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  • U.S. bill would offer $5M reward for capture of Frenkel’s murderers

    1 day ago

    Legislation introduced in Congress would post a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Frenkel, the Israeli-American teen abducted with two others and murdered last month in the West Bank.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) authored...

  • Beirut firm goes on U.S. sanctions list for helping Hezbollah

    2 days ago

    The Obama administration added a Beirut-based company to its sanctions list for its purchase of items to bolster Hezbollah armaments.

    The designation posted in a statement Thursday by the State Department named “brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their...

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    3 days ago

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • U.S. calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions

    3 days ago

    The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.

    State Department...

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  • Israel investigating police beating of Palestinian rioter

    1 week ago

    The United States called for speedy investigation of an incident in which it said a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem this week.

    A video clip circulated on the internet on Saturday...

  • Can Iraqi forces recapture lost ground alone? U.S. says ‘probably not’

    1 week ago

    Iraqi security forces will probably not be able to recapture ground they have lost to Islamist militants without assistance, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

    General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that U.S. advisers now in Iraq...

  • Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

    1 week ago

    The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role. Analysts and pundits have asked: Should Washington work with Tehran to stem ISIL’s seemingly inexorable march? U.S.-Iran cooperation seems possible,...

  • Israel said to accept U.S. offer in search for teens’ murderers

    1 week ago

    Israel accepted U.S. assistance in its search for the murderers of three kidnapped teenagers, U.S. deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.

    “We’ve just offered to provide whatever assistance we can,” Rhodes said Tuesday in a briefing for the foreign press when asked what...

  • U.S. Jewish communities memorializing Israeli teens

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish communities across the United States have responded to the murder of three Israeli teens with vigils and memorial services.

    The announcement that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach had been found dead Monday of gunshot wounds in a field near Hebron prompted a...

  • U.N. Security Council condemns murders of Israeli teens

    2 weeks ago

    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement condemning and expressing “profound outrage” at the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    “The members of the Security Council expressed their profound outrage at and condemned in the strongest terms the killing of three teenagers, whose...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    2 weeks ago

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

    ...
  • U.S. sends 300 more troops to Iraq, narrows options for second operations center

    2 weeks ago

    The United States is again ramping up its military presence in Iraq, sending around 300 additional troops into the country as well as a detachment of helicopters and drone aircraft, the Pentagon said on Monday.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said about 200 forces...

  • ISIS propaganda campaign threatens U.S.

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on ADL.org.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced a new social media cam­paign this week designed to threaten the U.S. and warn it against send­ing mil­i­tary assis­tance to Iraq.

    The cam­paign, “Warn­ing to the Amer­i­can Peo­ple,”...

  • Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is ‘foregone conclusion’

    2 weeks ago

    Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognize a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

    Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and...

  • Terror victims seek control of Iranian Internet domains

    2 weeks ago

    Lawyers in Israel and the United States representing victims of terrorism filed papers claiming Iranian Internet domain names.

    Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel Aviv and Robert Tolchin of New York served the claims on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an...

  • Peres praises Abbas as ‘peace partner’ at Capitol medal ceremony

    2 weeks ago

    Accepting the Congressional Gold Medal, Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and called for renewing talks with the Palestinians.

    “President Abbas is clearly a partner for peace,” Peres said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, where the...

  • American jailed in Cuba plans suicide, lawyer says

    2 weeks ago

    A U.S. foreign aid contractor jailed in Cuba is planning suicide as his health declines and he grows increasingly depressed, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Alan Gross, 65, has served 4-1/2 years of his 15-year sentence for illegally attempting to establish an online network for...

  • House increases funding for Israel’s missile defense

    3 weeks ago

    The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems.

    Included in the House’s Defense Appropriations Bill approved last week is $351 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is $175 million more than was requested in President...

  • Netanyahu says Israel has proof Hamas is behind kidnapping of teens

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says they "have a lot" of proof that Hamas is behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teens, which includes one dual U.S.-Israeli citizen.

    "We've pretty much figured out who are the kidnappers," Netanyahu said during an interview with...

  • Obama says U.S. ready to send advisers, conduct strikes in Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.

    Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq. He said...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

    However, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of...

  • White House: U.S. federal system can handle Benghazi suspect

    June 17, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence.

    The comments came in response to criticism...

  • U.S. says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq

    June 17, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it is open to further talks with Iran about the instability in Iraq but that any such discussions are likely to take place at a lower level.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met with Iranian officials briefly on Monday on...

  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah

    June 17, 2014 | 10:30 am

    The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans. Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans. I...

  • U.S. captures suspected ringleader of 2012 attack in Benghazi

    June 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The United States said on Tuesday it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a raid that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.

    President Barack Obama...

  • U.S. may discuss Iraq with Iran, not seeking atomic talks extension

    June 16, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States may discuss the security crisis in Iraq with Iran on the sidelines of this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, in what could mark a momentous step in U.S. engagement with its longtime adversary.

    The negotiations in the Austrian...

  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

  • U.S. Treasury to discuss funding for Iraq militant group

    June 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss counterterrorism financing during his visit to the Middle East, including the funding network of the group fomenting an insurgency in Iraq, Treasury officials said on Friday.

    President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States was...

  • Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

    June 12, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

    ...
  • Why higher Iran oil exports are not roiling nuclear deal

    June 12, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits.

    Iran's higher exports reflect its exploitation of a...

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