Middle East
  • This image made from amateur video released by the R.Y.E. Syria and accessed Monday Aug. 13, 2012, purports to show a Syrian plane downed over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, Syria, Monday Aug. 13, 2012. Activists released a video which they claim shows a government Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire apparently after it was hit by ground fire while Syrian state-run media said Monday a pilot ejected from a warplane on a training mission after a technical failure.

    The U.N. released a report accusing Assad's forces of war crimes.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • In this June 29, 2012 file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, gestures during a news conference at the Pentagon.

    Iran is playing a growing role supporting the Syrian regime and is helping to build and train a militia to fight opposition forces, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
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  • A view of the Defense Ministry, which was surrounded by soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Military and security officials say soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president have surrounded the Defense Ministry in Sanaa and sounds of gunshots have been heard from the area.

    Five people died Tuesday when soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president attacked the Defense Ministry in Sanaa, clashing with the guards, military officials said.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
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  • An Iranian woman grieves after her loved ones were killed during Saturday's earthquake at the village of Bajebaj near the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.

    Iran Monday raised its earthquake death toll to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors from the rubble of their homes in the country's northwest, state media reported.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT
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