Wednesday, August 27, 2014

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle 26 August 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET

UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

Algerian president fires a top adviser

Algerian president fires a top adviser

French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

Government-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

Government-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

Ukraine's president dissolves parliament - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Ukraine's president dissolves parliament - Europe - Al Jazeera English

US begins surveillance flights over Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US begins surveillance flights over Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes 26 August 2014 Last updated at 04:26 ET

Lockdown on US base after soldier turns gun on herself 25 August 2014 Last updated at 17:19 ET

Israel destroys 2 Gaza high-rises in escalation

Israel destroys 2 Gaza high-rises in escalation

Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

Ukraine claims capture of 10 Russian soldiers

Ukraine claims capture of 10 Russian soldiers

AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

Ukraine crisis: Russia 'to send new aid convoy' 25 August 2014 Last updated at 05:27 ET

French president accepts PM's resignation - Europe - Al Jazeera English

French president accepts PM's resignation - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Hamas dismisses warnings from Israeli PM - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Hamas dismisses warnings from Israeli PM - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

Israel strikes kill 2 in Gaza; official's home hit

Israel strikes kill 2 in Gaza; official's home hit

Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

French government dissolved amid internal feud

French government dissolved amid internal feud

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Foley murder video 'may have been staged'

Foley murder video 'may have been staged' Discussion in 'World Affairs' started by MBI Munshi, 3 minutes ago.

http://defence.pk/threads/foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.330630/

The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged.

Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.

The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group.

But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.

A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times.

“After enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture fades to black,” the analysis said.

Sounds allegedly made by Foley do not appear consistent with what may be expected.

During Foley’s speech, there appears to be a blip which could indicate the journalist had to repeat a line.

One expert commissioned to examine the footage was reported as saying: “I think it has been staged. My feeling is that the execution may have happened after the camera was stopped.”

However the company, which requested anonymity, did not reach a definitive answer.

It concluded: “No one is disputing that at some point an execution occurred.”

Foley murder video 'may have been staged' - Telegraph

Source: http://defence.pk/threads/foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.330630/#ixzz3BMeagDB0

Fears grow for second kidnapped US journalist - Features - Al Jazeera English

Fears grow for second kidnapped US journalist - Features - Al Jazeera English

Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Middle East's digitised battlefields - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

The Middle East's digitised battlefields - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

2 French teen girls probed as would-be jihadis

2 French teen girls probed as would-be jihadis

US bombs Islamic State fighters in north Iraq - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US bombs Islamic State fighters in north Iraq - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US 22 August 2014 Last updated at 00:04 ET

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel

Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel

Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine

Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine

ISIS estaba pidiendo 132 millones por James Foley - América TeVé

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis