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1. 01-22 Yemen: President resigns as rebels tighten hold Sanaa, Yemen
01-22 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
D. 01-31 ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded ISIS
4. 03-17 Netanyahu claims poll victory Jerusalem
5. 04-24 Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks Yerevan, Armenia
G. 05-15 Militants seize Ramadi stronghold Ramadi, Western Iraq
H. 05-20 Islamic State 'in control' of Syria's Palmyra Palmyra, Syria
I. 07-01 64 soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Egyptian Army's checkpoints Sheikh Zuweid, Sinai
J. 07-20 30 people were killed by bomb Suruc, Turkey

Summary.     Click for More > Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria   Ankara explosions leave almost 100 dead   Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, according to officials Palestinian rioters torch Jewish holy site Joseph's Tomb   No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268   Airbus A-321 has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board. It left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for St Peter...   Russia warplane shot down in Syria Map of Latakia Syria
Yemen: President resigns as rebels tighten hold Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies   Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital. He was the fifth of his brothers to take the throne and became king in 2005 ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded   Netanyahu claims poll victory  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in parliamentary election. Estimates gave both sides 27 seats each in the 120-seat Kn... Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks Militants seize Ramadi stronghold Islamic State 'in control' of Syria's Palmyra 64 soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Egyptian Army's checkpoints 30 people were killed by bomb Egypt launches Suez Canal expansion Palmyra's Baalshamin temple blown up by IS   Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin, Syrian officials and activists say   2,411 people died in Hajj stampede Map of Mina Saudi Arabia
Jan.9  Yemen  Al Qaeda rep says group directed Paris magazine attack
Jan.22   Yemen
  Saudi Arabia
Jan.23  Saudi Arabia  New Saudi king promises continuity
Jan.26  Northern Syria  Islamic State 'driven out of Kobane'
Jan.28  Northern Israel  Three killed as Israel and Hezbollah clash on border
Jan.29  Sinai  Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula leave 20 dead
Jan.31   ISIS
Feb.3  Jordan  Jordan executes convicted jihadists after pilot's death
Feb.4  Jordan  Jordan vows 'severe response' to IS
Feb.22  Northern Syria  Turkey enters Syria to remove tomb
Mar.6  Western Iraq  Iraqi army drives IS from key town
Mar.16  Jerusalem  Netanyahu vows no Palestinian state
Mar.17   Jerusalem
Mar.20  Yemen  IS claims Yemen mosque bombings
Mar.25  Yemen  Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen
Apr.1  Yemen  Yemen crisis: Fighting intensifies in Aden
Apr.5  Yemen  Houthi rebels make gains in Aden
Apr.17  Iraq  Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed' in Iraq
Apr.24   Armenia
May.2  Mosul  Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives'
May.9  Yemen  Civilians 'struggle to flee' Saada strikes
May.15   Western Iraq
May.16  Northern Syria  Top ISIS commander taken out by US Special Forces in Syria
May.20   Syria
May.21  Syria  Islamic State 'seizes last Syria-Iraq border crossing'
May.22  Saudi Arabia  Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing
Jun.7  Turkey  Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result
Jul.1   Sinai
Jul.4  Syria  Islamic State 'executes 25 men in Palmyra'
Jul.20   Turkey
Jul.24  Northern Syria  Turkish warplanes bomb ISIS positions in Syria
Jul.30  Jerusalem  Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew'
Aug.6   Egypt
Aug.12  Egypt  Image shows Croatian beheaded by ISIS in Egypt
Aug.23   Syria
Aug.31  Syria  UN: Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'destroyed'
Sep.11  Mecca  Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead in Saudi Arabia
Sep.13  Egypt  Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces
Sep.24   Mecca
  Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca.    Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina. 2 mi...
Sep.27  Northern Syria  IS conflict: France launches air strikes in Syria
Sep.30   Northern Syria
Oct.5  Turkey  Russian warplanes violated its airspace
Oct.7  Syria  Syria crisis: Nato to discuss Russia air campaign
Oct.10   Turkey
Oct.16   West Bank
Oct.18  Southern Israel  Israeli killed in Beersheva bus station attack
Oct.27  Syria  IS 'blows up Palmyra columns to kill three captives'
Oct.31   Sinai
Nov.1  Turkey  Turkey election: Ruling AKP 'heads for majority'
 Sinai  Sinai plane crash: Russian airliner 'broke up in mid-air'
Nov.4  Sinai  Sinai plane crash: Bomb may have downed airliner
Nov.5  Sinai  Curbs on Sharm el-Sheikh travel widen
Nov.12  Beirut  Beirut attacks: Islamic State claims it carried out
Nov.19  West Bank  Palestinian attacks in Israel and W Bank kill five
Nov.24   Northern Syria
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has bitterly condemned the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border.    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has...
 Northern Syria  Turkey Russia jet: Marine killed in pilot rescue bid Dec.2  Syria  UK launches first Syria air strikes Dec.28   Western Iraq Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS Dec.31  Dubai  Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper





