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The foreign jihadists fighting in Syria – for Assad's regime

Iraqi fighters from the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas brigade in Damascus.<p>Much has been written about foreign jihadists fighting in Syria, but the focus has …

Kerry urges Turkey and Israel to restore ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Turkey and Israel to fully normalise ties, after Israel's US-brokered apology for a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza aid flotilla organised by a Turkish charity.<p>Kerry made his comments in a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in …

Syrian rebels claim to seize border post

Syrian rebels say they have overrun an army garrison that defends the main southern border crossing with Jordan on Friday and vowed to press on to take control of the major transit route.<p>Fighters from the Free Syrian Army said on Friday that they captured the Um al-Mayathen post on the main …

Hackers target Israeli government websites

A weekend cyberattack campaign has targeted Israeli government websites but failed to cause serious disruption, officials say.<p>Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, of the government's National Cyber Bureau, said on Sunday that hackers had mostly failed to shut down key sites.<p>"So far it is as was expected, there is …

Why Israel Needs Turkey (and Turkey Needs Israel)

Both countries fear spillover from the civil war in Syria, and are particularly concerned with the fate of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, …