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French government reveals the kidnapping of two journalists in Syria

According to kuna.net.kw, the French Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that two more journalists from France had gone missing in northern Syria and must be presumed kidnapped. The latest abductions bring the number of French journalists missing in Syria to four. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Nicolas Henin, a reporter with “Le Point” weekly and “Arte” television channel, and photojournalist Pierre Torres had gone missing on June 22 but authorities had not released that information right away. Families of the journalists decided after more than three months to reveal the kidnapping. Read article

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One injured as mortar strikes Chinese embassy compound in Damascus

Straitstimes.com reports that China says a mortar shell that landed within its embassy compound in Syria’s capital has slightly injured a Syrian employee and caused slight damage to the property. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei also said on Tuesday that “China is shocked at the attack and strongly condemns” it. Read article

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Spanish journalist kidnapped by jihadist forces in Syria

According to elpais.com, Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, a special correspondent for El Periódico de Catalunya, has been in the hands of a rebel group in Syria since September 4, the newspaper confirmed on Monday. Marginedas, 46, was traveling in a car with his driver when they were stopped by jihadist insurgents outside Hama, in the […]

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Syria: Mortar hits Russian embassy in Damascus, three employees injured

Al Jazeera reports that a mortar shell has landed in the compound of the Russian embassy in central Damascus, injuring three people, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “On September 22 as a result of shelling by the rebels of the Damascus neighbourhood of Mazzeh, one of the shells exploded on the territory of the Russian […]

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Syria: Three Armenians kidnapped in Aleppo

Three Armenians were kidnapped several days ago in Aleppo, a source told Armenian News-NEWS.am. According to the source, Hovsep Muradyan, Gevorg Hayrapetyan and Tigran Berberyan were kidnapped from Sheikh Nachar district in Aleppo. Other details are not available. Read article

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United States closes Beirut embassy as precaution to Syrian strike retaliation

NBC News reports that the United States has withdrawn all non-emergency embassy workers and their families from Beirut and warned Americans against travel to Lebanon amid looming military strikes on Syria, the State Department said Friday. It said the decision had been taken “due to potential threats to U.S. Mission facilities and personnel,” and comes […]

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4 killed in Syria car bomb attack near Damascus

Presstv.ir reported that, at least four people have been killed and six others injured after a car bomb attack rocked the western area of the Syrian capital, Damascus, local media report. The blast took place on Thursday near a research and testing center affiliated with the Syrian Ministry of Industry in Damascus’s Sumaria neighborhood, the […]

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Iraq: Mortar attack on Iranian dissident camp kills several refugees

Al Jazeera reports that several people were killed in a mortar attack at an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq early Sunday morning, according to security and Iraqi government sources. Accounts differ about how many people died, and it was not immediately clear who fired the mortars. The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran said […]

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Israel shoots down rocket from Egypt aimed at tourist resort town

Reuters reports that Israel shot down a rocket aimed at its southern resort city of Eilat early on Tuesday, blowing it up in mid air near the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a military official said. Islamist militants operating in the lawless desert peninsula said they fired the rocket at the city, which was packed […]

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Syria: Italian priest apparently kidnapped by al Qaeda-linked rebel group

Yahoo News UK reports that an Italian Jesuit priest who hoped to negotiate with jihadists in Syria has “apparently been kidnapped by an Islamist group” which is “a local version of Al-Qaeda”, the foreign ministry in Rome said Tuesday. “You will all understand the difficulties. We have not given up, we are still hopeful” of […]

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