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Several militant factions join ISIL in Syria

Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/12/370930/syria-militant-factions-join-isil/
 
Iraq divided over control of Kirkuk

Baghdad has accused the Kurdistan Regional Government of using the chaos in Iraq to seize control of the disputed city.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/iraq-control-kirkuk-20147772054115995.html
 
Egypt hits out over Israeli ‘mass punishment’ in Gaza

Egypt hit out at Israel on Friday for killing civilians in Gaza with “oppressive policies of mass punishment”, while urging the international community to act quickly to end the conflict.

Israel's aerial military campaign targeting rocket-firing Islamist militants in Gaza has killed around 95 Palestinians and wounded more than 500 since it was launched early Tuesday.

“Egypt rejects the irresponsible Israeli escalation in the occupied Palestinian territory, which comes in the form of excessive and unnecessary use of military force leading to the death of innocent civilians,” the foreign ministry said.

“This represents a continuation of the oppressive policies of mass punishment.”

The ministry statement also appealed to the international community to quickly interfere to end the violence, and said the two sides must adhere to a truce that ended their 2012 conflict.

The continuing escalation of the conflict would not “create the suitable climate... for future negotiations to peacefully settle” the issue, the ministry added.

Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel, helped to broker the 2012 truce between the Jewish state and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.

But the government of newly-elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has so far only responded to the Gaza conflict by demanding both sides stop the violence.
 
Kuwait urges urgent Arab League meeting on Gaza war

Kuwait has called for an urgent Arab League foreign ministers meeting to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Kuwait’s permanent representative to the organization Aziz Rahim Al-Daihani said Friday the situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating. Kuwait is the current rotating president of the Arab League.

The meeting of Arab League foreign ministers is expected to be held on Monday.

So far, the United Nations has not taken any measures to end Israel’s assault on Gaza. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, however, has called for an end to Israeli aggression, saying the region could not afford “another full-blown war.”

The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122. More than 800 people were injured in the latest round of Israeli attacks on Gaza, which started on July 8. Most of the victims have been women and children.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that the Tel Aviv regime will not stop its attacks on Gaza.

“No international pressure will prevent us” from attacking Gaza, said the Israeli premier.

Anti-Israeli protests have been held in several cities across the globe, as Israel continues the new wave of aggression against Palestinians of the besieged Gaza Strip.
 
Iraq forces 'killed 255 Sunni prisoners' - HRW

Iraqi security forces and government-affiliated militias appear to have executed at least 255 prisoners since 9 June, a human rights group says.

The killings appeared to be retaliation for attacks by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

The prisoners were all Sunni Muslims, while the majority of security forces and militia were Shia, they added.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurds have reportedly taken over two oilfields in the north.

Most of the executions took place as Iraqi forces fled advancing Isis fighters, HRW said in a statement.

The killings took place in six Iraqi villages: Mosul, Tal Afar, Baquba, Jumarkhe, Rawa and Hilla, HRW reported.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28274742
 
Israel and militants trade fresh fire as Gaza toll rises

Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have continued to trade fire overnight after Israel vowed to press on with its offensive to stop rocket attacks.

Some 121 Palestinians have been killed, Palestinian sources say. The UN says more than three-quarters are civilians.

Israel says it hit more than "60 terror targets" in new raids. Two rockets hit Beersheba in Israel, the military said.

Hundreds of missiles and rockets have been fired since Israel began its operation five days ago.

Israel says it is targeting militants and militant facilities, including the homes of senior operatives. It says "dozens of terrorists" are among those killed.

There is no sign of both sides agreeing on a ceasefire, despite intense diplomacy at the United Nations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that his country will resist foreign pressure to halt its operations.

"The objective is to restore quiet to the cities of Israel, and I intend to achieve this objective," he said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28275414
 
Kerry in Kabul over Afghan poll row

US secretary of state holds talks with two candidates in country's disputed presidential election

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/kerry-kabul-over-afghan-poll-row-20147110424436319.html
 
Philippines arrests Australian imam

Robert Cerantonio, alias Musa, accused of having links fighters and rallying support for Syria's Islamic State group.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/philippines-arrests-australian-imam-2014711134919534455.html
 
Arrests over Indian 'revenge rape'

A teenage girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been raped in apparent revenge for an alleged assault on another woman, police say. How life has changed for Delhi rape victim's family

A teenage girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been raped in apparent revenge for an alleged assault on another woman, police say.

Three people were arrested, including a village head who is accused of approving the alleged crime.

The 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped this week after her brother was accused of assaulting a woman.

Violence against women remains deeply entrenched while calls to address the problem have grown in recent years.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following that attack.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28259634
 
US drone attack kills 2 in Afghanistan

A US assassination drone attack kills at least two people in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar.

According to reports, the attack was carried out on Friday.

The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim nations such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years.

The Afghan people and the country’s officials have protested about the civilian casualties on numerous occasions, but the US drone attacks continue unabated.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world's number one user of "targeted killings," largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/12/370911/us-drone-attack-kills-2-in-afghanistan/