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Israeli Jets Fired At By Syria Following Airstrikes

Syria has fired missiles at warplanes from Israel that were on a mission to destroy a convoy of weapons destined for Hezbollah the Lebanese militant group that is Iranian backed. That prompted Israel to deploy the missile defense system it has. This incident was a rare military exchange between the pair of hostile neighbors. Military officials from Israel said its military aircraft hit a number of targets inside Syria and when back within airspace that is Israeli controlled a number of anti-aircraft missiles were then launched by Syria toward the... 
 

Kuwait Eyeing Higher Healthcare Fees for Expats

Kuwaiti officials are planning an increase in healthcare fees for expats in their buildup toward a complete segregation of care at hospitals for citizens and expats, said reports from two reliable sources. Sources were cited by the Kuwait Times saying that the process of restricting services at public hospitals to just Kuwaitis would be a gradual one because of the lack of sufficient capacity in private hospital across the country. However, other measures including higher fees for healthcare services as well as the denial of access to a specific... 
 

Bahrain Claims Militant Group Linked to Iran Involved in Attacks

Bahrain over the weekend said it uncovered a militant group of 54 members linked to Iran that is suspected of being involved with the recent security forces attacks including the organization of a January prison break. It was one of the largest operations by Bahrain security forces against a suspected militant group that Bahrain blames for the increase in armed attacks in the kingdom where the Fifth Fleet from the U.S. is based. Tensions have run high in the kingdom since 2016 after local authorities increased their crackdown on dissent, banned... 
 

President Trump Signs Second Travel Ban

On Monday, United States President Donald Trump signed another executive order that bans immigration from six countries that are Muslim-majority. However, the new order exempted Iraq from the previous order and reinstated a temporary ban on refugees from all countries. This latest travel ban arrives just six weeks after the original one signed by Trump caused major chaos in airports around the globe, before federal courts blocked it. The new one removed language in the first one that banned refugees from Syria indefinitely and called for the prioritizing... 
 

Iran President to Visit Kuwait and Oman

A top official in Iran said on Tuesday that Gulf Arab states should seize the opportunity that Hassan Rouhani the President of Iran is visiting Kuwait and Oman to improve ties, by warning that a chance of this magnitude passes very quickly. Rouhani is scheduled to visit both Kuwait and Oman Wednesday, which will mark the first visit by Rouhani to the two Gulf States since he took power back in 2013. The six Gulf Cooperation Council Arab member states, in particular Saudi Arabia, have accused Iran of the use of sectarianism as a way to interfere... 
 

Trump to Discuss Middle East Air Carriers with U.S. Airlines

On Thursday, President Donald Trump will meet with the CEOs of the top U.S. airlines and one issue is sure to be a divisive force during the meeting. That issue is what will be done about three Middle East based airlines – Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Over the last 15 years, the three cash rich carriers based in the Middle East have clawed their way to the front of the global airline market. Of recent, the expansion of the three has created a direct competition with the trio of U.S. top airlines American, United and Delta. The three... 
 

Iran Denies Visas to Wrestlers from the United States

On Friday, Iran banned wrestlers from the United States from participating in Freestyle World Cup competition later this month. The denial of visas was in response to the executive order by President Donald Trump that forbids visas for any Iranians for the next 90 days, said the official Iranian news agency IRNA. A senior cleric in Iran vowed that his country was going to continue its missile program even though it has received threats from the White House administration that new sanctions were being prepared. Bahram Ghasemi a spokesperson for the... 
 

Anger Mounts in Europe and Middle East Over Travel Ban

A parliamentary committee in Iraq asked the government on Sunday to reciprocate against the immigration curbs implemented by the U.S. on citizens of 7 Muslim dominated countries. The government of Iraq has not yet commented on the executive order made by President Donald Trump that barred immigrants from those seven nations from entering for the next 90 days. The order also banned the admission of refugees from Syria for an indefinite period and a ban of 120 days for all refugees. However, officials in Iraq said they would lobby the administration... 
 

U.S. President Aims at Keeping Terrorists Out of the Country

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump set a hard line tone on the country’s national security by ordering new, strict screening of refugees to ensure that radical Islamic terrorists do not enter the U.S. Trump visited the Pentagon and was joined by his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to sign the executive order that brought sweeping changes to the refugee policies in the U.S. and put his plans into motion to build up the military. Trump said the government wants to make sure it does not admit the very threats into country that our soldiers are battling... 
 

Oman Joins Muslim Saudi-led Coalition to Fight Against Terrorism

Oman has traditionally been resistant to efforts from Gulf Arab states to close ranks against the Islamic Republic if Iran. However, it has now joined a coalition led by Saudi Arabia of Muslim nations to fight against terrorism, both Gulf and Saudi sources have said this week, The sultanate showed a willingness to be part of an alliance of 40 countries in a letter sent to the Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, said sources. Although it is rare that difference become aired publicly, Oman long stood out amongst... 
 

Netanyahu Calls UN Vote Shameful Over Settlements

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a UN vote to stop settlement activities on occupied land shameful. Netanyahu stressed that Israel was not going to abide by the vote on Friday taken by the UN Security Council’s 15 members. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas through a spokesperson said the resolution had been a huge blow to Israel’s policy. The resolution was able to pass when the United States did not veto it, breaking with a longstanding practice by the Americans. Washington traditionally has sheltered Israel from any condemnatory... 
 

Fifteen Shia in Saudi Arabia Given Death Sentences for Spying

A Saudi Arabia court has handed down 15 death sentences for spying. The fifteen defendants found guilty of spying for Iran were amongst 32 that consisted of 30 members of the Shia Muslim minority of Saudi Arabia, one Iranian national and one Afghan, that went to trial during February. Saudi prosecutors had accused the defendants of treason, putting together a spy ring through collaboration with the Iran intelligence and the passing of sensitive data regarding military zones. Over the last year, tensions have escalated between Saudi Arabia, which... 
 

Twenty-two Arrested by Israel Officials Over Wildfires

Security officials in Israel have detained 22 people on arson suspicion or the incitement of arson said law enforcement late Friday. The fires began Tuesday and erupted across the country due to parched forests, burning down a number of homes and forcing thousands to flee. Two prisons had to be evacuated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said a large number of fires had been set and he described it as terror, a term that is usually given to describe Palestinian militant attacks. There is for incitement and terror as well as for... 
 

Coalition Led By Saudis Declares Ceasefire for 48 Hours in Yemen

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia declared a ceasefire of 48 hours on Saturday in Yemen, with a condition that the Shiite rebels abide by the ceasefire and allow more humanitarian assistance to enter Taiz and other besieged cities. SPA, the news agency in Saudi Arabia carried an official statement from the military coalition saying the truce goes into effect on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Yemeni time and could be given a renewal. The coalition however warned rebels that are known as the Houthis, against any military movement of any kind. This... 
 

Turkey President Could Lead Country Through 2029

Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan could continue, as the country’s leader through 2029 with greater executive powers under new proposals that the AK Party, which is the current ruling party, is hoping will go to a referendum in the spring of 2017, officials said on Wednesday. Erdogan and supporters argue that Turkey is in need of strong leadership of what it calls an executive presidency that is similar to the system in France or the U.S., to avoid coalition governments that are often fragile that hurt its development during the past. Opponents... 
 

Gulf Executives Ready to Work With President-Elect Trump

Gulf executives, who at one time were upset with the campaign of Donald Trump because of comments made regarding Muslims, have taken a more conciliatory tone after he was elected president and said they are open for business with the U.S.  In Dubai, large placards that display the name of the president-elect and the support he had for a DAMAC DAMAC.DU project to construct a gated community, golf course and spa are visible on the outskirts of the city. Links between Trump as well as other firms in the U.S. with business in the Gulf are strong. In... 
 

Israel Conservatives Hail Win by Donald Trump

After giving congratulations to Donald Trump the new U.S. Presidential elect and thanking Hillary Clinton the defeated Democratic nominee for her continued friendship with Israel, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Chairman Bayit Yehudi said the Palestinian State era is now over. Bennett added that the victory by Trump was an opportunity for Israel to retract immediately the thought of an individual Palestinian state in the middle of Israel. He added that it would hurt security. This is what the new President elect feels, since it... 
 

Three Military Trainers from the U.S. Killed in Jordan

Three U.S. military trainers, who were assigned to help with an upgrade to the armed forces of Jordan, were shot and killed Friday at an Air Force base in Jordan. The alarming confrontation raised questions over the relationship between the U.S. and one of its longtime allies. A spokesperson for the Jordanian military said that the trainers had failed to stop when approaching a gate at the base, but the Pentagon said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were still being examined. The deaths come one year close to the day after a police captain... 
 

Saudi Arabia Able to Stand Economic Challenges, OIC Chief Resigns

The Minister of State from Saudi Arabia insisted that the oil rich kingdom can face the different economic challenges at both local and worldwide levels despite the drop in the price of oil. Essam Bin Saad, who also is a Cabinet Member and the acting Minister of Information and Culture, said that the kingdom’s government headquartered in the capital of Riyadh can keep a public fiscal space that is better, preserve reserves and bring its public debt down. The Ministerial Council in Saudi Arabia reiterated that measures that have been enacted of... 
 

Workers from India Fly Home Following Talks in Saudi Arabia

In August, it was estimated that 10,000 workers from India were stranded in Saudi Arabia. The first group of workers from India with the Saad Group was flown home late Thursday following a meeting of officials from each of the governments. The minister of state from India for its external affairs VK Singh ended a visit to Saudi Arabia Friday to help the Indian workers who were laid off to repatriate. The official held a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Social Development and Labor of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Humaidan in what was called productive... 
 

President Sisi Losing Confidence of Egyptians

A cartoon that appeared across social media depicts an Egyptian drowning with only a hand protruding out of the water, waving to get help. The next strip shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi jumping into the water and taking the watch of the drowning man and then turning his back. That cartoon has captured the mood amongst angry and desperate Egyptians who have been hit hard with increases in taxes, soaring inflation in food prices and cuts in subsidies from the state. Some fear there will be a repeat of the huge street protests that drove... 
 

Israel Cuts Ties with UNESCO Due to Disagreement over Holy Site

Israel announced the suspension of ties with the United Nations group UNESCO, which is in charge of the preserving of history and culture, after a draft decision said that Israel ignores ties to Judaism in the holiest site of the religion. The draft decision shows the importance that Jerusalem has to all of the three monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but does not mention why the city is significant to Jews or Christians. In Paris on Thursday, the resolution was passed by a UNESCO Executive Board’s subsidiary body. The... 
 

Syrian Attack Plan Refugee Kills Himself While in Custody

A Syrian refugee who was suspected of the planning of a bomb attack on an airport in Berlin strangled himself with his own shirt while in detention, said law enforcement officials on Thursday. Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, who was 22 and arrived in 2015 in Germany, was close to carrying out a terrorist attack. Police in Germany said that Albakr’s behavior suggested he was linked with ISIS. Law enforcement officials arrested Albakr on Sunday following a two-day manhunt. On the night of October 12, the suspect took his own life while in a... 
 

Boat Bound for Gaza Intercepted and Escorted to Israeli Port

A boat that was carrying 13 female pro-Palestinian activists was given an escort to shore at a port in Israel Thursday after it was intercepted by the Israeli navy when attempting to break the blockade Israel has on the Gaza Strip, said the military. The Israeli military added that the women, who were on board, including a Nobel peace laureate, had been transferred to authorities for processing. Israel Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad said 11 of the 13 passengers had been detained for four days and then would all be deported. Haddad... 
 

Government of Saudi Arabia Says Workers Can Be Fired

New reforms the Ministry of Civil Services has introduced in Saudi Arabia, means that workers for the government will no longer be guaranteed raises in pay and can now be fired. Not only can workers for the government now be fired, but they will receive mandatory assessments to determine eligibility for pay increases or bonuses. These new reforms that the Ministry announced officially took effect at the beginning of the new Islamic year, which was October 2, said a local news agency. The reforms aim to increase employees’ performance, productivity... 
 

