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  • U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

    1 week ago

    The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Some U.S. allies, who could face...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • The Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’ slander: Friends and allies shudder … despots and bullies rejoice

    October 29, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    A top, unnamed Obama administration official calls an important leader a “chickenshit.” Was this a hard-nosed warning aimed at Ayatollah Khamenei to pressure Iran to destroy those 23,000 centrifuges before next month’s nuclear negotiating deadline? Perhaps it was a signal to the...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

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  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    September 8, 2014 | 10:42 am

    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...

  • 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...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    August 28, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • Putin seeks better ties with West but blasts U.S. over Ukraine

    May 23, 2014 | 8:48 am

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he wanted better ties with the West but fiercely criticized U.S. policy on Ukraine and the global economy – and acknowledged that sanctions were hurting Russia.

    In a speech to foreign and Russian businessmen gathered at Russia's answer to...

  • Russia, NATO discuss Ukraine as tension mounts over Crimea

    March 13, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Russia's top general discussed the situation in Ukraine with the chairman of NATO's Military Committee by telephone on Thursday, the Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

    The chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov, discussed "the state of Russia-NATO relations and the current situation in Ukraine" with NATO General Knud Bartels, the report said.

    Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

  • Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

    March 11, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

    With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:04 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

    January 15, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defense system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance's deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

    Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...

  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • Israelis line up for gas masks over Syria war fears

    August 26, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Thousands of Israelis are lining up for gas masks or ordering them by phone, spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war.

    Western powers are considering military action to...

  • Iran looks to the north

    July 24, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In the United States, our focus is on Iran’s activities to its west and east. Tehran supports Bashar Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, menaces oil exports in the Gulf and threatens Israel with annihilation. On its other flank, it seeks influence in Afghanistan as U.S....

  • Explosions, gunfire heard around Kabul International Airport

    June 9, 2013 | 7:19 pm

    Insurgents launched a pre-dawn attack on Afghanistan's main international airport in the capital, Kabul, on Monday, police said, with explosions and gunfire heard coming from an area that also houses major foreign military bases.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties and...

  • As world’s largest exporter of drones, Israel looks to transform battlefield

    March 4, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    An Israeli soldier sits in an office chair in an air-conditioned metal chamber staring at two screens side by side. One shows a map with a moving dot. The other displays a video feed. Next to the soldier are three more identical stations.

    The soldier isn't an air traffic...

  • Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

    February 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.

    The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse....

  • Is Syria bluffing on chemical weapons?

    December 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    As rebel forces move closer to Damascus, there are reports of activity in Syrian chemical weapons sites, raising fears in the region that Syria could use those chemical weapons. NBC News reported that the Syrian army has loaded bombs with precursors of Sarin nerve gas which could...

  • Assad kept chemical weapons out of hands of extremists, Moshe Yaalon says

    December 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad responded to past warnings about the security of chemical weapons by taking steps to keep them out of the hands of militants, Israel's vice prime minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday.

    Yaalon joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making clear...

  • Netanyahu among 13 leaders Obama calls post-election

    November 8, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

    "In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to...

  • Syrian clashes intensify near Turkey border

    October 9, 2012 | 9:22 am

    NATO said on Tuesday it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary against any further spillover of violence from Syria's border areas where rebels and government forces are fighting for control.

    Rebel suicide bombers struck at President Bashar Assad's heartland, attacking...

  • Israel says Syrian mortar strike was attack on NATO

    October 4, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said on Thursday a deadly Syrian mortar strike on a Turkish town had to be considered an attack on a member of the NATO alliance.

    Israel is technically at war with Damascus and occupies the Golan Heights that it seized in the 1967 war...

  • Russia says downing of Turkish plane not provocation

    June 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Russia said on Tuesday Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.

    It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft...

  • June 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2012 | 1:52 am

    Noteworthy

    Waking from the Democratic Dream

    Writing in the National Interest, Robert W. Merry calls on the US to understand that the culture of Middle Eastern Islam does not encourage the evolution of democratic norms.

    Americans can’t fathom the power of the Islamic idea that...

  • May 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 21, 2012 | 4:23 am

    In pursuit of the president

    The candidates for the Egyptian president reflect a cross-section of society, politics ‎and stages of modern history, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi in Al-Ahram Weekly.‎

    The forthcoming presidential elections will witness a competition among three...

  • Turkey says Israel not welcome at NATO summit

    April 23, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Turkey blocked the participation of Israel in next month’s NATO Summit in Chicago, a Turkish newspaper reported.

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vetoed Israel’s participation during a NATO foreign ministers meeting last week in Brussels, the Hurriyet Daily News reported...

  • NATO says ‘Our bad’ over Quran burnings in Afghanistan

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 22, 2012 | 10:44 am

    NATO officials have apologized for disposing of unwanted copies of the Quran in Bagram, Afghanistan, by burning them. Talk about a mea culpa, via the New York Times:

    About 2,000 Afghans descended on the largest American air base in their country in the bitter cold to protest what is...

  • Taliban ‘poised to retake Afghanistan’ after NATO pullout

    February 1, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    A secret U.S. military report says that the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    Lt. Col Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led International...

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