New flagpoles in Iran spark rumors of clandestine satellite jamming technology
Afghanistan presses Pakistan on Taliban releases
“Gunmen” kidnapped 20 Iraqi police recruits at a cafe in Bayji. The recruits are thought to have been taken to Anbar province near the border with Syria; al Qaeda is suspected of carrying out the operation.
In Sinai: The Uprising of the Bedouin
UN’s Palestine vote divides Western allies
Following the UN vote recognizing Palestinian statehood, Israel said it would build new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The government authorized the construction of 3,000 new homes and ordered preliminary work for thousands more.
Syrian fighting rages as rebels push for Damascus breakthough
Militant leader in Syria seeks Islamic state, says his men do not fear death