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Syria

# syria - Yesterday’s News

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.

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# 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.

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: Was the New York Post’s front page photo of James Foley unethical? Controversy

Debate Room: Was the New York Post’s front page photo of James Foley unethical?

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

From TheJournal.ie US sent mission to try and rescue James Foley Special Forces

US sent mission to try and rescue James Foley

Sadly, the journalist was killed by ISIS earlier this week.

# syria - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Video of journalist James Foley being beheaded is authentic, says White House Execution

Video of journalist James Foley being beheaded is authentic, says White House

Twitter has said it will suspend users who post clips of the video online.

From TheJournal.ie ISIS is a ‘cancer’ which ‘has no place in the 21st century’ – Obama Execution

ISIS is a ‘cancer’ which ‘has no place in the 21st century’ – Obama

The US president said the entire world was appalled by the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: James Foley’s death shows that graphic, unregulated footage is just a click away Digital Age

Opinion: James Foley’s death shows that graphic, unregulated footage is just a click away

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?

From TheJournal.ie James Foley’s family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading Islamic State

James Foley’s family asks kidnappers to spare hostages after video of alleged beheading

Diane Foley says the family has “never been prouder of our son Jim”.

# syria - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Islamic State releases video claiming to show beheading of US journalist James Foley James Foley

Islamic State releases video claiming to show beheading of US journalist James Foley

Foley has been missing since being kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam’s hometown Iraq

Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam’s hometown

Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.

# syria - Sunday 17 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam Isis

Kurdish troops take towns from Islamic State, advance on key dam

The Kurds are backed by American air strikes.

# syria - Sunday 10 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame Middle East

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame

Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.

From TheJournal.ie Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi Islamic State

Britain has started airdropping food and water to besieged Yazidi

US forces said they had “successfully (conducted) four airstrikes to defend Yazidi civilians being indiscriminately attacked”.

# syria - Saturday 9 August, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Life on the dole – a dark and humorous diary Social Welfare

Life on the dole – a dark and humorous diary

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

From TheJournal.ie Young faces of war: Syrian children bereaved, homeless and losing hope Photojournalism

Young faces of war: Syrian children bereaved, homeless and losing hope

When will it stop? Syrian children killed, injured and left homeless as conflict continues.

# syria - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Polio ‘adding to Syria’s humanitarian disaster’ say aid agencies Syria

Polio ‘adding to Syria’s humanitarian disaster’ say aid agencies

A major vaccination campaign is underway, but UNICEF and WHO say aid workers need better and safer access to children in danger.

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