Tag Archives: Middle East news

Islamic State abducts at least 90 from Christian villages in Syria

Two Syria-based activist groups confirm Assyrian hostages seized ancient Christian villages from northeastern Syria by Islamic State jihadists   Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern … read more

American Muslims remember Peter (Abdul-Rahman) Kassig as Great Hero

The death of a U.S. aid worker at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants is “barbaric” and is not a true reflection of Islam, a cleric told hundreds of people who gathered Friday for the … read more

Abbas – Palestinian President: Closing Jerusalem holy site ‘a declaration of war

(CNN) — Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis spiked in Jerusalem Thursday as Israel closed access to the Temple Mount, a move Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called a “declaration of war.” Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told CNN on Thursday that the … read more

USA slaps sanctions on more than 25 people and companies of Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 25 people and companies it accused of violating sanctions against Iran, including shipping firms, airlines, and six Iranian banks. The U.S. move comes as the United States … read more

Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip

 Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) —The 16-day … read more

Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people in Iraq

Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq’s instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president. U.N. chief … read more