Iran and Saudis End Hopes for Oil Deal for OPEC

On Tuesday, Iran and Saudi Arabia ended any hopes that oil producers in OPEC would reach a deal that limits output this week in Algeria. Trusted sources within the oil producing cartel said the big differences between Tehran and the Kingdom were too wide to bridge. This meeting is just consultative, as everyone will be heard including the consumers and the secretariat of OPEC, said Khalid al-Falih the Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia. Bijan Zanganeh the Oil Minister of Iran said it was not the time to make decisions. He said that decision making... 
 

United Nations Suspends Aid Following Direct Hit of Convoy

The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys for Syria after its convoy of vehicles carry humanitarian aid was attacked near Aleppo by warplanes on Monday. The UN convoy had been given proper permits and all parties involved in warring including Russia as well as the U.S. were notified, said a spokesperson for the UN. Eighteen of 31 vehicles that contained winter clothing, medical supplies and wheat were destroyed. A local, senior official from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was one of the civilians killed in the incident. The U.S. expressed its... 
 

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Converts to Islam

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was showered with congratulations from the Islamic world after word was released that he had converted to Islam as well as carried out his first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that was also the first one ever performed by a senior diplomat from the UK. Simon Collis conversion to Islam was made public following the posting of pictures on an account in Twitter that showed him and Huda his wife, wearing traditional white garments that Muslim pilgrims wear, while the two stood in front of Britain’s consulate in Mecca. The... 
 

United States and Russia Seal Ceasefire in Syria

The U.S. and Russia working together against the terrorist militant group Islamic State and an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria revived a truce that compels Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ground and air forces to pull back allowing in new humanitarian aid that is badly needed. Those were details that emerged on Saturday as John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State and Sergey Lavrov the Foreign Minister of Russia ended another marathon session in Geneva that represents their latest push towards ending the devastating complex Syria war. The breakthrough... 
 

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Agree to Moscow Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President agreed in principle to meet in Russia with the Foreign Ministry saying that more attempts are going to be made to renew the peace process between Israel and Palestinians Vladimir Putin the Russian President is attempting to arrange the meeting of Netanyahu and Abbas, said the foreign ministry in Russia on Thursday. A spokesperson for the ministry in Moscow said Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet by no date has been established for the meeting. The spokesperson’s... 
 

Britain and Iran Exchange Ambassadors As Relations Thaw More

Ties between Iran and the UK are now fully restored thanks to the appointment by both countries of ambassadors following a strain in diplomatic relations for five years. This follows the successful negotiation of a nuclear deal and the lifting of the economic sanctions that the west placed upon Iran. Despite the two ambassadors Nicolas Hopton from the UK in Tehran and Hamid Baeidinejad for Iran in London now in place, the leadership of Iran continues to mistrust the UK. In June of 2015, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is the Supreme Leader of Iran... 
 

British Airways Resumes Flights to and from Iran

British Airways is planning to resume its flights to Tehran on Thursday evening, the most recent restored link the West has made with Iran since lifting sanctions this past January following the nuclear program accord. A Boeing 777 jetliner will take off at 9:00 p.m. from London en route to Tehran, which will be the first flight for British Airways into Iran since 2012. Its service to Iran was suspended at that time amidst tightening sanctions by the West over the nuclear program in Iran. British Airways is planning to operate its service into Iran... 
 

Qatar Gives Illegal Residents Grace Period of Three Months

Illegal residents living in Qatar have been given a grace period of three months to leave the Middle East Gulf State without having legal consequences prior to the introduction of the changes taking place in the labor laws within the country. This grace period is Qatar’s first in over a decade, according to reports from local news. The country’s Ministry of the Interior announced last this week that residents who are illegal could report to the department of Search and Followup from Sept 1 to December 1 in order to arrange their leaving of the... 
 

Iranian Vessels Intercept United States Destroyer

A United States Navy official has said that four vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out an intercept at high speeds of the USS Nitze on Tuesday near Strait of Hormuz waters, calling the incident unprofessional as well as unsafe. The navy official said that two of the Iranian vessels turned away but not until they come to within less than 300 yards from the guided-missile destroyer of the U.S., as it crossed international waters. Only after it sent multiple audio and visual warnings did the Iranian vessels turn away. The incident... 
 