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Al Qaeda rep says group directed Paris magazine attack   Yemen: President resigns as rebels tighten hold Map of Sanaa Yemen


January 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Syria  Syria war 'killed 76,000' in 2014
Jan.4  Lebanon  Lebanon tightens flow of Syrians
Jan.6  Yemen  Deadly blast hits Yemen capital
Jan.9   Yemen
Jan.17  Yemen  Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president
Jan.22   Yemen  
  Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has resigned along with his prime minister in protest at the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Shia Houthi rebels
  Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies Map of Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital. He was the fifth of his brothers to take the throne and became king in 2005
 A statement, made early on Friday, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection
Jan.23   Saudi Arabia   New Saudi king promises continuity   King Salman has pledged continuity, hours after his accession to the throne following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah Jan.26   Northern Syria Islamic State 'driven out of Kobane' Jan.28   Northern Israel     Three killed as Israel and Hezbollah clash on border   Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper have been killed as militants traded fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border Jan.29   Sinai Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula leave 20 dead Jan.31   ISIS   ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded
  A newly distributed ISIS release appears to show the decapitated body of captive journalist Kenji Goto, after a lecture is given by 'Jihadi John'


February 2015 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1  Egypt  Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt Feb.3   Jordan     Jordan executes convicted jihadists after pilot's death  Jordan has executed two convicted prisoners, including a female jihadist, following the killing of one its pilots by Islamic State (IS) mili... Feb.4   Jordan Jordan vows 'severe response' to IS
Feb.10  Northern Syria  Last US Islamic State hostage killed Feb.13  Western Iraq  Key Iraqi town near US training base falls to jihadists Feb.20  Dubai  Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper Feb.22   Northern Syria   Turkey enters Syria to remove tomb   Hundreds of Turkish forces in armoured vehicles evacuate troops guarding a tomb, demolishing it and moving the remains to a different site Feb.28  Mosul  ISIS militants destroying antiquities in Iraq

March 2015 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2  Iraq  Iraq 'seizes districts from IS' in Tikrit advance Mar.5  Northern Syria  Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike' Mar.6   Western Iraq     Iraqi army drives IS from key town   Iraqi forces have pushed Islamic State (IS) fighters out of the western town of al-Baghdadi, the US military says Mar.13  Sinai  Egypt unveils plans to build new capital east of Cairo Mar.16   Jerusalem Netanyahu vows no Palestinian state
Mar.17   Jerusalem     Netanyahu claims poll victory
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in parliamentary election. Estimates gave both sides 27 seats each in the 120-seat Knesset
 Exit polls suggesting his Likud party had finished in a virtual tie with the left-of-centre Zionist Union. Netanyahu said he had already spoken to the leaders of other right-of-centre parties about forming a new government
Mar.20   Yemen     IS claims Yemen mosque bombings   Islamic State say its militants carried out suicide bombings on two mosques in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed at least 137 people Mar.25   Yemen Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen Mar.28  Northern Syria  Idlib 'captured by Islamist groups'

April 2015 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1   Yemen Yemen crisis: Fighting intensifies in Aden
Apr.3  Tehran  Rouhani vows to abide by deal Apr.5   Yemen   Houthi rebels make gains in Aden   Shia Houthi rebels have made more gains in the city of Aden, despite air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition Apr.6  Iraq  Mass graves of Iraqi soldiers killed by IS found in Tikrit Apr.12  Turkey  Turkey anger at Pope Armenian 'genocide' claim Apr.17   Iraq Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed' in Iraq Apr.23  Turkey  WWI: Battle of Gallipoli centenary marked with services Apr.24   Armenia   Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks Map of Yerevan Armenia
  Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks


May 2015 ... more > Top ^
May.2   Mosul Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives'
May.5  ISIS  IS says it was behind US Prophet cartoon attack May.9   Yemen Civilians 'struggle to flee' Saada strikes May.15   Western Iraq     Militants seize Ramadi stronghold Map of Ramadi Iraq
  Islamic State militants have seized the main government building in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's largest province
May.16   Northern Syria Top ISIS commander taken out by US Special Forces in Syria May.20   Syria   Islamic State 'in control' of Syria's Palmyra Map of Palmyra Syria
  Islamic State militants have taken near complete control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, home to some of the world's most magnificent ruins
May.21   Syria Islamic State 'seizes last Syria-Iraq border crossing' May.22   Saudi Arabia Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

June 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jun.5  Southern Iraq  Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, 'dies in prison' Jun.7   Turkey     Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result   Governing AK party has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, near-complete election results show. AKP has 41%

July 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1   Sinai   64 soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Egyptian Army's checkpoints
Map of Sheikh Zuweid Egypt
  Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks on Egyptian Army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula
Jul.4   Syria Islamic State 'executes 25 men in Palmyra' Jul.5  Northern Syria  ISIS crisis: Air strikes target Syria stronghold Jul.20   Turkey     30 people were killed by bomb Map of Suruc Turkey
  Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has promised to boost security along the country's border with Syria.    The bomb hit a group of youth activists planning to...
Jul.24   Northern Syria   Turkish warplanes bomb ISIS positions in Syria   The strikes -- which struck three ISIS targets inside Syria -- come a day after ISIS militants killed a Turkish soldier in a border clash Jul.25  Northern Iraq  Turkey's air force hits IS and PKK in Syria and Iraq Jul.26  Turkey  Turkey calls Nato talks on IS and PKK Jul.30   Jerusalem Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew'

August 2015 ... more > Top ^
Aug.6   Egypt   Egypt launches Suez Canal expansion
Map of Ismailia Egypt
  Egypt has opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal, which deepens the main waterway and provides ships with a 35km (22 mile) channel parallel to it
Aug.12   Egypt Image shows Croatian beheaded by ISIS in Egypt Aug.16  Damascus  Syria conflict: Marketplace air strikes 'kill 80' Aug.23  Tehran  British embassy in Tehran reopens   Syria   Palmyra's Baalshamin temple blown up by IS
Map of Baalshamin Palmyra Syria
  Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin, Syrian officials and activists say
Aug.31   Syria UN: Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'destroyed'

September 2015 ... more > Top ^
Sep.11   Mecca   Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead in Saudi Arabia   At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city at 17:23 local time Sep.13   Egypt   Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces   Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation Sep.20  Turkey  Dozens of refugees feared dead after boat incidents in Aegean Sea Sep.24   Mecca     2,411 people died in Hajj stampede
Map of Mina Saudi Arabia
  Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca
 Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina. 2 million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite
Sep.26  Saudi Arabia  Saudi mufti says stampede deaths 'beyond human control' Sep.27   Northern Syria IS conflict: France launches air strikes in Syria Sep.30   Northern Syria     Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria Map of Lattakia Syria
  Russian defence officials say their aircraft carried out about 20 missions against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) on Wednesday


