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#Syria

# syria - Today’s News

Coveney confirms Irish troops will return to Golan Heights

There was some uncertainty as to whether or not soldiers would return to the disputed territory.

A little-known terror group was ‘on verge of major attack’ on the US

The group, unaffiliated to the Islamic State group, was also targeted in air strikes today.

As Coveney mulls decision on Irish troops, Israel shoots down Syrian plane in Golan Heights

It’s the first time since 1985 that Israel has downed a Syrian plane.

US Navy record missile attack on Islamic State group and upload it on YouTube Military Operation This post contains videos

US Navy record missile attack on Islamic State group and upload it on YouTube

The US navy have documented the attack by filming the Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles in action.

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US and five Arab countries begin airstrikes on Islamic State

The strike was conducted by the US, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

# syria - Yesterday’s News

Fleeing ISIS: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have now crossed into Turkey

Extremists with Islamic State have seized dozens of villages in the past week.

# syria - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Pics: Thousands of terrified Kurds flee to Turkey to escape Islamic State

Hundreds of Kurds abandoned their homes after warnings from Islamic State.

Wife of British taxi driver captured by Islamic State pleads with captors to release him

“I cannot see how it could assist any State’s allow the world to see a man like Alan dying,” she said.

# syria - Friday 19 September, 2014

‘I will not send Irish troops into civil war in Syria’ – Coveney

Irish peacekeepers are about to re-deploy to the Golan Heights.

France is the first nation to join the US in attacking Islamic State…

… but refused to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

# syria - Thursday 18 September, 2014

# syria - Monday 15 September, 2014

‘Great escape’ Irish troops get ready to leave Golan Heights

They’re to be replaced by 130 new peacekeepers.

German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial

Prosecutors say there is no evidence he was plotting an attack in Germany.

# syria - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact

Islamic State has threatened to kill David Haines, who was kidnapped in March last year.

White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State

“The United States is at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda”.

# syria - Friday 12 September, 2014

Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders

Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.

# syria - Thursday 11 September, 2014

UN confirms militants have released kidnapped UN peacekeepers

The Al Qaeda-linked group has safely returned 45 Fijian troops, kidnapped at the Golan Heights.

# syria - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers “will be released soon”

That’s according to the country’s Ministry of Information.

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.

# syria - Friday 5 September, 2014

New study says Ireland has the second highest per capita jihadist rate

However only around 25 to 30 individuals have flown out from Ireland to join the conflict in Syria.

# syria - Thursday 4 September, 2014

Steven Sotloff’s family speak out for the first time since his death Is

Steven Sotloff’s family speak out for the first time since his death

“He ultimately sacrificed his life to bring their story to the world.”

# syria - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Obama vows US ‘will not be intimidated’ by Islamic State jihadists

Terrorism experts say the group is not as strong as pre-911 Al-Qaeda.

# syria - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

US journalist Steven Sotloff ‘beheaded by Islamic State’ in newly released video

Sotloff appeared in the video in which James Foley was killed.

The rebel group holding 45 UN soldiers wants to be taken off the UN’s terror list

The Al-Nusra Front want their group taken off the UN’s list of terrorist organisations, as well as compensation for fighters injured in recent days.

Amnesty: IS have carried out “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale”

The human rights group says IS fighters have carried out “systematic ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq.

# syria - Monday 1 September, 2014

Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist

Irish and UK intelligence sharing is “at an all time high.”

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels exchange fire near peace line in Golan Heights

Defence Minister Simon Coveney wants a UN review of the peacekeeping

“Not an acceptable level of risk”: UN mission review needs to happen now, says Coveney

The United Nations needs to conduct a full review of the UNDOF mission before Ireland’s next rotation of troops, the Defence Minister said.

# syria - Sunday 31 August, 2014

I’m not going to pull troops out of Golan before UN review — Coveney

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.

Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s been talking about a drowning tragedy in Crete, Irish troops in the Middle East, peace, and EP.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided ‘great escape’

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 soldiers “safe and accounted for” after daring rescue mission

Irish troops staged an operation to evacuate UN troops from an area where heavy fighting was taking place.

Peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels at Golan Heights

The clash took place at 6am, but morale is still said to be high among the troops.

‘We will go home one day’: Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives

“We were pushed out of Sinjar, but even if (the jihadists) come here, I would rather die for this temple than leave Iraq.”

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

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 peacekeepers safe but “on high alert” after Golan Heights kidnappings

Irish personnel secured a route and provided security as UNDOF troops withdrew from a position today.

UK increases terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe”

There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.

# syria - Thursday 28 August, 2014

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

# syria - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing ‘some harassment’ in Syria

Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.

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