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UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.

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Chemical weapons cited after horror attack in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

The cause of the deaths of hundreds of Syrian civilians in the early hours of Wednesday in the eastern suburbs of Damascus is still uncertain.

The Syrian rebels claim that they were killed in a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian army, but some chemical experts are skeptical.

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Saudi ‘has missiles pointing at Israel’

By Ellis Bolle, July 11, 2013

Military experts have identified a previously undetected missile base in the Saudi Arabian desert, which appears to be targeting Israel and Iran.

Analysts at the IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review have said that satellite imagery indicates the existence of launch pads oriented in the direction of Israel and Iran’s major cities.

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Same faith but fighting on opposites sides in the Great War

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

The stories of the Jews who sacrificed themselves for king and country in the First World War will be told at a landmark exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum in Camden next summer.

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Putin arms sale threatens meltdown in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

The civil war in Syria threatened to escalate beyond its borders this week with the confirmation that Russia will supply Bashar al-Assad’s government with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. The new weapons are said to be capable of shooting down aircraft in Israeli airspace.

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Israel and Syria exchange fire in the Golan Heights

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire in the Golan Heights in the latest in a series of incidents on the border.

The Syrian army claimed it had destroyed an IDF jeep that it said had infiltrated into Syrian territory in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Israeli 'red lines' being crossed in Syria and Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Israeli intelligence officials say the moment is fast approaching when the country’s so-called “red line” triggers for military action in both Syria and Iran will have been crossed.

President Bashar al-Assad is already believed to have crossed the line in Syria by using chemical weapons.

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When British soldiers were in exile in Babylon

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

A homemade haggadah used by wartime British troops, which was so basic that its typewritten pages were bound with cardboard packing material, has recently been discovered.

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Syrian long-range missile base taken by jihadists

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Rebel forces in Syria have made significant gains over the past few days, capturing additional towns and military bases from the army still loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Jihadist militias thought be aligned with Al-Qaeda have taken control of Scud missile bases in the north-eastern province of Dier ez-Zor.

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Algeria is jihadists’ biggest prize

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2013

It is not often that the head of a Western government and a leading al-Qaeda operative see eye-to-eye on developments in the Middle East. But that is what happened after last week’s unprecedented take-over of In Amenas, a gas facility in Algeria.

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