Saudi Arabia Will Provide Flights for Stranded Filipino Workers

A number of workers, especially those that work for construction companies, have become stranded with no pay in Saudi Arabia during the past few months. Some said officials have also had problems feeding themselves as well. According to officials, between 9,000 and 20,000 workers from the Philippines are affected at this time across the Kingdom. A local newspaper in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia said that under a royal decree made by the kingdom, travel documents for those who want to return to the Philippines would be processed. The report... 
 

Tension Between Israel and Egypt Comes to a Boil in Olympics

The Olympic athlete approached his opponent in a sportsmanship-like gesture extending his hand, but the other man turned his back. The boos began to rain down. Or Sasson, a medal contender who is from Israel, had just beaten Islam El Shehaby from Egypt in a judo match during the early rounds of the Olympic competition before a packed house of spectators. When the match concluded El Shahaby would not shake Sasson’s hand. The match referee forced the Egyptian athlete to bow and El Shehaby did so, but when that took place, the Israeli athlete had... 
 

Donald Trump Calls President Obama the Founder of ISIS

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called U.S. President Barack Obama the founder of the Islamic State. The comment came on Wednesday and is just the latest in a number of remarks by Trump that suggest Obama sympathized with the Middle East Muslim terrorists. Trump told a group of supporters during a Fort Lauderdale, Florida rally that ISIS was honoring the president. After he made the allegation two more times, Trump said he would say that Hillary Clinton was the co-founder of the group. The charges made by Trump came only moments... 
 

Israel Charges Employee of United Nations With Helping Hamas

On Tuesday, Israel charged an aid worker with the United Nations with allegedly helping Hamas the Islamist movement. The UN employee works in the Gaza Strip and the indictment is the second against a humanitarian worker over the past few days. Israeli prosecutors have filed charges against Waheed Borsh a UN Development Program engineer for allegedly diverting resources from the group to help support and build military operations of Hamas in the Palestinian region. Borsh was taken into custody July 16 by police in Israel and Shin Bet its security... 
 

Former ISIS Terrorist Releases Some Group Secrets

For the past two years or more, ISIS has been telling its foreign fighters that want to join the radical, militant group to buy airline tickets round trip to Turkey and to arrange stays in resorts at the seaside to avoid any suspicion. However, once those wannabe terrorists arrive in Turkey, they quickly are smuggled into territory held by ISIS and instructed how to kill. When they return to places such as Germany or France, they are able to say they visited Turkey on holiday, said prisoner Harry Sarfo in Germany who became a member of ISIS last... 
 

Syria Nusra Front Separates From Al-Qaeda

Syria-based Nusra Front, which formally was called Jabhat al-Nusra, was affiliated with al-Qaeda in Syria for the past 5 years. The leader of the group announced it would cut ties it has with al-Qaeda to become independent and said it was given al-Qaeda’s blessing as well. This announcement comes from Abu Mohammed al-Julani the leader of Nusra Front in his statement on video. Julani announced his organization would change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which when translated means to the Front of the Conquest of Syria/the Levant. The group is... 
 

UAE Internet Users with VPNs Could Receive Large Fines

United Arab Emirates residents who use the virtual private networks or VPNs could be imprisoned temporarily and/or fined up to 2 million Dhs under a just enacted law. This new law passed by the UAE government and issued by the President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan last week focuses on battling cybercrime. The new legislation amends an existing federal law in the UAE in combating crimes related to information technology. The first article of the new law is what replaces the text from Article 9 of the existing law. It summarizes... 
 

Opposition in Syria Calls for U.S. led Strikes to be Suspended

The leader of the Syrian National Coalition, which is the opposition to the current Syrian regime, called for the suspension of all U.S. led air strikes aimed at the Islamic State in the country of Syria. This could be due to reports that dozens of Syrian civilians were killed from different air strikes close to Manbij a city in northern Syria. Those reports are being investigated. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, said 56 or more civilians had been killed due to air strikes north of the city of Manbij. This came one... 
 

