# syria - Yesterday’s News
Irish and UK intelligence sharing is “at an all time high.”
Defence Minister Simon Coveney wants a UN review of the peacekeeping
The United Nations needs to conduct a full review of the UNDOF mission before Ireland’s next rotation of troops, the Defence Minister said.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
# syria - Sunday 31 August, 2014
Irish troops carried out a daring rescue mission of their Filipino colleagues yesterday. The fate of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji captured by rebels still remains unknown.
Everyone’s been talking about a drowning tragedy in Crete, Irish troops in the Middle East, peace, and EP.
More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Irish troops were involved in the first evacuation operation.
# syria - Saturday 30 August, 2014
Irish troops staged an operation to evacuate UN troops from an area where heavy fighting was taking place.
The clash took place at 6am, but morale is still said to be high among the troops.
“We were pushed out of Sinjar, but even if (the jihadists) come here, I would rather die for this temple than leave Iraq.”
The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.
# syria - Friday 29 August, 2014
Irish personnel secured a route and provided security as UNDOF troops withdrew from a position today.
There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.
# syria - Thursday 28 August, 2014
The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.
But they’re safe at the moment.
# syria - Wednesday 27 August, 2014
Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.
The humanitarian worker was kidnapped by the militant group some time ago.
# syria - Tuesday 26 August, 2014
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L Jinny, left his well-off London home last year…
The US has long resisted taking action against IS inside Syria, but it’s believed the militants’ murder of journalist James Foley may have altered the President’s approach.
# syria - Monday 25 August, 2014
Peter Theo Curtis is believed to have been released in the Golan Heights region.
“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”
# syria - Sunday 24 August, 2014
Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.
# syria - Saturday 23 August, 2014
Western powers were growing increasingly weary of military engagements in the Middle East – but this provocation will ensure a sustained, focused campaign to eliminate Isis.
It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.
# syria - Friday 22 August, 2014
The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.
The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.
# syria - Thursday 21 August, 2014
Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.
We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…
Sadly, the journalist was killed by ISIS earlier this week.
# syria - Wednesday 20 August, 2014
Twitter has said it will suspend users who post clips of the video online.
The US president said the entire world was appalled by the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.
Are the general public ready for the stark reality of raw, amateur content – often from war zones – to be part of their mainstream media publications and broadcasts?
Diane Foley says the family has “never been prouder of our son Jim”.
# syria - Tuesday 19 August, 2014
Foley has been missing since being kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.
# syria - Sunday 17 August, 2014
The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.
# syria - Sunday 10 August, 2014
Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.
US forces said they had “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked”.
# syria - Saturday 9 August, 2014
Tobias Kirkner arrived back to Ireland and thought it would be easy to ‘get on the dole’… he was wrong.
# syria - Sunday 3 August, 2014
When will it stop? Syrian children killed, injured and left homeless as conflict continues.
# syria - Wednesday 23 July, 2014
A major vaccination campaign is underway, but UNICEF and WHO say aid workers need better and safer access to children in danger.