October 2015 ... more > Top ^
Oct.4  Syria  Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch' Oct.5   Turkey Russian warplanes violated its airspace
Oct.7   Syria Syria crisis: Nato to discuss Russia air campaign Oct.10   Turkey     Ankara explosions leave almost 100 dead Map of Ankara Central Station Ankara Turkey
  Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, according to officials
 TV showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners. Prime Minister Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning
 Turkey  Turkey enters mourning after Ankara blasts Oct.11  Northern Iraq  Turkish air strikes on PKK rebels as country mourns Oct.14  Jerusalem  Attacks continue in Jerusalem despite new checkpoints Oct.16   West Bank   Palestinian rioters torch Jewish holy site Joseph's Tomb Map of Joseph%27s Tomb Nablus Israel
  Palestinians have torched a Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Nablus, amid soaring tensions with Israel
 Turkey  Turkey shot down Russian drone near Syrian border Oct.18   Southern Israel Israeli killed in Beersheva bus station attack Oct.24  Jordan  Israel and Jordan strike deal on Jerusalem holy site Oct.27   Syria IS 'blows up Palmyra columns to kill three captives' Oct.31   Sinai     No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
Map of Hasna Egypt
  Airbus A-321 has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board. It left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for St Petersburg
 Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the 'black box'. The bodies of victims still strapped to seats. Russian President Putin has declared Sunday a day of mourning
 Sinai  Sinai plane crash: 'No SOS call' before disaster

November 2015 ... more > Top ^
Nov.1   Turkey Turkey election: Ruling AKP 'heads for majority'
  Sinai Sinai plane crash: Russian airliner 'broke up in mid-air' Nov.3  Egypt  Sinai crash: Russia plane flight recorders to be examined Nov.4   Sinai     Sinai plane crash: Bomb may have downed airliner   Intelligence suggests the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people may have been brought down by a bomb, US and UK officials... Nov.5   Sinai Curbs on Sharm el-Sheikh travel widen Nov.12   Beirut   Beirut attacks: Islamic State claims it carried out   Militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) say they were behind two suicide bomb attacks in the Lebanese capital Beirut, which killed at least... Nov.19   West Bank   Palestinian attacks in Israel and W Bank kill five   2 Israelis were stabbed to death by a Palestinian man at the entrance of a shop that serves as a synagogue Nov.24   Northern Syria     Russia warplane shot down in Syria Map of Latakia Syria
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has bitterly condemned the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border
 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he was cancelling his visit to Turkey
  Northern Syria Turkey Russia jet: Marine killed in pilot rescue bid Nov.27  Turkey  Turkey warns Russia not to 'play with fire' over downed jet

December 2015 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2   Syria UK launches first Syria air strikes
Dec.13  Turkey  Russia fires warning shot at Turkish fishing boat Dec.18  Sunni Triangle  Iraqi soldiers 'killed by friendly fire' Dec.22  Western Iraq  Ramadi battle enters second day  Northern Syria  Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians' Dec.27  Western Iraq  Iraqi forces 'retake Islamic State Ramadi stronghold'  Western Iraq  Iraq forces in 'full control' of central Ramadi Dec.28   Western Iraq   Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS Map of Ramadi Iraq
  The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been 'liberated' from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared. There are still pockets of resistance in the city
Dec.29  Syria  Paris attacks: IS commanders 'killed in US-led strikes' Dec.31   Dubai   Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper   A huge fire has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa


