France unveils anti-jihad campaign with video and web site


PARIS - France unveiled a short video and web site on Wednesday designed to dissuade potential jihadists from joining Islamist fighting groups in Syria and Iraq, where recruiters have lured hundreds of Westerners using slickly produced clips and social media.

Israeli jets strike back after Syria's Golan attack -Israeli army

JERUSALEM - Israeli airforce jets struck Syrian army artillery positions near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched in the area the previous day.

World, Israel 3:24pm IST

Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani - U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

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Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan - Israeli military

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

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Iran says Israel crossed "red lines", vows to respond -IRNA

DUBAI - Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

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Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over.

World, 27 Jan 2015

Syrian opposition starts talks in Moscow, expectations low

MOSCOW - Members of the Syrian opposition meeting in Moscow on Monday said they aimed to work out common demands to present to the Damascus government when its representatives join them later this week in an attempt to revive peace efforts.

World, 27 Jan 2015

Assad seeks agreement over U.S. air strikes in Syria

BEIRUT - President Bashar al-Assad has said U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria should be subject to an agreement with Damascus and Syrian troops should be involved on the ground.

World, 26 Jan 2015

Turkey opens biggest refugee camp for 35,000 from Kobani

ISTANBUL - Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on Sunday to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in Syria's Kobani, national disaster management agency AFAD said.

World, 26 Jan 2015

U.S. ambivalence towards Moscow talks shows pressure easing on Syria's Assad

BEIRUT - An ambivalent U.S. response to a Moscow peace conference on Syria, despite a firm boycott by the main opposition, shows how the fight against Islamic State fighters has reduced international pressure against President Bashar al-Assad.

World, 26 Jan 2015

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