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  • White House intruder allegedly had 800 rounds of ammunition in car

    1 week ago

    A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday....

  • U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

    1 week ago

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

    In a remarkable sign of shifting...

  • Elan Carr hesitant to support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq

    By Bill Boyarsky

    1 week ago

    I happened to interview Elan Carr, a Republican congressional candidate with substantial Middle East experience, on a day that may be remembered as noteworthy in the latest American attempt to defeat terrorism in that tormented region.

    Carr, currently a deputy Los Angeles County...

  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    1 week ago

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

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  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    2 weeks ago

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • U.S. general says military cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

    2 weeks ago

    The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

    General Martin Dempsey,...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    2 weeks ago

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    3 weeks ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    3 weeks ago

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    3 weeks ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    3 weeks ago

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Obama says hopeful but sceptical of Ukraine cease-fire

    September 5, 2014 | 9:39 am

    President Barack Obama said he was hopeful but sceptical about a ceasefire agreed in Ukraine on Friday and urged European allies to agree on new sanctions against Russia that could be suspended if the peace plan holds.

    He also said he was leaving a two-day NATO summit in Wales...

  • How Islamic State became ‘the best-funded terrorist group in history’

    September 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    After months of rampaging through Iraq and stoking international fears that the Islamic State terrorist group could spread, a combination of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, aided by targeted United States airstrikes, appear to have pushed back the self-proclaimed caliphate’s...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

    September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am

    The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

    He added destroying the militant group will take time because of...

  • Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was a hero – and my friend

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 2, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    I paused the video in panic when I saw his face: I know that face, I thought. It’s older and rounder than I remember, sallow from fear, but I know that face. What the f--- is it doing in a terrorist propaganda video in which an American journalist is being gruesomely beheaded? For...

  • Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

    September 2, 2014 | 11:53 am

    As pressure built up for Nouri al Maliki to step down from the prime minister post in Iraq last month, Iran, his most ardent supporter stayed surprisingly silent as top Iranian officials worked to get him out.

    Similarly, when the United States, regularly denounced as the Great...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    August 28, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    August 26, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    An American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria has been killed in the region, a U.S. security official said on Monday.

    The official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters that the FBI was investigating the death of...

  • Obama says rooting out Islamic State will not be easy

    August 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to go after the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley and said rooting out the militant group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

    "America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama...

  • In the new Middle East, an embarrassment of evils

    By David Suissa

    August 25, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    One of the crazy things about following the Middle East is trying to keep track of all the bad guys. Remember when Iran was the big bad Islamic wolf? Or al-Qaida? Or Hezbollah? Or the Muslim Brotherhood? Or Hamas?

    Now, as if in a flash, along comes ISIS to become the evil flavor...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    August 21, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    August 21, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue hostages in Syria

    August 21, 2014 | 10:19 am

    U.S. forces tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

    The mission, authorised by President...

  • Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross’

    August 19, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.

    The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross"...

  • Stop pretending nothing happens in August

    August 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The headlines these days all seem to demand exclamation marks. Iraq is teetering on the brink! Russian troops are massing on the Ukranian border! Gaza lies in ruins! World’s worst Ebola epidemic afflicts Africa!  

    Oh, and it is also National Goat Cheese Month.  Welcome to another...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

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