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  • Al-Qaida's heirs thrive in Mideast, Africa chaos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle...

  • Obama's prickly narcissism precludes self-assessment

    Only when the Islamic State was charging through the countryside beheading, crucifying and enslaving did Obama bestir himself to notice that the Maliki government had created the conditions for this disaster.

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday. The bank issued the...

  • Dozens in GOP oppose Obama plan to arm Syrian rebels

    Republican critics, despite their reservations about the measure, acknowledge a coalition of Democrats and Republicans will likely pass the legislation this week.

  • UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    GENEVA (AP) — As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war. The head...

  • Critics say Yemen is not a good model for anti-Islamic State plans

    The continuing strength of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the country has already stalled plans to rehabilitate terrorists held by the U.S. there.

  • Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

    PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference. U.S. Secretary...

  • Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and...

  • Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

    The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal — destroying a marauding organization of extremists — is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state...

  • Speech barely affects Obama's ratings

    After the president's prime-time speech, 68 percent of voters said military action against the Islamic State was in the national interest â€" up only three percent from prior to the speech.

  • With Obama going to war, Dems are suddenly hawks

    Democrats who were anti-war under President George W. Bush are much more supportive of military action under President Obama.

  • Britain to do 'whatever it takes' to stamp out Islamic State, Cameron says

    But the British prime minister said he does not intend to put troops on the ground in either Iraq or Syria.

  • No specifics on who'll be on ground to fight Islamic State

    The Obama administration made an all-out publicity push Sunday to bolster support for the president's plan in Syria, putting top White House surrogates on television all day.

  • Obama aide: 'Doctors and pharmacists' now ready to fight

    The civilian fighters in Syria are "getting better and more capable," Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said.

  • Arab allies willing to launch airstrikes against Islamic State

    A number of Arab nations are offering to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, American officials say.



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