Editor's Note: This is a guest article by Lucas Theriault, a US-based international politics student, and long-time follower of crises in the region. Tensions flared on January 28th between Israel and Hezbollah after an ambush of a IDF border troops by Hezbollah with an anti-tank missile. The attack occurred at Shebaa Farms, a 25 square mile disputed territory in the Golan Heights that is claimed by both Israel and Lebanon, but is under Israeli administration. The fighting escalated with shelling from both sides and ended with 2 IDF soldiers dead, 7 wounded, along with a UN peacekeeper from Spain. There has been no official confirmation of how the peacekeeper died from the UN, but Spanish Ambassador to the UN Roman Oyarzun Marchesi told reporters that "It was because of this escalation of violence, and it came from the Israeli side," referring to IDF counter-shelling of suspected Hezbollah positions.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated in a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Israel would respond and the “it must do so harshly, and disproportionately.” He also added that he expected support from Israel’s allies for more harsh and severe policy on the matter.
Syria's jihadists react to a controversial statement made by an official of HTS.
An ISIS-linked Islamist group has reportedly overrun significant sections of the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines.
The Raqqa operation, named Wrath of Euphrates, is entering its final stages as Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing areas north and east of the city of Raqqa from Islamic State presence.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist with UAE based al-Aan TV, released a video on her Twitter claiming to have sent three people undercover into Idlib province, where they filmed daily life with their cellphones.
The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.