Middle East

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazir, September 16, 2014.

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Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazir

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul September 15, 2014.

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul in Iraq

Palestinian youths set fire to tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz on September 8, 2014 following the death of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Sinokrot, 16, who was wounded by gunfire on August 31 and died from his injuries. News of his death sparked widespread clashes near his home and throughout the Israeli-annexed east of the city.

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Palestinian youths set fire to tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz on Monday following the death of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Sinokrot

European members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) uses binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as they stand in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 5, 2014. Israel is closely monitoring the fighting between Syrian troops and Islamist rebels close to the armistice line on the Golan out of fear of a spillover of the internal conflict.

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European members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) watch through binoculars the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday

A Syrian man collects vegetables from a vegetable patch locals grew at the site where a barrel bomb hit a sewage pipe in the Baedeen neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 3, 2014. Aleppo province has been subject to a particularly fierce regime aerial campaign, including the use of explosive-packed barrel bombs tossed from regime helicopters that rights groups say kill indiscriminately.

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A Syrian man collects vegetables from a vegetable patch locals grew at the site where a barrel bomb hit a sewage pipe in the Baedeen neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo

City skyscrapers stand on the waterfront on Palm Jumeirah artificial island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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City skyscrapers stand on the waterfront on Palm Jumeirah artificial island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shi'ite militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city...Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shi'ite militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city September 1, 2014.

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Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shia militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city

Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 1, 2014 , following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing. Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights yesterday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

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Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing

A Syrian woman sits next to her children sleeping on the street in Hamra Street in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on August 29, 2014. The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops three million, the UN said, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

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A Syrian woman sits next to her children sleeping on the street in Hamra Street in the Lebanese capital, Beirut

A Palestinian demonstrator throws a gas cannister using a sling shot during clashes with Israeli security personnel in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah after a march in support the resistance in the Gaza Strip on August 29, 2014. Seven weeks of war between Hamas militants and Israel in Gaza killed more than 2,100 people and and left the territory's infrastructure in tatters and tens of thousands of Palestinians displaced.

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A Palestinian demonstrator throws a gas cannister using a slingshot during clashes with Israeli security personnel in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday