DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. Where cosmopolitan Beirut was once the region's best known city for going under the knife, turmoil in Syria and...
Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control. Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, residents of the crowded territory have endured an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade and three wars between Israel and Hamas. "Both times, I found Gazans to be very sad, but this time I see much more sadness," he said,...
BRUSSELS, Oct 21- The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria. The EU imposed similar sanctions on Colonel Mohammed Bilal, a senior officer in the Air Force Intelligence Service of Syria, and Major-General Ghassan...
BEIRUT, Oct 17- Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah...
BAGHDAD/ BEIRUT, Oct 14- A senior Iraqi Kurdish official said on Tuesday that Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government had provided military assistance to Syrian Kurdish forces battling Islamic State fighters in the town of Kobani. Hamid Darbandi, the KRG official responsible for Syrian Kurdish affairs in Iraq, said: "We helped them in roughly every arena.
*Fate of Syrian Kurdish town sparks unrest in Turkey. GENEVA/ MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 10- Thousands of people most likely will be massacred if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene. The United Nations...
*Anger over fate of Syrian Kurdish town fuelling unrest in Turkey. GENEVA/ MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 10- Thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.
*Media blitz on Khamenei health unprecedented in Islamic Republic's history. BEIRUT, Oct 5- Images of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appearing frail and in bed have raised questions about the seriousness of his condition, and who might eventually succeed him. What followed was unprecedented in the 35- year history of the Islamic Republic.
BEIRUT, Oct 3- Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group, has seized a third of Syria and large areas of Iraq and this year proclaimed a caliphate across the two countries in the heart of the Middle East. The group, which U.S-led forces are bombing in Iraq and Syria, is made up of thousands of fighters from both countries as well as foreign recruits from around the...
SHEKHAN, Iraq, Sept 30- For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq.
NEW YORK/ BEIRUT, Sept 25- French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept 15- As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.
*Russia says air strikes would be aggression. BEIRUT, Sept 11- By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar al-Assad's major enemies. The U.S. strategy for tackling Islamic State in Syria is unlikely to yield quick results.
*Qatar seeks to free more US hostages in Syria- source. DOHA, Aug 26- Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the Gulf Arab state's diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012..
*U.S. air support helping Kurds in Mosul Dam drive. DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said.
DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters are advancing towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents, witnesses and a Kurdish peshmerga commander said on Sunday.
BEIRUT, Aug 12- Islamic State insurgents who seized a Lebanese border town this month planned to turn Lebanon into another Iraq by unleashing sectarian war between Sunnis and Shi'ites that would have endangered the nation's very existence, the army commander said.
*Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army surrounded a border town occupied by Islamist militants on Wednesday as mediators reported progress in negotiations to end to the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war yet onto Lebanese soil.
*Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army surrounded a border town occupied by Islamist militants on Wednesday, arresting men and evacuating refugees as the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war onto Lebanese soil lurched into its fifth day.
*Saudi kings gives $1 bln to Lebanese army. ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon Aug 6- L ebanon's army and Islamist militants clashed on Wednesday in breach of a ceasefire aimed at ending five days of fighting in the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war onto Lebanese soil.