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#Syria

# syria - Yesterday’s News

From TheJournal.ie ‘Great escape’ Irish troops get ready to leave Golan Heights Syria

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

They’re to be replaced by 130 new peacekeepers.

From TheJournal.ie German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial Kreshnik Berisha

German court puts first alleged Islamic State jihadist on trial

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

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# syria - Saturday 13 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Family of British man kidnapped by ISIS ask his captors to make contact Help

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.

From TheJournal.ie White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State At War

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders War Crimes

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

From TheJournal.ie UN confirms militants have released kidnapped UN peacekeepers Golan Heights

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

From TheJournal.ie Kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers “will be released soon” Golan Heights

Kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers “will be released soon”

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

From TheJournal.ie 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

From TheJournal.ie New study says Ireland has the second highest per capita jihadist rate Jihad

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

From TheJournal.ie 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

From TheJournal.ie Obama vows US ‘will not be intimidated’ by Islamic State jihadists Strike Back

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

From TheJournal.ie US journalist Steven Sotloff ‘beheaded by Islamic State’ in newly released video Steven Sotloff

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The rebel group holding 45 UN soldiers wants to be taken off the UN’s terror list Golan Heights

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.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty: IS have carried out “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale” Islamic State

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist Cooperating Cousins

Irish and UK authorities to launch new terrorist flight watchlist

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

From TheJournal.ie Syrian troops and Islamist rebels exchange fire near peace line in Golan Heights Peacekeeping

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

Defence Minister Simon Coveney wants a UN review of the peacekeeping

From TheJournal.ie “Not an acceptable level of risk”: UN mission review needs to happen now, says Coveney Golan Heights

“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

From TheJournal.ie I’m not going to pull troops out of Golan before UN review — Coveney Syria

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.

From TheJournal.ie Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday News Fix

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.

From TheJournal.ie Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided ‘great escape’ Golan Hieghts

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish soldiers “safe and accounted for” after daring rescue mission Golan Heights

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.

From TheJournal.ie Peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels at Golan Heights UNDOF

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.

From TheJournal.ie ‘We will go home one day’: Yazidis determined to return to their temples and normal lives Iraq

‘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.”

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border Spectrum Of Violence

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish peacekeepers safe but “on high alert” after Golan Heights kidnappings Syria

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.

From TheJournal.ie UK increases terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” War On Terror

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

From TheJournal.ie No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights Golan Heights

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.

From TheJournal.ie Irish troops on high alert after rebels capture Golan Heights border crossing Keeping The Peace

# syria - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing ‘some harassment’ in Syria Golan Heights

Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing ‘some harassment’ in Syria

Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.

From TheJournal.ie American family reveals their 26-year-old daughter is being held captive in Syria Kidnappings

American family reveals their 26-year-old daughter is being held captive in Syria

The humanitarian worker was kidnapped by the militant group some time ago.

# syria - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Suspected killer of James Foley is London rapper and son of Al-Qaeda suspect – reports Islamic State

Suspected killer of James Foley is London rapper and son of Al-Qaeda suspect – reports

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, aka L Jinny, left his well-off London home last year…

From TheJournal.ie Obama okays spy planes over Syria… but no airstikes yet Islamic State

Obama okays spy planes over Syria… but no airstikes yet

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

From TheJournal.ie US hostage released in Syria after two years Freed

US hostage released in Syria after two years

Peter Theo Curtis is believed to have been released in the Golan Heights region.

From TheJournal.ie James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it’s beautiful Love

James Foley wrote a letter to his family while in captivity and it’s beautiful

“Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart.”

# syria - Sunday 24 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all Opinion

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

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

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis Terrorism

Opinion: The murder of James Foley will backfire spectacularly on Isis

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.

From TheJournal.ie To pay or not to pay? James Foley’s death underscores an agonising dilemma Breaking The Cycle

To pay or not to pay? James Foley’s death underscores an agonising dilemma

It is estimated that terrorists net about $120m between 2004 and 2012 in ransoms.

# syria - Friday 22 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State will “have to be defeated” says America’s top general Iraq

Islamic State will “have to be defeated” says America’s top general

The militants have an “apocalyptic, end of days vision”, it has been said.

From TheJournal.ie Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley’s parents Islamic State

Read the chilling email IS militants sent to James Foley’s parents

The email says the militant group will “not stop until we quench our thirst for your blood”.

# syria - Thursday 21 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m Islamic State

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

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