Iran Has Detained Many Dual Nationals for Unknown Reasons

Over the last nine months, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has arrested six or more Iranians with dual nationality, the largest number detained at the same time over the past few years. Homa Hoodfar an academic from Montreal was preparing to leave Iran to return to Montreal this past March when agents from the powerful paramilitary Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard raided the home in Tehran where she was staying. They took her phone, laptop, passport and books said her family. During the next 90 days, Hoodfar, a Canadian, Iranian as well as Irish citizen... 
 

Turkey Coup Attempt Quashed Says President Erdogan

Almost 3,000 soldiers that include some high-ranking officers were arrested following a coup attempt in Turkey that is now over said the country’s leaders. The government said that 161 people were killed and over 1,440 injured during the overnight coup attempt. Gunfire and explosions could be heard in Istanbul, the nation’s capital of Ankara and in other places. Thousands of Turks heeded the call by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rise up, take the streets and defeat the coup-plotters. It still is unclear who was behind the coup. Erdogan put... 
 

Facebook Accused of Being Tool for Hamas

Lawyers have filed a lawsuit for $1 billion against social media giant Facebook alleging that it allowed Hamas the Palestinian militant group to use its platform to plot its attacks that cost the lives of four Americans while wounding one in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the newly filed lawsuit, Facebook knowingly provided material resources and support to Hamas through Facebook’s online social media platform and its communications services, thus making it liable for violence brought against five Americans. The lawsuit added... 
 

Foreign Minister of Egypt in Rare Israel Visit

The foreign minister of Egypt will have meetings with Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel on Sunday in a rare visit by an Egyptian Foreign Minister to Israel that is aimed at bringing back to life the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. The visit by Sameh Shoukry to Israel, which is the first by a foreign minister in Egypt in the past nine years, comes after a similar meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian officials on June 29. The visit comes as France is leading a new push to revive the peace efforts. The initiative... 
 

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Looks to Given Assurance to Saudis

The crown prince and anti-terror leader of Saudi Arabia sought Tuesday to assure his fellow Saudis of the security in the country following suicide attacks on Monday that targeted Medina, the holy city, Jeddah the site of the U.S. consulate and Qatif a city of Shi’ites. Four or more people were killed during the Monday attacks. No group as of yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Islamic State carried out many similar bombings across the kingdom during the last year, targeting security forces in Saudi and Shi’ite Muslims. Mohammed... 
 

Iraq Destroys Over 200 Vehicles of Convoy Alleged to be ISIS

Airstrikes by the Iraqi military destroyed over 200 vehicles it believed were carrying fighters from ISIS fleeing their former Iraqi strongholds. The number of dead and injured was unknown said a senior military official in Iraq. Brig. Yahya Rasool, an Iraqi spokesperson for its Joint Operation Command, said warplanes and helicopters from Iraq attacked the convoy 12 miles south of the city of Fallujah. Rasool said that all of the ISIS militants that were traveling in that convoy had been killed, but he would not provide the number of dead or the... 
 

Israel and Turkey Normalize Ties, Turkey Tries to Mend Fences with Russia

Israel and Turkey signed an agreement Tuesday to restore ties following a rift of six years. The two countries formalized their agreement that Ban Ki-moon the Secretary General of the U.N. said sent a signal of hope for regional stability. The accord, which was announced Monday by each prime minister of the two countries, was a rapprochement that is rare in a Middle East that is very divided. However, it was driven by a prospect of lucrative gas deals in the Mediterranean along with the mutual fears over growing risks in security. On Tuesday, in... 
 

ISIS Captures Hundreds of Kurdish Civilians in Syria

Militants from the Islamic State have abducted close to 900 Kurdish civilians during the last three weeks in the province of Aleppo in northern Syria. They forced their captives to build new fortifications in retaliation for an assault led by the Kurds on a stronghold of IS nearby, said activists on Friday. Reports emerged, as well on Friday, that 26 or more of those abducted were killed due to refusing to follow the orders of IS members. The latest abductions come amidst strong fighting for control of a key stronghold of IS known as Manbij in the... 
 
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