  Yemen: President resigns as rebels tighten hold Map of Sanaa Yemen




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2015
Jan.1  Syria  Syria war 'killed 76,000' in 2014
Jan.22   Yemen
  Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has resigned along with his prime minister in protest at the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Shia Houthi rebels
Jan.26   Northern Syria Islamic State 'driven out of Kobane' Jan.28   Northern Israel   Three killed as Israel and Hezbollah clash on border   Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper have been killed as militants traded fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border Jan.29   Sinai Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula leave 20 dead Feb.4   Jordan Jordan vows 'severe response' to IS Feb.13  Western Iraq  Key Iraqi town near US training base falls to jihadists Feb.22   Northern Syria Turkey enters Syria to remove tomb   Hundreds of Turkish forces in armoured vehicles evacuate troops guarding a tomb, demolishing it and moving the remains to a different site Mar.2  Iraq  Iraq 'seizes districts from IS' in Tikrit advance Mar.5  Northern Syria  Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike' Mar.6   Western Iraq   Iraqi army drives IS from key town   Iraqi forces have pushed Islamic State (IS) fighters out of the western town of al-Baghdadi, the US military says Mar.25   Yemen Saudi Arabia launches military operation in Yemen Mar.28  Northern Syria  Idlib 'captured by Islamist groups' Apr.1   Yemen Yemen crisis: Fighting intensifies in Aden Apr.5   Yemen Houthi rebels make gains in Aden   Shia Houthi rebels have made more gains in the city of Aden, despite air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition Apr.6  Iraq  Mass graves of Iraqi soldiers killed by IS found in Tikrit Apr.12  Turkey  Turkey anger at Pope Armenian 'genocide' claim Apr.23  Turkey  WWI: Battle of Gallipoli centenary marked with services Apr.24   Armenia Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks Map of Yerevan Armenia
  Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks
May.2   Mosul Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives' May.9   Yemen Civilians 'struggle to flee' Saada strikes May.15   Western Iraq   Militants seize Ramadi stronghold Map of Ramadi Iraq
  Islamic State militants have seized the main government building in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's largest province
May.16   Northern Syria Top ISIS commander taken out by US Special Forces in Syria May.20   Syria Islamic State 'in control' of Syria's Palmyra Map of Palmyra Syria
  Islamic State militants have taken near complete control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, home to some of the world's most magnificent ruins
May.21   Syria Islamic State 'seizes last Syria-Iraq border crossing' Jul.1   Sinai 64 soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Egyptian Army's checkpoints Map of Sheikh Zuweid Egypt
  Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks on Egyptian Army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula
Jul.5  Northern Syria  ISIS crisis: Air strikes target Syria stronghold Jul.24   Northern Syria Turkish warplanes bomb ISIS positions in Syria   The strikes -- which struck three ISIS targets inside Syria -- come a day after ISIS militants killed a Turkish soldier in a border clash Jul.25  Northern Iraq  Turkey's air force hits IS and PKK in Syria and Iraq Jul.26  Turkey  Turkey calls Nato talks on IS and PKK Aug.16  Damascus  Syria conflict: Marketplace air strikes 'kill 80' Sep.27   Northern Syria IS conflict: France launches air strikes in Syria Sep.30   Northern Syria   Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria Map of Lattakia Syria
  Russian defence officials say their aircraft carried out about 20 missions against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) on Wednesday
Oct.5   Turkey Russian warplanes violated its airspace Oct.7   Syria Syria crisis: Nato to discuss Russia air campaign Oct.11  Northern Iraq  Turkish air strikes on PKK rebels as country mourns Oct.16  Turkey  Turkey shot down Russian drone near Syrian border Nov.24   Northern Syria   Russia warplane shot down in Syria Map of Latakia Syria
  Russian President Vladimir Putin has bitterly condemned the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border
 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he was cancelling his visit to Turkey
Nov.24   Northern Syria Turkey Russia jet: Marine killed in pilot rescue bid Dec.2   Syria UK launches first Syria air strikes Dec.13  Turkey  Russia fires warning shot at Turkish fishing boat Dec.18  Sunni Triangle  Iraqi soldiers 'killed by friendly fire' Dec.22  Western Iraq  Ramadi battle enters second day Dec.22  Northern Syria  Russia air strikes 'killed 200 civilians' Dec.27  Western Iraq  Iraqi forces 'retake Islamic State Ramadi stronghold' Dec.27  Western Iraq  Iraq forces in 'full control' of central Ramadi Dec.28   Western Iraq Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from ISIS Map of Ramadi Iraq
  The Iraqi city of Ramadi has been 'liberated' from so-called Islamic State, the Iraqi military has declared. There are still pockets of resistance in the city




