Ireland Mulls Peacekeeper Withdrawal from Golan Heights

Ireland’s defense minister says his country needs safety reassurances from the United Nations before it sends more peacekeepers to the Israel-Syria border next month. Simon Coveney told Irish broadcaster RTE Monday that the U.N. must provide [...]

Britain ‘Deplores’ Israeli Claim of West Bank Land

The British government says Israel’s expropriation of a large swath of land inside the occupied West Bank would “do serious damage to Israel’s standing in the international community.” On Sunday, Israel laid claim to about [...]

UN to Send Team to Investigate Islamic State Crimes in Iraq

GENEVA — The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale,” with a view to holding perpetrators to account. “We are facing [...]

Libya’s Elected Parliament Asks al-Thinni to Form New Government

Libya’s elected parliament, the House of Representatives, asked Abdullah al-Thinni on Monday to form a new government for the oil-producing country, a parliamentary spokesman said. Thinni, a former defense minister and career soldier, [...]

Iraqi Military Takes Another Town From Islamic State

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shi’ite militiamen, backed by U.S. airstrikes, entered the town of Sulaiman Bek, south of Kirkuk, on Monday, ending three months of control in the area by the Islamic State group, a military source said. After [...]

Peacekeepers Rescued in Golan Heights Fight

Thirty-two United Nations peacekeepers have been rescued after heavy fighting in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The U.N. said Saturday that 40 of its soldiers remain under fire near the Syria-Israel border. A gunfight erupted between Philippine [...]

Kerry Calls for Global Coalition to Fight I.S.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a broad global coalition to combat Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS. In an article published in The New York Times Saturday, Kerry said the terrorist group is a rising threat, not [...]

Conflicts Engulf Christians in Mideast

WASHINGTON— According to a study by the Pew Research Center the number of Middle Eastern countries experiencing sectarian violence between religious groups has doubled from five to 10 since 2011. The research finds an increase in faith-based [...]

UN: Syria Refugee Count Tops 3 Million; Search Continues for UN Peacekeepers

GENEVA—More than three years of civil war in Syria has forced three million people to flee their homeland, and the fighting is only intensifying, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees said the [...]

Islamic State’s Popular Appeal Presents Challenge for Jordan

AMMAN— He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn’t enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swaths of neighboring Iraq and Syria. Handsome, [...]

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