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Israel shoots down drone near Syrian border 09/02/2014 Israel shoots down drone near Syrian border
Israel has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Israeli airspace near the Syrian border on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed.

The drone was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile over Quneitra in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.

"In spite of the IDF's sensitivity to recent occurrences in the proximity of the border, we have repeatedly stated that we will respond to any breach of Israel's sovereignty and will continue to act to maintain safety and security to the civilians of the State of Israel," Lerner added.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/meast/israel-syria-drone/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2

Fighting in Syria spawns separate civil war in global jihadist movement 08/29/2014 Fighting in Syria spawns separate civil war in global jihadist movement
Syria’s bloody civil war has spawned a separate rift with ramifications well beyond the region known as the Levant -- a battle for the very soul of the global jihad movement.

Islamic militants who poured into the embattled nation to help the Free Syrian Army in its bid to topple dictator Bashar Assad are now fighting Assad, the rebels and each other in a barbaric free-for-all. At the center is the split between Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the newly emerged Islamic State, which are fighting each other on the battlefield and in the war for recruits to the cause of Islamic terrorism.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/29/fighting-in-syria-spawns-separate-civil-war-in-global-jihadist-movement/?intcmp=HPBucket

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets 08/28/2014 Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent.

The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations" that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/28/al-qaeda-magazine-urges-terrorists-to-hit-vegas-military-academies-and-stores/

Israel, Hamas Reach Extended Cease-Fire 08/27/2014 Israel, Hamas Reach Extended Cease-Fire
Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues.

In the end, both sides settled for an ambiguous interim agreement in exchange for a period of calm. Hamas, though badly battered, remains in control of Gaza with part of its military arsenal intact. Israel and Egypt will continue to control access to blockaded Gaza, despite Hamas' long-running demand that the border closures imposed in 2007 be lifted.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/hamas-israel-ceasefire_n_5715157.html

US begins surveillance flights over Syria after Obama authorization 08/26/2014 US begins surveillance flights over Syria after Obama authorization
The U.S. has started flying surveillance drones over Syria after President Obama authorized the missions, two senior Defense officials told Fox News, in a move that could pave the way for eventual airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the country.

A decision still has not been made, at least publicly, to launch airstrikes in Syria. But the Obama administration would likely need additional intelligence on possible targets should the president take that step.

Sources told Fox News that Obama approved surveillance missions in Syria for the first time over the weekend; they have since begun.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/26/obama-authorizes-use-surveillance-drones-over-syria/

Texas Police Chief Michael Pimentel Killed On Duty 08/25/2014 Texas Police Chief Michael Pimentel Killed On Duty
The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau told The Associated Press that Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was making a stop to serve an active misdemeanor warrant for graffiti, when the suspect fired, hitting the chief several times.

Pimentel was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, she said.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/24/michael-pimentel-texas-police-chief-killed_n_5704283.html

Police, residents clash in Liberian slum under Ebola quarantine 08/21/2014 Police, residents clash in Liberian slum under Ebola quarantine
Violent clashes between authorities and residents of an Ebola-stricken neighborhood erupted in the Liberian city of Monrovia on Wednesday as the death toll from the disease continued to climb.

Men threw stones at soldiers dispatched to control crowds in West Point — a Monrovia slum that’s been placed under quarantine — and residents tried to charge through barricades in the neighborhood, according to reports. “This is messed up,” Lt. Col. Abraham Kromah, head of national police operations, told the New York Times. “They injured one of my police officers. That’s not cool. It’s a group of criminals that did this. Look at this child. God in heaven help us.” Kromah spoke while looking at a 15-year-old who appeared to have been wounded in the clashes; the teenager begged for help as he lay near the barricade, the Times reported.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2014/08/20/police-residents-clash-in-liberian-slum-under-ebola-quarantine/

U.N. airlifts aid into northern Iraq for desperate families fleeing militants 08/20/2014 U.N. airlifts aid into northern Iraq for desperate families fleeing militants
The U.N. refugee agency is due to begin a massive four-day airlift of aid Wednesday into northern Iraq, where fighting between Islamist extremists and Kurdish forces has created a humanitarian crisis.

It's one of the largest aid pushes the agency has ever undertaken. And it's much needed. Some half a million people have been forced from their homes as ISIS militants have advanced.

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said the desperately needed aid would be flown by Boeing 747s from Jordan into Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/20/world/meast/iraq-crisis/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Two shot and 31 arrested as violence descends on Ferguson for a NINTH night  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728485/Ferguson-braces-night-violent-protests-National-Guard-arrive-community-leaders-ask-protesters-not-remain-streets-sundow 08/19/2014 Two shot and 31 arrested as violence descends on Ferguson for a NINTH night Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728485/Ferguson-braces-night-violent-protests-National-Guard-arrive-community-leaders-ask-protesters-not-remain-streets-sundow
Police came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer ten days ago.

Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking down a residential street on August 9.

State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said on Monday night 'our officers came under heavy gunfire' in one area.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728485/Ferguson-braces-night-violent-protests-National-Guard-arrive-community-leaders-ask-protesters-not-remain-streets-sundown.html

Missouri Governor to Deploy National Guard to Ferguson 08/18/2014 Missouri Governor to Deploy National Guard to Ferguson
Gov. Jay Nixon announced early Monday that he would deploy the Missouri National Guard to this St. Louis suburb, ratcheting up efforts to quell unrest that has paralyzed the city since an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer.

Mr. Nixon said in a statement that he chose to activate the National Guard because of “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent acts.”

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Mr. Nixon said.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/us/ferguson-missouri-protests.html?_r=0


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