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  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    14 hours 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...

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

    2 days 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. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    1 week ago

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    1 week ago

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

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  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    1 week 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...

  • Early Gaza cease-fire broke down over U.S.-Israel misunderstanding

    1 week ago

    A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation reportedly broke down over a misunderstanding between Israel and the United States.

    Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal did not agree to refrain from attacking Israeli troops on the ground during the 72-hour...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    2 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...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘take out’ Islamic State leaders

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would hunt down Islamic State militants in Iraq and "take out" their leaders with the goal of dismantling the organization as it had done with al-Qaida and was doing in Somalia.

    In some of his toughest comments since...

  • Israel says it gagged reports captive Sotloff was its citizen

    2 weeks ago

    Israel said on Thursday it had prevented local media from reporting that slain U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in Syria last year.

    Islamic State, a militant group which has...

  • Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • Israel lobbies U.S. as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

    2 weeks ago

    Israel is lobbying the United States against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technology, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for international diplomacy looms.

    Iran, the United States and five other world...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • ISIS beheads U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was Jewish

    2 weeks ago

    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

    A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    2 weeks ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • U.S. welcomes Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, urges compliance

    3 weeks ago

    The United States cautiously welcomes the latest Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and urges both sides to comply with the terms of the agreement, the State Department said on Tuesday.

    "We call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms, and hope very much that the...

  • 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...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    August 21, 2014 | 10:26 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

  • Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    August 19, 2014 | 5:56 pm

    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded U.S. journalist

    August 19, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

    The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible...

  • 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"...

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    August 15, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

  • How liberal critics failed Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2014 | 4:21 pm

    If you listen to some prominent liberal critics of Israel, you might think that liberalism in Israel is in a deep coma. For many years now, these critics have been single-mindedly obsessed with one liberal cause: Israel’s failure to make peace with the Palestinians.

    It’s a great...

  • Report: U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

    August 14, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.

    On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    August 7, 2014 | 10:21 am

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • U.S. allows use of Ebola test overseas as crisis deepens

    August 6, 2014 | 4:57 pm

    U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help contain the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus.

    The move was one of a number of steps taken by the U.S. government this week to address the highly...

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