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2015 Feb.20  Dubai  Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper Sep.11   Mecca Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead in Saudi Arabia   At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city at 17:23 local time Sep.20  Turkey  Dozens of refugees feared dead after boat incidents in Aegean Sea Sep.24   Mecca   2,411 people died in Hajj stampede
Map of Mina Saudi Arabia
  Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca
 Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina. 2 million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite
Sep.26  Saudi Arabia  Saudi mufti says stampede deaths 'beyond human control' Oct.31   Sinai   No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
Map of Hasna Egypt
  Airbus A-321 has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board. It left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for St Petersburg
 Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the 'black box'. The bodies of victims still strapped to seats. Russian President Putin has declared Sunday a day of mourning
Oct.31  Sinai  Sinai plane crash: 'No SOS call' before disaster Nov.1   Sinai Sinai plane crash: Russian airliner 'broke up in mid-air' Nov.3  Egypt  Sinai crash: Russia plane flight recorders to be examined Nov.24   Northern Syria Turkey Russia jet: Marine killed in pilot rescue bid Dec.31   Dubai Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper   A huge fire has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa



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2015 Aug.6   Egypt Egypt launches Suez Canal expansion
Map of Ismailia Egypt
  Egypt has opened a major expansion of the Suez Canal, which deepens the main waterway and provides ships with a 35km (22 mile) channel parallel to it
Nov.5   Sinai Curbs on Sharm el-Sheikh travel widen



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2015 Jan.6  Yemen  Deadly blast hits Yemen capital Jan.9   Yemen Al Qaeda rep says group directed Paris magazine attack
Jan.17  Yemen  Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president Jan.31   ISIS ISIS: Japanese hostage beheaded
  A newly distributed ISIS release appears to show the decapitated body of captive journalist Kenji Goto, after a lecture is given by 'Jihadi John'
Feb.1  Egypt  Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt Feb.3   Jordan   Jordan executes convicted jihadists after pilot's death  Jordan has executed two convicted prisoners, including a female jihadist, following the killing of one its pilots by Islamic State (IS) mili... Feb.4   Jordan Jordan vows 'severe response' to IS
Feb.10  Northern Syria  Last US Islamic State hostage killed Feb.28  Mosul  ISIS militants destroying antiquities in Iraq Mar.5  Northern Syria  Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike' Mar.20   Yemen   IS claims Yemen mosque bombings   Islamic State say its militants carried out suicide bombings on two mosques in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed at least 137 people Apr.17   Iraq Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed' in Iraq May.2   Mosul Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives' May.5  ISIS  IS says it was behind US Prophet cartoon attack May.16   Northern Syria Top ISIS commander taken out by US Special Forces in Syria May.22   Saudi Arabia Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing Jul.4   Syria Islamic State 'executes 25 men in Palmyra' Jul.20   Turkey   30 people were killed by bomb Map of Suruc Turkey
  Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has promised to boost security along the country's border with Syria.    The bomb hit a group of youth activists planning to...
Jul.30   Jerusalem Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew' Aug.12   Egypt Image shows Croatian beheaded by ISIS in Egypt Aug.23   Syria Palmyra's Baalshamin temple blown up by IS
Map of Baalshamin Palmyra Syria
  Islamic State militants have destroyed Palmyra's ancient temple of Baalshamin, Syrian officials and activists say
Aug.31   Syria UN: Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'destroyed' Sep.13   Egypt Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces   Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation Oct.4  Syria  Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch' Oct.10   Turkey   Ankara explosions leave almost 100 dead Map of Ankara Central Station Ankara Turkey
  Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, according to officials
 TV showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners. Prime Minister Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning
Oct.10  Turkey  Turkey enters mourning after Ankara blasts Oct.14  Jerusalem  Attacks continue in Jerusalem despite new checkpoints Oct.16   West Bank Palestinian rioters torch Jewish holy site Joseph's Tomb Map of Joseph%27s Tomb Nablus Israel
  Palestinians have torched a Jewish holy site in the West Bank city of Nablus, amid soaring tensions with Israel
Oct.18   Southern Israel Israeli killed in Beersheva bus station attack Oct.27   Syria IS 'blows up Palmyra columns to kill three captives' Oct.31   Sinai   No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268 Map of Hasna Egypt
  Airbus A-321 has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board. It left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for St Petersburg
 Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the 'black box'. The bodies of victims still strapped to seats. Russian President Putin has declared Sunday a day of mourning
Nov.4   Sinai   Sinai plane crash: Bomb may have downed airliner   Intelligence suggests the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people may have been brought down by a bomb, US and UK officials... Nov.5   Sinai Curbs on Sharm el-Sheikh travel widen Nov.12   Beirut Beirut attacks: Islamic State claims it carried out   Militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) say they were behind two suicide bomb attacks in the Lebanese capital Beirut, which killed at least... Nov.19   West Bank Palestinian attacks in Israel and W Bank kill five   2 Israelis were stabbed to death by a Palestinian man at the entrance of a shop that serves as a synagogue Dec.29  Syria  Paris attacks: IS commanders 'killed in US-led strikes'



