon to the space station’s crew, Friday’s problem-free liftoff was applauded all around – no matter what flag the rocket bore. Yes, the US is threatening Russia with even tougher sanctions over its aggressive stance toward Ukraine. More »

  • Magazine: Dreams of Kurdistan
    Magazine: Dreams of Kurdistan Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A journey through Kurdish identity. More »

  • Militants, rebels in Syria announce new push for Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said. More »

  • After Tunisia attack, sun-seekers switch to Spain, Bulgaria and Greece
    After Tunisia attack, sun-seekers switch to Spain, Bulgaria and Greece Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - Fearing for their safety in Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria or even Greece for holidays this year. Tunisia's tourism industry had been recovering after the Arab Spring unrest, and had become a popular lower-cost beach holiday spot for Europeans. Long-haul destinations are unlikely to pick up tourists originally destined for Tunisia, said travel analyst Angelo Rossini from market research firm Euromonitor. More »

  • U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes
    U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against. More »

  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo
    Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent offensive in Aleppo in three years, aimed to build on recent advances against Assad by an array of groups fighting on separate fronts, including Islamic State and rebels backed by his regional foes. Aleppo, 50 km (30 miles) south of the Turkish border, was Syria's most populous city before the country's descent into civil war. More »

  • Islamist alliance in battle for Syria's Aleppo
    Islamist alliance in battle for Syria's Aleppo Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A new Islamist rebel alliance, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, was locked in a fierce battle Friday to seize government-held areas of Aleppo, the divided former economic capital. More »

  • Saudi policeman killed in raid, IS flags found: ministry
    Saudi policeman killed in raid, IS flags found: ministry Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A Saudi policeman was shot dead on Friday during a raid in which three people were arrested and flags of the Islamic State group were found, the interior ministry said. More »