Middle East Timeline

Yemen: Former President Flees House Arrest

Yemen President Captive in coup attempt

Yemen’s former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has escaped weeks of house arrest by the Houthi militia at his official residence on Saturday and fled to his home town of Aden, according to several reports. Hadi’s official status since leaving the presidency last month due to his protest of the Houthis overrunning the presidential palace and… Read more »

Libya: Egypt Calls For U.N. Backed Coalition Against ISIS

Libya: Egypt Calls For U.N. Backed Coalition Against ISIS

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. The president has said that what has happened so far in Libya is “a crime.” “We have abandoned the Libyan people as prisoners of the… Read more »

Death Toll In Syria Surpasses 210,000

Syria Flag

The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060, nearly half of them civilians. Unfortunately, the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The Observatory, which is based in Britain and has a network of activists across Syria, said that… Read more »

Dozens Killed In Damascus After Heavy Fighting

The results of heavy fighting in Damascus

Heavy fighting in and around Damascus has left at least 40 dead and countless injured, according to state media and many observers. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least four children were among 35 people killed in nearly 40 air raids on Thursday in a Damascus province. At least five more were killed… Read more »

Kurds Celebrate In The Streets After Pushing Back The Threat Of ISIS

Kurdish Flag on Hill

Earlier on the Inquisitr, it was reported how the Kurds, with airstrike assistance from the United States military, were able to repeal the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the border town of Kobani on Monday, January 26. ISIS should have probably taken the loss of hundreds of their troops in November of… Read more »

ISIS Sex Slaves Escape Rape Through Last Resort By Killing Themselves

Yazidi Woman

One of the biggest atrocities happening in the Middle East today is the modern-day slavery of women, especially Yazidi women. Because of past reports, it is now known that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capture these women and turn them into sex slaves. The Inquisitr reported numerous times on the situation pertaining… Read more »

ISIS Governor Abu Taluut Killed In Christmas Day Airstrikes

Abu Taluut Killed

ISIS governor Abu Taluut, also known as Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, was killed in coalition-led airstrikes on Christmas day, CNN reports. Abu was governor of the Islamic State-led Mosul region, and had been active only 25 days after U.S. airstrikes killed his predecessor, Radwan Taleb Al-Hamdouni, earlier this month. Saluut was “killed 18 miles south of… Read more »

Taliban Attacks Show Shift In Tactics In Afghanistan

Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Two days of multiple Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have left two American soldiers, an Afghani official, and 18 others dead, as the Taliban shifts tactics during the coalition’s withdrawal. The attacks, which took place Friday and Saturday, were claimed by the Taliban as their own, officials in Afghanistan report. The Taliban attack began Friday, when… Read more »

Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed In Pakistani Raid, Say Reports

Al Qaeda Leader Killed

The Army of Pakistan claims that it’s killed al Qaeda leader Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation has indicted for a role in at least one terror plot to attack the United States and the United Kingdom. Shukrijumah, 39, was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States, with… Read more »

Pope Francis On Middle East Tour, Prays In Mosque

Pope Francis in Middle East

Catholic Pope Francis is touring the Middle East, and is currently on the last a three-day visit to Turkey. The Grand Mufti of Istanbul gave the Pope a tour of Sultan Ahmet mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, where Francis prayed with Muslims in silence. Saturday morning, Pope Francis bowed his head and clasped… Read more »