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  • Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country's west and...

  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. In seeking to portray itself as a...

  • Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country's current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival militias. The power grab highlights the lawlessness that has swept...

  • The U.S. can, if Obama chooses wisely, lead a Middle East coalition to destroy ISIS

    Obama must pressure regional governments, especially governments that helped create the problem by funding ISIS in its war against the Syrian regime, to use those resources in a combined effort to eliminate ISIS.

  • Norwegian Muslims rally against Islamic militants

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's prime minister and other politicians have joined Muslim leaders and thousands of other people for a demonstration in Oslo against radical Islamists. Monday's rally was an initiative by young Norwegian Muslims who wanted to show a united front against Islamic State...

  • Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have penetrated so deeply and whether it is indeed what Tehran says...

  • UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    GENEVA (AP) — Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. The U.N.'s top human rights official said "grave, horrific...

  • Is the Obama crew smart enough to defeat ISIS?

    American outrage over the gruesome murder of journalist James Foley has prompted the appearance of a reversal of President Obama's "leading from behind" foreign policy strategy, especially in the Middle East.

  • Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel's war in the Gaza Strip. But the...

  • British government close to identifying James Foley's killer: Ambassador

    The British ambassador to the United States said on CNN Sunday that his country's security services are close to identifying the killer of American journalist James Foley.

  • Biden: US would help Iraq pursue federal system

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. is prepared to help Iraq pursue a federal system that would decentralize power away from Baghdad. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Biden says Iraq is making progress in forming a new government. But he says sectarian divisions...

  • Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni lawmakers pulled out of talks on forming a new Iraqi government after militants attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people. It was not immediately clear if the attack was carried out by Shiite militiamen...

  • The jihadi serial killer you probably haven't heard about

    For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country and took the lives of at least four innocent men. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not.

  • UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented...

  • Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the...



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