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NYT | Middle East - January 14, 2016: In Syrian Town Cut Off From the World, Glimpses of Deprivation

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nytimes.com In Syrian Town Cut Off From the World, Glimpses of Deprivation Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad Residents of the besieged town of Madaya, Syria, prepared to leave on Monday. Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — Nisrine kept teaching school for months as the siege tightened around the Syrian town of Madaya, but had to give up a few weeks ago when her students got too weak from starvation to walk to class. A local medic has been surviving on the rehydration salts he gives patients, while a business school graduate makes soup from grass for his 70-year-old father, consulting shepherds about which ones their long-since-slaughtered flocks liked best.

NYT | Middle East - November 24, 2015: Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts.

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nytimes.com Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, with members of the American delegation in Vienna during nuclear talks with Iran in July. Over the past month, Iranian hackers identified individual State Department officials who focus on Iran and the Middle East and broke into their email and social media accounts. Pool photo by Carlos Barria WASHINGTON — Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran , culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month. “It was very carefully designed and showed the degree to which they understood which of our staff was worki

NYT | Middle East - November 12, 2015: Kurdish Forces Retake Strategic Highway in Iraq's North From ISIS.

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nytimes.com Kurdish Forces Retake Strategic Highway in Iraq’s North From ISIS Michael R. Gordon and Rukmini Callimachi MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq — Kurdish forces aided by thousands of lightly armed Yazidi fighters captured a strategic highway on Thursday in northern Iraq in the early stages of an offensive to reclaim the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State, which seized it last year and murdered, raped and enslaved thousands of Yazidis . As many as 7,500 Kurdish pesh merga fighters were moving on “three fronts to cordon off Sinjar City, take control of ISIL’s strategic supply routes, and establish a significant buffer zone to protect the city and its inhabitants from incoming artillery,” the security council of the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq said in a statement, using an acronym for the Islamic State. Describing the unfolding battle, Kurdish officials said that pesh merga forces had taken the village of Gabara, west of Sinjar, and had cut the supply

NYT | US Decision on Middle East : Obama to Send Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria.

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nytimes.com Obama to Send Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria Peter Baker and Helene Cooper   WASHINGTON — President Obama will deploy a small number of American Special Operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria to help local forces fight the Islamic State, the White House announced on Friday. The team will advise and assist opposition forces who are fighting the Islamic State militant group in Syria , providing smoother and quicker access to equipment and logistical help, an official said before the announcement. The decision adds a new level of risk to the Syrian enterprise, as it could bring the Special Operations troops into closer contact with the Islamic State, even if they are in Kurdish territory. While administration officials characterized the deployment as an enhancement of current strategy, it is actually a huge shift for a president who has said repeatedly that he will not put American combat

4 Attacks by Palestinians Leave 3 Dead in Israel: NYT | Middle East - October 13, 2015: NYT | Middle East - October 13, 2015.

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nytimes.com 4 Attacks by Palestinians Leave 3 Dead in Israel Jodi Rudoren and Isabel Kershner Emergency crew members removed the body of a Palestinian assailant after an attack on a bus in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press JERUSALEM — Four attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem and a city 40 miles away killed three Israeli Jews and wounded at least a dozen others in two hours on Tuesday morning, the police said, the most intense eruption so far in two weeks of escalating violence that has alarmed Israel and flummoxed its security forces. The Israeli authorities said two assailants boarded a public bus in Jerusalem and shot and stabbed riders, killing two men. The third Israeli fatality occurred in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, when a Palestinian worker for the Israeli telephone company rammed the company’s car into pe