Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after the US shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday. The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had […]

Mosul battle: Fierce fighting as Iraqi troops push into Old City

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mosul is so-called Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq The last Islamic State militants in Mosul are reportedly putting up fierce resistance as Iraqi forces try to seize their final stronghold in the city. One commander said penetrating the jihadists’ defences was very difficult, as they had blocked […]

Historic violin lent by Oxford University to Syrian refugee

Image copyright Amr Kokash Image caption Aboud Kaplo, originally from Aleppo, has sought refuge in Lebanon with this family A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee. Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of […]

Kushner Heads to Mideast – U.S. News & World Report

[ad_1] The Times of Israel Kushner Heads to MideastU.S. News & World ReportWASHINGTON (AP) — Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East this week to continue work toward a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. A White House official said the senior aide and son-in-law to President Donald Trump will arrive on …Jared Kushner […]

US coalition downs Syrian army plane in Raqqa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian Army plane The US-led coalition in Syria has shot down a Syrian military jet in Raqqa province. The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against the Islamic State (IS) group when it came […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

Media captionIraqi federal police engaged in fierce gun battles There have been intense clashes on the first day of an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces and federal police advancing from the west and south were met with mortar fire and car […]

Mideast research center to launch in fall – The Detroit News

Mideast research center to launch in fall – The Detroit News

[ad_1] Engineer Adel Amro walks inside the circular corridor at the research center known by its acronym, SESAME, in the countryside of western Jordan, about 22 miles from the capital of Amman.(Photo: Reem Saad / AP) Allan, Jordan — A top-notch research center that brought together Iran, Israel and other Mideast antagonists is launching operations […]

Iraqi forces attack Mosul’s Old City

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The campaign to retake Mosul is now in its ninth month Iraqi forces say they have launched an assault on Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces are advancing on the district from the west and federal police are on the southern front, […]

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