More Middle East Articles

  • Despite offensive, Gaza rockets still hit Israel

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. The military says that due to years of generous Iranian...

  • AP Analysis: Mideast crisis a strategic stalemate

    If the Israel-Hamas fighting feels like a rerun, that's because it is. This is the third round of Hamas rockets and Israel airstrikes since the Islamic militant group seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. And issues each time seem much the same: How can Hamas be compelled to stop firing...

  • Iranian court sentences Facebook activists to jail

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report said the defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu calls Israeli military response 'surgical'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his military has tried to be "surgical" in its attacks on the Gaza Strip, and that he has support from world leaders to respond to rocket fire being launched into his country.

  • Iranian foreign minister: Keep Iraq intact

    Iran's foreign minister said a break-up of Iraq would be "short-sighted," and urged to keep its neighbor whole.

  • Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country....

  • Israel troops briefly raid Gaza as offensive rages

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the...

  • UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos." The Sunni insurgent blitz...

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki....

  • Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and rockets fired by militants striking Israel from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon, Israel's prime minister on Friday brushed off a question about cease-fire efforts. There is no end in sight to Israel's effort to...

  • Syrian rebels attack defense minister's village

    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels attacked the Syrian defense minister's village on Friday, capturing parts of it after killing at least 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen, activists said. The assault began with a suicide bombing against an army checkpoint in government-controlled Rahjan, which is in...

  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says she is alarmed that Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians. Navi Pillay says the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly...

  • Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds. A survivor said all the dead were civilians. As Israel intensified its...

  • Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties. By shooting down more than 90...

  • Senate Republicans call on Obama to send military advisers to Jordan

    Senate Republicans want President Obama to sent military advisers to Jordan to help the country develop a defense against the Islamic militant group now fighting to take over Iraq and other areas of the Middle East.



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