A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
Israel’s army has reportedly fired shells into Lebanon after a border bombing wounded soldiers. The 80-kilometer border had been largely quiet since a monthlong war between Israeli forces and the Hezbollah group in 2006.
Turkish President Erdogan is facing a storm of international criticism for not doing more to curb the IS terror group. But many Sunnis see the Assad regime as the greater danger, says Middle East expert Oliver Ernst.
A 20-year-old on trial for involvement in a terrorist organization has confessed to fighting alongside the IS in Syria. In a statement, he said he saw it as his duty to defend Sunni Muslims from the tyranny of Assad.
Bomb attacks in Iraq have targeted Kurdish security and political offices in the east and a police chief in the west of the country. They followed a series of bomb blasts in the capital the day before.
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