French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that air strikes in Syria must target Islamic State militants but also other groups "considered as terrorists."
Fabius said a statement by President Francois Hollande on Friday that Russian air strikes must target "Daesh and only Daesh (the Arabic acronym for IS)", did not exclude other groups like the Al-Nusra Front.Full Story
Israel carried out an air strike on the Gaza Strip early on Monday in response to a Palestinian rocket attack from the territory, an army statement said.
"Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Hamas terror site in the northern Gaza Strip," it said.Full Story
Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group's campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.
The Arch of Triumph was one of the most recognizable sites in Palmyra, the central city affectionately known by Syrians as the "Bride of the Desert," which the IS group seized in May. The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East.Full Story
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced that Baghdad's "Green Zone" was open to the public for the first time in 12 years, albeit with many remaining restrictions.
The roughly 10-square-kilometer (four square miles), heavily fortified area in the heart of Baghdad is home to the country's top political institutions and embassies.Full Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday Israel was "waging a fight to the death against Palestinian terror," and ordered tough new measures after the killing of two Israelis in Jerusalem.
"These steps include, among others, speeded up demolition of terrorists' homes," he said in a video address distributed by his office.Full Story
Republican U.S. presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said he would like to "sit back" and watch as Russia continues air strikes in Syria, suggesting it could be a "trap" that could bog down Moscow.
In comments aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Trump said he would not establish a no-fly zone over Syria, as several other candidates, including Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, have suggested.Full Story
British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to "change direction" in Syria and recognize that its President Bashar Assad must be replaced.
Moscow says its airstrikes are targeting the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadists, but British intelligence forces claim that only one in 20 Russian airstrikes were hitting the extremist group.Full Story
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday warned of a dangerous escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank following attacks and appealed for calm.
Ban strongly condemned the violence that left two Israeli men dead in the Old City, triggering clashes overnight that left scores injured.Full Story
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that "military efforts" were needed in Syria but they would not be enough to end four years of bloodshed in the war-scarred country.
Merkel urged talks with all sides in the conflict, in an interview with public broadcaster Deutschlandradio.Full Story
Russia's military said Sunday it had bombed 10 Islamic State targets in Syria over the past 24 hours in a further escalation of its campaign against the jihadist group.
"From the airbase of Hmeimim, the Russian aviation group is continuing to ramp up air strikes using high-precision missiles against the ISIS facilities in Syria," the defense ministry said.Full Story