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By Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilize the Middle East, the defense minister said on Sunday. “The weapons delivery is enough to supply a brigade of 4,000 soldiers,” said Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Breaking with a post-war policy of not sending arms to conflict zones, Chancellor Angela Merkel says northern Iraq is an “exception” because of the nature of Islamic State’s violence. “The lives of millions of people, the stability of Iraq and the whole region and … due to the high number of foreign fighters, our security in Germany and Europe are being threatened,” read a government statement after Merkel met some of her ministers to discuss details of the aid to the Kurds.
Lapid reiterates need to disarm Hamas, says Israel must work reinforce PA and must lead international summit on Gaza amid ISIS incursion in Iraq: The threat of terror is a common threat to the entire western world.’
A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said Sunday. The man, who is said to be of Chechen origin, was stopped at the Nice airport on Saturday and taken into custody. He is suspected of having paid in cash for a 16-year-old girl to fly to Turkey with the intention of then crossing the border to Syria, a statement by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Unconvinced by the girl's explanation that she was planning on visiting her grandmother in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines contacted French border police, who then called the security services.
By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State (IS) to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli in several villages. "Security forces and militia fighters are inside Amerli now after breaking the siege and that will definitely relieve the suffering of residents," said Adel al-Bayati, mayor of Amerli.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities pushed back Sunday a deadline for local and international non-government organizations to register under a restrictive law or risk being shut down, a decision that was criticized as a way to silence critics of the government, a government official said.
After Israel decided to recognize 4,000 dunam in Gush Etzion as state land, Palestinians say move is indicative of ‘Israel’s desire to wipe out the Palestinian presence and impose a one-state solution’