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2015 Jan.4  Lebanon  Lebanon tightens flow of Syrians Jan.17  Yemen  Gunmen abduct chief of staff to Yemen president Jan.22   Yemen   Yemen: President resigns as rebels tighten hold
Map of Sanaa Yemen
  Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has resigned along with his prime minister in protest at the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Shia Houthi rebels
Jan.22   Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies Map of Riyadh Saudi Arabia
  Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital. He was the fifth of his brothers to take the throne and became king in 2005
 A statement, made early on Friday, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection
Jan.23   Saudi Arabia New Saudi king promises continuity   King Salman has pledged continuity, hours after his accession to the throne following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah Feb.1  Egypt  Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt Mar.13  Sinai  Egypt unveils plans to build new capital east of Cairo Mar.16   Jerusalem Netanyahu vows no Palestinian state Mar.17   Jerusalem   Netanyahu claims poll victory
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in parliamentary election. Estimates gave both sides 27 seats each in the 120-seat Knesset
 Exit polls suggesting his Likud party had finished in a virtual tie with the left-of-centre Zionist Union. Netanyahu said he had already spoken to the leaders of other right-of-centre parties about forming a new government
Apr.3  Tehran  Rouhani vows to abide by deal Apr.12  Turkey  Turkey anger at Pope Armenian 'genocide' claim Apr.23  Turkey  WWI: Battle of Gallipoli centenary marked with services Apr.24   Armenia Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks
Map of Yerevan Armenia
  Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks
Jun.5  Southern Iraq  Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, 'dies in prison' Jun.7   Turkey   Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result   Governing AK party has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, near-complete election results show. AKP has 41% Jul.26  Turkey  Turkey calls Nato talks on IS and PKK Jul.30   Jerusalem Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed 'by ultra-Orthodox Jew' Aug.23  Tehran  British embassy in Tehran reopens Sep.26  Saudi Arabia  Saudi mufti says stampede deaths 'beyond human control' Oct.10  Turkey  Turkey enters mourning after Ankara blasts Oct.24  Jordan  Israel and Jordan strike deal on Jerusalem holy site Nov.1   Turkey Turkey election: Ruling AKP 'heads for majority' Nov.3  Egypt  Sinai crash: Russia plane flight recorders to be examined Nov.27  Turkey  Turkey warns Russia not to 'play with fire' over downed jet